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Powersafe Configuration Guide

This page has all the information you need about configuring Powersafe Connectors in Phase 3's online store. We explain the industry jargon, power cable requirements and product information.

Powersafe Configuration Contents

Use this contents list to find what you need to know within the Powersafe Configuration Guide:

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Powersafe Connectors Explained

What are the types of Powersafe connector?

There are two primary types of Powersafe Connector.

A ‘Line Connector‘ or ‘Inline’ connector acts as the electrical plug for connection between an appliance and the power source. The line connector consists of an insulated casing with a single pole that fits into a Powersafe socket. The connectors are fitted with a spring loaded plastic cap that prevents accidental finger touching of the contact. Powersafe contacts are available to suit power cable from 25mm² to 300mm².

A ‘Panel Mount Connector‘ or ‘Mounted Connector’ acts as the electrical socket for connection with a Powersafe Line Connector. The Panel Mount connector is mounted onto a distribution board or panel through 4 fixing holes on the flange. The Panel Mounts are terminated with M12 threaded post to a standard lug. Panel Connectors are supplied fully assembled with an M12 nut and spring washer for secure connection.

Use the slider below to help you distinguish between the connector types.

LINE powersafe power connector Panel Mount powersafe connector powerlock

Connector Gender Explained

Both Line and Panel Mount connectors are available as Source and Drain.

Source Connectors are usually the live end of the connection. Source connectors have a Male Contact and a Female Insulator.

Drain Connectors are usually not live ends and receive the connection. Drain Connectors have a Female Contact and a Male Insulator.

Use the slider below to help you distinguish between the genders.

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Line Connector Configuration Help

Termination: How are Powersafe Connectors terminated?

There are 2 types of termination for Powersafe, Crimp and Set Screw.

Crimp Terminations have a different sized crimp bucket on the copper contact to allow a range of cable sizes. Crimp terminations allow for an incoming cable range of 25mm² – 300mm². Phase 3’s standard size is 120mm² and 240 mm², which for instance fits with standard sized HO7RNF power cable. We recommend 3 hexagonal crimps are made with a certified crimp tool to terminate safely.

Set Screw Terminations use standard set screws to secure the connector to power cable. This type of plug are considered a temporary termination as screws can be removed with an Allen Key to remove the connector and reuse the cable. Set Screw Connectors have a standard 120mm² size and for any cable smaller (95mm² – 25mm²) a reduction kit is used to fit the contact and cable.

  • Set Screw Torque Minimum is 10.5 Nm
  • Cable Jacket Strip Length is 33mm

For more information on terminations and assembly, view our Powersafe Assembly Guide.

Clamping Range: what are the Gland Sizes?

After selecting your Termination, you will be asked to define your Clamping Range. Clamping Range determines the size of the gland we assemble onto the back of your connector – this is defined by the size of your cable. The gland grips your cable to ensure an IP rating and secure connection of the connector.

We use 4 types of gland: M50, M40B, M40A and M40S (a bush is supplied for a M40SS gland)

Gland Sizes Explained – See the Terminations Available with Gland Sizes

M50 M40B M40A M40S M40SS
Crimp 300mm² Crimp 300mm² Crimp 150mm² Set Screw 120mm² Set Screw 70mm²
Crimp 240mm² Crimp 240mm² Crimp 120mm² Set Screw 95mm² Set Screw 50mm²
Crimp 185mm² Crimp 185mm² Crimp 95mm² Set Screw 35mm²
Crimp 150mm² Crimp 70mm² Set Screw 25mm²
Crimp 120mm² Crimp 50mm²
Set Screw 120mm² Crimp 35mm²
Set Screw 120mm²

Panel Mount Connector Configuration Help

Termination: How are Powersafe Panel Mount Connectors terminated?

Panel Mount are secured with an M12 threaded post termination. The standard connector is mounted to a panel through 4 fixing holes on the flange. As an alternative, flange holes can be fitted with M6 threaded inserts for either front or rear fixing. Panel connectors are supplied fully assembled and ready for direct mounting to equipment.

1. When the panel Connector is mounted in equipment: remove the nut and washer from the threaded post section.
2. Fit your selected terminal or accessory (i.e lug) over the threaded area.
3. Refit the Washer and bolt on to the threaded area and tighten to a maximum of 12 – 14Nm.

For more information on terminations and assembly, view our Powersafe Assembly Guide.

Panel Mount Amps, what is T5 and T8?

Powersafe industrial sockets are rated either 500 amp (T5) or 800 amp (T8).

The ‘T’ stands for Threaded Post Termination. The ‘5’ and ‘8’ stand for 500A and 800A respectively.

Powersafe Sequential Box Configuration Help

Number of Ports & Gender Explained

Port Numbers Explained

The standard Powersafe Sequential Mating Box has 5 ports for three phase electricity (Earth, Neutral, Live 1, Live 2, Live 3). However, some electrical specifications do not require a neutral line, therefore we manufacture a 4 port box. Alternatively, you can use a 5 port box with a dummy connector to transform it into a 4 port box for temporary applications – please ask our Sales Manager.

Gender Explained

The Powersafe Box is available in both source and drain versions.

Source Boxes are usually the live end of the connection. The Source Powersafe Box accepts connection with Drain Connectors.

Drain Boxes are usually not live ends and receive the connection. The Drain Powersafe Box accepts connection with Source Connectors.

Sequential Box Lid Explained

The Powersafe Power Distribution Box comes with an optional Lid as an extra. The product lid ensures an IP67 rating when not in use and protects the box from the environmental damage.

As the box is often left unused as a backup for power outages, it is recommended that the lidded version is purchased.

Panel Size Explained

The Powersafe Sequential Mating Box has a straight front panel that comes in two panel sizes, 88mm and 108mm.

88mm (2U) box: H= 88mm, W= 483mm, D= 130mm
108mm (4U) box: H= 108mm, W= 483mm, D= 130mm

Within different racking and panel mounting applications different sizes are required.

Powersafe Powerlock Box Drawings

Please contact us if you need more information.

UL Certification Explained

What is UL Certification?

The mark of UL approval is granted by the Underwriters Laboratories company, an independent safety science organisation dedicated to promoting safe living and working environment. With over a century of expertise in innovating safety solutions, UL helps to safeguard people, products and places, whilst facilitating trade and providing buyers with peace of mind. You can find out more about UL certification and the tests that are carried out to gain certification, by visiting the UL website.

Phase 3’s Compliance Manager, Lee Corrigan, who led the project for UL approval said, “It’s been an enjoyable challenge gaining UL approval for myself and the team, who have worked extremely hard on this project. It’s great for the product to be recognised for its safety features and high quality. We feel this will help open many doors in the US and other markets for us as it’s now one of the highest rated single pole connectors with UL approval.”

UL Certification is usually required in the USA and Canada.

UL Ratings Explained

Powersafe UL Connectors are rated slightly lower to match with UL Certified power cable current ratings – this helps users avoid confusion and adhere to UL testing standards. Our standard 500A connectors are downgraded to 455A and our standard 800A connector is downgraded to 615A.

In line with the adjusted ratings, UL Connectors are only available for devices with terminations below Crimp 150mmand Set Screw 120mm2.

View the Powersafe UL Certificate.