Jul 12, 2019

Building houses follows an electrical load standard. This means that you cannot exceed beyond the standard load. With this concern outlets are installed little less than what you expected.  Short quantity of outlets does give some problem in connection to your appliances in the future.

Extension lead comes to be the great solution to your problem. It could be in your home or in the office. This extension gives you a good and convenient reach that fit to your needs. Too far from the outlet and you need to play some appliances at your comfort? Extension cords can help do that for you. This helps every household and offices function well at the far reach. It mobilizes things against a small amount of wall outlets. But choosing what’s best for you is not that easy. There are extension leads in the market that are cheaper and economical yet doesn’t pass a quality check. Buying these kind of extension leads has to be meticulously checked and read rather than bringing your family at risk.

 

Here are some of the tips to consider in buying an Extension Lead:

What environment will you use it for?

Every equipment has its own purpose no matter how small or big it is. Everything is designed on a specific scheme. Extension leads has its own code to whether what kind of environment it will be used. For this code you will know how to use on what variety of extension you need. To make the extension leads function effectively use it based on the needs to experience its full potential. There are specific characteristics an extension is packed based on its outer protector and on how thick and small its wiring. Be sure to be vigilant on the details of the equipment you are trying to buy. This might help you from having trouble in the future while using the extension leads. These extensions are equipped with a sequence of letters found on the jacket where each has its own meaning.

 

Designation Letter

Meaning

S

Designed for general use

W

Rated for outdoor use

V

Vacuum wire, softer and more flexible than the standard “SJT”

J

The cord comes with a 300V insulation (wires w/o J includes 600V insulation)

P

Made from parallel wire and used in air conditioner cords

T

Cord jacket is constructed from vinyl thermoplastic

E

Cord jacket has thermoplastic elastomer rubber

O

Oil resistant cord

FT2

Flame retardant cord

CL2

Refers to class 2 cords which can be used for in-wall construction

SRDT

Heavy duty wire designed for use in high amperage equipment

HPN

High heat parallel neoprene wire for appliances that generate heat

 

Grounded or ungrounded?

Ungrounded plug is for light-duty extension cords with only two prongs. It is used in a common small appliances such as phone charger, electric fans and other light devices. While on the other hand grounded plugs are three pronged and the third one is the ground which provides a return path for excess electrical current to prevent damage to the appliances, or even worse, electrical shock to the user if there’s a short circuit.

Ungrounded / Grounded

 

Outdoor or indoor?

Buying indoor or outdoor power strips cannot be determined by just merely looking at it. You need to check the outer covering if it is thick or not. If it is thick then it is good for outdoor activities otherwise it is for indoor. Using thin insulation outside might lose its capability to deliver its maximum usage. It gets easily wears out. And it might be a hazard.

Gauge of extension lead

Gauge is the determinant factor as to how thick and thin wires inside an extension cord. It ranges from 10-18, 10 is the thickest in which larger appliances are under control. The thickest wire contains the larger electric current flowing on its vein. This is in order to control the heat thermal of a flowing current inside the wires. On the other side thinner wires are good for smaller devices like handheld radios, laptops, phone chargers and other small materials. These two should not be interchanged or else there will be a short circuit on your appliances, overload and worst fire hazard.

 

Building houses follows an electrical load standard. This means that you cannot exceed beyond the standard load. With this concern outlets are installed little less than what you expected.  Short quantity of outlets does give some problem in connection to your appliances in the future.

Extension lead comes to be the great solution to your problem. It could be in your home or in the office. This extension gives you a good and convenient reach that fit to your needs. Too far from the outlet and you need to play some appliances at your comfort? Extension cords can help do that for you. This helps every household and offices function well at the far reach. It mobilizes things against a small amount of wall outlets. But choosing what’s best for you is not that easy. There are extension leads in the market that are cheaper and economical yet doesn’t pass a quality check. Buying these kind of extension leads has to be meticulously checked and read rather than bringing your family at risk.

 

Here are some of the tips to consider in buying an Extension Lead:

What environment will you use it for?

Every equipment has its own purpose no matter how small or big it is. Everything is designed on a specific scheme. Extension leads has its own code to whether what kind of environment it will be used. For this code you will know how to use on what variety of extension you need. To make the extension leads function effectively use it based on the needs to experience its full potential. There are specific characteristics an extension is packed based on its outer protector and on how thick and small its wiring. Be sure to be vigilant on the details of the equipment you are trying to buy. This might help you from having trouble in the future while using the extension leads. These extensions are equipped with a sequence of letters found on the jacket where each has its own meaning.

 

Designation Letter

Meaning

S

Designed for general use

W

Rated for outdoor use

V

Vacuum wire, softer and more flexible than the standard “SJT”

J

The cord comes with a 300V insulation (wires w/o J includes 600V insulation)

P

Made from parallel wire and used in air conditioner cords

T

Cord jacket is constructed from vinyl thermoplastic

E

Cord jacket has thermoplastic elastomer rubber

O

Oil resistant cord

FT2

Flame retardant cord

CL2

Refers to class 2 cords which can be used for in-wall construction

SRDT

Heavy duty wire designed for use in high amperage equipment

HPN

High heat parallel neoprene wire for appliances that generate heat

 

Grounded or ungrounded?

Ungrounded plug is for light-duty extension cords with only two prongs. It is used in a common small appliances such as phone charger, electric fans and other light devices. While on the other hand grounded plugs are three pronged and the third one is the ground which provides a return path for excess electrical current to prevent damage to the appliances, or even worse, electrical shock to the user if there’s a short circuit.

Ungrounded / Grounded

 

Outdoor or indoor?

Buying indoor or outdoor power strips cannot be determined by just merely looking at it. You need to check the outer covering if it is thick or not. If it is thick then it is good for outdoor activities otherwise it is for indoor. Using thin insulation outside might lose its capability to deliver its maximum usage. It gets easily wears out. And it might be a hazard.

Gauge of extension lead

Gauge is the determinant factor as to how thick and thin wires inside an extension cord. It ranges from 10-18, 10 is the thickest in which larger appliances are under control. The thickest wire contains the larger electric current flowing on its vein. This is in order to control the heat thermal of a flowing current inside the wires. On the other side thinner wires are good for smaller devices like handheld radios, laptops, phone chargers and other small materials. These two should not be interchanged or else there will be a short circuit on your appliances, overload and worst fire hazard.