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. 534-840
BrandRS PRO
$0.122
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Male - Uninsulated - - Unshrouded - - - 22.7mm - - 6.3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 534-654
BrandRS PRO
$0.253
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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. 613-9687
BrandRS PRO
$0.237
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 21.8mm 11mm 4mm 3mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 534-294
BrandRS PRO
$0.233
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 28mm 17.6mm 4.3mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 688-1195
Mfr. Part No.FVWS1.25-AF2.3B(LF)
BrandJST
$0.286
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Male FV Insulated Vinyl 0.25mm² Unshrouded 1.65mm² 22AWG 16AWG 19.2mm 10mm 4mm 2.3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 166-7463
Mfr. Part No.FVWS1.25-AF2.3B(LF)
BrandJST
$217.68
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Male FV Insulated Vinyl 0.25mm² Unshrouded 1.65mm² 22AWG 16AWG 19.2mm 10mm 4mm 2.3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 164-1460
Mfr. Part No.131443
$217.00
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Male PLASTI-GRIP Insulated PVC 0.26mm² Unshrouded 1.65mm² 22AWG 16AWG 23mm 13mm 3.6mm 2.95mm -
RS Stock No. 278-9272
Mfr. Part No.131443
$0.304
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Male PLASTI-GRIP Insulated PVC 0.26mm² Unshrouded 1.65mm² 22AWG 16AWG 23mm 13mm 3.6mm 2.95mm -
RS Stock No. 534-525
BrandRS PRO
$0.362
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 2.5mm² Unshrouded 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 23.5mm 10mm 6.6mm 3mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 613-9823
BrandRS PRO
$0.313
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 4mm² Unshrouded 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 27mm 14mm 6.4mm 4mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 361-9304
BrandCembre
$0.283
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Male - Insulated PVC 0.25mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 23.3mm 13.2mm 3.9mm 2.3mm -
RS Stock No. 208-2694
BrandRS PRO
$0.177
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Male - Uninsulated - 1.5mm² Unshrouded 2.5mm² 16AWG 14AWG 28mm 18mm 4.5mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 613-9801
BrandRS PRO
$0.396
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 4mm² Unshrouded 6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 31mm 18mm 6.4mm 2mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 111-5343
Mfr. Part No.FV5.5-AFW(LF)K
BrandJST
$0.548
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 2.6mm² Unshrouded 6.6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 32.1mm 18.6mm 6.8mm 4.5mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 166-7479
Mfr. Part No.FVWS2-AF2.3A
BrandJST
$290.75
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Male FV Insulated Vinyl 1mm² Unshrouded 2.6mm² 16AWG 14AWG 27.2mm 18mm 4.5mm 2.3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 166-7371
Mfr. Part No.FV5.5-AFW(LF)K
BrandJST
$0.447
Each (In a Box of 500)
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Male - Insulated Vinyl 2.6mm² Unshrouded 6.6mm² 12AWG 10AWG 32.1mm 18.6mm 6.8mm 4.5mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 267-4489
BrandRS PRO
$0.293
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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. 688-1252
Mfr. Part No.FVWS2-AF2.3A
BrandJST
$0.381
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Male FV Insulated Vinyl 1mm² Unshrouded 2.6mm² 16AWG 14AWG 27.2mm 18mm 4.5mm 2.3mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 433-084
BrandRS PRO
$0.042
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Male - Uninsulated - 0.5mm² Unshrouded 1.5mm² 22AWG 16AWG 28mm 18mm 4mm 2.5mm 0.8mm
RS Stock No. 457-5384
Mfr. Part No.150730
$0.569
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Male PIDG Insulated Nylon 0.26mm² Unshrouded 1.65mm² 22AWG 16AWG 28.57mm 12mm 3.2mm 2.39mm 0.84mm