Outdoor Extension Cords (88)
Operating power tools and lawn equipment requires rugged and durable outdoor extension cords. Their jackets protect them against the elements, while also being highly flexible to allow for bending and feeding them through cord keeper loops on tools. This helps to prevent them from accidentally unplugging. Many of the electrical cords are SJTW rated, an industry designation that identifies the cord’s qualities. “SJ” is rated for 300 V to 600 V service. “T” is a thermoplastic jacket made with PVC. “W” is weather- and water-resistant, ideal for outdoor use.
Outdoor electrical cords are available in a range of lengths, with some as long as 82’. This offers the range of movement required for getting around the yard with an electric edger or lawn mower. Many feature heavy-duty strain relief, protecting them against damage upon reaching the end of the cord’s tether. Others have strong, sturdy plugs that stay in place when connected to sockets on tools and equipment.
Most outdoor tools require electrical extension cords of the correct gauge and voltage to operate safely, so match the cord to the application. Connect them to outdoor or garage outlets or power strips when a job requires multiple outlets. Some extension cords feature multiple outlets. They’re especially handy for plugging in a set of heaters or lamps to light and warm up a work area. These also may have a loop for hanging the outlets, making them more accessible, and preventing the need to bend down to unplug equipment.
Add even more safety to an outdoor set-up with a cord featuring a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to protect users against shocks. While many cords have solid black plugs, others have transparent plugs that may light up, indicating the presence of live electrical power. Look for outdoor extension cords in a single unit or in pairs for daisy-chain use.