A connector manufacturer says its ePower connectors are ideal for energy storage systems including mechanical, electrical, chemical and thermal. The IP67-rated ePower 400A connectors are rated 1,000-Vdc and feature integrated EMI shielding.
These connectors meet the needs of modern electrification programs that require high voltage and high amperage. The growing energy-storage market, where space is a premium and budgets often limited, can take advantage of the economical ePower connectors, as they can replace up to three conventional connectors, saving space and cost.
The lightweight, compact connectors feature Amphenol’s patented Radsok technology that attains higher current ratings and lower contact resistance in comparison to other contact methods on the market. With a 40% smaller footprint, Amphenol’s ePower family of connectors offer more power in less space with the Radsok contact system, an electrical terminal based on a hyperbolic grid configuration allowing lower insertion forces and easier mating. This system eliminates running wires through bulky cable glands in a traditional three-phase motor assembly, resulting in a user-friendly, reliable connection with minimal maintenance issues.
The connectors come in two and three-pin power configurations ranging from 100A through 500A per contact and can accommodate two small gauge signal contacts for a high-voltage interlock loop. The ePower connectors operate at 800 to 1,000-Vdc and can be used in a variety of applications including power converters, hybrid electric vehicles, heavy equipment electrification, two-and three-phase motors, and starter generators.
The IP2X style sockets come in crimp, lug, or bus bar termination, while cable plugs feature IP2X style crimp pins and can accommodate shielded wires. Wire sizes from 50 mm² to 95 mm² can be used with the ePower connectors that feature an all-aluminum shell, strain relief for the jacketed cable incorporated into the shell and outstanding vibration resistance.
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