Can anyone identify this connector type?


  • \$\begingroup\$ I last remember seeing those used as speaker connectors about 20-30 years ago ... Don't know what they're called though. \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Dec 5, 2014 at 17:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ -1 for dumping the ridiculously large uncropped picture on us. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 5, 2014 at 18:19
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    – George
    Dec 6, 2014 at 0:16

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It's DIN speaker connector. Pretty old one..
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  • \$\begingroup\$ I had a desk lamp that was connecting to the 12VAC power supply using this kind of connector. So, I would say that the use is not limited to speakers. \$\endgroup\$
    – Nazar
    Dec 5, 2014 at 18:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Naz Well, I have seen systems powered with a 3.5mm audio jack and even RF antenna cables. People do strange things sometimes. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eugene Sh.
    Dec 5, 2014 at 18:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ikea are one of those strange people. They use them extensively for connecting into wall warts for lamps. \$\endgroup\$
    – Majenko
    Dec 5, 2014 at 19:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Majenko I am not saying it is wrong. Are you familiar with the name "kettle plug"? Well, it is not used just for kettles. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eugene Sh.
    Dec 5, 2014 at 20:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EugeneSh. The "kettle plug" differs from the similar IEC C13 connector with which it is often confused. The "kettle plug" has a notch in it, but the C13 doesn't. You can use a "kettle plug" in a C13 socket, but not the other way around. C13 are often only as little as 6A, but the kettle plugs are 13A, so it would be safe to use a kettle plug in an C13 socket, but not the other way around - hence the notch. \$\endgroup\$
    – Majenko
    Dec 5, 2014 at 20:05

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