Circular Connectors

Circular connectors are made of multi-pin interconnects paired with cylindrical housing containing a contact interface. They can be made of plastic, metal, or a combination of both. Like most kinds of electrical connectors, their function is to enable a secure signal and current transmission by pairing a male half (the pins) to a female receptacle (the housing).

What are the benefits of circular connectors?

Circular connectors have increasingly been used in electronics due to their advantages over their rectangular counterparts. Because of their structure, one of their immediate benefits is the fact they can group several contacts in a compact space, enabling a space-saving and simple solution to disconnect and reconnect cables from their devices. However, they are also particularly convenient for:

  • Housing different kinds of contacts
  • Allowing contacts with different currents thanks to the extensive range of allowable voltages
  • Sealing hermetically where an absolute integer connection is needed
  • Conveying a strong mechanical performance in environmentally demanding applications

What are circular connectors used for?

Depending on their design and layout (threaded, push-pull, as well as many otherS), their use might be more suitable to certain applications rather than others, but in general the advantages brought by a circular connector make their range of applications very broad, from data and communication to military and aerospace industries. The high performance required by harsh industrial environments makes it necessary for the circular connector to be rugged and shielded against EMI to avoid any damage from water contamination, dirt, extreme temperature or vibration.

How do circular connectors work?

Different components are available to maximise the function of your circular connector, and our range includes:

Available from recognised worldwide brands, such as Amphenol, Deutsch, TE Connectivity and our own RS Pro.

Guides & Articles

article1_image

In our comprehensive guide we look at what din rails are, what they’re used for, as well as the different types that are available on the market.

article1_image

In our definitive guide, we look at what HDMI Connectors are, what they’re used for, as well as the different types that are available.

Related Products
Crimp contacts for use with female receptacles from ...
Description:
Crimp contacts for use with female receptacles from the Molex ML-XT Sealed Connection System and Molex XRC Sealed Connectors. The copper alloy terminals have a tin over nickel plating. These size 16 female crimp contacts have a 12A current capacity ...
Brought to you by RS Pro, these connector ...
Description:
Brought to you by RS Pro, these connector contacts provide an excellent choice in both durability and quality. With both M8 and M12 available, and a choice between plug body colours of either transparent or black, there is a suitable ...
A series of circular connector contacts for the ...
Description:
A series of circular connector contacts for the TE Connectivity 2.5 mm circular connectors. These circular connector contacts are made from tin plated copper alloy and are available in various wire sizes. For a correct system, the contacts must be ...
Nickel plated brass bodied 50Ω connectors with PTFE ...
Description:
Nickel plated brass bodied 50Ω connectors with PTFE insulators and beryllium copper contacts. Designed for RF and high voltage application. High voltage coaxial connectors, fitted with the Lemo push-pull system.All of these plugs are equipped with a rotary safety ring ...