OT: Power Supplies

John Griffiths john at capmon.com
Fri Sep 20 10:51:59 EST 2002


you're a linux guru and you can't change a plug???

3 wires, use an example... minutes work.

At 10:02 AM 9/20/02 +1000, andrew at bishop.dropbear.id.au wrote:
>In response to a question from Brad Hards about IEC plugged power boards,
>Jeremy wrote:
>On Thu, 19 Sep 2002, Jeremy wrote:
>> It doesn't really require major surgery.  Five minutes with a pair of
>> and  a screwdriver and you can mix'n'match any power connectors you
want.  But
>> of course, none of us would ever consider it, because it's illegial.
>I have such a power board (I also have a UPS providing IEC plugs on the
>back, and wanted to plug hub, modem, etc into it as well).  However,
>acquiring it wasn't simple.
>A look at all the local computer-type shops failed to find something
>suitable, so I took a trip out to SI in Fyshwick.  They *used* to stock
>such things, I was told, but carried them no longer, and in fact, the
>salesman I was talking to had bought their last one about a week before.
>However, said salesman was also a qualified electrician (or at least
>claimed to be), and a nice guy to boot, so he sent me across the road to
>jaycar to buy a standard 240V line socket (like you'd see on the end of
>extension cords), sold me a $5 IEC-IEC power cable, and then swapped the
>end of it for me for no extra charge.
>I was pretty impressed with that service.  However, it was over a year ago
>now.  So I guess this all just goes to say, "You will probably have
>trouble buying such a beast pre-made, but for someone who knows what
>they're doing, it's less than 5 minutes work to make one."
>Had that trip to SI failed to net me the cable I was after, my next plan
>was to take a standard powerboard and an IEC plug, wander into a local
>small-electrical-appliance repair place, and ask the guy there if he'd be
>willing to wire it up for $5.

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