When it comes to choosing a power cord for your electronic device, you can either choose between assembled (mechanical) and an over-molded (molded) cord. An over-molded cord is built using an injection molding process, which combines two or more materials with a molded plastic component over them to create a single part. Molding consolidates materials and parts and usually eliminates the need for an additional assembly. Over-molded cords increase reliability and deliver a completely assembled product.
An assembled cord consists of components that must be hard-wired prior to use. The connector is manually connected to the cord. Methods such as screw and clamp designs are often labor-intensive procedures used in the manufacturing of assembled connectors. The manufacturing process will also require tools to open the casing and other various electrical assembly, including modification and wiring.
On the other end of the spectrum, the flexibility of an over-molded plug’s design makes adding personalized customization seamless for the consumer. Mold colors and custom wires can coincide with various electronic components to create a more personalized application. The molded design also provides strain relief, which is good for frequent usage and plug-and-play accessibility. Continue reading Molded or Mechanical
Do you ever find yourself researching information on power cords but end up on a Rolling Stones fan site? Or maybe you’re just trying to shred on the guitar but you keep coming up on computer cord websites.
People are often confused. Is it a power cord, or a power chord? Let me help with a better understanding. First, a power chord is a type of guitar chord used frequently in rock and roll music on electric guitars. Second, a power cord is a cable that supplies electricity to electronic devices.
Before you leave us in search of leather pants and vinyl records, power cords, and power chords are a lot more similar than you think! After all, you cannot rock out on your electric guitar without a power cord. And much like power chords connect a song together, power cords connect much of the world around you! You wouldn’t be able to read this enlightening blog post without a power cord. You can’t even work your microwave without a power cord! Electricity has become a staple feature in our lives, and power cords supply that to us.
To show you how much we think power cords ROCK, here are a few of our favorite uses for power cords!
Our first favorite use for power cords are for computers and laptops. Some people can’t stand the idea of growing technology, saying it weakens human contact and social interaction. Continue reading Power Cord Not Power Chord, Let’s Rock n Roll!
For electrical power cords, technicians refer to the ends as male and female. The male being the plug and the female being the receptacle or socket.
Almost every electronic device that you use in your home or office or anywhere for that matter, have ends that come in male and female components. I bet you’re a little confused as to what that means. This standard design ensures that one end fits only with the opposite gender, helping to regulate cables for power and digital signals.
The male differs from the female in that it has one or more projecting pins designed as a live contact, a neutral contact, and an optional earth (ground) contact, separated by a plastic insulator. The female has one or more sockets just big enough to accept the male pins and provides a connection point that delivers electricity once the plug is placed into it. Males can also have 2-3 conductors (pins) and females also, can have 2-3 holes (sockets).
The images below show an IEC connector that refers to the power supply inlet which is commonly seen on desktop PC power supplies.
C14 (male) power inlet, the gender of the end is defined by the pins within the hood – either 2 or 3 conductors
Continue reading Identifying Male and Female
Plenum cables are laid in the plenum spaces of buildings with computer installations which is often used to house connecting communication cables. The plenum is the space that is used for air circulation in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) typically between the structural ceiling and a drop-down ceiling or under a raised floor.
Continue reading Plenum Cables. What Are They and Why Are They Useful?
Ever seen one of these and wondered what in the world that is? It is a universal receptacle used for electrical plugs. But not just any, plugs from all over the world! Which is great for all you travelers out there that bring business with you.
A Universal Receptacle features the insertion opening design, allowing it to accept plugs that conform to any International or North American standard. Here at Quail, we offer all plugs from various countries that are compatible with the universal receptacle.
The image below demonstrates a few different cords featuring a country plug on one side and connected to the Universal receptacle on the other.
Now that you are bringing business along with you, I bet you’re wondering about the outlets in that foreign country. This is where a Universal Adapter comes into play. Continue reading Universal Adapters
Picture this: you’re in need of some power cords. You call Quail Electronics requesting a coiled cord. The sales representative asks you, “would you like a coiled cord or for your cords to be packaged in a coiled form?” Well, now you’re confused, thinking ‘what’s the difference?’ Today I will be explaining coiled vs. coiled.
First, we have coiled as in the way it’s packaged. For example, you can have your cords packaged in a form which can either be hanked (often described as a figure 8 wrapping) see Image 1,
OR you can have them coiled as a “loop,” as shown in Image 2.
Continue reading Coiled VS. Coiled
I bet you’re wondering what an electrical terminal is. A terminal is the point at which the conductor of an electrical component comes to an end and provides connection to external circuits.
And how do we crimp terminals, you ask?
Let me explain. The word crimping, in this context, means to combine two pieces of metal together by deforming one (or both) to hold the other. It’s called “crimp” because of the deformity.
You’ll need a crimping tool in order to correctly crimp connectors onto the wire. Please remember that pliers are NOT crimpers! To verify that you have the right crimper, the crimper Continue reading How to Crimp Terminals
The world of electricity can be very complicated. But what about electricity do we in fact know? Well, we do know electrical cables are designed to carry current from one element to another. What we DON’T know is how an electrical cable is even made. Of course, as always, I am here to help with any confusion!
An electrical cable consists of conductors, which is an uninsulated wire suitable for carrying electrical current. Electrical conductors are made up of metals such as, copper, aluminum, etc. Most wires are made out of copper because it conducts electricity with high flexibility and very little resistance.
Electrical wires come in solid core, stranded, or braided together to form a single assembly, where the ends connect to two devices, therefore, allowing the electrical signals to transfer from one device to the other. Continue reading How an Electrical Cable is made
If some of you are like me, who isn’t very tech savvy when it comes to language of circuitry, I have helped make it easier to recognize which configuration defines each component and also a little bit better understands the world of power cords.
Let’s get started.
Continue reading Language of Circuitry
Ever wonder how the Aussie band AC/DC got their name? Or what makes it possible for them to ROCK and ROLL?
There are two types of current flow in a circuit: Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC).
Have you ever sat down and looked over at your desk lamp and thought, “how does the light come on?” Well, just like every home and office, AC power comes in through the power lines to your home and is what is available to power outlets. AC stands for Alternating Current. Your lamp is being powered by AC because of the direction of the flow of electrons. There is a rotating magnet along the wire which causes the electrons to keep switching directions forward and backward. Also, the amount of energy that can be carried through alternating current is easy and also economical to transfer over longer distances and provides more power.
For example: here’s your power plant. It can yield 1 million watts of power. How does this work? Well there’s a way to Continue reading AC & DC — For Those about to Flow We Salute You!