Originally Posted by rbryan4
Well I call them Merit Engel but I don't really know the proper name for them. They're are also called Continental Din or other names too.
When I searched for that name, I found them mostly on Australian websites - maybe that's the most common supplier of these connectors there... like calling all groove-joint pliers "Channellock", or all locking pliers "Vice Grips".
There are at least two sizes of "lighter" sockets, with lots of variation within what is supposed to be the same size so fit can be problematic. The largest size is used here; a slightly smaller size appears to be used in Europe, and may be the "DIN" version. I don't know if the Merit style is the one from Europe, or a third size, but in any case it's still the same general design of non-locking socket which looks like it was never designed as a power connector... so I would look for something else.
Speaking of Engel - a well-known maker of 12V DC compressor-type refrigerators used worldwide and especially in Australia - they seem to have they own style of three-blade connector which is widely available... in Australia.
An Australian site
- "cigarette" sockets,
- a smaller design which they label as both "Hella" and "Merit" (suggesting that they are both the Euro DIN style),
- "Engel" (the refrigerator connector), and
- Anderson (PowerPoles).