Introducing the Revolutionary SNAP! Connectors
Greaves has just re-invented the compression connector, and electrical contracting just became far easier.
For many years, electrical contractors have had to use conventional compression connectors whenever making reliable wiring connections. These required specialized gear like heavy hydraulic crimpers, making wiring unnecessarily difficult and cumbersome. The need to crimp conventional compression connectors could substantially slow down a project, or even bring it to a halt if the proper tools weren’t available or working properly.
Greaves has the solution, a radically different design for compression connectors. It’s easier and faster to install while delivering results that are just as reliable as the old conventional connectors. The only tools you need are standard open-end or adjustable wrenches.
You might say it makes wiring a snap!
How SNAP! Connectors Work
Our radical re-design has two distinct elements. The main body of the SNAP connector is made of tin-plated copper with a tapered and threaded entry. This entry also features cut-out notches at 90-degree intervals around its body. Over the top of that is a brass snap-off nut which is tapered to match the body.
So, utilizing a SNAP connector truly could not be easier.
- You strip and insert the wire to be connected.
- You begin to tighten the nut. This screws inwards, uniformly compressing the inner tin/copper sleeve along the four cut-out notches.
- After several turns of increasing tightness, the SNAP connector reaches optimal compression. When this happens, the brass nut snaps off – and you know you’re done. The wire is locked down just as tightly as if you were using a conventional compression connector.
That’s truly all there is to it.
The Many Benefits Of SNAP! Connectors
SNAP connectors are not merely as good as conventional compression connectors – they’re better. They bring substantial benefits that no other competitor on the market can offer, making them a must-have for modern electrical contractors.
- Superior conductivity and pull-out strength
The design of SNAP connectors means that you get perfect and even contact along the length and around the circumference of the wire, every time. The equidistant notches along the inner sleeve means superior levels of connection, compared to conventional connectors.
Likewise, pull-out strength is as good or better than any other solution on the market. We engineered the snap-off nuts to only detach when the connection has exceeded standard UL torque requirements for a given size of cable. They have been fully UL-tested and certified: certificate number 20190122, file E28698. Most sizes of SNAP connector require a thousand pounds of pull-out force to remove the wire!
Here are the details
This guarantees your work will always be sturdy and reliable, even in the face of rough treatment by the end-users. SNAP is the simple way to make sure customers are always satisfied with your connections!
- Improved conductivity
SNAP doesn’t merely improve the strength of your wiring connections – it improves conductivity as well. The walls of the tin/copper inner sleeve are significantly heavier than conventional compression connectors. Combined with the perfectly even distribution of compression, you get an improved connection all around that will maintain full conductivity.
In addition, the alloys we chose for the copper body and brass nut have nearly the same thermal expansion coefficient. Under rigorous in-house testing as well as UL testing, we’ve seen no evidence of thermal issues causing a loss of connection. Both parts of the connector expand equally, maintaining the connection even under high heat.
- Rapid installation
Time is money, and conventional compression connectors take a lot of time to install. The addition of specialized crimpers and dies only adds to the time and expense – particularly if you lack the correct dies, or the hyraulic tool leaks and needs repair.
But with SNAP, all you need is standard open-end or adjustable wrenches.
This translates to faster and more efficient wiring installation, and that means money saved. Also, the foolproof design of SNAP connectors means that there’s never any question about whether you’ve achieved a strong connection. Just tighten until the pieces snap off. until the pieces snap off. It couldn’t be easier.
Here is the installation instruction
- Easy visual inspection
SNAP connectors aren’t merely engineered to create great wiring connections, they’re also designed to be user-friendly. Those cut-out notches in the sleeve body allow a technician to visually verify proper wire insertion before beginning the compression process. Then, of course, the snap-off nut leaves no doubt that the connection process has been completed. This benefits the installation technician, as well as inspection afterward.
At every stage in the process, SNAP connectors save you time, reduce the chance of errors, and result in better long-term results.
Your Options When Buying SNAP! Connectors
We offer a wide variety of SNAP connectors, to ensure there are options to fit every common situation and need, with compatibility with standard Class B copper wires. The sizes available include:
These are available as either one-hole lugs (series KTL) or two-hole NEMA lugs (series KTL-N). In addition, our KTC series allows easy in-line splicing. All of these are suitable for applications up to 35KV when installed and insulated properly.
For specifics on sizes, dimensions, and strip length, please download our detailed PDF table.
DOWNLOAD PDF Greaves 2020 catalog pg20 SNAP Connectors
Add Value to Your SNAP! Connectors with Insulating SNAP+ Kits
Do you need to insulate SNAP lugs or splices? We have you covered with our SNAP+ Kits. These include a SNAP connector, along with easy-to-use cold-shrink insulation in a single convenient kit. Just like the SNAP connectors themselves, these kits require no special tools or expertise. All you do is position the insulating sleeve and pull the ripcord. The SNAP+ insulating sleeve does all the rest.
These sleeves are made from heavy-duty EPDM rubber. They provide superior insulation and abrasion resistance. Also, the EPDM rubber is resistant to UV, ozone, and water – making them appropriate for use in many difficult or outdoor use cases.
Plus, as with SNAP! connectors, SNAP+ insulation still allows for easy inspection. Because they conform perfectly to the shape of the connector, it is visually obvious that the SNAP nut has been tightened and snapped off, due to the absence of the nut.
We intend SNAP products to become the new standard in wiring connectors, and SNAP+ Kits are part of how we’ll make this happen!
DOWNLOAD PDF Greaves 2020 catalog pg21 SNAP+
Greaves Has Your Connector Solutions
Greaves was founded in 1947 to provide the best electrical connectors to the construction trade. Over the years, we have been pioneers and inventors. We’ve contributed innovations such as USA insulated power distribution blocks, PT-FX Shoo-Pins, Jones rebar clamps, and FX compression lugs… just to name a few of our success stories.
Our new SNAP! connectors and SNAP+ Kits are our latest innovation, and we’re proud to offer them now for electrical contractors. To learn more about how SNAP will improve your work, Contact us.