Indoor or Outdoor Power Cords
If you've ever put up holiday lights or done electrical home improvement projects, you know how important it is to have reliable power strips, splitters, and extension cords. Whether you need an outdoor or indoor extension cord, we've got you covered with our selection of power cords.
Extension Cord Gauges
How thick should your extension cord be? That depends. For indoor vacuums, leaf-blowers, and other light-duty equipment, a 16-gauge (16 AWG) extension cord should do the trick. If your holiday lights need an extension cable that's longer than 25 feet, opt for a 14-gauge cord instead.
That same 14-gauge (14 AWG) cord is also a sturdy option to extend your laptop charger and power your computing equipment.
For a circular saw, outdoor vacuum, or other piece of heavier equipment a 12-gauge heavy duty extension cord is the best option.
Indoor Extension Cords
For indoor extension cords, cord length matters. There's almost nothing more annoying than a too-long extension power cord that gets snagged by kids, pets, and visitors. What’s more, when you're forced to connect power cords in a daisy chain because they're too short, you're introducing failure points into the circuit. So, take the time to measure the distance from the power outlet to the appliance you're powering and buy the right length extension cord to match.
Additionally, if you have kids or pets who love to run around, a cord with a flat plug might be a good idea.
Outdoor Extension Cords
For outdoor use, invest in a cord that can handle the elements. Look for an outdoor rating to make sure your outdoor cord will withstand the weather for years to come. If possible, consider a multi-outlet outdoor cord to keep your outdoor electrical setup clean and organized.
If you don't want an eyesore in the form of an 80-foot cord, consider selecting an extension cord that blends in with your landscaping.
Dimming and Control
Extension cords and surge protectors often feature dimmers. Look for an extension cord with a dimmer so you can control the lights easily from a distance.
Extension cords with foot pedals are popular for lamps and indoor lighting, but they can also be useful for small appliances that aren't used frequently.
If you have older electrical equipment and want to power your lights without retrofitting your outlets, you might need a two-prong converter-type cord.
If you want to automate your lighting or control your devices from your phone, look into timers or even Wi-Fi-enabled electrical equipment.
Shop extension cords at Acme Tools from popular brands including Voltec, Southwire, Qwik-Lok, Flexzilla, and more.