Anderson Single Pole (PP) Connectors

Anderson PP Connectors

The Anderson connector was originally designed by Anderson Power Products and although there are now numerous copies available, none have the same performance or longevity as the original. This genderless connection system provides a simple, low-cost solution for power interconnection which has become an industry standard for items such as forklift batteries, backup power and telecommunications.

Within the Anderson Power Products range, there are solutions for various current requirements ranging from 10 to 700 Amps.

Modular Singlepole Anderson Powerpole (PP) Features
  • Low cost, highly reliable design
  • 10 to 180 Amps
  • 600 Volts AC/DC
  • #20AWG to #1/0 AWG
  • Genderless connectors for simplicity
  • Stack-able modular system allows multi-pole blocks to be built up from a number of single-pole connectors / plugs
  • Colour coded for easy identification
  • Mechanical keying available
  • First-make last-break contacts available
  • Low-detent for low insertion/withdrawal force applications
  • All contacts can be either crimped or soldered
Anderson Power Products PP Single-pole Catalogue (1.6Mb)


Easy to Use Anderson PowerPole Connectors

The main reason that Anderson PowerPole connectors have become such a popular choice for power interconnection is their simplicity. The genderless design offers quick and easy assembly. You can keep less stock without the need to consider things like colour, direction or version of the unit as all single-pole connectors are readily compatible with one another.

Anderson Power Pole plugs are commonly used when it is desirable to have the two cores of the cable in separate housings which are keyed differently, or when a lead has more than two cores. PowerPole housings are moulded with dovetails so that they can be stacked together to create custom block connectors. They simply and quickly slide into place to create multiple connections as many times as needed. Different colour housings can also be used.

Anderson PowerPole connectors will stay securely mated without latches using the proven flat wiping technology. These connectors feature a detent or bump in the contact surface along with powerful stainless steel springs that hold them in the mated position. It allows for minimal contact resistance at high currents while the wiping action cleans the contact surface during connection/disconnection. The robust nature and durability of Anderson PowerPole connectors allows for 10,000 mating cycles across their lifetime.

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When ordering a connector it is not always as simple matter of determining between 'male' and 'female' because this can refer to both the housing gender and the contact gender. Many manufacturers offer a given housing gender with both pin and socket. A common example of such confusion occurs in the Deutsch Industrial DT range, where the plug (or male connector) actually contains socket (or female) contacts. For this reason please specify both the contact and housing gender at the time of order.

The IP Rating of a connector or accessory relates to the degree of ingress protection provided by that component. The first digit of the code relates to the degree of protection against access to hazardous parts (conductors etc) and against solid foreign objects. The second digit refers to the degree of protection against the ingress of water. For two examples of this system, consider the most commonly seen IP ratings in our products: IP44 and IP67. IP44 4: Protection from solid objects ≤1mm | 4: Protection against splashing water IP67 6: Protection from dust-sized objects | 7: Protection against immersion in water at depth of 1m for 30mins A complete guide to all IP Ratings is available here.

These terms are used by Phase 3 and ITT Veam on their high-current connectors.The source is considered the half of the connection from which the power is sourced; or the half supplying the electrical power. In an emergency power application, the generator is the source and would be fitted with Panel Source (panel-mount) connectors, a Panel Source Powersafe Box, or Line Source (inline) connectors on pigtails. The drain is the half of the connection which drains the power from the source. In the same emergency power application described above, the network receiving the emergency power supply is the drain and would be fitted with Line Drain connectors, Panel Drain connectors or a Panel Drain Powersafe Box.

We commonly deal with both American Wire Gauge (AWG) and square millimetre (mm2) dimensions as the units used by manufacturers can vary. To convert between measurements please refer this conversion chart.