Many people initially feel intimidated about buying generator power cords for portable generators because the packaging might contain electrical equations that seem like a foreign language to a layperson. Fortunately, buying one of these accessories is easier than you might think. Keep reading below to get some information that could remove the uncertainty from your purchase process.
Match the Cord to Your Generator's Most Powerful Outlet
You've probably noticed how generator power levels are measured in watts. That's one thing that often makes people feel confused about buying a cord, because the label tag will have a power measurement represented in amps. The higher the amperage, the more electricity the cord can handle flowing through it.
Generator power cords with a high amp number will also tend to be thicker than others. Each outlet on your generator should also have an amp level associated with it, and you should choose a cord that corresponds to the generator's most powerful outlet. A 50-amp cord would go into a 50-watt outlet, for example.
What to Know About Plug Styles
A generator's amp level also gives clues to the plug style you'll need on your cord. A 30-amp plug will be available with either three or four prongs. While the latter type can carry either 120 or 240 volts, the three-prong style can only handle 120 volts of electricity. 50-amp plugs might seem a little more complicated because the generator power cords have a different plug type on each end. One goes into the generator and the other connects to a power inlet box or transfer switch.
Order with Confidence
If you’re still feeling a little confused about which kinds of generator power cords will work with your unit, it’s a good idea to purchase from a retailer that offers an online inventory, plus the ability to order by phone.
At our website, we offer full customer service by phone during normal business hours and one of our representatives can help you find a suitable accessory. Generators that are fitted with the proper cord types are more versatile and able to be used in many settings. Start shopping for these helpful extras now.
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