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I have the EL Sequencer from Sparkfun which uses JST PH connectors on the DC and the AC side, but my EL panels all have JST SM connectors. There seems to be enough space to solder more connectors on the underside of the sequencer (although barely) or I could even desolder the PH ones (which are somewhat out-of-spec anyway, as they are rated only up to 50V and EL works with 3x to 6x the voltage). The question only remains, which connectors to use instead?

My initial idea was to use JST XH on the board to plug an "extension cable" (maybe sub 1 meter) and use an 8-10 pin connector on the other end. Or should I forego the board-to-wire connectors and solder short wires to the board and equip them with wire-to-wire, like JST SM? (The more I think about it the more it seems like the better idea)

I say 8 or 10 pin connector because all the panels end up close to each other (in a pattern) and I want them to be disconnectable in a single action.

My question: Are there other recommendable connectors that can be used as wire-to-wire AND as wire-to-board? I find JST's self-incompatibility on this front annoying. Are there any faults in my thinking?

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The EL wire system runs up to 120V, per IPC specs an 0.2mm or 8mil clearance should be used between traces and connector pads on the PCB with 120V (150V). In addition, 16mil should be used between coated insulation on wires.

This means any connector could be used that has an 8mil clearance between the connectors.

I like molex and JST connectors, if I am looking for a new connector the digikey paper catalog is makes it easy to compare connectors and connectors are listed by product family.

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