What is a power cord called?
A power cord is an electrical component used to connect appliances to an electrical utility or power supply. It is made from an insulated electrical cable with one or both ends molded with connectors.
One end of a power cord 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 another male connector. This female connector is sometimes omitted in appliances where it is replaced by a fixed cable.
Power cords are used in every type of electrical appliance—from TVs and computers to refrigerators, and air conditioners—and are commonly seen in both domestic and commercial areas. They are limited to current and voltage ratings of 16 A to 20 A and 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
When you're shopping for an appliance cord, you'll see the number of amps and watts on the product page.
Amp is short for ampere, which measures how many electrons can flow through a wire at one time. A higher amp rating means that more electricity can pass through the wire safely.
Watts is another measure of power—this one measures how much work can be done by a current of electricity. So if you have a cord that's 10-amp and 1,250 watts, that means it can carry 10 amps of current (which equates to 1,250 watts) safely.
If you're looking for a replacement appliance cord, we recommend checking both numbers before buying to make sure you get one that will fit your needs. If you need a bigger or longer cord than what came with your appliance originally or want an extension cord to bring power from an outlet in another room closer to where you need it, this is important information to have!
What is inside a power cord?
There are a number of things that can be inside a power cord:
-A plug 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?
All modern power cords are made with good conductors and insulators, which allows current to flow through them safely. The core of the wire is made of different metals such as copper and aluminum. These metals hold electrons more tightly than other materials, so they don't move as easily.
In between them, we have smaller strands of fibers that are melted together, creating insulation to keep the voltage levels safe. This is then covered by plastic sheathing, a layer of rubber or plastic that keeps out moisture and makes it more flexible, so it better fits into your cable outlet.
How do you plug in a power cord?
The kind of power cord you need depends on your appliance and its manufacturer. For example, if you have a kettle that runs off 110 volts of AC, the cord will normally be an extension of the socket in the wall. In this case, any high-quality two or three-pin socket should work just fine, whether it is UK or US style.
In general, any high-current professional tool requiring higher amperage than your kettle can use a different cord, like our 12/2 machine power cord which was specifically designed with machines in mind.