Outdoor extension cords are designed to meet the demanding needs of outdoor applications, in both residential and commercial settings. These 12 gauge cords are required to handle heavy loads of power and survive rough use... Read More
Outdoor extension cords are designed to meet the demanding needs of outdoor applications, in both residential and commercial settings. These 12 gauge cords are required to handle heavy loads of power and survive rough use in a range of weather conditions, while delivering consistent, safe power to your yard or jobsite.
Thicker Wires (Lower Gauge Wires)
Heavy-duty extension cables are primarily designed to be used with high powered electrical appliances and tools, including power tools. With that in mind, the best products in this category must be able to carry high loads of current. The term gauge refers to the thickness of the wire used in the cables; and is measured using AWG (American Wire Gauge). Thicker wires – designated by lower AWG numbers – can carry higher amounts of current.
Basically, if you intend to use the cable with power tools (with a rating of 15A), it must come with thicker wires, we recommend 10-12 gauge. For hungrier appliances or tools, a product with lower gauge wires would be more suitable; otherwise, you risk overloading the cable, which can lead to overheating and an elevated risk of fire.
Any heavy-duty outdoor extension cords claiming to be designed for the most demanding use must be built to last. Even with time and regular usage, molded connectors will stay in place, without pulling away from the cable.
Superior Nickel Plated Prongs
Corrosion and loss of conductivity can severely affect the effectiveness and reliability of any extension cable. To ensure that you don’t end up losing power in the most inopportune moments, leading to unnecessary interruptions and delays during jobs, Nickel plating on the prongs provides for superior conductivity and prevents surface corrosion. This ensures a lasting connection between the prongs and the contacts in the socket in use.
Tough Cold Weather Outside Jacket
In outdoor applications, these cords are directly exposed to all manner of damaging elements; from direct sunlight and abrasive surfaces, to corrosive solvents/chemicals and extreme cold among others.
The right product for these harsh environments must come with a tough outer jacket that is not only thick enough to protect the internal components of the cable from damaging external elements and overheating, but also maintain flexibility even in the coldest of temperatures.