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 Spade Connector Answers

Question: What does this connector look like?
Side View  Spade Terminal
Question: What variations of this connector are available?

Answer:
 Spade terminals vary in cable size, connection method type, plating and insulation. The cable size indicates the size of cable that the ring terminal can be attached to.
 
Connection Method Advantage
Solderless Easier to connect to the cable.
Doesn't require a soldering iron.
Solder-type More secure connection to the cable.
 
Plating Advantage
Nickel-plated Costs less.
Gold-plated Greater corrosion resistance and conductivity.
 
Insulation Advantage
Non-insulated Larger conductive surface, allows customized insulation.
Insulated Easier to use, no additional insulation required.

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Question: What is this connector used for?

Answer:
 Spade terminals are used primarily for speaker connections and test equipment connections.

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Question: What cable or cables are used with this connector?

Answer:
 Spade terminals are used on single-conductor wire, such as speaker cable.

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Question: How is this connector attached to the cable?

Answer:
 Spade terminals are either soldered or otherwise attached to the stripped conductor on the cable.

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Question: Where can I get this type of connector?

Answer:
 Spade terminal connectors can be ordered on-line, through your local RadioShack store, or by calling our order center at 800-241-8742.

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