The Connector Addict?
I love the Pen Addict’s slogan: There are worse addictions…..right?
I’m not a connector addict, although I do like trying out new connectors.Â Partly it’s because I haven’t found the ideal connector system (or systems; I often want some variety so that the same connector type isn’t used for a variety of incompatible uses, and thus you have to be careful where you plug a connector in).
But I still enjoy receiving the occasional Mouser order with some new connectors.Â So along with an order for some MDR connectors for my Copley Accelnets, I included connectors I haven’t tried such as:
- Kycon USB B high retention force connector.Â The big feature: minimum removal force is increased from 10N (standard USB) to 15N.Â I like them; USB plugs come out too easily, but this connector makes it a lot harder for a USB cable to become accidentally unplugged.
- Amphenol USB A locking connector.Â The big feature: the connector has a locking tab that grabs onto the little square holes on a USB A-type plug.Â That’s even better than the Kycon: it takes over 95N to separate the plug from the jack without unlocking.
- TE/AMP MTE connector.Â Nice, affordable IDC connectors, except you need really expensive tooling to use them easily.
- Molex Micro-Fit Jr 3.0mm BMI.Â I wanted to check out the blind mate version of the Micro-Fit; I’m still not a Micro-Fit fan.
- Phoenix PST 1.3/8-LV-5.0 header with shroud.Â The shroud provides polarization.Â The Phoenix PST headers and PT terminal block plugs are a very affordable removable terminal block system.
- One gotcha: you have to use the shrouded headers with the PT 2.5 series (e.g. PT 2.5/8-PVH-5.0) not the 1.5 series (e.g. PT 1.5/8-PVH-5.0).
- Phoenix ST-Combi connector and ST-Twin terminal block.Â I’m looking at using these for DC power distribution.