PowerSyntax features

PowerSyntax features

SPX - SPZ - SPY - SPV

PowerSyntax features

SPX - SPZ - SPY - SPV

Technical specifications, main features and applications of the PowerSyntax family of Powerlock-style single pole connectors.

  • SPX, SPZ, SPY and SPV are the new PowerSyntax series of Powerlock compatible single pole electrical connectors. Power Syntax are specifically suited for the electrical supply management from 480amp up to 750amp. Although fully intermateable with the original (and all the previous Syntax versions), the new PowerSyntax features a number of mechanical and technical enhancements which have been designed and incorporated to redefine the standards on this category of connectors as for safety, reliability, ease of handling and robustness in the harshest conditions.

  • Typical applications

    Typical applications

    Typical applications


    - Electrical power systems
    - Power distribution 
    - Outdoor concerts and sporting events
    - Outdoor broadcasting
    - Theatres
    - Mobile generators
    - Industrial vehicles
    - Railway installations
    - Military installations
    - Load banks
    - Backup power systems
    - Electrical power supply companies
    - Heavy industry

  • General features

    General features

    General features

    - Intermateable with other versions
    - Powerlock compatible
    - CE compliant
    - EN/ESI compliant
    - Contact retained within the thermoplastic housing with a flame-retardant UL94-VO plastic pin. This method ensures quick assembling and disassembling. No special extracting tools are needed
    - Heavy-duty ergonomic hand grip, with sides specifically designed for easy pushing/pulling when mating/unmating
    - Metric thread M40 cable gland IP68 watertight compliant with EN/CE, adapters available for cables over 32 mm diameter
    - Screw, Crimp and Lug terminals to facilitate cables from 25mm˛ to 300 mm˛
    - Mechanically keyed to prevent mating errors
    - Permanent marking to identify phase/line and safety information embossed on connector’s body
    - Multipoint contact area
    - Silver Plated Contacts
    - High Impact bodies
    - EN harmonized color coding (Europe). Also available in UK, Australia and USA color codes

  • Identification color codes

    Identification color codes

    Ground, Neutral, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3

    Ground, Neutral, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3

    GroundNeutralLine 1Line 2Line 3
    Europe & UK
    UK (old)
    Australia
    U.S.A.

  • Technical data

    Technical data

  • Number of contacts: single pole
    Max continuous current rating with brass or bimetal contact: 480amp
    Max continuous current rating with copper contact: 750amp
    Operating Voltage: 1.000V AC / 1.500V DC
    Test Voltage:
    4.500 V AC
    Short Circuit Rating (1 sec): 16,1kA
    Short Circuit Rating (2 sec): 13,8kA
    Short Circuit Rating (3 sec): 11,5kA
    Short Circuit Rating (peak): 35,5kA
    Insulation Resistance:  >5.000 MOhm @500V
    IP rating when mated: IP67
    Protection against electric shock: IP2X
    Contact resistance: <0.1 mOhm
    Housing material: high temperature thermoplastic
    Flammability: UL94 V0
    Coupling method: bayonet lock with secondary locking pin
    Number of mating cycles:  >500
    Operating temperature: -30°C/+125°C

  • Cable sectionColorCable sectionColor
    25 mm2120 mm2
    35 mm2150 mm2
    50 mm2185 mm2
    70 mm2240 mm2
    95 mm2300 mm2

  • Contact guide pin

    Contact guide pin

    Contact guide pin

    For easy alignment of the holes on contact and insulating body, and quick insertion of the red dowel pin, the PowerSyntax contacts feature a guide pin with a corresponding recess in the insulator. With the guide pin automatically driving the contact in its correct position, the assembling operations are easier and quicker. Thanks to this solution, the contacts can be assembled even in harsh environmental situations.

    After locating recess A in the body, find guide pin B on the contact, then insert guide pin B inside recess A, as shown in picture C. For contact fastening, after locating hole D on the body, insert dowel pin E in hole D. Contact retention is then completed as shown in picture F.

  • The external shell has an ergonomic design which grants optimal handling and grip, also when operating with gloves. In particular, the sides of the hand grip are specifically designed for easy pushing/pulling of the connector when mating/unmating. 

  • Chain Pilot    with microswitch

    Chain Pilot
    with microswitch

    Chain Pilot
    with microswitch

    Switching function Changeover switch (spdt momentary)
    Number of poles 1 - pole
    Connections Quick-connect terminal, 2.8 x 0.5, sealed
    Mechanical life endurance 10E6Rating IEC / Rating North America 10 (3) a 250 v ac 10E3
    Design DIN 41635 B
    Contact resistance (new condition) < 100 (1 A 12 V DC) mohm
    Insulation resistance (new condition) > 100 (500 V DC) Mohm
    Voltage strenght at 250V
    → function insulation / basic insulation 1 500 V 
    → small contact distance 500 V
    Insulation spacing acc. to EN 61058 for reinforced or double insulation
    Flammability UL 94 V-0
    Glow wire test temperature 850 °C

  • Drain features

    Drain features

  • Drain contact IP2X safety lock

    Drain contact IP2X safety lock

    Drain contact IP2X safety lock

    PATENTED by Syntax

    PATENTED by Syntax

    On the Drain connectors, the IP2X protection is obtained through a patented safety lock of the sharp-pointed insulated cap. This mechanical lock prevents improper pushing the contact inwards with fingers.

  • Source features

    Source features

  • Multilouver contact band and locking mechanism

    Multilouver contact band and locking mechanism

    Multilouver contact band and locking mechanism

    The multilouver contact band is the core of this standard of connectors. However, on some legacy connectors, the way the contact band retention system is engineered does not ensure its positive locking. With the multilouver contact band out of its recess, the conductive surfaces will no longer be in contact, impeding the current transfer (1). To ensure the efficiency of the connection in any situation, we adopted a solution which keeps the multilouver spring loaded band in its positive location. The contact band is held in its locked position by a special ring, on which a 2.5 ton. pressure has been applied (2).This solution prevents derailment of the multilouver contact band (3).

  • Source contact IP2X threaded protection

    Source contact IP2X threaded protection

    Source contact IP2X threaded protection

    On PowerSyntax, the touch-proof protection on source contacts features a threaded attachment for improved safety. Since this style of connectors were first introduced on the market, the typically harsh conditions of their everyday usage might result in breakage of the insulation caps, with risks for the operators’ safety as the edges of the metal conductive parts remained totally exposed. Thanks to this solution, the touch-proof cap is positively threaded and then blocked with specific adhesives to make it immovable. This system reduces the risk of breakage as the bond between the protective elements and the live parts is strengthened, while improving safety for the users through reduced exposure of the metal parts, as a portion of the insulating cap will remain in its position on top of the source contact even in case of damage.