Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors

Volex is a leading manufacturer and supplier of power cord and jumper cord products which may consists of plug connectors, plug receptacles, and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) connectors. Volex plug connector, plug receptacle, jumper cord, AC inlet, AC outlet, and IEC connector products are sold to manufacturers for a broad range of electrical and electronic devices, equipment, appliances, and many other applications.

Volex offers the following plug connectors, plug receptacles, IEC connector products portfolio below:

  • Plug Receptacles
  • Plug Connectors
  • IEC Connectors
  • AC Inlets
  • AC Outlets
  • C5 Connectors / IEC C5 Connector
  • C7 Connector / IEC C7 Connector
  • C13 Connector / IEC C13 Connector
  • C14 Plug Connector / IEC C14 Plug Connector
  • C15 Connector / IEC C15 Connector
  • C17 Connector / IEC C17 Connector
  • C19 Connector / IEC C19 Connector
  • C20 Plug Connector / IEC C20 Plug Connector
  • C21 Connector / IEC C21 Connector

They can also be called: Mickey Mouse connectors, clover leaf connectors, figure 8 connectors, shot gun connectors, high amperage cable connectors, high ampere rated connectors, cold connectors, hot connectors, C14 plug connectors, and C20 plug connectors.

Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors Technical Information

Most connectors used around the world are covered by EN60335-1 (IEC 335-1) standards which dictates the configuration, current, and temperature rating paired with the required cables. The table below shows the approved Volex connectors:

Appliance Coupler Approved
Rated
Current of
Appliance
Coupler
Class of
Equipment
Maximum
Pin
Temperature
of Appliance
Inlet
Number of
Standard Sheet
European
Cable Type
Cross-
Sectional
Area mm²
UL Cable
Type
AWG
2.5 I 70℃ H03VV-F 0.75 SPT-2 or
SVT
18
2.5 II 70℃ H03VV-F or
H03VVH2-F
0.5, 0.75 (a) SPT-1 or
SPT-2
18
10 I 70℃ H05VV-F,
Screened
0.75, 1.0 (b) SVT or
SJT
18, 16, 14
10 I 70℃ H05VV-F 0.75, 1.0 (b) SVT or
SJT
18, 16, 14
10 I 120℃ H05RR-F or
H03RT-H
0.75, 1.0 (b) SVT or
SJT or HPN
18, 16, 14
10 I 155℃ H05RR-F or
H03RT-H
0.75, 1.0 (b)
10 II 70℃ H05VV-F 0.75, 1.0 (b) SVT or
SJT
18
16 I 70℃ H05VV-F 1.0, 1.5 (b) SJT 16, 14, 12
16 I 70℃ H05VV-F 1.0, 1.5 (b) SJT 16, 14, 12
  • 5mm2 is allowed on lengths not exceeding 2 meters.
  • If the cord had a length of eceeding 2 meters, nominal corss-sectional area shall be:
  1. 0mm2 for 10A
  2. 1.5mm2 for 16A

Volex plug connectors, receptacles and IEC connectors are offered with many different options and customisation. These customisation options may include:

  • Custom body to match end product profile or promote compatibility with existing appliance
  • Special marking or logo for brand identity
  • Enhanced reliability to withstand harsh environments
  • Locking features for secured power
  • Compact and slim profiles to address space limitations

Applications / Markets for Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors

Plug connectors, plug receptacles, IEC connectors, AC inlets, AC outlets, and jumper cords from Volex are used in a wide variety of applications and markets. Examples include:

Consumer Electronics

  • Game Consoles
  • Projectors
  • Sound Systems
  • Televisions

 

Business and IT Peripherals

  • Desktops
  • Monitors
  • Laptops and Notebooks
  • Point of Sale Systems
  • Printers
  • Tablets
  • UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

 

DIY and other Equipment and Appliances

  • Extension Cords
  • Power Tools
  • Pressure Washers
  • Replacement Power Cords
  • Sewing Machines
  • Water and Air Pumps

 

Domestic Appliances

  • Air Conditioners
  • Dryers
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Steam Irons
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Washing Machines

 

Healthcare

  • Clinical Diagnostics
  • Imaging
  • Medical Therapy Systems
  • Patient Care Systems
  • Patient Monitoring
  • Surgical Systems

 

Personal Care

  • Hair Curlers and Dryers
  • Massagers

What are Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors?

Plug connectors or plug receptacles are like plugs, except contacts are surrounded by a shroud. Countries world-wide only follow the IEC standards.

Also, unlike 2 pin and 3 pin plugs which are usually mated to a wall socket, plug connectors and plug receptacles are plugged indirectly to a power source such as the back of a desktop or UPS (uninterruptible power supply) and are commonly part of a jumper cord.

On the other hand, IEC connectors are mated to equipment or an appliance which ensures that specified ampere ratings and required temperature ratings are satisfied.

Features of Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors

Volex plug connectors, plug receptacles, and IEC connectors offer different features to suit customer needs, including:

  • World-wide range of safety approvals with combo options for applicable plug connectors and receptacles
  • Straight and angled connectors and plug connectors
  • PVC or halogen-free overmould
  • Standard or V-Lock (locking) connectors and plug connectors
  • Standard or short profile connectors and plug connectors

Colour variants for identification

Why Choose Volex for Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors?

  • Volex customers of plug connectors, plug receptacles, IEC connectors benefit from strong technical expertise and global manufacturing and delivery.
  • The Volex global factory footprint, which includes tariff-free manufacturing sites, an efficient global supply chain, and logistics support, enables reduced product lead times and efficient cost management.
  • Volex engineering teams can customise plug connectors, plug receptacles, and IEC connector solutions to a customer’s specific requirements and provide quick-turn custom design samples supported by skilled local sales and field applications engineering (FAE) teams.
  • Dynamic design and development capabilities support Volex’s diverse product portfolios. Rigid reliability tests, and 100% electrical tests, ensure total product performance. Volex always strives to fulfil customer expectations in the best way possible.

Contact Volex for Plug Connectors, Plug Receptacles, IEC Connectors

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