Nickel and Gold-Plated Brass Compared as Platings for Antenna Cable Connectors and Adapters

Rust Proofing and Corrosion-Protection: Best Options Among Nickel, Gold-Plated Brass & Brass Alloys

For outdoor applications, Nickel-Plated Brass is the best option. These connectors are typically used with various antenna cable types like U.FLMHF4SMARP-SMA, and MMCX. Nickel plating offers superior corrosion resistance, making it ideal for harsh environments.

  • Nickel-plated brass one is much durable than gold-plated for weatherproofing of antenna cable connectors.
  • Nickel-plated brass is the most corrosion-resistant option: Nickel-plating will last at least 5 years. Normally 5-10 years - depends on application field. Data Alliance has never made such a long time test, but we are confident based on our quality record: We have never had a complaint from a customer regarding a corrosion issue with our nickel-plated brass connectors in our past 17 years in business.
  • Nickel does not decompose as it oxidizes, but forms a layer of nickel-oxide that prevents further oxidation from occurring.
    • Nickel-plating is achieved by electro-plating the brass connectors and washers with a thin layer of nickel.
    • The result is connectors that are highly resistant to rust /oxidation and verdigris (those green spots that show up on old brass).

For indoor applications: Gold-Plated Brass is the best option.

  • Gold-plated is better in appearance and much more expensive than nickel-plated one.
  • Rust Proofing and Corrosion-Protection is Achieved in our antenna cable connectors, adapters, nuts and washers with 100% Brass with Gold Plate By:
    • Keeping zinc content below 15%
    • Adding in other metals to the alloy such as arsenic, phosphorus, antimony, and tin.

Nickel plated brass for antenna cable connectors, for corrosion protection, compared to gold plating.


Nickel Plated Antenna Cable Connectors

Posted by George Hardesty on 4th Dec 2023

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