Before I even begin with this ‘ilbe, I have to say electricity is a DANGEROUS element. You can burn your house down, or even kill yourself. If you aren’t 100% sure of what you are doing, DO NOT TRY THIS.
Even beyond that, this ‘ible is NOT a proper way to do this type of function. IT IS WRONG. But, I am stuck here in Afghanistan and I have very little to work with, so this is what I had to do to make it work. I have taken many other mitigating actions to make this work safely. Also, this product will be recycled as soon as it can be replaced with a proper cord.
With all that said, let’s start the fun
Step 1: Standards are a great thing. There are always so many to choose from!
Standards are a great thing. There are always so many to choose from! (That is an ironic joke for those lacking in a sense of humor.) Well, UPS manufactures have decided to agree to use a standard that no one has cords for. So that leads me to this ‘ible.
Situation: You have a UPS that only has C14 panel mounted male connectors for outlets. You also have a US 2 Prong USB external drive that you need to get data off of it.
Materials: You have a single C14/C13 cable. You have a single 2 prong to 3 prong adaptor.
Tools: You only have a LeatherMan Wave Multitool and a roll of electrical tape.
Mission: Make “Tab A” fit into “Slot B” as it is.
Step 2: Start the operation
Step 3: Start the real cutting
Now cut a hole in the face plate of the adaptor, fish the cable through it and strip the inner two wires.