Molex Incorporated has released a vertical configuration version of its DuraClik 2.00 mm pitch wire-to-board connectors. These vertical DuraClik connectors have been designed for on-board automotive instrumentation, including steering wheels, gear sticks, wipers/indicators, headlights, inverters and air conditioners, in addition to electric bicycles, trucks, cranes, factory automation equipment and other high vibration applications.
“DuraClik connectors exceed automotive industry specifications for resilient connector systems that perform in high vibration conditions,” explained Yasuhi Ito, global product manager, Molex. “The shock-proof design and inner-positive lock mechanism provide optimal space savings and PCB retention for secure mating in rugged automotive environments.”
The DuraClik series includes right-angle and now vertical configuration connectors to meet various space constraints and harness installation needs. The new vertical configuration connectors feature receptacles mounted in the vertical direction of the headers mounted on the boards. They are specifically designed to improve harness installation in space-constrained automotive applications. An enclosed contact design protects against dust and damage. The inner-positive lock mechanism ensures secure mating, while preventing latch breakage that can occur from wire tangling.
DuraClik connectors meet automotive compartment requirements with a maximum operating temperature of +105°C. An audible click confirms the connector is mated securely. Both the right-angle and vertical configurations of DuraClik 2.00 mm pitch wire-to-board connectors employ a shock-proof SMT design equipped with wide solder tabs. In automotive anti-vibration tests, DuraClik connectors can withstand an upward pull force of 100 N (10 kgf), which allows for secure PCB retention in high-vibration applications.
“Automotive customers need a connector system with more robust features than most standard 2.00 mm pitch systems,” adds Ito. “DuraClik more than meets their needs.”
Molex DuraClik connectors are available in 2- to 12-circuit sizes.