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Where to Find a 220v Extension Cord

Where to Find a 220v Extension Cord

So you just got a great deal on a welder or some other great piece of equipment and you have just set it up and are ready to plug it in. You plot out the best route for the cord so it’s out of the way, carefully making certain it is out of site even, and that’s when you realize that its new forever home is too far away from the receptacle.  Re-wiring your shop or workspace may run you several hundreds or thousands of dollars to have an electrician come out and do it for you.  Rearranging the entire area may work but let’s face it that will take a lot more time away from playing or working with your new tool. The easiest solution for this dilemma is a 220v extension cord. But where does one find a 220v extension cord?

First thing you need to do is find out what the equipment requires for power. Look for the data plate on the machine and record the amperage requirements. This is very important as this will determine what size of wire you will need for the length of cord. Most runs of twenty five feet for a 20 AMP 220v extension cord will be around 10GA wire; if the run is one hundred feet you need to step up to 8GA wire and if it is one hundred and fifty feet or more you have to use 6GA wire. The reason for this is voltage drop in lengthy runs of wire.

A voltage drop becomes a concern in very lengthy runs of wire especially concerning 220v extension cords. This usually isn’t a concern in a home as these are fairly short runs from the breaker panel to the plug receptacle. However when one is running out to a shop area, a fountain pump, well head or to the area you need to weld this can cause major losses to power. Voltage drop that is excessive causes an efficiency loss in motors, appliances and lighting. This can result in lights dimming and for motors and appliances lives to end prematurely.

So then where does one find a 220v extension cord?

Grabbing the trusty phone book is a good start. Look under hardware, welding supply, and Recreational Vehicles and phone around to find the best price rather than driving around as this saves you time and high fuel prices.

Now that you know how much these places are charging for ready to use cords, you may consider making your own cord. Use this idea if you feel confident working with electricity or know someone that can do this for you. Make sure that you know what you are doing as working with electricity is dangerous if done incorrectly, but can also save you a lot of money by doing it yourself. Call your local home building supply, hardware store or electrical supply store and find their prices for the length of wire, also called SO cord, and the plug ends.

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