Perko Watertight Deck Connections are rated 15 amps at 12, 24, 32 volts. Polarized double contact connector. 1-5/8" diameter, 1-3/16" high. Uses #6 screws. Flange gasket with integral waterproof cap for base when plug is removed. Not ignition protected. Conforms to U.S.C.G. electrical standards. Chrome plated.
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I have just bought a boat which has 4 of these electrical connections installed on it....I can only assume that they would be intended for fishing drop light usage. Are there any other accessories that these plugs can be used for? Can the male connector to this plug be purchased without having to purchase the female receptacle?, Or do you get the male part of the plug when purchasing accessories which would use this plug? Happy fishing and thanks for your help!
Dont know of accessories that come with this connector.On my boat I use them to connect some waterproof speakers , mounted in the cockpit to the radio mounted inside, so the wires now pass through in a water tight way.
This connector has two size pins.. which one do you connect the positive to?
I connected the positive to the larger pinThat worked for me.
I do not believe it matters so long as you match the wires leading into and out of the connector. In other words, if the positive is connected to the larger pin on one side of the connector, you want to be certain that you maintain continuity with the positive on the larger pin on the other side of the connector. If the pins were the same size, then when unplugging and re-plugging the connector, you could end up reversing the polarity if you plugged it in incorrectly, hence two pin sizes to ensure it can only be plugged in one way.
It makes no difference.
You should determine this experimentally since the socket might be wired differently. Use a voltmeter and place the leads in the socket holes. Read the voltage and determine which hole is positive - (for example - if the voltage is positive, the red lead is in the positive hole, if negative, the red lead is in the negative hole). Once you determine how the socket is wired, wire your plug so that the pin that goes into the positive hole is positive.I hope this explanation helps.
If you are using this for anything outside a motorized appliance, it would not really matter. As I recall, I wired the A+ to the larger pin.
I don't know if there is a standard for that, I connected it to the one with bigger diameter and is working well. If you have to connect led lights it'll be easy...if you use the wrong polarity the lights won't work.
I honestly don't think it makes any difference PROVIDED that you have clearly identified the +ve and -ve from BOTH the source AND the destination of the leads. Double/triple check before committing to mating the two parts of the connectors.
Can you purchase just the flange gasket with integral waterproof cap for base? My cap has broken off. Plug is still good
I think you can. My plugs are 2 years old and are still good.Things happen though and thing get broken. Good luck
what gage wire will this item accept? I would like to use it with 6 ga wire for a trolling motor
I think you'll be pushing it with 6 ga wire. The wire is secured in the connector by a small screw and I just don't think these connectors were designed for that much current. I use mine for my mast lights (LED Nav and spreader lights) and they work great. The water seal is tight and they look good too.
I used 16 ga wire for a mast light with this product and it worked well for that. It will not accept much larger wire...certainly not for the ampacity of a trolling motor. It probably only handles about 14 ga. max and the insertion length under the set screw is not enough for much surface contact anyway. I like this product, but advise against it for your specific application.
Can this be used with speaker wires?
Don't know specifically, but as this device is used for conducting power from a source to a 'user' I would think that the real question would be the compatibility of the two rather than the connection. I would not run anything over 12V on it however.
I would expect so... I rigged the lights on my boat with speaker wire (14 gauge Monster cable) and these connectors. You may want to fill the boot with something if your cable is flat (the boot's hole is round).
I purchased this item to use as connection for a 2-conductor 24V cockpit light set that I have. Since most speaker wires are also 2-conductor, I do not see any reason why it would not work just fine with your speaker wires. Good Luck, and happy boating!Glen
I need 2 male connectors. Can I purchase only the male connector?
Male connectors are the PKO-0042 in the drop down...< a href="http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=15341" target="_blank">http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=15341< /a>
does this part come with both male and female connectors?
This part does come with both male and female connectors. Very easy to install and the fit is snug. I have two of them installed on my boat. There's even a cap you can use to cover the deck-fitted female connector when the male connector is disconnected. You'll have to provide the stainless steel screws.
Yes, as shown. The female is locked into the deck fitting. You'll want a small slot driver to access the set screws, and may want to seal the connection with liquid tape once you've doen the wiring.
Does 'Polarized" mean that the plug only fits into the socket one way and the positive and negative poles can't be switched?
Tried this deck connector twice & didn't have good luck.
This deck electrical connector get corroded quickly even though the rubber cap has been on and attempting to seal the contacts from corrosion. The contacts need to be cleaned with a rat tail file on a regular basis to remove oxidation so that a good electrical connection can be made. After trying 2 of these connectors, I gave up using these. I custom build another electrical connector for my portable search light.
Cape Cod, MA
junk for larger wires
If you use any thicker wire - like gauge 14 or thicker (and it is supposed to handle 15A) there are not enough screw threads to hold the wire. It might work for thinner wire, but I think you should look to other connectors. This is junk and not usable for my application.
This is a very nice thru-hull connector. It comes with a gasket AND the plug-in connector. Once you get it installed you will be very satisfied with its appearance. The plug is also very nice. For the plug cable I recommend going and getting 16 gauge appliance cable. This has the large diameter which will be snug in the rubber cover for the plug.