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Camlock Series Differences

What's the Difference between all the Camlock Series?

Electrical Camlock Series Differences

In the temporary power industry, we have one recurring demand – the need for a reliable and portable power source. As ATI constantly works to develop new products to meet this demand, we would like to discuss one of our favorite portable power products; our Camlock connectors, in which we always keep a large inventory on hand. Camlocks are a type of locking connector assembled with a solid brass contact and are frequently used to provide instant temporary power through generator connections in construction, entertainment industries, mining, and other portable power applications. If you refer to our website, you will find they are even available in multiple color designs. 

These connectors are manufactured through multiple sources such as Leviton, Marinco Power Products, Eaton (Cooper Crouse-Hinds), and Hubbell – all of which we carry at both of our locations in South Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Standard Camlock connectors are available in a single-pole male and female variation; however, we also offer certain adapters to use if you have a preferred, specific setup.

Available in a series, all the designs of Camlock connectors are consistent throughout all manufacturers. In this blog, we will be reviewing the differences between Camlock series 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23. 

Distinguishing Features of The Camlock Series

Leviton Series 15 Cam Type Male Plug

Camlock Series 15 Connectors are “mini” cams that are available as connectors, plugs, or receptacle forms. These mini camlocks are intended for smaller applications primarily in the entertainment industry. Series 15 Camlocks are designed for #8 to #2 AWG and are rated for a maximum of 150 amps (varying on the size of wire used).

Furthermore, series 16 and 18 Cams are standard sized cams that are also available in connector, plugs, or receptacle forms. The series 16 and 18 Camlocks are built to withstand a higher ampacity, rated for a maximum of 400 Amps. These Camlocks are designed for use with #2 to 4/0 AWG. Series 18 Camlocks have a newer design, and an ergonomic grip that allows for an easy connection to a power source. This new design is often referred to as “Ball Nose” cams whereas Series 16 Camlocks are often referred to as “Taper Nose” cams.
22 Series Single Pole Cam-Type Male Detachable Latching Plug

Series 17, 19, 22, and 23 Camlocks are “J” Series for cable sizes 350 to 750 MCM and up to 690 Amps. These will be visibly larger than the 15, 16, and 18 Camlocks and are made to endure heavy - duty industrial usage. The 22 and 23 Series include a specialized security feature through the additional latching mechanism along with their heavy duty, completely insulated connectors that are vibration resistant, so they won’t vibrate or loosen under any circumstances.

Conclusion of Camlocks Series

ATI continuously provides the highest quality selection of Camlock connectors because of the wide range of functions and industries that they’re compatible with. After reviewing all the Camlock connectors mentioned in this blog, be sure to visit our online site for all of the previously mentioned products and adapters. On and off the jobsite, ATI team members are qualified to assist you with any detailed Camlock questions you may have. Our portable power experts are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. (EST) via call or text at (800)-597-9311.

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