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Dual lock IEC power connector protects critical systems

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By Nick Flaherty

Schaffner  has developed an IEC power connector with dual locking to prevent accidental disconnection of critical power systems.

The IL13P-S is a C14/C20 IEC dual locking power connector to prevent accidental disconnection in data-centres, PDUs, servers, industrial equipment, medical devices, audio/broadcast and other critical power systems.

The locking system has a tensile force of typically 200N and it is recommended to use it with flange mount filters.

Having the two locking mechanisms incorporated into one combined connector ensures compatibility with a wide range of standard non-locking C13 socket outlets including inlet filter types: IL 13, IL 13 P and IL 19. It will mate with any Schaffner IEC C14/C20 inlet filter and is a simple retrofit for any IEC C14/C20 inlet.

The load side connector is a new IEC LOCK C13+ SLIMLINE version that is slimmer and more compact with two locking mechanisms. The line side connector is made from the field proven IEC lock C14 connector.

The rated current is up to 10 A for a C13 plug, up to 15 A for a C13P plug and up to 20 A for a C19 plug with a maximum pin temperature +70°C.

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Various power line plugs are available for international usage and the cable safety certifications are valid for Europe, USA, Canada and Australia making the assembly suitable for global applications. Cable lengths of 0.5 m, 1.0 m, 1.5 m, 2 m, 2.5 m, and 3 m are available in four cable colours of black, white, red and blue.

For more information refer to the Schaffner Application Note Using IEC Lock Power Cords with IEC Inlets and Filters;  www.schaffner.com 

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