Archive for February 13th, 2013

Kill A Watt: IEC Adapters

I should have done this a long time ago:

Kill-A-Watt - IEC plug and socket

Kill-A-Watt – IEC plug and socket

It makes measuring PC power consumption much easier!

I picked up some cheap AC plugs and sockets, cut a short IEC extender cable in half, and wired ’em up. If the IEC extender link breaks again, search for something like “computer power cord extension” and rummage around.

IEC color code hint: brown = hot, blue = neutral (unless they cheat).

US NEMA 5 plug / socket hint: the blade marked W is neutral. More expensive hardware will have dark brass = hot, light brass = neutral, but don’t bet your life on it.