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Old Dec 09, 2014, 04:24 PM
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Plated vs Non-plated connectors?

Is there really much of a difference between plated and non-plated connectors? I like to cut my wires down to size and typically just install new connectors and use the old housing on the trimmed wire lead.

I see gold-plated connectors on ebay from China but recently I needed some quickly and could only find non-plated connectors in the U.S. They definitely feel and look different but so far are crimping and holding wire just the same. I guess my primary concern is corrosion?
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 06:39 AM
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Gold flashing is used to reduce the risk of degradation of the connector due to oxidation and other chemical action.

I would alawys try and use gold plated connectors - the gold on some is too thin but that is another problem.

Peter
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Is there really much of a difference between plated and non-plated connectors? I like to cut my wires down to size and typically just install new connectors and use the old housing on the trimmed wire lead.

I see gold-plated connectors on ebay from China but recently I needed some quickly and could only find non-plated connectors in the U.S. They definitely feel and look different but so far are crimping and holding wire just the same. I guess my primary concern is corrosion?
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 12:58 PM
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Thanks Peter. Great insight.
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 07:26 PM
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Gold flashing is used to reduce the risk of degradation of the connector due to oxidation and other chemical action.

I would alawys try and use gold plated connectors - the gold on some is too thin but that is another problem.

Peter
I second that. Back in the early days of personal computers, the Radio Shack TRS-80 was prone to lock ups that were traced to using keyboard connectors that were tin plated. Tandy switched to gold plating and the lock ups stopped.
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