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3rd July 2019
Alex Lynn

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced an extension of its VAL-U-LOK connector product line that increases the maximum current rating from nine to 13A in the broadly accepted 4.2mm centerline spacing connector system. TE’s new 13A VAL-U-LOK connectors support high current requirements for wire-to-board and wire-to-wire connections in a wide range of applications where power must be connected to a board or subsystem. 

Customers can select options that help prevent incorrect orientation on the PCB as well as materials that meet different international flammability requirements.

The pin headers in TE’s VAL-U-LOK connectors are rated to 13A per line and are available with or without polarisation pegs, which are designed to assist with proper orientation on the board. These connectors are designed and tested to meet UL94-V-0 flammability requirements or Glow Wire Test 750˚C (no flame) for customers in markets that require Glow Wire testing.

New contacts for VAL-U-LOK connectors are also rated to 13A and are compatible with existing housings that support wire-to-wire and wire-to-board applications, as well as panel mount requirements. TE offers versions for use with 16 AWG and 22-18 AWG wire in housings with or without terminal position assurance (TPA) devices. The contacts are backwards compatible with the same crimping tools used for legacy 9A contacts. 

“Introducing these UL-recognised 13A connectors in our VAL-U-LOK line gives customers who need 13A per line, polarising pegs, various flammability ratings or a TPA option another choice of trusted supplier,” said Domenico Saraceno, product manager at TE Connectivity.

TE’s 13A VAL-U-LOK connectors are designed for use in household appliances, industrial machinery, automotive and commercial vehicles, medical devices, vending machines and gaming equipment, HVAC equipment, and more.

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