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Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:52:47 pm »
Hi

I need to joint some 240V cables inside an enclosure - it's between the power switch and a transformer. For ease of assembly (and possibly disassembly!) I don't want to solder the transformer's cables directly to the switch.

I'm using this type of plastic covered 'block connector' screw terminal:

having cut off and screwed down a couple of 'units'.

It feels a bit 'bush league', but I can't off-hand think of a better way of doing it. What is there?

Thanks
John
 

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Re: Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 11:10:06 pm »
Have you thought of Spade connectors?
 

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Re: Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 11:27:23 pm »
Check out these Wago connectors. Cheap, reusable, easy and much better than nasty type of screw terminals in the first picture.

http://global.wago.com/en/products/product-catalog/terminal-blocks-connectors/installation-connectors/compact-splicing-connectors-all-conductor-types-222-series/index.jsp

There are matching boxes to contain these Wago connectors for weather proofing and connection strength.
 

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Re: Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 12:04:54 am »
Those terminals are quite standard, you'll find them used inside various appliances for mains wiring.
 

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Re: Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015, 12:11:21 am »
Hi

Thanks for the replies; in the first case, I had toyed with an 'in-line' spade connector, but I didn't really like the idea of the joint flapping around inside the enclosure unsecured.

Now those Wago connectors are cute. Without any scale, I assumed from the picture that they were large, but they're actually pretty small. Shame they don't have a provision to screw them down, like my 'nasty' connectors! Otherwise, they're rattling around inside the enclosure, looking for trouble.

John
 

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Re: Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 05:37:20 am »
Wago 862 series:
 

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Re: Alternatives to mains 'block connector' inside equipment?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 07:08:08 am »
IMHO your original cheap screw terminal connector is fine.
I use this method, but use "bootlace ferrules" on the cables so that the stranded copper doesn't get mashed...
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