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Decent IEC cables

Postby AlecSp » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:18 pm

For years, I've cursed the rigid PVC IEC cables that we come across all too often.

Does anyone have a pointer to decent *flexible* IEC cables? I know I could just make my own, but I've never come across a decent IEC connector that is easy/reliable to terminate.

I'm interested in both 13A to IEC, as well as IEC to IEC extension cables. (And yes, I do realise that IEC is rated only to 10A.
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Re: Decent IEC cables

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:48 pm

I can't really say I've ever had a significant problem with generic IEC cables, but where I need something specific I wire my own using Scherter plugs/sockets. They're better to wire than all the others I've tried, especially if you use 10 amp (1mm2) cable rather than 13 amp (1.25mm2).

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Re: Decent IEC cables

Postby Dave71 » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:58 pm

I’ve made all my own using some 1.00mm flexible rubber sheath cable and locking rewireable iec connectors. Very easy to wire up and the locking feature is very useful on my active monitors and lighting t bars which I’ve pre wired.

https://cpc.farnell.com/iec-lock/pa1301 ... gJ8UfD_BwE

https://cpc.farnell.com/pro-power/60004 ... dp/CB19478
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Re: Decent IEC cables

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:16 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:I can't really say I've ever had a significant problem with generic IEC cables, but where I need something specific I wire my own using Scherter plugs/sockets. They're better to wire than all the others I've tried, especially if you use 10 amp (1mm2) cable rather than 13 amp (1.25mm2).

I've just tracked down this CPC Farnell link for the plugs that Hugh mentions here:

https://cpc.farnell.com/schurter/4782-0 ... dp/CN02276

At £2.76 inclusive of VAT, there's nothing exotic about their price!


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Re: Decent IEC cables

Postby RMCL » Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:36 am

From CPC Farnell you can also obtain the following Schurter IEC rewireable connectors:
C13 IEC Connector, 10mm Cable Entry - 4782.0100 £2.53 Inc. VAT
C15 Rewireable IEC Connector, Straight - 4781-0100 £3.36 Inc. VAT
These connectors can take cable diameters of up to 10mm (rather than 8.5mm) and wire size 2.1 mm2 /14 AWG (rather than 1 mm2 /18 AWG)
C15 is the high temperature version
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Re: Decent IEC cables

Postby RMCL » Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:18 pm

As ordinary PVC cable can be stiff at lower temperatures use either Rubber or Arctic cable instead.
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