If you have bought desktop computers or monitors over the years, you would have a couple of these cables lying around.
I found out that I could repurpose them into an extension cord with a power socket to plug any electrical device, for less than S$2.
It came about when I downgraded my 2-monitor setup into a single monitor wide panel. The second monitor cable cord was left behind the table for redundancy or in future when I decide to go back to dual-monitor.
So one day, I wondered if there are any adapters can could convert this IEC 60320 C13 connector into a normal AC socket.
Voila! Found it on Shopee!
This converter has a IEC 320 C14 male inlet that mates the C13 cord, and on the other side, a universal socket power adapter, which you can connect to any plug from around the word.
There were dozens of merchants selling at various prices. One even went for nearly S$5. But I patiently scrolled through the mall and managed to find one below S$2 and with free shipping.
You might ask: why not just buy a normal extension cord with proper sockets which you can plug more devices? Well, I just wanted to re-purpose the computer power cable that is idling at the back of the table instead of putting another bulky power strip.
As you can see above, I plugged the D-Link DSP-W118 mini smartplug which lets me control the current manually or remotely. This is perfect since the adapter does not have an on-off switch and I don’t want the plugged-in device (like the USB charger) to have unnecessary electrical load.
If you have other couplers, you can check this wiki page to find out the code and find the power socket adapter.