IEC Cables for Amplifiers

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  1. tinkercity

    tinkercity Supporting Member

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    Wondering if something like this from Monoprice would work fine....

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=5285

    The ratings are:
    - 16 gauge wire
    - 13 a rating

    However...

    I'm seeing that most IEC cables sold at music stores online have these ratings...
    - 14 gauge wire
    - 15a rating

    All that to say, what are some good and cheap/affordable recommendations for IEC cables to have on hand for amplifiers and pedalboards?
     
  2. VICOwner

    VICOwner Supporting Member

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    That cable is just fine for probably any amp. Your Mains fuse is probably less than 5 amps. I’m not sure that 6 feet length is enough though, if it’s long enough for you, get it.
     
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  3. gulliver

    gulliver Supporting Member

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    I have a ton of those, great cables. I actually prefer the 16 gauge, the 14 gauge ones are as flexible as a car jumper cable. :confused:

    13 amp is way way way more than enough. Your home circuit breaker is [EDIT] 15 amps.

    As mentioned above, get longer than you think you need.
     
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  4. madhermit

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    Long IEC cables are VERY handy! I have a few 12 and 15 foot ones. I use the any short ones for equipment that doesn’t move often or ever.
     
  5. In Absentia

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    I like the Mercury Magnetics.
     
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  6. AuntieDiluvian

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    The smallest home breaker size in the US is 15A.

    That said, unless you are running a 1,500 W amp or larger, 16 gauge is fine.
     
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  7. Fitzer

    Fitzer Supporting Member

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    You’re fine with those. Don’t overpay for power cables.
     
  8. Bluesful

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    Well if you're not spending at least $1K on an IEC your tone will most likely suffer because of it.
     
  9. mc5nrg

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    Goodwill and similar should have plenty.
     
  10. gulliver

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    Thanks, I corrected.

    I have the Mercury Magnetics. Compared to the 14 gauge Monoprice, they look about the same to me. They're probably both made by Asian OEMs with similar specs.

    I prefer the hospital-grade Monoprice (in 16 gauge). Same as the other ones, but has a little "grip" on the end so they are easier to pull out of the socket. 10 foot 13A is currently on sale for $1.52 ... Goodwill can't even beat that.

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  11. halcyon

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    If you spend less than $100 on a power cable, your amp will blow up and probably kill you.
     
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  12. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Silver Supporting Member

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    I want a really flexible/pliable power cord, that’s 12-15 feet.
     
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    :roll:rotflmao:roll
     
  14. MikeMcK

    MikeMcK Silver Supporting Member

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    You can search any supplier (e.g. Mouser, Digikey) for hundreds of options. The plug type is NEMA 5-15 (sometimes labeled "NEMA 5-15P", where 'P' is for "plug") and the jack on the other end is IEC 320-C13 (sometimes shortened to "C13").

    EDIT: Here's a link to a search on Mouser, filtered down to lengths between 12' and 15'.
     
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