Factors to Consider When Buying Extension and Custom Power Cords for Home or Office Use 

Extension and custom power cords help you power appliances with ease. But use the wrong extension and custom power cord and you can risk accidents or fire. So the first thing to do when using a power cord is to buy the right one for your purpose. 

The right environment  

You can use extension and custom power cords marked for outdoor use inside but not vice-versa. Cords for outdoor use come equipped with protective covering to keep them safe from harsh sun rays, moisture and changes in temperature. Depending on the intended purpose of the cords, the protection can also be for certain chemicals or oils. The covering or protective jackets are made of plastic, vinyl and even rubber.  

There are different categories of outdoor extension and custom power cords depending on their capabilities. This means outdoor cables for frequent use differ from outdoor cables intended for occasional use. You can also check their jackets for labels that intend their right use such as ‘O’ refers to cord’s resistance to oil; ‘S’ means a cord for general purposes; ‘W’ means outdoor use etc.  

The right power rating 

When buying extension and custom power cords for home or office use; it is important to note that the selected cord can handle the wattage requirement of the appliance with which you use it. So, if you are buying an extension cord for a device that uses 10 amps, then make sure the cord can handle .10 amps or more. For cords connected with many appliances at the same time, simply calculate the required amps by adding current needs of each appliance.  

The right plug 

Extension and custom power cords have plugs with either two prongs or three. You can use two-pronged plug devices with extension cords with either two-pronged plugs or three. But only use three-pronged plugs with extension cords of three prongs. Never attempt to fit a three-prong plug into a two-prong power plug by removing the grounding pin.  

The right length and gauge 

The longer the length of an extension cord, the less its power to supply current to a device. For efficient use, buy the required length for a device. Using a 50-foot cord for a device where only 20-feet is sufficient is decreasing the power of the cord and hence the power of an appliance.  

The gauge rating of a cord will also give you an idea of its capacity. A thick cord has more conductors inside it. So extension and custom power cords with large diameters can handle more current supply to a device.  

The right certifications

Having the right extension and custom power cord, environment, power rating, plug, length and gauge is crucial for product overall success. Yet, there is one thing that puts the cherry on top and not only certifies you as a manufacturer but also certifies you product as a quality product. Certifications from companies like Underwriters Listing (UL), as well as CSA Group certifications help your product be safe for everyone especially end users.

Regardless of whether you have made your mind up that we aren’t the right fit for your project, calling, messaging or visiting us today and communicating with one of our Z-Tronix engineers, can help with any questions or doubts you can have about the process or burdens that might pop up in the process. Getting a different engineer’s perspective is always great and can help you with your final questions and decision making.