Connector Retainers & Latches

Connector retainers are components that increase the mechanical strength of a connection by providing a latching force between the socket and the connector itself. Connector retainers are vital to ensuring that pins and electrical sockets will not come loose or disconnect as a result of mechanical stress or vibration.

When are connector retainers used?

Retainers can be part of either the socket itself or part of the chassis or enclosure that houses the socket. While their use is optional, they provide additional contact retention security, ensuring that all the components of a connector stay secure. Connector retainers are also used to prevent accidental disconnection of the two parts of the connector, making sure that the device works smoothly without any interruptions.

How do connector retainers work?

Connector retainers are available in several formats depending on the application, but fundamentally function by in some way gripping the connector and holding it to the socket, whether by a latching mechanism, screw-thread or soldered bond.


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RS Stock No. 257-3011
BrandRS PRO
£0.308
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BNC Earth Tag BNC Connectors, TNC Connectors - - -
RS Stock No. 112-3198
Mfr. Part No.C04001A1267
£0.519
Each (In a Bag of 10)
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Solder Tag - - - -
RS Stock No. 673-7828
Mfr. Part No.211A567007
BrandDelphi
£2.394
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Locking Cam Sicma Series 56 - -
RS Stock No. 164-0824
Mfr. Part No.368382-1
£0.598
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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Retainer MQS Series 81 - -
RS Stock No. 712-2330
Mfr. Part No.368382-1
£1.10
Each
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Retainer MQS Series 81 - -
RS Stock No. 656-2784
Mfr. Part No.3505-28B
Brand3M
£1.211
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Ejector Latch 810 Series - - -
RS Stock No. 160-1058
Mfr. Part No.09020009902
BrandHARTING
£1.03
Each
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Lever - - - -
RS Stock No. 435-673
Mfr. Part No.MM60-EZH-059-B5
BrandJAE
£1.102
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Latch MM60 Series - - -
RS Stock No. 495-8414
Mfr. Part No.926329-1
£0.147
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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Keying Plug AMP LATCH Connector Housing - AMP LATCH -
RS Stock No. 165-0790
Mfr. Part No.1565089-1
£0.035
Each (In a Bag of 2500)
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Lock Plate High Density Wire-to-Wire Connector 2 - -
RS Stock No. 712-1501
Mfr. Part No.1565089-1
£0.065
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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Lock Plate High Density Wire-to-Wire Connector 2 - -
RS Stock No. 719-0330
Mfr. Part No.102320-1
£0.209
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Latch AMPLATCH Novo Series - - -
RS Stock No. 392-2818
Mfr. Part No.YLS-03V
BrandJST
£0.10
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Retainer YL Connector Housing 3 YL YL
RS Stock No. 392-2824
Mfr. Part No.YLS-08V
BrandJST
£0.10
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Retainer YL Connector Housing 8 YL YL
RS Stock No. 435-677
Mfr. Part No.MM60-EZH-039-B5
BrandJAE
£1.27
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
Latch MM60 Series - - -
RS Stock No. 161-5479
Mfr. Part No.368388-1
£0.503
Each (In a Bag of 2000)
Units
Retainer MQS Series 40 - -
RS Stock No. 908-1049
Mfr. Part No.73838-0002
BrandMolex
£0.068
Each (In a Pack of 10)
Units
Crimp Housing SL™ Modular Connectors 2 SL 73838
RS Stock No. 905-5995
Mfr. Part No.24BX-2-11-3-L
£28.18
Each
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LOK Tainer 24 Series Lok Tainer - 24 -
RS Stock No. 123-2580
Mfr. Part No.73838-0002
BrandMolex
£0.067
Each (In a Box of 4000)
Units
Crimp Housing SL Modular Connectors 2 SL 73838
RS Stock No. 712-2334
Mfr. Part No.368388-1
£0.96
Each
Units
Retainer MQS Series 40 - -
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