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Use an Extension Cord for Indoor or Outdoor Connections

By John Gonjalla Subscribe to RSS | July 23rd 2012 | Views:

An extension cord is also referred to as a power extender. As the name suggests, this electrical device comprises a long electrical power cable that is fitted with a plug on one end and a panel of sockets on the other end. This component comes in handy when the existing cord of your electrical appliance isn’t long enough to reach the socket. So, using a power extension lead enables you to manage your electrical appliances better. You can plug in one or more appliances into this electrical device.

For instance, if you have a television console that consists of your television, your set top box, a DVD player and an audio system, you can easily streamline and manage all of these items with the help of an extension cord. However, care should be taken to avoid overloading as it could potentially lead to a short circuit.

Here are a few tips to help you make your extension lead selection process easier:

• To begin with, determine whether you need to use these cords indoors or outdoors. The next important step is to check the wattage rating of the appliances that you are going to use with the extension lead. The third important aspect would be to check the distance of your appliance and the nearest electrical outlet.

• In most cases, it is not too difficult to establish these facts because your extension cord would already have all of this information printed on its package. Always remember that smaller the wire gauge number, the more wattage it can carry. So, a 12 gauge wire can power a larger wattage appliance whereas a 15 gauge wire can power a medium wattage appliance.

• The next most important thing to do would be to take some time to carefully read the information booklet provided by the manufacturer. These booklets are provided with all types of electrical products such as a wiring harness and electrical plugs.

• Another important aspect while ordering extension leads would be to decide whether you need regular cords, or retractable ones. Such cords are most commonly found in the market today because they feature a special mechanism wherein the entire cable retracts into the housing when you unplug it. From the safety standpoint of kids, the elderly and pets, this variety of extension leads is much better.

When you purchase these electrical components, always check if they are UL approved and are NEMA code compliant. This applies for a power supply cord and extension cord alike. A power supply cord is used for transmitting power from the electrical outlet to the appliance or machine in question. Remember that there are only a few manufacturers that offer safe and reliable products. So whether it is a wiring harness or any other product, always trust a reputable brand.

So the next time you plan fun activities such as a house party, a musical or karaoke evening outdoor, or a private movie screening at home, make use of an extension cord for a hassle-free experience.

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