How to Choose the Correct Extension Cord Sizes

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How to Choose the Correct Extension Cord Sizes       W​hen we  hear  the  name  extension  cords,  the  very  first  thing  that  comes  to  our …
How to Choose the Correct Extension Cord Sizes       W​hen we  hear  the  name  extension  cords,  the  very  first  thing  that  comes  to  our  mind  is  that  they  could  provide  an  extension  of  any  home’s  or  workshop’s  electrical  circuits.  This  comes  in  handy  when  a  lamp,  appliance  or  tool  has  a  short  cord  to  reach  the  required  location.  We  often  get  to  know  about  how  important  it  is  to  maintain  the  security  of  these  cords.  However,  out  of  all  the  factors,  choosing  the  right  length  and  size  of  the  power  cord  is  equally important to manage the load.    Let’s explore how:     1​ ​Extension Cord’s Ratings   The  cords  may  vary  in  rating  based  on  the  amperage  they  can  carry  and  the  wattage  they  can  handle.  The  amperage  rating  for  each  extension  cord  needs  labeling  on a tag attached to each cord.  However,  it  might  not  be  present or visible always. While choosing  an  extension  cord,  it  is  important  to  determine  the  amount  of  wattage  and  amperage  that  the  tool  will  draw when you connect it  to  the  cord.  With  devices  like  lamps,  radios,  and  televisions,  the  basic  household  extension  cord  is  acceptable  in  most  cases.  Generally, these basic extension cords use 16-gauge wire.         2​While using  devices  including  motors  that  produce  heat,  light-weight  extension  cords  are  least  preferable.  It  can  be  complicated  with  such  devices  to  choose  the  right extension cord.  With  the  longer  extension  cords,  it  contains  a  higher  resistance  power  cord  and  the  potential  for  overheating  is  greater.  A  5-ft-long  heavy-duty  extension  cord  powering  a  high-standard  device  may  overheat,  but  a  50-ft-long  extension  cord  of  the  same  wire gauge will be undersized for the job.   Matching Extension Cord to Load   It  is  important  to  rate  extension  cords  on  the  basis  of  their  load  capacity  to  get  an  idea  of  how  the  tool  will  work  or  if  the  load  capacity  matches  the  required  necessities  of  the  tool.  To  accommodate  voltage,  drop  due  to  the  natural  resistance  of  the  wire, you should implement over the 50-feet wire.    However,  it  is  important  to  take  proper  caution  with  electric  devices  especially  house  heaters.  If  you  are  considering  to  use  an  extension  cord  to  plug  one  of  the  heaters  into a powerhouse, then  make  sure  it  can  handle  the  load.  There  have  been  incidences  of  house  catching  fires  due  to  selecting  the  wrong  extension  cord  that  did  not  meet  heater’s  high  wattage  amperage  demands.  It  is 3​always good  to  plug  space  heaters  into  electrical  outlets.  But  even  there  it  is  important  to  be  careful  and  not  exceed  the  amperage  rating  of  that circuit. If you come across a circuit breaker trips or a  fuse  when  you  plug  in  a  space  heater,  try  another  circuit  with  heavier wire and a larger circuit breaker amp rating.      ● Leaf​ ​blower​: Choose a 14-gauge medium-duty cord for a  higher amp. ● Table​ ​lamp​: An 18-gauge, light-duty, two-prong, light-duty extension cord. It can handle up to 7 amps up to 25 feet  power.  ● Laptop​ ​computer​: A 14-gauge, medium-duty, three-prong  like ​c13 power cord​ is an ideal choice. 4​● Treadmill​: Go with a cord made specifically for treadmills like the 9-foot Tread cord.  ● Circular​ ​saw​: Choose a 12-gauge heavy-duty cord, which will  cover up to 100 feet from the outlet. ● Indoor/outdoor vacuum:​ 16-gauge cord for indoor and 12-gauge for outdoor.  ● Holiday​ ​lights​: Use a 16-gauge cord for 25 feet, or 14-gauge  for more than 25 feet. ● Bug​ ​zapper​: All you need is a 16-gauge extension cord to keep the lamp cooking. ● Portable​ ​compressor​: A 10-gauge heavy-duty extension cord to let you put air in a tire up to 100 feet away from an outlet. ● Workshop​: Choose a 14-gauge c13 power cord, which powers most tools. While buying, make sure the model comes with  multiple outlets so you can plug in more than one tool.  One Last Important Thing    Make  sure  to  discard  or  repair  extension  cords  which  are  missing  ground  connections  or show signs of extreme wear, or have cracks  or  cuts  or  If  you  can see a bare wire, uncovered, through the outer  jacket  of  the  cord.  Power  cords  without  ground connection can be  hazardous to the user. Examine the ends of the plugs which end up 5​on your  extension  cords  where  you  are  looking  for  damage.  Your  local  hardware  store  may  have replacement plugs that you can use  to  extend  an  extension  cord’s  life.  There  are  online  options  available  as  well.  You  might  want  to  check  it  out  here.  Here  is  the  guide  to  help  you choose the correct sized extension cord for your  use.    This Article is originally posted here​; ticles/how-choose-correct-extension-cord-sizes-1742524.html   If  you  found  these  articles  useful,  here  are  some  other  articles  that may be of interest.    Everything You Should Know About Power Cords [Infographic]  Safety Guidelines to Choose The Right Extension Power Cord  What is the difference between C13 and C15 Power Cords?  Your Guide to Power Extension and Charging Station Setups   6​
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