There is a big push in the data center industry to address the major problem of Independent Electrical Contractor (IEC) plugs coming loose on equipment & power strips. Have you been experiencing this issue due to appliance vibration or accidental disconnects when maintenance and cabling work is performed in your racks?

A range of solutions is available to avoid unnecessary data center downtime by deploying IEC Secure Power Connections and/or Locking Power Connectors. PTS currently provides many solutions currently on the market. Final recommendations are typically based upon requirements and budgets.

IEC Lock

  • Suitable for use with any standard IEC inlet
  • Solution is universal on the equipment side and addresses the secure power connection problem by having a button which slides to engage a pin that drops down on the ground plug
  • Device is UL approved
IEC C14 Grip Secure Insert

  • Solution is excellent for use on the PDU side of the IEC secure power connection
  • Very inexpensive
  • Not UL approved but used in variety of data centers

Enlogic Power Cord/Locking Power Cables

  • Provides protection against accidental power loss of your attached IT equipment when used with any Enlogic PDU or APC® AP8000 Series PDU
  • Locking IEC plugs into the PDU outlet with a locking tab feature
  • Cord connector positively locks into the attached equipment power inlet without the need for supplemental retaining clips
Enlogic’s Locking IEC Power Cables
Schurter V-Lock Power Cord

  • Latches into the notched inlet or outlet to prevent accidental disconnection of the power from the equipment
  • Yellow catch mechanism is easily released by depressing the lever
  • Unlike wire bail or clamp accessories, no additional hardware is required to install the cord retaining system, saving installation time and material
  • Device is UL approved
Raritan ETO Outlets

  • Solution is excellent for use on the PDU side of the IEC secure power connection
  • No proprietary cables required
  • Alternative to outlets with retention clips
  • Device is UL approved
Power Cord Retention Clips

  • Can be used at PDU or equipment side of the IEC secure power connection
  • No proprietary cables required
  • Several variations available
  • Takes additional space in the cabinet


To learn more about PTS’ IEC Secure Power Connections recommendations to support your data center, computer room, server room, or other mission critical facility, contact us or visit:


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