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I have these two connectors:

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and I have male and female pins that come with them.

Do I put the male pins in the male connector? or do I do the opposite? I can't see an obvious reason why it would be one way or another, but I may be missing something :)

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Male terminals go into the left one. Female terminals go into the right one.

Here's a photo for a similar connector family: enter image description here

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I think the male pins go in the left housing, and female sockets go in the right one - but the datasheet should give the part numbers of the contacts that go with each housing, and may have illustrations that show the correct arrangement.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't have the datasheet \$\endgroup\$
    – Thomas
    May 29 '18 at 16:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ You will probably find that the contacts will only fit the housings one way - if you try to put the wrong contact in a housing, it won't fit. \$\endgroup\$ May 29 '18 at 16:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Peter That kind of poka-yoke is nice, but it isn't always a part of the connector design. Molex 0.062" series, for example, allows to plug either male or female terminal into either male or female housing. \$\endgroup\$ May 29 '18 at 16:36

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