Connectors are coupling devices that join two electrical terminations to form a circuit. A connector can be used to bridge wires, cables, printed circuit boards, and even electronic components. Most connectors require two parts that when mated together form a electrical or mechanical connection. Selecting the right connectors for your application is important to ensure that your device operates correctly.
There are a variety of connector options available that serve specific functions. The style of connector varies based on the intended use case, and whether they are being used to transmit data, power, or a signal. For example, banana plugs are used in lab equipment, coaxial connectors are used in networking and phone systems, and USB connectors are used in many of today’s consumer electronics. When choosing a connector, consider compatibility as well. If the connector is not compatible, it may not work or could even damage your device. Take into consideration any additional features that may be necessary for your application, such as water resistance or locking mechanisms.