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Old 1st March 2010, 08:21 PM   #1
BobM is offline BobM  United States
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Default 20 amp IEC source

I'm going to need a 20 amp IEC plug for the end of a power cord to power my new amp, but I don't feel like paying $100 for this on some audiophile parts supplier sites. Ideally I would like a pure copper one, but I can't locate a source.

Anyone have a link or a supplier you can direct me to?

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Old 1st March 2010, 08:58 PM   #2
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is this the C19/20 connector? if so then its only a few
16 Amp IEC Plug
Mouser has it as :-
161-PX0599 S 20A/250VAC 3 wire C19 socket
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Old 2nd March 2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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You sure your home electrical system is able to deliver 20A? At least in europe, at 16A protection kicks in and shuts off to protect the wiring - and your home.

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Old 2nd March 2010, 12:34 PM   #4
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The amp has a 20 amp receptical on it, so I need a 20 amp plug for the end of the cord. According to the manufacturer a 15 amp circuit is sufficient to drive it. It is a high powered solid state amp and the max power is only limited by the current it can draw from the wall, so a 20 amp circuit would be ideal if I really want all of that extra power, but it's not absolutely necessary.

That 16A plug looks similar to what I need, but it is not it. Thanks anyway.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 02:35 PM   #5
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Remember that with AC power systems, 16A or 20A fuse or circuit breaker is designed to carry it's rated current continuously. In the US continuous means 3 hours. The only way that a fuse or breaker limits current is by tripping or fusing. (with the small exception that higher current rated circuit parts will have less voltage drop).

There is a larger safety rating in power components and most parts and wires can operate at almost twice their rating continuously without failing.
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