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When Should You Buy a NEMA Power Cord?

NEMA Power Cords and Power Cables

These cables are built to standards set by the US National Electrical Manufacturer's Association.

by Vikas Dayal • April 12, 2024

New York Cable Company, NY Cable Company, Power Cables, Power Cords


NEMA power cables are power plugs and receptacles constructed use with for AC mains electricity in North America. These cables are built to standards set by the US National Electrical Manufacturer's Association. Cables.com stocks a wide variety of NEMA power cords in many different lengths, sizes, and configurations.

It's easy to find power cables for low prices from a variety of retailers, from big box stores to online marketplaces. But "affordable" doesn't always translate to "reliable," and you should be making a point of considering the quality of the cables you're using to power your valuable devices. A low-quality cable can break or fray easily, and handling a damaged cable poses a risk not just to your electronics, but to your personal safety as well. 

Not all power cables are built to the same standards - but the US National Electrical Manufacturer's Association has set strict guidelines meant to ensure that you can power your devices safely and securely. So where can you find these high-quality electric cables? You're in the right place  -  Cables.com stocks a wide variety of NEMA power cords in many different lengths, sizes, and configurations.

What are NEMA Power Cables?

NEMA power cables are power plugs and receptacles constructed use with for AC mains electricity in North America. These cables are built to standards set by the US National Electrical Manufacturer's Association. Founded in 1926, NEMA is responsible for establishing standards for electrical products in the US. 

The NEMA plugs you're probably most familiar with feature NEMA 1-15P and NEMA 5-15P connectors, which are typically used on domestic electrical equipment in the United States. These power cords can be either fixed or detachable, and they connect an appliance to a power receptacle. The cables come in several different plug configurations used to power the most commonly installed wall outlets and devices such as personal computers and home electronics across a variety of voltage measurements. 

At Cables.com, you can find NEMA 5-15p power cords with C13 plugs in a variety of lengths and colors, and we can even custom build them to your specifications. Our cords are made with durable rubber casings and will last for years if properly cared for.

Black NEMA 5-15P to IEC320 C13 power cable - shop Cables.com.

 Locking NEMA Power Cables

When might you need a locking NEMA power cable? These cables come with curved blades allowing you to securely twist and lock them into place. That means there's no worrying about accidental disconnections of expensive equipment when it really counts. Our C13 to L5-15P 15 amp PDU Power cord is constructed with a NEMA 5-15 plug and an IEC320 C13 receptacle, and it features 15 amp assembly. 

C13 to L5-15P 15 AMP PDU Power Cord - Shop Cables.com.

We offer numerous types of adapters for our locking NEMA cables as well, like our NEMA locking short pigtail adapters. This includes our C-20P to L6-30P adapter constructed with 12 AWG wire rated for 20 amps, which like many of our NEMA cables is UL listed; this means that it's been tested and approved for meeting the standards set by UL Solutions. 

Buying Your NEMA Cables from Cables.com

Whatever you're looking for in a NEMA cable, we want you to find it here with Cables.com. If our extensive catalog doesn't have just the right fit, we want you to find it! You have the option of requesting custom cables when you're working with Cables.com, built to your own specifications at our warehouse in New York state right here in the US. Contact Us or email us at sales@cables.com to learn more!

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