Cables

We supply all shapes and sizes of cable, but the most common are listed on the following pages that are common in the classroom.

Selecting the right cable

To assist with identifying and selecting the correct cable each section includes a photo of the various cable ends.

Help with finding the right cable…

Either scroll down the page or choose one of the links below to jump to the cable identification section you require.

Buy the correct cable today

Below we have a product for each category of cable. Simply select the product and then choose the correct cable ends, length and even cable colour to make up the cable you need.

Power

There are a wide variety of power cables available for computers. Low power items such as digital camera chargers use an IEC C7 or commonly known as a figure of eight connector. Laptops IEC C5 or clover leaf connector and finally computers, printers and monitors almost always use an IEC C13 or kettle lead (but kettles actually use a slightly different variant of the IEC C13, the IEC C15 which is rated to a higher amperage).

There are a third three which are far less common, the C3 which is very uncommon and only included here for completeness. The IEC C15 which is a true kettle lead and designed for a higher amperage load and finally the C19 which is typically used on higher power UPS devices.

Power connectors are always male at the power source and female at the device, simplest to think about how if it was the other way you’d be able to touch live pins and electrocute yourself.

UK Mains

3-Pin Plug

IEC C7 (Female)
IEC C8 (Male)

Figure of Eight

IEC C5 (Female)
IEC C6 (Male)

Clover Leaf

IEC C13 (Female)
IEC C14 (Male)

Kettle Lead or IEC Cold

IEC C3 (Female)
IEC C4 (Male)

Uncommon

IEC C15 (Female)
IEC C16 (Male)

Proper Kettle Lead (High Amp) or IEC Hot

IEC C19 (Female)
IEC C20 (Male)

High Power

USB

There are many types of USB cable, many are a common standard whilst others are proprietary such as the USB A to Apple Lightening.

Pretty much all computers feature the USB A sockets, these come in three standards USB 1 (pretty much a dead standard), USB 2 which is common on almost all computers and USB 3 which has a blue insert inside the socket that provides much faster speeds.

USB 3 devices are typically backwardly compatible with USB 2, in turn USB 2 is backwardly compatible with USB 1 – all that changes is the data transfer speed.

USB A

USB 1, 2 & 3

USB B

Found on printers and older external hard drives.

USB Mini A

Found on digital cameras and external hard drives.

USB Mini B

Found on external hard drives and classroom visualisers.

USB Micro A

Found on digital cameras and external hard drives.

USB Micro B

Found on external hard drives and classroom visualisers.

USB C

Latest USB Standard
Connector can be connected either way.