Fast Charging is rapidly becoming a mainstream charging technology due to cost savings, increased productivity, and safety. While Fast Charging of batteries is not a new technology (used in many handheld devices in the past) it really started to take off to reduce charging time of on-road electric vehicles.
Fast Chargers are different from conventional chargers in many ways. First off the power rating can be 3-4 times the rating of a conventional charger often requiring the use of dual cables and connectors for charging rates in excess of 300A. In addition, Fast chargers incorporate advance controls that maximize the battery’s’ acceptance of the charge while monitoring the battery temperature rise to avoid overheating. In order to achieve this information transfer, connectors that include auxiliary contacts are needed.
The common two types of connectors used are the SBE® style and the Din 43589-1 style connectors. Both connector styles offer robust housings and contacts that will handle 5000 or more mating cycles. In addition they offer 4 or more auxiliary contacts for applications such as battery monitoring. Both connector types are rated to EN1175:1998 and have attributes that make them the right choice depending on your application needs.
Key attributes to consider when choosing one or the other are:
EBC (Din 43589-1)
Both connector styles offer standard accessories such as cable clamps, handles, latches, and manual assist brackets to meet individual application needs
The SBE®/EBC connectors are both ideal for rugged, high mating cycle applications and the markets served include Material Handling Equipment, Industrial Maintenance equipment, Electric utility vehicles, Electric Motorcycles/Scooters amongst many others. When assembled correctly using the proper tools both products will provide years of excellent performance.
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Pictured above: Euro Battery Connector (EBC, Din 43589-1) and SBE® Connectors