Basic Requirements Information
Q: What are the current and voltage requirements for your application?
A: The VAL-U-LOK connector system has a maximum current rating of 9 Amps per line and is rated for 600 VAC.
Q: What are the wire type and size requirements?
A: The VAL-U-LOK connector system contacts are approved for use with 3 different wire ranges from 26 AWG [0.12] to 16 AWG [1.20] wire with a maximum insulation diameter of 3.10 [0.122].
Q: What are the number of positions?
A: The VAL-U-LOK connector system is available in wire-to-board and wire-to-wire, free-hanging or panel mount options in 2-24 position dual row and 3-5 position single-row configurations.
Q: What are the operating temperature requirements?
A: The VAL-U-LOK connector system has a maximum operating temperature of 105°C. For more information regarding operating temperatures refer to Product Specification 108-2112.
Q: Do you need to differentiate this connector from other connectors in the application?
A: In addition to natural, the VAL-U-LOK connector system offers red, black and blue colored housings for ease of connector identification during manufacturing and assembly.
Q: What is the benefit of choosing headers with a polarization peg?
A: The VAL-U-LOK connector system offers headers with or without polarization pegs. The purpose of this feature is to polarize the headers to the PCB so the header cannot be placed on the PCB in the wrong orientation. For more information regarding PCB layout please refer to the product drawing.
Q: What is the benefit of choosing glow wire housings?
A: The VAL-U-LOK connector system offers glow wire housings that allow manufacturers of home appliances sold into the European market to comply with the IEC/EN 60335-1 4th edition standard.
Q: Is contact back-out a concern? Do you need confirmation that the contacts are seated?
A: New models in the VAL-U-LOK connector system accept optional TPA devices. These devices help assure the contacts are fully seated in the housing and they help protect against potential disengagement when the wires are exposed to external pressure.