Latching DC Connectors prevent critical power loss.

Press Release Summary:

Secured by push and turn locking mechanism, DC Plugs and Sockets are available with diameters of 2.1 or 2.5 mm and rated for 2 A at 16 Vdc. Plugs may be connected to cables by customers or supplied as ready wired 2 m over-molded plug cables with free ends suitable for external power supply OEMs. Featuring normally closed contact operated by inserting plug, PCB mountable sockets have insulation resistance of 100 mΩ minimum at 500 Vdc and dielectric withstand voltage of 500 Vac for 1 min.

Original Press Release:

New Latching DC Connectors Prevent Critical Power Loss

Industry Standard Sizes

Available from Farnell element14

Cliff Electronics announces the introduction of a new range of latching DC plugs and sockets designed for use where it is critical power is not lost or interrupted by accidental disconnection in applications including medical, data, monitoring, emergency lighting and equipment charging.

The new Cliff locking DC plugs and sockets are secured by a simple push and turn locking mechanism, are available with diameters of either 2.1 or 2.5mm and rated at 2A @ 16VDC. Plugs may be supplied to be connected to cables by customers or as ready wired 2m over-molded plug cables with free ends suitable for use by external power supply OEMs.

The PCB mountable sockets have Ian insulation resistance of 100MΩ minimum at DC500V, a dielectric withstand Voltage of 500VAC for 1 minute and feature a normally closed  contact operated by inserting a plug.

John Hall, General Manager at Cliff Electronics, comments, "These latest additions to our expanding range of low voltage 2 pole DC plugs and sockets follow the great success of our unique dual gauge DC sockets, which accept both 2.1mm or  2.5mm diameter plugs in a single socket."

Cliff is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of components and connectors for audio, engineering, instrumentation, medical, lighting and vending applications. Their existing range of 2 pole low voltage DC plugs and sockets includes 1.3mm to 2.5mm ¨ª, in SMD, SMDT, PCB and solder tag variants. Cliff also supplies a range of multi pin (1-9), locking plugs and sockets for both AC and DC applications, including 20A per contact and IP68 variants.    

Cliff Electronics manufactures audio and power connectors, test leads and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including audio, instrument and power.

For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, email

visit,  download a data sheet from lockable DC connectors or visit Cliff's stocking distributor Farnell element14  where the new locking DC plugs and sockets can be found at

About Cliff Electronics

CLIFF Electronic Components Limited was founded in 1977 to supply the music industry with connectors. Cliff has subsequently greatly expanded their products and services to become a high quality supplier to most professional and industrial markets. As both a manufacturer and a distributor, the expansion of their product range has established Cliff as a prime source for components. From audio into test leads and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, hand tools, production aids, lighting connectors, motors and fans. Cliff also manufactures and sources various types of leads including audio, instrument and power leads. Cliff also has extensive expertise  in moulding and metalwork and can provide a design, engineering and manufacturing service for the production of customised  components and assemblies. Our plastics expertise  includes injection-moulding, blow-moulding, extrusion, sonic-welding and printing. Metalwork includes stamping, machining, aluminium  extrusion, finishing and printing. We also have the facility to enable assembly, inspection and testing. Cliff¡¯s UK and Far Eastern production plants are certified to ISO 9001 2000 and employ design, engineering, technical, marketing and sales personnel. Quality has always been of prime importance and the majority of CLIFF products are covered by approvals from organisations  such as UL and VDE.

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