Crocodile Clips

Crocodile clips, also known as alligator clips, are spring loaded clips made from metal. Crocodile clips are typically serrated and have small teeth. Discover more about the different types of crocodile clips and their uses in our complete crocodile clips guide.


What are the benefits of crocodile clips made from different materials?


Crocodile clips can be constructed from a variety of metals, but the most common are steel (stainless, nickel plated or gold plated) and copper.


  • Stainless steel is incredibly hard wearing and resistant to corrosion, making it a popular choice for crocodile clips. However, stainless steel can be a difficult material to solder, which you may need to take into consideration when choosing the right crocodile clip for your application.

  • Nickel plated steel is also suited to a wide range of industries and (like stainless steel) provides you with excellent corrosion resistance.

  • Gold plated steel crocodile clips are typically more expensive than other steel counterparts but ideal for applications that require a low level of resistance and a high level of conductivity. Gold plating wears fairly easily, so you should only use this type of clip in situations where a large number of cycles aren’t required.

  • Copper crocodile clips are suited to applications that require excellent electrical conduction.


What are crocodile clips used for?


Crocodile clips are most commonly used for making temporary electrical connections. Clips can be used to connect two wires or to connect one lead directly to a device. They are incredibly useful in laboratories or experimental circuits. They are often used in educational settings to help demonstrate light bulbs, circuitry and batteries.


Crocodile clips can also be used for holding identification badges onto lanyards, or for dentistry bibs. They are also utilised by hobbyists to hold things together for gluing or modelling.


What are automotive clips?


Larger sized crocodile clips are typically used in the automotive industry. They can also be referred to as plier clips, plier style clips or battery clamps. Plier clips can be used for jumper cables, battery chargers and welding applications. They are constructed from materials with low electrical resistance such as solid copper and are insulated.


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RS Stock No. 756-4699
Mfr. Part No.BU-34
BrandMueller
£0.436
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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5A 6mm Nickel-Plated Steel, Steel No - -
RS Stock No. 756-4665
Mfr. Part No.BU-27C
£1.806
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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40A 16mm Copper No - -
RS Stock No. 756-4637
Mfr. Part No.BU-21APN
£3.10
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50A 27mm Zinc-Plated Steel No - -
RS Stock No. 884-8774
Mfr. Part No.930476001
£1.28
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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3A 1mm Brass No - -
RS Stock No. 190-2759
Mfr. Part No.930476001
£1.079
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3A 1mm Brass No - -
RS Stock No. 756-4677
Mfr. Part No.BU-27CGW
£1.846
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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40A 16mm Copper No - -
RS Stock No. 714-8500
Mfr. Part No.BU-65-2
£5.00
Each
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30A 19mm Nickel-Plated Steel Yes Red Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon
RS Stock No. 226-3146
Mfr. Part No.66.9121-22
BrandStaubli
£14.66
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16A 20mm Nickel-Plated Steel Yes Red Acetate
RS Stock No. 756-4661
Mfr. Part No.BU-27
£0.916
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20A 16mm Zinc-Plated Steel No - -
RS Stock No. 748-5486
Mfr. Part No.973889101
£2.60
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15A 6mm Bronze Yes Red Polyamide
RS Stock No. 190-2556
Mfr. Part No.973889101
£1.911
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15A 6mm Bronze Yes Red Polyamide
RS Stock No. 888-4193
Mfr. Part No.BU-46A-0
£0.832
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50A 29mm Copper-Plated Steel Yes Black PVC
RS Stock No. 714-8247
Mfr. Part No.BU-102BK-2
£23.06
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300A 41mm Copper Yes Red -
RS Stock No. 103-4953
Mfr. Part No.63-26607A PKTS.
BrandOrbitec
£0.494
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- 6mm - Yes Red -
RS Stock No. 827-0190
Mfr. Part No.PZA 7524 / RT
£17.88
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32A 25mm - Yes Red -
RS Stock No. 726-8736
Mfr. Part No.66.9575-20
BrandStaubli
£8.98
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32A 39.5mm Brass Yes Green, Yellow -
RS Stock No. 175-9589
Mfr. Part No.66.9755-22
BrandStaubli
£5.65
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32A 20mm Brass Yes Red Nylon
RS Stock No. 888-4216
Mfr. Part No.BU-46C-0L
£2.498
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75A 29mm Copper Yes Black PVC
RS Stock No. 756-4668
Mfr. Part No.BU-25C
£3.64
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75A 19mm Copper No - -
RS Stock No. 190-2558
Mfr. Part No.972405100
£3.998
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32A 30mm Brass Yes Black PP
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