A Basic Guide to Power Cords

Power cords are temporary electrical cables essential for the connection of appliances to a primary electrical supply in a myriad of settings. To best suit different powered equipment, various sizes and types of power cords exist to accommodate particular current ratings and standards. In this blog, we will briefly go over the features typical power cords possess, and why they are heavily relied upon as a form of connector.

In general, a power cord is a cable with a predetermined length routinely fabricated with two or more lightweight copper wires. These wires are insulated and sheathed in a non-conductive material like a polymer or rubber, and they are designed to transfer Alternating Current (AC). Simple in structure, power cords are constructed with a plug, socket, and cord; however, additional components like locking mechanisms can be employed for critical applications to prevent accidental part disconnection and loss of power. Devices that rely on equipment such as power cords to remain functional include power tools, hospital tools, lighting, household appliances, shop equipment, and much more.

Depending on one’s location in the world, different types of electrical socket and receptacle shapes exist to facilitate the transfer of electricity from outlets. While two or three prong receptacles are the most prevalent throughout the United States, as well as internationally, the angle of prongs or socket holes may ultimately vary from one country to another. However, to combat issues regarding an incompatible power cord plug and socket that utilize the same voltage, an adapter can be used to alter a plug's receptacle, allowing it to smoothly join with the electrical outlet.  

As power cords are chosen for a particular application based on their voltage rating, they must be selected based on a machine’s manufacturer specifications. That way, a proficient amount of power can be supplied without damaging a network and its connected parts. Ultimately, the diameter and thickness of a cable, alongside its length, will affect the amount of current capable of being safely transferred through the power cord. Due to the fact that different appliances demand various levels of electricity to power their operations, the installation of the wrong cord(s) can lead to wires overheating or significant voltage loss incapable of powering a system.

To prevent a potentially hazardous event when using a power cord, it is crucial that the right electrical receptacle is always chosen. Not only will this action promote the smooth operation of machinery and other applications which require electrical equipment, it will also reduce the risk of cables overheating and/or overloading. Situations such as these can cause a fire outbreak, posing a danger to all individuals and surrounding infrastructure within the nearby vicinity. To ensure you find the right power supply cords, electrical cords, extension cords, and more, let the expert market representatives at Aviation Store Online help you get started.   

At Aviation Store Online, we make procuring the parts you need a simple and easy task. To find the highly sought after items you are in search of, we invite you to browse our online database home to over 2 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find products catering to a broad spectrum of industry verticals. To receive a quote for your comparisons regarding any part(s) of interest, please begin by submitting an Instant RFQ form as listed throughout our website. Providing entities with 24/7x365 customer service assistance, contact us at any time via phone or email for further inquiries; we are available around-the-clock!   


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