Power connector

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A power connector is an electrical connector designed to carry a significant amount of electrical power, usually as DC or low-frequency AC. Some types of RF connector may also carry large amounts of power, but are considered as a separate category. Connectors carrying small amounts of power are known as signal connectors.

Types

  • AC power plugs:
    • Mains power plugs, principally used for connecting equipment to wall outlets. See that article for information about mains electricity plugs around the world as well as information for travellers.
    • Industrial power plugs, used for larger equipment than normal mains plugs.
  • DC plugs
  • Mains inlet connectors, designed to attach a power cable to an appliance, of which the IEC connector (see image below) is the most common
  • Battery connectors
  • Lucar connectors
  • Terminals
  • Terminal blocks
  • Industrial power connectors, of which one of the most common types is
  • Personal computer power supply connectors
    • Molex connector - four pin hard disk drive (HDD) connectors, also used for powering CD-ROM drives, burners etc
    • smaller four pin floppy disk drive (FDD) connectors, also used by some hard drives, and carrying the same power supplies as the HDD connectors
    • AT motherboard connectors consisting of two in-line connectors
    • ATX motherboard connectors which have now obsoleted the older AT-style connectors
    • serial ATA (SATA) power connectors

Image:PC flex with BS 1363 plug.png

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