What is a power cord called?
A power cord is an electrical component that connects your appliance to the wall outlet. It's made of an insulated electrical cable with one or both ends molded with connectors. One end is a male connector that goes into the electrical receptacle, wall outlet, or extension cord. The other end has a female connector attached to your appliance or another male connector.
Power cords are used in every kind of electrical appliance—TVs, computers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and more! They're also used in both domestic and commercial settings: you'll find them in homes and businesses alike. And they come in all kinds of sizes: from 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
If you're wondering how much power your appliance can handle, it's easy to find out. Simply look at the item name or specification bullets on the cord you want to buy.
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.
In our Certified Appliance Accessories dryer and range cords, 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 maybe just want to make a hidden outlet more accessible), please note that extension cords should not be used as permanent installations!
What is inside a power cord?
If you're looking to buy a power cord, you've come to the right place. We have all the power cords you need, and we'll even help you choose the right one for your needs.
We've got cords for everything from computers to printers to phones—and if you're not sure what kind of cord you need, we can help figure that out too!
Our selection includes:
-Extension cords (including those with surge protectors)
-Hard-wired power cords (including those with strain relief devices)
-Replacement power cords (for televisions and other electronics)
How do you plug in a power cord?
A power cord plugs into an electrical socket and provides a low resistance path for electrical current to flow through. A good conductor is made of a material whose atomic structure has loosely bound electrons in its outer shell which can move across the atomic matrix of the material (see our FAQ on what is electricity for more information on atoms) This movement of electrons is known as the current flow.
On the contrary, good insulators have tightly bound electrons which make it difficult for this current flow.
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.