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 a fixed cable replaces it.
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.
These terms are commonly used for cables that are connected to a local line voltage single-phase AC power source using a power plugâ (typically 100 to 240 volts, depending on location).
Universal power cords and plug adapters are often used with appliances in countries different from those in which they were designed and manufactured. For example, suppose you have an HP computer purchased in the United States that will have an incompatible power cord when used in another country. In that case, it is convenient to have a universal power cord.
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 see not only 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?
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?
If it fits, you’ll be fine. The three-pin plug allows power pass-through to a third device, usually a light or lamp. There are other styles of power cords, but all are generally mechanically interchangeable with each other.
For example, one type of plug typically has two round pins, so it will fit into the wall outlet only. But another style has four round pins and can be plugged into a socket that does not have the same shape on both ends of the cord.