By Mike Sokol
WAGO connectors could become an industry standard
After my article a few weeks ago about an improved wire splice system that could eliminate wire nuts in RVs (read Leggo my WAGO), I was contacted by Progressive Dynamics, who offered to send me one of their new power distribution panels with WAGO connectors instead of standard screw-terminal strips. According to a field engineer there, this spring-loaded design could eliminate screws loosening up from road vibration, or improperly installed wire nuts, which are likely the reasons for many failed and overheated connections in RVs.
So yes, I just received a Progressive Dynamics load center via UPS today, along with a bonus ATS (Automatic Transfer Switch) for generators that are also hooked up with WAGO connectors. This is now available on the higher-end products from Progressive Dynamics, and it will likely migrate into other product lines as well.
However, I’ve had a few reports of WAGO connector failures in the field, and have been in contact with the manufacturer trying to discover what the cause of these failures could have been.
But for now, this is a really interesting wiring product that should make for safer connections in your RV’s electrical system. Please post your comments and questions about WAGO splice connectors below.
Let’s play safe out there….
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
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