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I'm wondering if anyone is aware of a connector that I could use to distribute a single 5v line into many devices such as the picture below:

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simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

I'm sure that there would be something similar that is used in computers for this purpose but I am basically trying to avoid creating a PCB or having a connector with multiple wires coming out of a single pin.

To clarify: I'm looking for a relatively small wire to wire connector.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ A USB hub maybe? Not sure how much current they would be rated for. \$\endgroup\$ – Joshyp00 Nov 14 '16 at 20:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately a USB hub wouldn't be appropriate for my application here. I'm looking more for something similar to a Molex or JST connector. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Johnson Nov 14 '16 at 20:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Creating a PCB is your best option here even though you don't want to do that. I could not see a feasible option with a single wire. You will need to distribute your voltage through a plane of some sort. Audio cables sometime have splitter to connect multiple speakers together for example. \$\endgroup\$ – 12Lappie Nov 14 '16 at 20:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ "I am trying to avoid having a connector with multiple wires coming out of a single pin" Why? This is actually the best solution, here. Just as they do in PCs, as you mentioned. You could daisy-chain them, this way, you have at most two wires coming out, which allows for smaller pins (and therefore smaller connectors). \$\endgroup\$ – dim Nov 14 '16 at 20:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that daisy chaining may be the best option. I really did think that there might be a connector out there for this purpose though... maybe I'll invent one. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Johnson Nov 14 '16 at 20:35
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You could use barrier terminal strips. There are jumper things that will bridge two or more terminals to give any reaonalbe number of bussed terminals.

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Are you envisaging some sort of in-line 'T' join/splice in a cable? This is a messy look and won't be great for current carrying capacity though.

Quite cheap on Ebay. Packs of 50 are only a few dollars.

What was your application? How long would the runs be?

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Do you mean such a thing? They work for both AC and DC.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ These Wago terminals are great, I use them at work all the time but I'm looking for something a little more like a proper connector with crimp terminals. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Johnson Nov 14 '16 at 21:01

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