Crimpless connectors cut PV installation time

Cyntech Components announces a two-piece solar PV connector that needs no crimp tool for assembly. This IP67-rated connector promises to reduce solar PV system installation time and complexity and eliminates heavy crimp tools.

To make a reliable connection, the installer loosens a screw, inserts the stripped cable into the connector from the back and then presses the spring contact by thumb until its toggle engages. The connector, which has an outer diameter of 18.8mm, is then screwed together and the assembly tightened using two plastic spanners provided. If required, the connection can then be disengaged using one of the multi-function spanners.

The connector system consists of pre-assembled male plugs and female jacks in separate sealed bags, 50 of each per bag. Copper contacts boast less than 5mOhm contact resistance and negligible power loss. Contacts are rated at 30A and 1,000V DC and the connectors are designed to operate in ambient temperatures from -40 to 85°C. Two versions are offered, one for cable cross sections from 1.5 to 2.5mm² and the other for cables between 4.0 and 6.0mm².