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What Are the Top 5 Connector Types Found In Automotive Applications

The connectors you choose for automotive applications can make or break your vehicle’s performance. The ones you select should resist a myriad of environmental conditions, and hold up against dirt, moisture, shock, vibration, and other threats.

We turned to the experts at BuyDeutsch.com, who provided us with five connector recommendations below. BuyDeutsch.com stocks more than one million genuine Deutsch and Amphenol connectors, plus accessories,contacts and kits.

1. Amphenol AT Series Connectors:

Environmentally sealed Amphenol AT Series Connectors are perfectly matched to heavy-duty applications. These RoHS compliant, thermoplastic connectors are sealed on the front and back with silicone, for the ultimate in durability and reliability. They feature a latching system that helps to maintain a steady connection both electrically and mechanically.

2. Amphenol ATP Series Connectors:

High-performing, thermoplastic Amphenol ATP Series Connectorswith superior environmental seals are a cost-effective solution for demanding applications. The connectorsin this series are available in two or four positions, and designed for 10 to 14 AWG, and size 12 contacts up to 25A. Amphenol ATP Series Connectors were created to work best with agricultural, alternative energy, automotive, heavy equipment, and marine applications.  


3. Deutsch DRC Series Connectors

The Deutsch DRC Series Connectors feature accommodations in a rectangular, thermoplastic housing for 14-22 AWG, along with a high-density pin count up to 80 cavities. Connectors with 24, 40, 50, 60, 64, 70, and 76 cavities are also the norm for this series. The design for this connector was intended to maintain currents in motorsports and other high-performance applications. Its contact sizes are available in 16 (13 amps) or 20 (7.5 amps). Deutsch DRC Series Connectors have a built-in jackscrew for mating, and are available in in-line, flange, or PCB mount styles.


4. Deutsch DT Series Connectors

The preferred choice for the transportation and racing industries is the reliable Deutsch DT Series Connector. Its rectangular, thermoplastic housing available with in-line, flange, or PCB mounting, connects with a latch for mating, and comes with accompanying wedgelocks for contact alignment and retention. The environmentally sealed Deutsch DT Series Connectors feature a size 16 contact size (13 amps). This series is available in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12 cavity configurations, and works for 14-20 AWG.

5. Deutsch HD30 Series Connectors

Circular, metal Deutsch HD30 Series Connectors are designed to offer simple and fast coupling within heavy-duty applications, specifically for bus, off-highway, and trucking applications. They offer tear resistant, high temperature silicone to maintain environmental sealing. The connector’s rear grommet keeps contacts safe from contaminants typically found in heavy duty applications, including dust, fuel, grease, hydraulic fluid, moisture, mud, road salt, and sand. Deutsch HD30 Series Connectors come in 4 (100 amps), 8 (60 amps), 12 (25 amps), 16 (13 amps), and 20 (7.5 amps). This multi-pin connector, designed for in-line or flange mounting, comes with 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 29, 31, 33, 35, and 47 cavities. Its bayonet coupling ring system offers a vibration resistant, locking mechanism for mating. The Deutsch HD 30 Series Connector is available for 6-22 AWG.

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