PDU Whip

A PDU whip is a very valuable piece of a data center’s puzzle, as it connects the Power Distribution Unit to the main power supply for effective power flow. There are also many benefits that come with a PDU whip, such as cost-effectiveness. When you are dealing with a PDU whip, it’s important to understand what goes into it so power flow can remain unaffected. Find out more about the three main components of a PDU whip below.

The Three Main Components of a PDU Whip

Connection Device

The first main component of a PDU Whip is the connection device, which is located at one end of the whip. A connection device can be easily identified by its plug or receptacle configuration. The purpose of a connection device is to provide power to the equipment in a data center.

Conduit and wire

The cable is another major component of a PDU whip and is the longest part. Inside the conduit, there will be a set of wires that will connect the receptacle piece to the tail. A whip will also typically feature a label, wire, and conduit that will be colored. The conduit and wire is where a lot of malfunctions can happen in a PDU Whip, so make sure you inspect this component regularly and always use UL certified whips that have been fully tested prior to installation.


The last component of a PDU whip comes at the other end and is known as the tail. This component features a set of wires that will connect to the power panel. When you are looking into the tail, you should ensure that it is properly labeled for ease of installation.

Each component of a PDU whip is unique, with different types of receptacles, conduit, and wire sizes. At PowerWhips, you get a PDU whip that has been fully tested for reliability and fully customized with the following:

  • Conduit colors
  • Wire bundling/phasing
  • Labels
  • Mounting kits that keep the UL Listing without drilling the box
  • Painted iBoxes/Covers

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