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I recently bought a UPS, however, the only outlets take this sort of connector:

But, the other end of the cables is like this (right):

The thing is, I really need to connect it to a power bar, so I need a cable that has one end like in the first photo, and the second end like this (right side):

I've searched around for quite a while, and asked at a few shops, but cannot seem to find a cable that will fulfill this purpose. This seems crazy to me, as I would think that a UPS wouldn't only be able to be attached to devices that take the relatively obscure output seen on the right side of the second image I posted. Do I need to buy another UPS that has the proper connectors?? Please help!!

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If you paste the links to the image we can edit them in for you. However, I'm not sure what you are after - the cable in the second image should go from the back of the UPS to the PSU in the machine/server. I guess something like this but with a (usa?) plug shop11.co.uk/images/5055367807071.jpg –  tombull89 Sep 20 '12 at 8:33
    
Hi - thanks for editing my post so the images are displayed :) In any case, I'm looking for something with one connector like the first image, and the other connector like the right side of the bottom image. Do you know if something like this exists? Currently the cables that I have (like in image 2), will only connect to a PSU or a monitor, not a power strip. –  Evan Sep 20 '12 at 8:43
    
basically I guess, I need a cable with two male connectors, but I haven't been able to find anything –  Evan Sep 20 '12 at 8:46
    
@Evan - the images were inserted by stevenvh on electronics.se. Have you looked at the UPS manufacteros website for accessories? –  tombull89 Sep 20 '12 at 9:00
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and IEC is more commonly known as a "kettle lead" –  tombull89 Sep 20 '12 at 9:44
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I need a cable with two male connectors

You should not be able to buy a power cord with a male connector at each end. Such a cord would expose the user to lethal AC voltage once one end is plugged into a live socket. AC power cords always have a male plug on one end and (if not bare wire for equipment repair) a female receptacle on the other end. That's why you cannot find such a power cord.

Plugging the output of a UPS into a receptacle of a power strip is also an improper electrical connection. Such a connection would distribute power to the other receptacles, but the on/off switch and circuit breaker will be out of the circuit.

BTW in the electrical trade, a power cord with a male plug on one end and another male plug or alligator clips on the other end is called a death cord.

Perhaps an adapter like this would be suitable for plugging in the power strip's plug into the UPS.

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Excellent answer –  Phil Hannent Sep 20 '12 at 9:12
    
Thank you for this answer.. I was considering having a male/male cord made, but given that this is known as a "death cord" I'm now obviously not going to be doing that. So, I guess, I just need to buy another UPS.. –  Evan Sep 20 '12 at 9:48
    
As far as what I need it for, I had envisioned using the UPS for my laptop, external monitor, and a router / modem. It seems odd to me that a UPS wouldn't have normal outputs :( –  Evan Sep 20 '12 at 9:49
    
This is probably suitable. There are many others available, depending on the socket you need. Just remember the 'female kettle plug' is called a 'female IEC connector' and you should find lots of options. –  HaydnWVN Sep 20 '12 at 9:49
    
@HaydnWVN: thank you very much, that's exactly what I'm looking for! –  Evan Sep 20 '12 at 9:55
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