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IEC Connector & Cable Guide

We often find that people are unsure of the difference between mains power cables, or what the IEC standards are. Put simply, the standards define the mechanical, electrical and thermal requirements and safety goals of power couplers.

IEC Cables

There are 12 IEC connectors by shape; each has a different name for the Male or Female side. For example C7 is male and C8 is female, but both have the same shape connector.

Below you can find a list of the IEC connectors we supply, and a diagram of each.

C5 / C6
Widely used for laptop power supplies, also known as the “Mickey Mouse” or “Cloverleaf” connector. View the range of LINDY C5/C6 IEC mains cables by clicking here

C7 / C8
Also known as the “Figure-8” or “Shotgun” connector, very widely used on an array of devices such as TVs, Bluray players, and laptop chargers. This is polarised. There is an un-polarised version of the C7 that has a flat edge on one side of the figure-8 shape. View the range of LINDY C7/C8 IEC mains cables by clicking here

C13 / C14
Very widely used for computers, monitors and older laptop power supplies. View the range of LINDY C13/C14 IEC mains cables by clicking here

C15 / C16
Similar to the C13 but with a much higher temperature rating, this is usually used for a kitchen appliances, and is known as a “Kettle” lead. This is a “hot condition” cable which means it is rated to withstand higher temperatures. View the range of LINDY C15/C16 IEC mains cables by clicking here

C19 / C20
A high amp rated connector usually used in high-power situations such as on workstations or servers. View the range of LINDY C19/C20 IEC mains cables by clicking here

4 Port KVM Switch Classic HDMI, USB 2.0 & Audio

New 4-Port KVM Switch with HDMI and USB Support

The new LINDY 4 Port KVM Switch Classic HDMI, USB 2.0 & Audio allows 4 computers or HDMI/USB devices like a game console or BD-Player to be connected and controlled from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse.

Port selection is made by the “Select” button on the KVM switch or by IR remote control button.
The KVM Switch allows you to share further USB devices and a USB hub connected to the USB device port with USB 2.0 speed.

The KVM Switch has a USB-Audio Converter built in, allowing speakers or a headphone/headset and a microphone to be connected to the front ports of the KVM switch. Pressing the Audio ON/OFF button on the front mutes these devices. The HDMI ports support resolutions up to Full HD 1080p including 3D and can be used with DVI devices using adapter cables.

USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapters

New 4K Adapter and Updated HDMI Adapter Connects Monitors Via USB 3.0

We now have two great ways to connect high-end monitors via a computer’s USB 3.0 port, without the hassle of adding a suitable internal graphics card.

The LINDY USB to 4K DisplayPort Adapter enables users to connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor by simply installing the driver and connecting the adapter to the computer using the supplied USB 3.0 Type A to Micro-B cable. Once installed the 4K monitor can be connected to the adapter using a normal DisplayPort cable. The adapter supports 4K resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 @30Hz and includes the ability to transfer audio from the computer to the monitor.

The LINDY USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter allows users to display Full HD 1080p video and graphics on their TV, monitor or projector via their computer’s USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port. Connected in a similar fashion as the 4K DisplayPort Adapter above, the converter supports resolutions up to 1920×1200, including 1080p. This latest adapter is a newer version of a previous model and is now available at a lower cost.

“While installing an internal graphics card into a computer is a relatively simple process, it’s not something everybody feels confident in doing, particularly when it’s just to connect a monitor temporarily,” says Andrew Ingram, Product Manager of LINDY Electronics. “Our new adapters allow users to connect the very latest high resolution monitors quickly and easily. They are ideal for laptop users that often challenged with different connection options everywhere they go, as well home users who just want to add another screen to their set-up.”

Both the LINDY adapters allow monitors to be used for primary, mirrored or extended desktop. They are bus powered and therefore require no addition power, have a compact design making them east to carry and store and are guaranteed for 2 years.

Reuse Old Laptop Drives with the LINDY USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter

According to the Step Initiative, in 2012 Australia generated 25.23kg of e-waste per inhabitant. Whilst electronics have a limited lifespan, there are often components that still have value to the user, even though the rest of the device may be destined for the recycle bin. The new LINDY USB 3.0 to SATA 3.0 Adapter, for example, allows for a laptop’s hard drive to be used long after the rest of the machine has become defunct.

The tool-less design allows the user to simply attach the SATA 3.0 adapter to the old hard drive and connect the other end to a computer’s USB port to continue using the hard drive without the need for dedicated drive housing. The adapter’s plug and play installation makes it ideal for accessing old files, saving back-ups or even just as an additional drive with speeds of up to 5Gbps.

“A USB to SATA Adapter is one of those peripherals that people don’t realise are so handy to have,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manger of LINDY Australia. “Whether you’re just trying to retrieve data from a sick machine, reuse hard drives out of old machines or clone a drive when upgrading, a USB to SATA Adapter is ideal.”

Compatible with USB 3.0 equipped PCs and Macs, the adapter is suitable for 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA III HDDs/SSDs and 5.25″ ODD drives. The adapter also includes a multi-country power supply for power hungry 3.5 disks. The LINDY SATA/Micro SATA Adapter should be used for drives that require 3.3V.

More details here…