These patented design, IEC 60320 connectors have an internal locking mechanism which mates with and locks to any male C14 (inlet), to provide a simple way of securing a power cable to any electrical equipment. They are invaluable for use with critical equipment, either free-standing or rack-mounted and in areas subject to vibration, such as outside broadcast vehicles, touring and 'fly-away' kit, where standard connectors may become dislodged in transit. They are available in two forms; female C13 type (outlet) cable connectors for use between appliances and their mains power sources and female F type (outlet) panel connectors for use as an interconnection between one appliance and another.
The internal locking mechanism grips the earth pin in the male connector, preventing accidental removal of the cable connector. The latch is released on the cable connector by an external sliding handle, which can be gripped from all sides and is pulled to release the connector from its socket. For the panel connector, the latch is released by pressing a small button. This design of the release mechanism on the cable connector is particularly suitable for equipment with extremely closely spaced IEC outlets, such as 1U rackmount mains distributions units with 14 or 15 outlets, and some Dell and HP servers. No separate release tool is required.
The C13 type cable connectors have professional-type screw terminals (wire receptacle hole and cross clamp-screw), wire size up to 1.50 mm sq. (16 AWG). They are non-keyed ('cold condition'), rated 10 amp 250V AC 50/60Hz. Body materials are 'LFH' ('LSOH/LSZH'). Maximum cable diameter 8.5mm. A neat touch is that the shell retention screws have plastic washers to avoid loss when the cover is removed during cable termination.
The F type panel connectors have 6.3 x 0.8mm spade tab connections, and are of the snap-in style design. Panel cutout 32.4/32.6 x 29.7/29.9mm, panel thickness 1.0 – 1.5mm. Rated current 10 amps.
Ready made cables are also available, terminated to standard IEC male plugs, bare ends, and UK 13A and SCHUKO CE7/7 (right-angle) plugs. See AC Mains Power Leads - IEC-Lock+ and see AC Mains Power Leads - IEC-Lock.
Note: sometimes referred to as CEE22, this was the former standard before being eventually incorporated into IEC 60320.