## What does 10 3 mean on an extension cord?

10/3 (10 AWG) Cord thickness in the US is generally listed in terms of gauge, or AWG. Larger numbers mean smaller wires, which in turn means it can carry less power.

**How many amps can a 10 gauge extension cord carry?**

Heavy-duty 10 gauge extension cords Each cable handles up to 30 amps, which means that you can use it to power up to two 15-amp power tools or appliances.

**Can a 10 gauge extension cord handle 20 amps?**

14 Gauge for 11-13 Amps. 12 Gauge for 14-15 Amps. 10 Gauge for 16-20 Amps.

### Can 12 gauge extension cord handle 20 amps?

For instance, for a length of 25 – 50 feet, a 14 gauge cord will be great for 14-15 Amps, whereas the 12 gauge will work for 16-20 Amps. For 100 feet, the 14 gauge cord works for 11-13 Amps, while the 12 gauge cord is best suited for 14-15 amps.

**Is it OK to use 10 gauge wire for outlets?**

Yes, you can use 10 AWG copper conductors with a 20 ampere breaker. The smallest size conductors you could use with a 20 ampere breaker, are 12 AWG copper conductors. There’s no problem using larger conductors, other than cost to you, and difficulties associated with working with thicker conductors.

**What extension cord do I need for 30-amp RV?**

The Camco Heavy-Duty 30-amp RV Extension Cord with PowerGrip Handles (50 foot, 10-Gauge) is designed to provide you with the necessary length to power your RV from distant power outlets.

## What is the heaviest duty extension cord?

10- to 12-gauge wire

Q: What is the heaviest duty extension cord? A 10- to 12-gauge wire is considered a heavy-duty extension cord, a 14-gauge wire is a medium-duty cord, and a 16-gauge wire is a light-duty cord.

**What is the best gauge for outdoor extension cords?**

Most devices will do fine with 12 gauge extension cords. Power hungry devices such as lawnmowers, heavy machines, require a lower gauge such as 10AWG. Keep in mind, the lower the gauge means the thicker the cord.

**What is the difference between a 10 gauge and 12 gauge extension cord?**

Round down = 10 Gauge. Most devices will do fine with 12 gauge extension cords. Power hungry devices such as lawnmowers, heavy machines, require a lower gauge such as 10AWG. Keep in mind, the lower the gauge means the thicker the cord.

### How far can you run a 12 gauge extension cord?

For 100 feet, the 14 gauge cord works for 11-13 Amps, while the 12 gauge cord is best suited for 14-15 amps. If your cord is 150 feet long, the 14 gauge is best suited for 1-7 Amps, whereas the 12 gauge will support 8-10 Amps. This shows that the extension cord’s length also plays a part in the power it helps safely.

**How far can you run a 30 amp RV cord?**

As long as it’s rated for 30 amps, there is no maximum distance. The question should not be how many feet, but how many cords. For example, two 50 foot, 30 Amp extension cords should be considered to have less capacity than one 100 foot extension cord.

**What is the strongest extension cord?**

TL;DR — These are the Best Extension Cords:

- US Wire and Cable 74050.
- Cable Matters 16 AWG Heavy Duty Extension Cord.
- Maximm Cable Rotating Extension Cord.
- Voltec 05-00364 12/3 SJTW Outdoor Extension Cord.
- Iron Forge Cable 25-ft Lighted Extension Cord.
- meross Smart Power Strip.
- AmazonBasics 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord.