Hylec-APL has added two IP68 electrical connectors to its waterproof range which have diameters that are less than that of a one pound coin. The inline connectors both use cable gland technology to form a completely weatherproof seal without the need for silicone gel. The connectors are designed so that the terminals form part of the outer casing making the overall diameter of the connectors just 23mm.
Electrical connectors which offer high ingress protection and cable retention are normally awkward and cumbersome to install. They often rely on bulky protective outer casings or messy silicone gels to offer the water resistance which can make on-site installation a time-consuming process and any future maintenance work a nightmare. Hylec-APL has addressed this issue with two new waterproof connectors which can be installed in minutes, require no silicone gel protection, and offer one of the smallest footprints for an IP68 product on the market.
The mini-TeeTube and mini-TeePlug have an innovative design which incorporates the wire terminals as part of the external housing. Both ends features a dome-topped cable gland and co-moulded sealing rings which enable a wide cable diameter range and ensures the high IP rating when assembly is complete. Once inserted, the wire can be quickly secured to the terminals to make the connections. For further safety, once correctly cabled and ready to be plugged together, the mini-TeePlug's mating ends are key-way protected so will only fit when correctly aligned and automatically connect Earth pole first.
Both connectors are available exclusively from Hylec-APL and can be ordered in 2, 3 or 4-pole options. Quick installation, wire-piercing screw terminal blocks are also available which make it possible to secure the connection to IP68 standards in less than a minute.