Connector Plug vs. Receptacle

Connector plug

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 a connector plug vs. receptacle and the relationship between the two, then find the products for your application at Gateway Cable Company.

What’s the Difference Between Plug and Receptacle? 

Connector plugs and receptacles were specially designed for military aircrafts in the 1930s. Those connectors and receptacles helped shape the MIL-SPEC and MIL-STD standards for the ones used in military operations today. Despite having an interwoven history, connector plugs and receptacles are different in form and function. A plug has prongs or connecting pins that fit into a receptacle (also known as a jack). A receptacle usually has a flange with holes so that it can be mounted to a surface. 

Bottom line: Every connector plug has a mating plug receptacle — and vice versa. 

Why Choose NATO Power Connectors and Receptacles? 

Gateway Cable Company is your source for military-grade connectors and receptacles. Many of our plugs meet NATO STANAG (North Atlantic Treat Organization STANdardization AGreement) standards. When you purchase NATO connectors or plugs — or any military-grade electrical component — you can expect the utmost reliability. Our connectors have undergone extensive testing to ensure they’re resistant to the following:

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Petroleum resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Ozone resistant
  • Fungus resistant
  • Resistant to extreme hot or cold temperatures

Find Heavy-Duty Connectors and Receptacles Today! 

Gateway Cable Company is proud to offer a vast selection of heavy-duty connectors and plug receptacles. If you have further questions about a connector plug vs. receptacle and how they compare, contact us. Already know which connector or receptacle would best suit your operations? Request a quote online today!