Cam-Lock 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.
Powersafe connectors are colour coded, individually keyed, and have an IP67 rating, with finger proof insulation to remove touching a live connector, this removes the exposed contact point inside the insulator which can cause serious injury or even death.
The CamLock/cam-lok color codes are similar to other single pole devices in the USA:
Camlock connectors are not used in Europe. The exposed contact point inside the insulator is live can cause serious injury or even death. Similarly, disconnecting a high current circuit under load can cause similar catastrophic outcomes. There is no real IP rating, as there is no cable gland.
We hear two answers when we ask US customers, 'Why do you still use CamLock Connectors?'
"There’s no alternative UL approved connector!"
"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: