16 guage electric cord handles how many amps?

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16 Gauge for 1-10 Amps. 14 Gauge for 11-13 Amps. 12 Gauge for 14-15 Amps. 10 Gauge for 16-20 Amps.

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10 amps. 18 -gauge. Extension cords (light-duty) 13 amps. 16-gauge. Light fixtures, lamps, ...

Like an electrical wire, extension cords also have a size chart, which determines how many amps a particular AWG wire can handle. The extension cord gauge chart will help you realize which option is right for you, whether it’s gauge 10, 12, 8, 16 or 14, depending on the wattage and size you require, with the appropriate amp rating.

Using the NEC table 310.15(B)(16) as guide, if the ampacity of copper, THHN, 16 AWG conductor rated at 90 degrees C is 18 amps. To double the ampacity with a similar wire would make the AWG would be a little smaller than 10 AWG (40 amps).

Low-voltage lighting and lamp cords: 10 amps: 18-gauge: Extension cords (light-duty) 13 amps: 16-gauge: Light fixtures, lamps, lighting circuits: 15 amps: 14-gauge: Kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor receptacles (outlets); 120-volt air conditioners: 20 amps: 12-gauge: Electric clothes dryers, 240-volt window air conditioners, electric water heaters: 30 amps: 10-gauge

For blowers will 12 amps or less, use a 16-gauge light-duty cord within 50 feet of your outlet. Go with a 14-gauge medium-duty cord for a higher amp or a greater distance from the outlet. Make sure the cord is rated for outdoor use—look for a "W" on the jacket.

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