Even beyond that, this ‘ible is NOT a proper way to do this job. It will work if done correctly, but if done incorrectly, the results can be disastrous. 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!
Situation: You have a UPS that only has C14 panel mounted male connectors for outlets. But the devices in your server rack are from 3 different countries, all with their own power cords.
Materials: You have a single C14/C13 cable. You have an ‘international style’ power strip that takes any of a number of plugs in it.
Tools: You only have a LeatherMan Wave Multitool and a roll of electrical tape. You most likely need a solder iron and solder, but, depending on your power strip, you might be able to get away with just the multitool.
Mission: Make “Tab A” fit into “Slot B” as it is.
Step 2: Let Us Get Started
Step 3: Let Us Get Cutting
Step 4: Cutting the Cord
Step 5: De-Solder and Solder
Make sure to route any wires from the new cord at this time before you solder. Also, put the grommet on the wire before you begin to solder.
Now, solder the wires from the cable to the power strips. Be careful to match the correct wire to it’s counter-part on the power strip. If the color scheme is different, use a multi-meter to ring out the wires. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you might want to get help from someone with some experience at this point.
Step 6: Put It All Together.
Now enjoy the hundreds of dollars you just saved by not having to buy APC’s propriety power strip!