International Power Cord Regulations: How Are They Applied?

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A brief overview of the different international regulations (including IEC and UL) governing the quality and ratings of power cords, connectors and plugs. See More Product at http://www.sfcable.com/international-powercords.html

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I n t er n atio n a l P o wer C o r d Reg ulatio n s : Ho w A re T h ey A pp li e d ? W h e n y ou und er t ak e ins t all at ion of y our d ev i ce s w ith po we r c o r ds , y ou m ust ha v e obs erve d in t he sp ec ifi cat ion sh ee t th a t one p ar t of the c o r d is a pp r o ve d a nd a no t h e r isn ’t . This m i g ht l ea d y ou to w ond e r a s to w hy is it so? We ll, it ca n be a bit tr i ck y t o und er st a nd in ter n at ion a l a pp r o v als of c o r ds. L et’ s obt a in a d eta il e d und er s t anding b e hind t he p r o ce ss of a pp r o va ls a nd reg ul at ions. ❏ A pp r o v al s i n p a r t s E ver y po we r c o r d t h a t y ou c o m e acr oss is a pp r o ve d in i t s p art s a nd not a s a w hol e . It s c onn ect o r , w i r e a nd plug ar e a pp r o ve d diff ere n t l y . A lthou g h the I EC h tt p:// www . sfc abl e. co m/

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h tt p:// www . sfc abl e. co m/ st a nd ar d c onn ect o r s ar e us e d a ll o ve r the w o r ld, t he st a nd ar ds of th e ir a pp r o va l c h a n g e f r om one c oun tr y t o a no t h er . This a u t ho r iz a tion d e p e nds on t he age n c y t h e y ar e b e ing a pp r o ve d b y . For eg , in China a nd Arge ntin a , t he w hole c o r d s e t is a pp r o ve d ins tea d of its p ar ts. ❏ IE C Reg ulatio n s The I n ter n at ion a l El ec t r o tec hni ca l Co mm ission ( I EC) b a s e d in Ge n ev a, is a n a sso c i at ion t h a t e s ta blish e s in ter n at ional s ta nd ar ds for t he e l ectr oni c , e l ec t r i ca l, a nd o t h e r si m il a r tec hnolo g i e s. Be fo r e I EC s ta nd ar ds ar e e s t ablish e d, a c ons e nsus is carr i e d out w h ere in t he e xp er ts f r om diff ere nt c oun tr i e s p ar ti c ipa te . A s me n t ion e d a bo ve , the I EC c onn ect o r s ar e us e d a ll o ve r the w o r ld a nd h e n c e eve n if the a pp r o va l age n c i e s ar e diff ere n t , th e y m ust follow the reg ul at ions l a id by IEC ( I nt er n at ion a l El ectr o tec hni c al Co mm ission) ❏ R ati n gs b as e d o n th e c u rre n t c a p a c it y The I EC 6079 9 5 . 2 . 2 s tate s t h a t “The rate d c u rre nt of t he plug sh a ll be not l e ss t h a n t he r a te d c u rre nt of the c onn ec to r .” It mea ns th a t t he c onn ect or shouldn ’ t ha v e a ra ting hi g h e r t h a n t he a t tac h e d plu g . Due t o t his rea son, the int er na t ion a l po we r c o r ds of t od a y h av e no a pp r o va l on t he IEC- 320 -C 1 9 side of t he c o r d. For eg , The hi g h e st rat ing a U K plug c an h av e is 13 A a nd if its C 1 9 c onn ect or is rate d 16 A , IEC w ill not a pp r o v e the c onn ec tor a s its rat ing is hi g h. The s am e a ppli e s t o c oun tr i e s li k e D e n m a rk , S w i t z er land, A us tra lia a nd Arge n t in a . The plu g s av ail a ble in t h e se c ount r i e s h av e rat in g s l e ss e r t han t h e ir c onn ect o r . Loo k ing in t o t h e ir sp ec ifi ca tion sh eet , y ou w ill s e e t h a t t he po we r c o r ds w ill show “ N O N E” on the C 1 9 c olu m n of a pp r o va l. ❏ C ha n g i n g i n t er n atio n a l sta nd a r d s Diff ere nt ra tin g s ar e a ppli ca ble on diff ere nt c ho r ds in diff ere nt c oun tr i e s. IEC C 1 3 po we r c o r ds ar e g i ve n a pp r o va l by U L ( U nd erwr i ter s L a bo r a t o ry ) upto 15 A in N o rt h Amer i ca . B ut if y ou carr y I EC C 1 3 t o Eu r op e , it w on ’ t be an a pp r o ve d st a nd ar d b eca use it is only a pp r o ve d t ill 10 A . S am e holds t r ue for IEC C 1 9 po we r

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c o r ds . I t is a pp r o ve d up t o 20 A in N o rt h Amer i c a a nd if y ou tak e it to oth e r c oun tr i e s, it w ouldn ’ t be c onsid ere d a n a pp r o ve d s ta nd ar d. The st a nd ar ds s e t by IEC (Int er na t ion a l El ectr o tec hni ca l Co mm ission) and U L ( U nd erwr it er s L a bo ra to r i e s I n c .) diff e r not a bl y . IEC s t anda r ds s tat e t he m ini m um saf e ty re qui reme nt for a d ev i ce , w h erea s, U L sp ec ifi e s t he tec hni c al d eta ils p erta ining to a ppli ca tion a nd p r odu c t s a f e t y . W e hope t h a t t his g i ve s y ou a li t tle und er s t anding a bout the s ta nd ar ds s e t for po we r c o r ds. Kee p rea ding t his blog for m o re ! S ee Mo re Pr o d u c t s De tails : ht t p : // www .sf ca bl e . c o m / ht t p : // www .sf ca bl e . c o m / ca bl e s-hd m i.ht m l ht t p : // www .sf ca bl e . c o m /hd m i- e xt e nsion- c abl e s.ht m l ht t p : // www .sf ca bl e . c o m /hd m i- a d a pt er s.ht m l ht t p : // www .sf ca bl e . c o m /hd m i- acce sso r i e s.ht m l h tt p:// www . sfc abl e. co m/

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