A Banana Plug is a type of electrical connector typically used for audio and electronic test equipment. It is so-called because of its characteristic banana-shaped curved shape.
A banana plug consists of a metal or plastic connector with a hollow cylindrical shaft that is open at one end and closed at the other. The closed end typically has a small collar and a small pin that connects to the equipment. The open end of the connector is typically inserted into a jack or binding post of an electronic device. The banana plug is held in place by the spring-like tension of the jack or binding post.
Banana plugs are typically used to connect speakers to audio amplifiers, and also in electronic testing equipment such as oscilloscopes and multimeters. They are preferred over other connectors because they can be easily inserted and removed from a jack or binding post, and they provide a secure connection.
Banana plugs are color-coded to indicate their intended use, with red being used for the positive terminal and black for the negative terminal. Some high-end audio equipment uses gold-plated banana plugs for better conductivity and signal transfer.
Overall, banana plugs are a popular and versatile type of connector that is widely used in audio and electronic test equipment.
History of the Banana Plug
Banana plugs were first developed and patented in the early 20th century by the Cinch Connector Company, which later became known as Switchcraft. The original design of the banana plug was intended to be a simple and reliable way to connect electronic equipment.
Banana plugs quickly became popular in the audio industry, particularly in the field of high-fidelity audio equipment. They were used to connect speakers to audio amplifiers and also used in electronic testing equipment such as oscilloscopes and multimeters.
Over the years, banana plugs have undergone several design changes and improvements, becoming more durable and easy to use. Today, they are still widely used in audio and electronic test equipment, and are available in a variety of materials, including plastic and metal, and finishes such as nickel-plated, gold-plated and others.
Banana plugs are often used in high-end audio equipment for better conductivity and signal transfer, and also as a standardized connector for electronic test equipment. They are widely recognized and accepted as a reliable and versatile connector in the industry.