Blade Terminals

Crimp blade terminals are solderless, single-wire electrical connections used for the termination of stranded wires.

On one side of the terminals is a metal cradle that resembles a blade, into which stripped wires are inserted. On the other side is a Y-shaped connection that's attached to a power source. The wires are cold-welded to the crimp blade terminals using a special crimp tool.


What are crimp blade terminals used for?

These terminals are typically seen on electric lights and other fixtures around the home.


The benefits of using crimp blade terminals include:

  • They provide gas-tight connections. This gives protection against corrosion because oxygen and moisture cannot reach the metal parts of the fixtures.
  • No soldering is needed, so the connection joint is more mechanically robust.
  • Both small and large cross-section cables can be crimped, which offers versatility for a wide range of applications.

Types of crimp blade terminals

Insulated terminals have a funnel shape sleeve, made from PVC. The conductor strands are completely inserted into the crimp barrel, which prevents them from pulling out. Less bulky uninsulated terminals come without sleeves and are mainly used for printed circuit boards.


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RS Stock No. 534-294
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MYR0.428
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 28mm 17.6mm 4.3mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
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MYR0.122
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Male - Uninsulated - 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 28mm 18mm 4mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 534-373
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MYR0.187
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 27.2mm 17.1mm 4.1mm 3.1mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 534-525
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MYR1.11
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 2.5mm² Unshrouded 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 23.5mm 10mm 6.6mm 3mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 534-654
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MYR0.778
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 28mm 18.1mm 4.8mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 613-9722
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MYR0.562
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 23.8mm 13mm 4.5mm 2.4mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 624-1257
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MYR0.626
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 4mm² Unshrouded 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 30.2mm 17.2mm 6.4mm 4.6mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 267-4467
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MYR0.905
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Male - Insulated Nylon 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 20.8mm 10mm 4.5mm 2.3mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 208-2694
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MYR0.542
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Male - Uninsulated - 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 28mm 18mm 4.5mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 267-4473
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MYR0.82
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Male - Insulated Nylon 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 28.8mm 18mm 4.5mm 2.2mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 624-1229
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MYR0.447
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 27.2mm 16.8mm 4.5mm 3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 613-9750
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MYR0.802
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 28.8mm 18mm 4.5mm 2.2mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 267-4489
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MYR0.898
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Male - Insulated Nylon 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 28.8mm 10mm 5.2mm 2.4mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 267-4079
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MYR0.35
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Male - Insulated Nylon 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 28.2mm 17.4mm 5.2mm 3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 534-727
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MYR0.921
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 27.2mm 17.6mm 4.5mm 3.1mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 624-1235
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MYR0.502
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 27.2mm 16.8mm 4.5mm 4.6mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 613-9823
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MYR1.087
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 4mm² Unshrouded 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 27mm 14mm 6.4mm 4mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 178-7241
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MYR0.588
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- - Uninsulated - 4mm² - 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 20mm 14mm 3.4mm 4.5mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 178-7243
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MYR0.755
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- - Insulated PC 1.5mm² - 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 26mm 26mm 2.3mm - -
RS Stock No. 178-7252
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MYR0.371
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- - Insulated Vinyl 1.5mm² - 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 29.3mm 18mm 2.3mm 2.8mm 0.8mm
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