What is a NATO Field Plug?

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What is a NATO field plug? A NATO field plug is a charging solution that can be used with NATO ground tactical vehicles, which are equipped with a 24-volt DC port. Slave cables and NATO plugs can be used for slave (jump) starting or to harness power from the 24-volt port for other applications. When you need a field plug, NATO field plugs provide strong current and durability. Learn more about NATO field plugs below!

Uses for NATO Plugs in the Field

Per NATO STANAG-4074, NATO field plugs are designed to be compatible with NATO tactical ground vehicles. The interoperability requirements of STANAG 4074 are to “to standardize the dimensions and basic characteristics of the auxiliary power unit connections for starting tactical land vehicles in use in the armed forces of NATO.” The NATO receptacle can be placed inside or outside the vehicle.

DC-AC inverters are commonly used with NATO plugs, for example. They plug into the NATO receptacle on tactical vehicles, and can be used to power small tools, mobile phones, and laptops. The inverters typically contain an internal cooling fan, an overload indicator, and external replaceable fuse. NATO field plug USB power converters are also used to convert the 24-volt DC slave receptacle into a power source for USB devices.

NATO plugs play a large role in making jump-starting a vehicle easier. Because military vehicles include a built-in electrical system with a receptacle, slave cables can be connected easily. The vehicle with the good battery can connect to the vehicle with the dead battery quickly, allowing for a hassle-free jump-start. Our selection of military-grade slave cables and cable assemblies makes finding what you need simple.

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