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IDEAL Electrical offers a full range of wire connectors that offer fast,
 secure wire connections in a wide range of environments, including 
harsh underground conditions and aluminum-to-copper connections. <br><br>The
 company’s Twister PRO, for instance, is a red/yellow wire connector 
that features a patented overmolding to provide improved leverage and 
more torque, as well as better grip and more leverage for faster 
connections.

Secure Wire Connections For Many Environments

James R. Dukart
IDEAL Electrical offers a full range of wire connectors that offer fast, secure wire connections in a wide range of environments, including harsh underground conditions and aluminum-to-copper connections.

The company’s Twister PRO, for instance, is a red/yellow wire connector that features a patented overmolding to provide improved leverage and more torque, as well as better grip and more leverage for faster connections. The connector can handle wire range and capacity up to a maximum of 4 #10 wires in a single connector.

IDEAL’s Twister is the connector recommended for most common wiring configurations for residential construction projects, featuring a hex-top to allow for 5/16” nut driver application and a  copolymer shell that expands for progressive tightening and allows for quick uptake on combinations including solid-to-stranded. The company also offers a smaller-profile Twister LT for recessed light applications that may be harder to reach into.

The Wing-Nut wire connector from IDEAL also has an expanding copolymer shell as well as expanding, square-wire springs to accommodate a wide range of wire sizes and combinations. Its contoured wing profile provides extra leverage for maximum torque.

The Wire-Nut is the connector that IDEAL calls “an American classic” and “the connector that started it all.” Five color coded modules of the Wire-Nut cover wires ranging from #22 to #6, featuring a positive-grip shell design, square-wire fixed spring design to create its own threads to create lasting grips even for fine stranded wire applications.

The company also offers its “B-CAP” wire connectors for hard-to-reach spots, often encountered in retrofit or upgrade opportunities. The space-saving cap profile works well in shallow boxes, while the B2 universal connector can handle two #18, up to five #12 or even dead-end a single #14 wire.

The company combines many of these connector properties in other offerings such as its B-Twist, Wing-Twist and Wire-Twist products, and also has weather-proof connectors sealed with a silicone-based sealant to remove the need for heat-shrink or excessive taping after the connection is tightened.

Finally, IDEAL manufactures its UnderGround connector made specifically for harsh under-ground environments and conditions including below-grade wet and direct burial applications. The connector is UL listed to 486D for such applications, and offers a deep skirt to provide moisture resistance and a tough thermoplastic shell to provide corrosion resistance as well as protection against accidental impacts.

All of these connectors, plus the company’s aluminum-to-copper connector, called the Twister AL/Cu can be found on the company website and are available through qualified distributors.
Photo courtesy of IDEAL Industries
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