Have you been wondering if Anderson Power Products® (APP®) connectors should be mated with similar connectors from other manufacturers? Wouldn’t it be easier if you could mate all of the connectors that you have? This would be an ideal situation but there are three main reasons why this can’t be true.
Now, before we get started let’s understand the key component… flat-wiping contact. This contact system has been so popular that other manufactures also copied Anderson’s original designs. The flat-wiping contact technology (click here for a flat-wiping technology video) can be found in a lot of the APP connectors like SB® and Powerpole®. Let’s get back to the three reasons now…
Non-standardized components from different manufacturers do not maintain their certifications when mated with a product from another manufacturer. The certification is based on a mated set of product from the same manufacturer. In contrast, certification of standardized components like IEC or NEMA connectors are established based on compliance of only one half of the connection to allow mixing between different manufacturers. This is because the standard defines the parameters of both sides of the connection which all suppliers manufacture to.
The three above reasons highlight why Anderson™ connectors are not compatible with copies from other manufacturers: Component Standardization, Manufacturing Differences, and Safety Agency Certifications.
Let’s dive into a little more detail about the flat-wiping contact system invented by Anderson Power Products® in 1954. This innovative contact system solved the widespread storage battery industry problems with existing button or pin & socket type contacts. The resistance of existing contact types would increase over time due to arcing damage to conductive surfaces. Flat-wiping contacts feature a sacrificial area which allows any arcing damage from disconnect to be limited to the contact tips which are not in the conductive path once the connectors are fully mated. This feature expands the life expectancy of storage battery connections and prevents dangerous failures.
It is always advisable to use only genuine flat-wiping connectors from Anderson Power Products®, the inventor of the technology. This will ensure the best performance and reliability of your critical power connections.
We hope you enjoyed learning about APP’s connectors and why you shouldn’t mate with other manufactures. If you would like more information, please contact our Technical Support.
Global Marketing Manager
Anderson Power Products
Pictured above: Flat-wiping Technology
Pictured above: NEMA / IEC Power Cord