The Power Connector – Defined

Do you like your electronics? Do you like when they work? If so, power is essential. A power connector, however, is also a necessity.

But what is a power connector? It’s an object that links an electronic device to a power source. You may think of a power connector as the thing you plug into your wall outlet. But that’s not what we are here to talk about today. We’re here to talk about these connectors in the context of non-consumer equipment.

In the context of this discussion, a power connector is an object that allows electrical current to pass through it in an effort to give power to a device. We’re not talking about data transfer or anything else. Just the transfer of power.

The task of picking the right power connector for an application is somewhat tricky. The end user must be careful to choose the one that best matches the specific need that the connector fulfills.

Ever heard of AC/DC? No, we’re not talking about the band. Power connectors can carry either AC (alternating current) or DC (direct current). With AC, one can connect a device to the primary power supply. DC connectors are less interchangeable.

Is there a cut-off when it comes to what one could consider a high power connector? In fact, there is. To qualify, it typically must be able to carry over 30 amps of current.

How are these connectors used? That’s the thing – they come in many varieties, with different capabilities, options, and accessories. But one thing remains: power connectors are designed to provide power to electronic devices. They facilitate the transfer of energy. It’s amazing if you think about it. From a lump of coal to an iPhone, they transfer energy from below the earth to the palm of your hand. That’s something to think about the next time you make a call.