What is a CamLock Connector?
A camlock connector, or more commonly ‘Cam-Lok’, is an electrical single pole connector often used in temporary electrical power distribution. Camlock plugs are predominantly used in the North America because it is outlawed across Europe. The connector is generally used when 3 phase connections or a charge of more than 50A is required. CamLock connectors are also used to build disconnects to lighting dimmer racks and distribution panels and to connect large generators. Usually found in professional and industrial settings, they are seldom found in use around the home or used by amateur electricians due to their dangerous nature.
CamLock Colour Codes
The Camlok colour codes are similar to other single pole devices in the USA:
- Green = Earth/Grounding Connector
- White = Neutral
- Black = Line 1
- Red = Line 2
- Blue = Line 3
Can I use CamLock connectors in Europe?
No. Cam industrial plugs have been outlawed across Europe because of their hazardous nature. The connectors are sometimes referred to jokingly as ‘suicide connectors’, however the dangers of using the plug are no joke. The exposed contact point inside the insulator can cause serious injury or even death. Similarly, disconnecting a high current circuit under load can cause similar catastrophic outcomes.
Is there a safe alternative to CamLock?
Powersafe single pole connectors are the highest rated and safest high current, low voltage plug for events, power, military and utility industries. Phase 3’s electrical devices are the standard industry replacement for the unsafe CamLock connector. Powersafe connectors are the perfect replacement due to the finger-proof contacts and individual line locking mechanisms.
Cam-Lock vs Powersafe
We hear two answers when we ask US customers, ‘Why do you still use CamLock Connectors?’
“There’s no alternative UL approved connector!” OR “The alternative’s lead times are too long!”
Well…Is there a CamLock Connector alternative with short lead times?
YES! Phase 3 have manufactured UL Approved POWERSAFE Connectors and have a distribution network developed across the United States of American and Canada with industry leading delivery times of as short as one week.
‘I really don’t know much about the Camlock alternative…’ Take a look at the CamLock vs Powersafe Infographic: