Electronic – How to identify a what kind of power connector for AC mains is on a product


I see an AC mains input but I have no idea what kind of cable it goes to, how do I find the cable type so I can design around that? (Or conversely I have a cable and I don't know what type it is)

Best Answer

Look for IEC320 reference tables, the connector should match one of the international standards. Once you identify the connector you can search for it. If not, it is a custom cable and the manufacturer will need to be contacted.

The first edition of IEC 320 (later renumbered IEC 60320) was published in 1970. Source: Wikipedia

This is what a table looks like

enter image description here Source: https://www.stayonline.com/reference-iec320.aspx


Another good resource https://www.plugsocketmuseum.nl/ApplConn_overview.html