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Space-saving angled NEMA cords

The New American Space Program?

April 1, 2022  By Interpower Corporation

Interpower knows the challenge of navigating impossible spaces between equipment and its power source in real-time gravity. We offer eight different angles of the Angled NEMA 5-15 cord. Angled NEMA cords reduce the strain on cords, plugs, and outlets ensuring electrical continuity. Multiple cord angles allow cords to be ‘threaded’ through a maze of tight angles even when confined to mere millimeters of space.

NEMA angled cords provide critical connection space for any industry: medical, IT, industrial, food service and general office use—any business connecting equipment to mains power. Angled cords can prevent excess bending which could damage the connection, especially in power strips where strain reliefs and cable exits interfere with neighbouring outlets.

At left is a NEMA cord with excess bend radius. At right is the Interpower Angled NEMA cord. Source: Interpower Corp.

“It is important to avoid unnecessarily damaging the cable which can shorten its life, potentially leading to shock or fire,” said Dan Ford, technical support specialist, Interpower. “The end use of the cable plays a big role in what the bend radius will be. If the cord is plugged into the wall and then jerked on from the side to get it out, that will violate the bend radius. If the cord is twisted a lot, that also will affect it.”

“Bend radius failures usually happen over time and eventually the cable will no longer transmit power,” he said. “However, instant failure can occur if the wire in the cable is broken by jerking on the cord, especially at sharp angles.”

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Ordering angled NEMA cords

How do customers know what cords are molded in the specific angles they need? Look at your outlet. When ordering the Angled NEMA cord, keep in mind that the lettered angles along the plug correspond to viewing the plug from the back, as if already plugged in. Typically the pin receptacle of your outlet is at 6:00, but it may be at 12:00. If the pin is at 6:00, this would automatically be Angle A. If the pin is at 12:00, this would automatically be Angle E. While Angled NEMA 5-15 cords come molded in eight different angles, be sure to click on the PDF drawing for angles B, C, D, F, G, and H, which are found on the online product page.

Another example: If your cords need to run at right angles left or right of the outlet, you would need angles C or G.

Line drawings shown from the back as if plugged into a socket.

Every Interpower cord and component is subjected to Interpower’s strict quality control procedures: hipot testing, continuity testing, ground testing, and multiple inspections to guarantee electrical continuity straight out of the box! Interpower testing exceeds UL and IEC standards.

“We test more than is required for our own benefit,” said Ron Barnett, product development manager, Interpower. “We go beyond the standards because it lends better reliability to our design—products become more dependable in that regard.” Unlike many other U.S. electrical manufacturers, Interpower tests multiple components with various amperage ratings, which are predetermined by the standards.

  • Value-added options available such as lengths, colors, and packaging and labeling
  • Same day shipping on in-stock products
  • No minimum orders required

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Learn More about Interpower Angled Cords by visiting https://go.interpower.com/en-us/design-with-angled-nema-cords


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