What is a power cord called?
A power cord is an electrical component used to connect appliances to an electrical utility or power supply. It is made from an insulated electrical cable with one or both ends molded with connectors.
One end of a power cord is typically a male connector or plug that goes into the electrical receptacle, wall outlet, or extension cord. The other end is a female connector that is attached to the appliance or another male connector. This female connector is sometimes omitted in appliances where it is replaced by a fixed cable.
Power cords are used in every type of electrical appliance—from TVs and computers to refrigerators and air conditioners—and are commonly seen in both domestic and commercial areas. They are limited to current and voltage ratings of 16 A to 20 A and 125 V to 250 V respectively.
What is a power cord used for?
A power cord is a cable that temporarily connects an appliance to the mains through a wall outlet or extension cord.
Power cords are used to connect the devices that require electricity to operate. They help in connecting different devices like computers and mobile phones with their respective chargers. Power cords are also used to connect appliances such as hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators.
Universal power cords and plug adapters are often used with appliances in countries different from those in which they were designed and manufactured. Example. You have an HP computer purchased in the United States that will have an incompatible power cord when used in another country.
Therefore, it is convenient to have a universal power cord, especially when almost everyone has important work on the laptop. Even hair dryers purchased in the United States are not compatible for use in Europe. You will find that the numbering and size of the outlets simply do not match.
Products include computer AC power cords and splitters, and appliance/indoor/outdoor extension cords.
Amps and watts in power cords
So you've got a new appliance, and you're ready to use it. But before you plug in that power cord, make sure you know what kind of cord you need.
The name of each of our Certified Appliance Accessories dryer and range cords includes the amps. For example, if you take a look at our range cords, you'll not only see the reference to 3 wire or 4 wire, but also the amps.
For the appliance power supply and extension cords that plug into standard wall outlets, you'll see amps in the item name and watts down in the specification bullets. Those two numbers will help you figure out just how much the cord can handle.
For example, the 10-amp cords can handle up to 1,250 watts. The 13-amp ones handle up to 1,625 watts, and the 15-amp ones handle up to 1,875 watts. Those numbers are based on 125 volts as a precaution.
Those cords can also be purchased separately. And if for some reason, you need to extend the reach of an existing power cord, or simply want to make a hidden outlet more accessible.
What is inside a power cord?
There are a number of things that can be inside a power cord:
-A plug, connects to the end of the cord that you plug into an outlet or other electrical device.
-Cordage, which is the actual wires in a cord.
-A strain relief connector to secure the cord to the device. This is usually a plastic piece that holds the cord in place.
How do you plug in a power cord?
Power cords are designed to carry the electrical current from your wall outlets (generally 110v or 240v) to the components you plug in. The power cord consists of a core of metal wire offering good conductivity such as copper or aluminum, along with other material layers including insulation, tapes, screens, armoring for mechanical protection, and sheathing.
These additional layers are designed principally to allow the metal core to continue to conduct electrical current safely in the environment it is installed.
How do you plug in a power cord?
You can buy a universal power cord that will fit many different electric tools. They do exist, and they are part of the reason why we offer these cords on our website. If the buyer has a powerful tool that uses several types of plugs, but most are US-style at one end, then it is best to buy the right type of cord for this area.
It is also possible that certain manufacturers make two- or even three-pronged power cords that only fit their products. In this case, it might be necessary to check with whoever made your product to ensure that he or she recommends using the cord you need by checking old ones first.