PowerCON connector

The powerCON is an electrical connector manufactured by Neutrik for connecting mains power to equipment in a small space (smaller than IEC connector commonly used on PCs).

Neutrik powerCON 20 A is a locking 3 conductor equipment AC connector with contacts for line, neutral and pre-mating ground contact. It is a rugged solution that has a locking device in it. It is suitable for applications where a reliable power connection is needed (no loose wire accidentally pulled out of device). Neutrik powerCON 20 A is most commonly used for entertainment system power distribution (for example lighting equipment)

Powercon looks and works similarly to the Speakon: the line connector inserted in the chassis connector and twisted to make contact and lock. Both line and chassis connectors are fully insulated even when disconnected.

The original and most common version of the powerCON is rated at 20 A. It comes in two deliberately incompatible variants (one for power input and other for power output) .The type A is blue and used for power sources (power flows out of a blue-ended cable, into a chassis socket).

The main advantages of the powerCON are high current capacity in a small space and locking. The main disadvantages are cost and reliance on a single vendor. Biggest electrical disadvantage is that powerCON is a connector without breaking capacity, i.e. the powerCON should not be connected or disconnected under load or live! That unfortunately makes them  unsuitable for equipment used by untrained personnel.

Hare is a powerCON connector I found from Chinese outlet. It seems that we might not be anymore tied to one manufacturer….

 

It seems that There are lots of non-Neutrik PowerCon connectors, most of which are made in China. While there is some question regarding patent violations, lots of off shore manufacturers make their verison of the PowerCon and also equip sound and lighting products with non-Neutrik versions of the PowerCon. There are ways to spot a counterfeit – and mine looks like one.

Neutrik fights against piracy of products and trademark infringementAlthough Neutrik AG is unable to track down and stop all violations of product (patent and trademark infringements), company thinks that it remains an important task on the company’s agenda. 

Related connectors

In addition to original powerCON (nowdays known as powerCON 20 A), there are also other connectors nowadays on powerCON product family. Neutrik has introduced a larger 32 A version of the powerCON.

Neutrik announced a new variant of the connector called the powerCON TRUE1.Unlike the traditional PowerCon connectors the new powerCON TRUE 1 connector is specified for disconnection under load. The current rating for it is 16 A and connectors are IP65 rated when mated. powerCON TRUE 1 connector is not compatible with traditional PowerCon connectors.

5 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Fake Neutrik Powercon. August 2015
    https://www.aceta.org.au/fake-product.html

    The plug breaks if you twist it the wrong way to lock it in place or keep turning once it’s locked. Not much pressure is needed to break it either.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Converting a Surge Protector / Power Strip to Neutrik PowerCON TRUE1 for Daisychainability
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZkdYEErVV8

    A guide to adding a Neutrik PowerCON TRUE1 panel connector to a Furman SS-6B power strip to allow daisy-chaining of multiple strips.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neutrik’s powerCON Explained – ISE Show 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riy85f8Qov4

    Neutrik’s powerCON series includes lockable, extremely robust and reliable 3 pole equipment (AC) connectors.

    Neutrik PowerCON TRUE1 – How to install male and female cable connectors
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01AnhcF47D4

    A helpful guide for installing male and female Neutrik PowerCON TRUE1 electrical connectors onto a cable.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What is Speakon and Powercon Connector in Professional Audio Apllications
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnE6vJdGFaI

    Used in Professional audio system for connecting speaker to the audio amplifier. MX Speakon connector is designed with a locking system.

    MX Speakon connectors are fully shielded from human touch, preventing electrical shock risks.
    Operate in high current, inductive load environment of loudspeakers.

    The MX powerCON is a locking 3 conductor equipment AC connector with contacts for line, neutral and pre-mating ground contact. It replaces appliance couplers wherever a very rugged solution in combination with a locking device is needed in order to guarantee a safe power connection.

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