More Information About C14 C15 Power Cords
IEC 60320 C14 C15 power cords are used in high-temperature applications, where the maximum pin temperature of the mating appliance inlet is less than 120C. The C15 connector is a high-temperature version of the C13 connector and has the same shape, amperage, and voltage as the C13 except for a notch between the two pins. This allows for a C15 connector to mate with a C14 inlet (such as on a desktop computer, router, switch, and low powered servers) or a C16 Inlet. The C14 plug will mate with the corresponding C13 receptacles on a rack mount PDU.
|(1) Rack Mount PDU with C13 Inlets||Rack Mounted PDUs are the standard way to distribute power to many devices in a rack. |
|(2) C14 Plug (Male)||The C14 plug mates with the C13 receptacles|
|(3) C15 Connector (Female)||The C15 connector will mate with a matching C14 or C16 inlet, typically found on servers, routers, switches, and your standard desktop computers. |
|(4) Server, Router, Switch, Computer, Equipment||Many small appliances use a C14 inlet or C16 Inlet to provide power to the PSU (Power Supply Unit). Our C15 connectors will mate with any C14 or C16 inlet on your small appliance.|
10A vs 15A: Which one is right for me?
The answer to this question largely depends on how much power your equipment requires, and what voltage your rack is set up for. If you are running on a 208V circuit, this 10 Amp power cable is capable of delivering 2080 Watts to the equipment. (Volts x Amps = Watts). However, if you are running 120V AC, this cable is only capable of delivering 1200W (for peak loads).
Our 'F' (1415-F-XXX-COL where XXX is the length in inches and COL is the color) series 10A C14 C15 are used to power small IT equipment, typically units that are 1U form factor for rack mounted devices. A typical 1U form factor server contains PSU's operating at < 800w and 120V AC. This means that the max power draw on these is (800W / 120V) = 6.67 amps, safely in the continuous operating range of a 10 amp cable.
Many high-end servers (typically 2U form factor and up), however, have power supply units that draw more than 1000W per unit. Depending on the operating voltage of the device and your rack setup, this may be greater than the 8 amps max continuous draw allowed for a 10 amp cable. (1000W / 120V = 8.33 amps). In these scenarios, our 'H' C14 C15 series 15 amp power cables would need to be used.
IEC 60320 C14 to C15 Power cables are typically used in data centers and enterprise IT installations to provide power to high-end servers and networking equipment. This is due to the power supply units often generating significant amounts of heat, which could cause damage to a standard C13 connector.
Choosing the correct length
If operating in a data center, or high-density networking closet, it is critical to choose the correct length power cable to increase the efficiency of your installation. Choosing the shortest cable possible for your installation will allow you to reduce line loss (loss of energy due to resistance in the cable) as well as decrease the volume occupied by the cordage. Cubic inches are a hot commodity in high-density racks, by choosing the shortest cable possible you will increase airflow throughout the rack, increasing the efficiency of the PSU's on the server.
Choosing the correct color
Color-coded power cables are typically used to help identify cables in a rack. For example, a red power cable can be used to identify a primary PSU, will a blue power cable can be used to identify a secondary PSU. This can be critical in high availability data centers, where accidentally unplugging the correctly operating primary power supply, instead of the failed secondary power supply, can cost organizations thousands, even millions of dollars. We stock a wide variety of colors to help meet your color coding requirements.