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DIY Mains IEC Hot and Cold

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by CodeThief, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. CodeThief

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    Hi all :)

    Planning on making up some lovely mains cables at some point (most likely ChrisVH's). Which IEC connectors would be suitable for which devices, hot or cold??

    I'm prolly gonna be going for just cheap IEC connectors to start with and maybe get the Wattgates later on.

    AMP --> Hot?
    CDP --> Cold?
    DVD --> Cold?

    Or doesn't it matter?

    Thanks.

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    Hot is for things that get phyiscally hot like kettles....I doubt it's going to matter.....

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    some places refer to a hot connector as live output (socket) and cold as power input (plug).
     
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    As Gordon says, hot is for things that get hot; like kettles and heaters.

    The IECs are a different shape. Hot IEC plugs (e.g. Wattgates) will fit into cold IEC sockets, however, cold IEC plugs will not fit into hot IEC sockets.

    Hot IEC sockets have a ridge on the bottoms, and hot IEC plugs have an indent that matches the socket's ridge.

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  5. CodeThief

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I shall just buy hot all round then :)

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    Thanks mate, yeah I did notice that previously. I knew that the hot leads had the cutout, just whether I should use hot or cold for which components was the real question!

    But it turns out hot all round will be fine. If I was making the damn cables that is :(

    Dave
     
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    What ever fits the hole, or the male IEC (socket) will do the job I guess.

    Oh er... misses.

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    Are there any high quality mains lead manufacturers that sell leads with the C19 16 amp type connector. I have this on my amp and hence the Wattgate 320 I bought for it wont fit. Teach me not to do my homework :rolleyes:

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    Russ Andrews sell their Kimber Kable leads with the 16amp C19 connector as an option, alternatively you could buy just the connector from Audusa (or somesuch) if you're making your own leads or prepared to remove the standard IEC plug from another cable.

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