I know these exist, but I can’t seem to find them. I want to build a controllable outlet strip because my supplier has become unreliable. Each outlet needs to handle standard North American AC at 10 Amps.
Adam Tech products NEMA-5-15-PC and NEMA-5-3-RA-AN4860-1-065 seem to fit the bill but are either impossible to find (for me) or only available in multiples of 500. Ideally I would buy 8 to start and then multiples in the range of 40 to 80.
Is there any other product I should be looking at? A source for multiples less than 500?
This is for an experimental system for biology laboratories, not a commercial product. I have just enough skill to design a custom PCB with relays and appropriate traces for 120V power, but I am the only engineer involved and electronics is not my field.
Also, if you know a reliable supplier of 8-outlet power strips with all outlets controllable by 3.3 V and 5 V logic, please let me know. I’d be happy to buy that rather than design one, if the price isn’t too bad.
I believe these would be the sort of connectors you might be looking for.
There are a couple of logic-controllable power distribution units here, but if you’re looking for more of a 1-in, 8 individually-controlled out sorta thing, I can’t say I’ve seen that as a commercial product. Doesn’t mean it’s non-existent though…
The SparkFun and Adafruit products look useful at first glance, but there is only really one independent outlet per unit. The others all switch on or off at the same time.
I may end up with the connectors you linked. I was hoping to solder direct to a PCB, but running wires between connectors does have the advantage that I would not need an expensive heavy-copper circuit board.