What is a power cord called?
A power cord is a vital component of any electrical appliance. It connects your appliance to the electrical utility or power supply, and it allows you to use the appliance.
Power cords are usually made of insulated electrical cable with one or both ends molded with connectors. One end 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 to another male connector. This female connector is sometimes omitted in appliances where it is replaced by a fixed cable.
Power cords are seen in both domestic and commercial areas. They are used in every electrical appliance such as TVs, computers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and so on. Industrial and manufacturing plants rarely utilize power cords since most plant equipment draws high amounts of current and requires medium to high voltages. Power cords are typically limited to current ratings of 16 A to 20 A and voltage ratings of 125 V to 250 V respectively
What is a power cord used for?
A power cord is a cable that connects an appliance to the mains through a wall outlet or extension cord. Power cords are often used with appliances in countries different from those in which they were designed and manufactured.
For example, if you have an HP computer purchased in the United States that will have an incompatible power cord when used in another country, you may find it convenient to use universal power cords instead of purchasing one for each country you visit. Even hair dryers purchased in the United States are not compatible for use in Europe. You will find that the numbering and size of outlets simply do not match up with those of your home country's outlets.
Extension cords are also important items to have with you when traveling abroad because they can be used as temporary solutions for connecting devices such as laptops or printers to power sources while away from home. Extension cords come in various lengths, so make sure you bring along one long enough for your needs!
Another type of power cord is an indoor/outdoor extension cord. This type of product is designed for use indoors but can be taken outdoors without worrying about damaging it due to water damage or other weather conditions such as rain or snowfall
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?
There are a number of things that can be inside a power cord:
-A plug, which 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 consist of a core of metal wire offering good conductivity such as copper or aluminum. The core is surrounded by other material layers including insulation, tapes, screens, and armoring for mechanical protection.
These additional layers are designed principally to allow the metal core to continue to conduct electrical current safely in the environment it is installed.
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. 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?
If it fits, you’ll be fine. The three-pin plug allows for 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."