Cables

How to Install a NATO Receptacle

In most cases, M-series vehicles are outfitted with a 2-pin style slave cable receptacle. However, should you find the need to install one yourself, our team can show you how! But what is a NATO receptacle? A NATO receptacle is part of a NATO field plug that plays a critical role in charging external electronics,… Read more »

What is EPDM Cable?

With many of the cables we use for electrical projects, you’ll find that many will have a thick rubber coating to protect the wires themselves and provide efficient insulation. To ensure your cables continue to hold up over time, ethylene propylene diene monomer or EPDM cables can provide an extra layer of protection and keep… Read more »

What are Wires Made Of?

We rely on the electrical wiring and cables in our homes and work every day, and no matter if you’re dealing with one wire or several all at once, you want to ensure your circuits maintain steady current with effective wiring. This is determined by what materials are used to make them. Now you might… Read more »

What is a Solenoid Cable Connector?

A variety of electrical systems have features that enable the automatic flow of fluid or liquids without any issues. To do this, many of these devices or systems will have a solenoid cable connector or valve in place. So what is a solenoid cable connector and what is it used for? Get the full breakdown… Read more »

What Does MPN Mean?

Are you trying to find the right parts for your next electrical product, or are in need of an exact replacement to ensure the proper power to your appliances and devices? To easily find the right parts you need, you’ll need to use your Manufacturer Part Number (MPN). This unique code provides customers with vital… Read more »

Learn How Electrical Cable is Made

Electrical wiring and cables are essential to powering many of our everyday appliances, devices, and so much more. But, what are cable wires made of? Since electrical wires help your current flow efficiently, they need to be made of highly conductive material and insulated properly. Learn more about how electrical cable is made and then… Read more »

Electrical Cable Types

Just as there are many different types of connectors, the family of electrical cable types is equally as wide. Are you looking for the right cable for transferring signals and frequencies, or for use while in the field? Refer to our list of electrical cable types and applications below to see which cable is the… Read more »

What is a Shielded Cable?

With so many cable options unavailable, you may be wondering, “What is a shielded cable?” Shielded cables are electrical cables with insulating conductors that are surrounded by a conductive layer. Usually, the shield is covered with a jacket, while the shield itself can be made of braided copper strands, conducting polymer, or a spiraled and… Read more »

What’s Special About NATO Power Plugs?

Unlike your average electrical plug, NATO power plugs meet the requirements put forth under a STANdardization AGreement (STANAG). What does this mean? To put it simply, NATO plugs are military-grade and offer the highest possible reliability. Read on to learn more about what makes NATO slave cable plugs special, then shop for the component you… Read more »

Connector Plug vs. Receptacle

Connectors are basically shells that house contacts with wires and are used on electrical wiring harnesses. Each connector plug has an insert that’s specifically formatted for a mating socket (a receptacle). Inserts are usually moisture resistant and have a hermetic seal to protect the plug, receptacle, wires, and connection. Read on to learn more about… Read more »

What is a Cable Assembly?

Electric cable assemblies are harness assemblies that house cables. The purpose of a cable assembly is to help the user keep tabs on the amount of current, the path of the current, and general safety. Cable assemblies house and organize different types of cables, which helps prevent confusion and potentially dangerous situations. You’ll find a… Read more »

What are NATO Electrical Connectors?

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) connectors adhere to military or technical procedures defined under a STANdardization AGreement (STANAG). Like U.S. defense standards (also known as MIL-SPEC), NATO standards outline the processes, terms, and conditions for the manufacturing of equipment like power connectors for military use. The difference is, however, that these standards exist so the… Read more »

How to Test Cables with a Multimeter

What is a multimeter? It’s a multifunctional device that measures electronics and electrical components and can perform a variety of tests without requiring that users buy another unit. Essentially, it’s an amalgam of an AC/DC voltmeter, ammeter, and ohmmeter, so it can be used to measure voltage, current measured in amperes, and resistance. Wondering how… Read more »

What is a Twisted Pair Cable?

A twisted pair cable is created by taking two different insulated wires and twisting them together, allowing them to run parallel to each other in a pattern. This type of cable can be either a shielded twisted pair cable (STP) or unshielded twisted pair cable (UTP), and while they each exhibit a unique design, both… Read more »