New 2MM Vertical Poke-Home WTB Contact for Light Industrial Applications

FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. (May 12, 2015) – AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new 2mm vertical poke-home wire-to-board (WTB) contact. The latest addition to AVX’s 70-9296 Series, the new micro contact accepts 26–22AWG solid or stranded wires, supports current ratings as high as 8A, and is 37% smaller than the next smallest offering in the series (a 3mm vertical poke home WTB contact), which makes it compatible with smaller wire gauges and devices, and extends the applications for the series to light industrial electronics, such as display case and under cabinet SSL products with lower current and shorter runs, switches, lighting strips, and motion, pressure, and temperature sensors, amongst several others.

The new 2mm vertical WTB contact is available with topside or through board contact locations and bottom or top entry wire insertion for both FR4 and metal core PCBs. Based on AVX’s industry-proven dual beam box contact design, which utilizes high quality phosphor bronze contacts with tin over nickel plating, the new 70-9296 Series single contact provides the same robust and reliable electrical performance, mechanical stability, and wire retention as the 9296 Series vertical WTB connectors, while providing increased functionality with regard to placement at a lower cost due to the absence of the plastic insulator and associated assembly costs.

“Our new 2mm vertical poke-home WTB contacts extend the applications for the 70-9296 Series into light industrial electronics, and provide significant benefits over the existing connector solutions designed for this market by providing maximum electrical and mechanical performance in a cost-effective, stripped down format,” said Tom Anderson, product manager at AVX.

UL certified, RoHS compliant, and packaged on tape and reel for automated SMT placement, the new 70-9296 Series vertical poke-home contacts are rated for 300V, based on placement distance; 5–8A, depending on AWG; five-cycle durability; and operating temperatures spanning -40°C to +125°C. In addition to display case and under cabinet SSL products, switches, lighting strips, and sensors — including motion, pressure, and temperature, amongst others— the series is also ideal for use in light industrial machine control, commercial building control, and smart grid applications.

For more information about AVX’s 70-9296 Series 2mm vertical poke-home single WTB contacts, please visit here to download the product datasheet. For additional information about AVX Interconnect, please contact Tom Anderson at or 864-228-3421. For all other inquiries, please visit, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.