Generator Extension Cords
A Generator can ensure you always have access to electrical power at home during an outage, when camping outdoors, and on construction jobsites in the absence of primary power from the grid. Whether you just... Read More
A Generator can ensure you always have access to electrical power at home during an outage, when camping outdoors, and on construction jobsites in the absence of primary power from the grid. Whether you just need some spare outlets, or if you want to connect your generator to a transfer switch, power inlet box, or specific appliance – having the right generator cord is essential.
All are not equal! If you are on the market for a reliable, durable and safe product, be sure to look for the following important features.
Get The Right Gauge And Length For The Intended Application
Start by focusing on a product that is designed for the application at hand. This means looking for a cable that matches the generator’s socket/receptacle, the socket’s amp rating as well as the necessary length. If you have a portable unit equipped with an L14-30R receptacle, then you’ll need a product that matches this connection (L14-30 plug).
Next up, be sure to look for a cable that is capable of carrying the required amount of power. For heavy-duty applications, involving high consumption of power – such as power tools – thicker wires (lower than 12AWG) are required. For light power consumption applications, thinner wires, (higher AWG) may be sufficient.
Last but not least, make sure that you only buy as much cable as is necessary; the right cable should allow you to position the portable unit a safe distance away from your home, camper or job site, to eliminate any risk of inhaling carbon monoxide. Increases in length translate into higher resistance levels; this ultimately affects the power carrying capacity of the cable, if the gauge (thickness) remains the same.
Heavy-Duty Outer Jacket
Considering the fact that most users will use these cables in extreme outdoor conditions, it is essential that you get a generator extension cord designed for heavy-duty use. A heavy-duty weather resistant SJTW cold weather jacket rated for 300V, will not only remain flexible in the coldest of temperatures (-40ºF), but also stands up well to regular use, ensuring durability.
Molded Plugs And Connectors
For added strength and durability, molded plugs and connectors (equipped with pre-insulated prongs) are a must have in the best products. For tightest connections, Twistlock plugs are an added advantage.