Is it safe to use C14 to Schuko adapter cable from UPS outlet to 'dumb' power strip inlet?



  • I have bought myself a Powerwalker UPS that only has C14 outlets on the back. UPS is connected directly to wall mains outlet. C14 to C13 is fine when I am connecting PSUs or monitors directly to the UPS, but I need to connect all my peripherals to the UPS using a 'dumb' power strip that I own (HDDS, modem, router, lamp etc.).

    I have heard that you should not attach surge protected strips to a UPS as it messes with how easily the battery kicks in or something similar. I believe a PDU is what you are 'supposed' to use in a case like mine, but I am looking for the most economic solution here as I already own power strips, and since the peripherals will not be using huge amounts of power. PDUs seem to cost hundreds of dollars, and a C14 to Schuko cable costs hardly anything.

    My UPS handles 1600W, and I do not intend to overload the UPS by connecting peripherals via the power strip, in case you wondered.



  • @Propagandalf idk if i understood correctly what you are trying in here mate but as long as i understood you want to connect both the peripherals and PC to the UPS right? If so you can just buy one of those extensions with a lot of power plugs and replace the plug of that extension from a plug to connect to the wall into a one to connect to the UPS... It's something easy to do, i think you will even find youtube videos to do that without an issue... I had one PC connected like that for a lot of time in my old office ;D



  • @gpedro said in Is it safe to use C14 to Schuko adapter cable from UPS outlet to 'dumb' power strip inlet?:

    @Propagandalf idk if i understood correctly what you are trying in here mate but as long as i understood you want to connect both the peripherals and PC to the UPS right? If so you can just buy one of those extensions with a lot of power plugs and replace the plug of that extension from a plug to connect to the wall into a one to connect to the UPS... It's something easy to do, i think you will even find youtube videos to do that without an issue... I had one PC connected like that for a lot of time in my old office ;D

    I think I was over-thinking the whole process. Yes, I wanted to connect peripherals to the UPS, but the UPS had C14 plugs instead of the Schuko plugs that my power strip had. I was under the impression that you maybe had to use something like this (PDU):
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    But, turns out all I needed was one of these:
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    With that last cable, I was able to plug my power strips that already own into it, and the cable costs a 100th of the price of the PDU. :)



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  • @Propagandalf That's what i am talking about hehe



  • @Propagandalf

    So the answer is "just be careful". The wiring itself will work, Schuko is typically 220V, C13 & C14 are typically 110V, if your source voltage is 220V ensure you don't plug any 110V devices into it, all devices should have a power rating input on them, select devices that read (100-240V) meaning that they can convert the entire range. I do something similar for data centers all the time where I convert L6-30 twist locks to C13. Just besure to ensure you aren't switching voltages improperly and that you NEVER exceed the load for a wire, eg: small cable is rated at 8A and you plug in a 12A device, that's a great way to over load and start a fire.

    -IceBurst



  • @IceBurst Thanks, I will be careful with voltages and overloading!


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