Hospital Grade NEMA Power Cords

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IEC 60320 C13 Right Angle

IEC 60320 C13 Right Angle
  • 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. The right angle connector style is for installing in tight spaces where the power supply or opening is towards the right 

NEMA 5-15P Hospital Grade

NEMA 5-15P Hospital Grade

Hospital Grade NEMA 5-15P Power Cords are rated up to 125V and 1. It is required that “patient care equipment” used in the “patient vicinity” use hospital-grade attachment plugs. Specifically, hospital Grade requires (1) the blades must be solid instead of folded brass, (2) the blades are usually nickel-plated, (3) the plug includes an internal cable retention device or strain relief to prevent any stress to the plug’s internal connections and (4) NEMA plug and receptacle are marked “Hospital-grade” and with a green dot.

General Information on "Hospital Grade"

Hospital Grade (HG) Standards

 Hospital Grade Standards require Plugs, Connectors, Receptacles and Power Cords used in medical applications to have a green dot prominently displayed on the housing surface to identify compliance with Underwriter Laboratories specifications UL817, UL60601-1 and UL498. Specifically; (1) the blades must be solid instead of folded brass, (2) the blades are usually nickel-plated, (3) the plug includes an internal cable retention device or strain relief to prevent any stress to the plug’s internal connections and (4) NEMA plug and receptacle are marked “Hospital-grade” and with a green dot.


Testing (Plug and Connector)


HG Test: Impact Test - A plug or connector wired with the minimum size flexible cord is subjected to an impact from a 10 pound cylindrical weight having a flat face with a 2 inch diameter dropped from a height of 18 inches. After the test, there shall be no breakage or other damage that may affect the function of the device.


HG Test: Mechanical Drop Test - The cord connector is wired to #18 AWG flexible cord and suspended horizontally. It is released so it impacts a hardwood surface 45 inches below the point of suspension. This is repeated for 1,300 cycles. After the test, there shall be no breakage, deformation or other effect that may interfere with the function of the device.


HG Test: 500 Pound Crush Test - A wired plug or connector is placed between two hardwood slabs while subjected to a force which is progressively increased to 500 pounds. After the test, there shall be no breakage, deformation or other effect that may interfere with the function of the device.


HG Test: Strain Relief Test - While assembled to a plug or connector but not wired to the terminals; the cord must remain securely fastened after a straight pull of 30 pounds and a rotary motion within 3 inch circles with a 10 pound force applied for two consecutive hours. Displacement of conductors, insulation and outer jacket of the flexible cord shall not exceed 0.031 inch. There shall be no cuts, rips or tears in the insulation of the cord.

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