IEC 60320 Power Cords | Standard Data Center Power Cables

The IEC 60320 is a set of standards from the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) specifying plugs and connectors for household appliances, including computers, servers, routers, televisions, electric razors, and more. Our IEC 60320 jumper cords are designed to meet the needs of Data Centers and IT installations where space is at a premium. 


We stock a huge variety of wire gauges, lengths and colors in each configuration in order to make your power path as short, and understandable, as possible.  Click on a category to view additional colors, amperages, and cordage or use our filters on the left to find the exact power cord you are looking for. 


We offer the best selections of IEC320 Power cords, for example the IEC60320 c13 c14 power cords. If you are unsure of what configuration you require, refer to our additional informational snippets below.

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The IEC 60320 Standard

IEC 60320 Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes is a set of standards from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) specifying non-locking appliance and interconnection couplers for connecting power supply cords to electrical appliances up to 250 volts. Different types of connector (distinguished by shape and size) are specified for different combinations of current, temperature and earthing requirements. Unlike IEC 60309 connectors, they are not coded for voltage; users must ensure that the voltage rating of the equipment is compatible with the mains supply. 


The IEC 320 standard was developed so that product manufacturers can utilize an inlet on their devices that will be supported in all countries in the world, and therefore, make designing products for international use much easier. 


In the IEC 60320 standard, there are plugs, connectors, outlets, and inlets. 


Plug : The plug is the male end of the cable (the end with pins/prongs/blades). In the IEC 60320 standard, the male end will also be an even number... i.e. C14, C20.

Connector : The connector is the female end of the cable. In the IEC 60320 standard, the female end is an odd number.. i.e. C5, C7, C13, C15, C19, C21

Outlet/Receptacle :  An outlet is found on a wall or PDU, and is where you plug in the cord set. The outlet is female. 

Inlet : An inlet is found on a device and is where the cord connector plus into the device. The inlet is male.



IEC 60320 C5 CONNECTOR (FEMALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C5 is a grounded 3 Wire connector rated up to 250V and 2.5 Amps Internationally or 125V and 10 Amps in North America. The C5 mates with a C6 inlet, and is commonly used for laptop power supplies, projectors, and some televisions. Being slightly smaller in size than the C13, the C5 can be a good choice for smaller appliances. This connector is sometimes referred to as a "Mickey Mouse" connector due to the shape of the connector looking similar to the kids television show character.

IEC 60320 C21 CONNECTOR (FEMALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C21 is a grounded 3 Wire connector rated up to 250V and 20 Amps. The C21 mates with a C22 or C20 inlet, and is commonly used in a jumper cable scenario in IT Installations providing power from a PDU to a server, router, switch or other computing device. The C21 is a HIGH TEMPERATURE version of the C19 connector, with a maximum pin temperature of 155°C instead of the standard 65°C ofa C19, and is typically used in high powered blade servers, large network routers, and other IT equipment that draws more power than a standard C13 can accommodate.

IEC 60320 C20 CONNECTOR (MALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C20 is a grounded 3 Wire Plug rated up to 250V and 20 Amps. The C20 mates with a C19 outlet, typically found on Data Center/IT specific PDUs (Power Distribution Unit). The most common configuration for a C20 is in a jumper cable scenario, providing power from a PDU to a blade server chassis, high powered server, large network router, or similar device.

IEC 60320 C19 CONNECTOR (FEMALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C19 is a grounded 3 Wire connector rated up to 250V and 20 Amps. The C19 mates with a C20 inlet, and is commonly used in a jumper cable scenario in IT Installations providing power from a PDU to a server, router, switch or other computing device. The C19 is typically used in high powered blade server chassis, large network routers, and other IT equipment that draws more power than a standard C13 can accommodate.

IEC 60320 C15 CONNECTOR (FEMALE)

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The IEC 60320 C15 is a grounded 3 Wire connector rated up to  250V & 10 Amps Internationally and 125V/250V & 15 Amps in North America. The C15 mates with a C16 inlet as well as a C14 Inlet and is commonly used in IT Installations providing power from a PDU to a server, router, switch or other computing device. The C15 is a HIGH TEMPERATURE connector rated up to 120°C, unlike the 70°C rating of the C13. The C15 is commonly used in in electric kettles and other household appliances that involve higher temperatures than a normal C13 is made to withstand. The C15 connector is commonly used with 18awg SJT(OW), 16awg SJT(OW), and 14awg SJT(OW).

IEC 60320 C14 CONNECTOR (MALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C14 is a grounded 3 Wire Plug rated up to 250V and 15 Amps. The C14 mates with a C13 outlet, typically found on Data Center/IT specific PDUs (Power Distribution Unit). The IEC 60320 C14 is typically used with either 18awg SVT, 18awg SJT(OW), 16awg SJT(OW) or 14awg SJT(OW). The types of cordages used will change the rating of the overall cord set. 

IEC 60320 C13 CONNECTOR (FEMALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C13 is a grounded 3 Wire connector rated up to 250V and 15 Amps. The C13 mates with a C14 inlet, and is commonly used in a jumper cable scenario in IT Installations providing power from a PDU to a server, router, switch or other computing device. Most people know the C13 as 'the thing that plugs into my computer' because it is the standard connector used to power most desktop computers. In a desktop computer application, the most common cable is the NEMA 5-15P to C13, which connects your standard North American wall outlet to a desktop computer.

IEC 60320 C7 CONNECTOR (FEMALE)

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  • The IEC 60320 C7 is an ungrounded 2 Wire connector rated up to 250V and 2.5 Amps Internationally or 125V and 10 Amps in North America. The C7 mates with a C8 inlet, and is commonly used for laptop power supplies, video game consoles, televisions, and other double-insulated small appliances. This connector is sometimes referred to as a "Figure-8" or "Shotgun" connector due to it's shape. A variation of the C7 exists, sometimes referred to as a C7P or C7 Polarized, although it is not documented in the IEC 60320 standard. The C7P has one square side and one circular side so the connector only mates with the inlet using the correct pin configuration.

UL Listed : E503526

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All of our NorthAmerican use Power Cord Sets are UL listed under E503529. This means that you can be sure that all of our power cord sets are of the highest quality and are certified for use in the United States. 

Common Uses for IEC 320 Jumper Cords

C14-C5 Jumper Cords

C14 to C5 power cords are primarily used in two applications. 1. Data Centers : In a data center, this cord set is typically used to connect a C13 outlet found on a Power Distribution Unit (PDU) to a device with a C6 inlet, such as a small computer or laptop power supply. 2 : Home/Office - this cord set can also be used to adapt a standard computer power cable with a C13 end into a cord with a C5 end.


C14-C7 Jumper Cords

C14 to C7 power cords are primarily used in two applications. 1. Data Centers : In a data center, this cord set is typically used to connect a C13 outlet found on a Power Distribution Unit (PDU) to a device with a C8 inlet, such as a small computer or laptop power supply. 2 : Home/Office - this cord set can also be used to adapt a standard computer power cable with a C13 end into a cord with a C5 end.


C14-C13 Jumper Cords

The most common cord set in the IEC 60320 standard is the C14-C13. This cord set is extremely common due to the ampere rating. C14-C13 are rated for either 10 Amps, 13 Amps, or 15 Amps, depending on the cordage being used to connect them. This rating falls in line with most servers and routing equipment found in the data center. Data Center Engineerings will choose which rating is required based on the power requirements of the server or IT device.


C14-C15 Jumper Cords

The C14-C15 is the high temperature version of the C14-C13 cord set. C14-C15 are rated for either 10 Amps, 13 Amps, or 15 Amps, depending on the cordage being used to connect them. This rating falls in line with most servers and routing equipment found in the data center. The C15 is commonly found on higher power devices that generate more heat.


C14-C21 Jumper Cords

The C14-C21 is a somewhat uncommon power cord due to the ampere ratings of each connector. The C21 is a high temperature connector rated at 20A, while the C14 is a standard connector rated at 15A. This means that you cannot use this jumper cord if your device requires more than 15A. 

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