IEC Cables

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.

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 C5 - C6

Widely used for laptop power supplies, also known as the “Mickey Mouse” or “Cloverleaf” connector.

C7 / C8 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.

C13 / C14 C13 - C14

Very widely used for computers, monitors and older laptop power supplies.

C15 / C16 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.

C19 / C20 C19 - C20

A high amp rated connector usually used in high-power situations such as on workstations or servers.