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EZ Connector Inc., which manufactures electrical trailer and towing connections, was recognized by Popular Mechanics during this week’s 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.
The EZ Recreational 7-Pin (EZR7) electrical towing connection system earned the magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, presented annually to acknowledge “outstanding achievement in new product design and innovation.”
“It is an honor to be recognized by Popular Mechanics’ esteemed group of editors with this award,” said Joe Cardoza, president of EZ Connector.
The EZR7, which is available in several models including traditional and fifth-wheel versions, uses spring-loaded face-to-face contacts so that drawbacks such as arcing and socket/pin abrasion from frequent cycling are eliminated. The combination of spring-loaded pins and fixed contacts also allows for electricity to easily pass from socket to plug, and mitigates problems such as voltage dropping due to increased cycling and the resulting open-circuiting of brakes and lights.
In addition, EZ Connector uses neodymium magnets to hold the plug and socket together rather than a latch.
According to the company, the EZ Connector is the only vehicle-trailer connector that has been Society of Automotive Engineers tested and certified as waterproof and corrosion-resistant when in use, given its built-in double o-ring seals.