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The Multi-Contact Solarline family of connectors delivers a flexible system solution for time-saving, dependable series cabling of solar modules. All module manufacturers supply their grid-tie modules with pre-assembled output cables, tested and ready for connection. This saves considerable time during an installation and greatly increases reliability over wire junction boxes. These cable couplers are fully touch-protected and designed for up to 1000 volts and 30 amps. They are also waterproof. For parallel connection of modules in 12- to 48-volt systems, Multi-Contact makes branch connectors for use with currents up to 30 amps. For the past few years, modules have come with Multi-Contact Solarline 1 connectors which have a soft rubber insulator. In 2007, PV manufacturers began switching to Multi-Contact Solarline 2 locking connectors to meet future electrical code requirements.The Multi-Contact plug-and-play connector system allows for the PV arrays to be pre-assembled and pre-wired in the shop or on site. We stock both styles of connectors for use with 10 AWG or 12 AWG USE-2 stranded wire. Proper crimping to the wire and insulator assembly requires special tools. We stock standard lengths of assembled cables and adapters to go between Solarline 1 and Solarline 2 connectors.
Low-voltage power systems with inverters can have very high current flows in the cables that connect the inverter tothe batteries. Large AC loads like microwave ovens, toasters, irons and washers can cause an inverter operating on a 12-volt battery to draw over 100 amps. Large motors may draw 300 to 500 amps at startup. Using the proper size wire between batteries, and from batteries to the inverter, will enable proper operation of the appliance. Cables that are too small will limit the current available to the inverter and may prevent a large load from operating correctly.