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Fiber Optic Pigtail Tutorial

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Fiber Optic Pigtail Tutorial


What is Fiber Optic Pigtail?


Fiber Optic Pigtail is a piece of fiber optic cable with an optical connector on one end and a length of exposed fiber at the other end. The connector side is used to link the equipment, while the other side is melted together with fiber optic cable. By melting together the fiberglasses, it can reach a minimum insertion loss. Fiber optic pigtails mechanically or fusion connected to the distribution cable fibers can simplify cabling system installation and servicing significantly.

Fiber optic pigtails can have female connectors and be mounted in a patch panel, often in pairs although single fiber solutions exist, to allow them to be connected to end points or other fiber runs with patch fibers. Alternatively they can have male connectors and plug directly into an optical transceiver.

Types of Fiber Optic Pigtail


Similar to fiber optic patch cables, there are many types of fiber optic pigtails such as single-mode, multimode, simplex, duplex etc. (Click for details in Fiber-Mart's Fiber Optic Patch Cables Tutorial.) Here is a schematics sample of the common ST/SC/LC/FC pigtails.

Fiber Optic Pigtails Schematics Sample

Besides the common types, there are bunch and ribbon fiber optic pigtails, which both are fanout pigtails. In addition, there is a special type called waterproof fiber optic pigtails. The waterproof fiber optic pigtails are produced strictly according to IEC standards. Such pigtails feature with low insertion loss, high return loss, good interchangeability and repeat push-pull performance, which make them easy to use. Waterproof pigtails are with strong jacket and waterproof sealed head connectors; they can be used in harsh environment.

Bunch Fiber Optic Pigtail
Bunch Fiber Optic Pigtail
Ribbon Fiber Optic Pigtail
Ribbon Fiber Optic Pigtail
Waterproof Fiber Optic Pigtail
Waterproof Fiber Optic Pigtail

Fiber-Mart's Fiber Optic Pigtail Solution


Fiber-Mart's fiber optic pigtails are manufactured to meet TIA, IEC and Telcordia standard requirements. These pigtails are available in different fiber modes such as multimode (OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4) and single-mode, as well as different fiber counts such as simplex, duplex and multistrand (or multi-core), and different polish types such as PC, UPC, and APC. All the fiber optic pigtails can be customized with various types of fiber optic terminations including SC, FC, ST, LC, MU, MT-RJ, MTP, MPO, etc. To assist in fast cable preparation and splicing semi tight buffered, easy strip, cable is used as standard. Our fiber optic pigtails come with an outer jacket to protect the tight buffer fibers from being damanged. If space is a premium, the outer jacket can easily be removed, allowing the pigtails to have a tighter bend radius and take up less space.

Fiber-Mart Fiber Optic Pigtail Package
Features: Cable diameters available: Φ0.9mm, Φ1.6mm, Φ2.0mm, Φ3.0mm 100% factory transmission tested per TIA/EIA-568-C.3 Multi-strand pigtail buffer color coding per ANSI/TIA/EIA-598-B Suitable for fusion or mechanical splicing Any length and any color options Available in fiber bunch, ribbon fan-out, pigtail available



Insertion Loss: OM1: SC,ST ≤ 0.50 dB, LC , ≤ 0.30 dB OM2: SC,ST ≤ 0.50 dB, LC , ≤ 0.30 dB OM3/OM4: SC,ST,LC ≤ 0.30 dB OS2: SC,ST ≤ 0.50 dB, LC ≤ 0.30 dB
Maximum Return Loss: Multimode: -25 dB Single-mode: -55 dB


OM1: 850 nm: 200 MHz·km 1300 nm: 500 MHz·km
OM2: 850 nm: 500 MHz·km 1300 nm: 500 MHz·km
OM3: 850 nm OFL: 1500 MHz·km 850 nm RML: 2000 MHz·km 1300 nm: 500 MHz·km
OM4: 850 nm OFL: 3500 MHz·km 850 nm RML: 4700 MHz·km 1300 nm: 500 MHz·km

Operating Temperature: -20 °C to +70 °C (-4 °F to +158 °F)

Storage Temperature: -40°C to +80°C (-40°F to +176°F)

Product Packaging: Each pigtail is packaged individually and individually identified for traceability, test certification is supplied for each assembly.


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