Category Archive: Power Cords & Retractile Cords

Choosing the Right Power Cord

Power supply cords play a critical role in nearly every industry, including the electronics, telecommunications, appliance, hand tool, toy, industrial, and medical sectors, to name just a few.

When selecting a power cable for your unique application, its intended use should always be top of mind. Other key considerations include end finishing, cord set put-up, insulation material, conduction material, wire gauge, voltage, temperature range, cord shielding, and finishing requirements. Carefully assessing these specific needs will help ensure optimal performance and reliability.

Your Ultimate Source for Retractile Cords

Retractile-Cord-ConWireRetractile cords are essential to countless applications and industries, so it is vital that your cord is high quality, flexible, adaptable, and offers maximum strength. At Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable, our breadth of experience and commitment to our customers ensures our products meet these exact characteristics.

Our newest resource, The Retractile Cord Capabilities Guide, illustrates Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable’s scope of capabilities and experience across a diverse range of industries and applications.

Retractile Cords: Experience and Solutions

Our Retractile Cord Capabilities Guide highlights a few of our successes with distinctly challenging retractile cord projects, such as:

  • Ethernet cords with strain relief for the telecommunications industry: Our custom over molding provided strain relief that significantly outperformed standard manufacturers’ models.
  • Custom TPE retractile cords for municipality vehicles: For this project, our customer needed a model that could protect the cord against the elements; we designed a version using thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) finishing to provide excellent stability at a lower cost than polyurethane.
  • Custom hospital-grade retractile cords for medical carts: To fulfill our customer’s need for a new type of hospital-grade cord, we developed a distinct model using Service Junior Thermoplastic (SJT) for maximum elasticity and resilience.
  • Shielded retractile cords for the medical industry: Utilizing our extensive experience in coatings, we created a shielded, high gloss polyurethane cord for a customer in the medical field.
  • And many others.


To download The Retractile Cord Capabilities Guide, please click here or select the button below.

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We hope our new eBook showcases our ability to successfully develop high-quality retractile cord solutions, regardless of the industry or application.

A Century of Experience

Through more than 95 years of business, Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable has maintained its position as a client-focused and customer-driven company. We are a one-stop-shop for custom and standard wire and cable solutions, and we offer competitive pricing and unmatched quality.

Download our Retractile Cord Capabilities Guide today to learn more about our work and how our team can develop the best solution for your needs. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can assist you with your next project, please contact Consolidated today. We look forward to working with you.

Select the Best Power Cord Jacket for Your Needs

What you need to know to ensure your final product is durable, reliable and operates both safely and efficiently.

Power CordsThe jacket is a vital component of a power cord. It protects the power cord’s inner conductors from external factors, such as harsh temperatures or environmental conditions. The jacket also ensures a power cord’s electric current does not come in contact with users—and also keeps the current separate from other electrical conductors, like metal surfaces.

A power cord jacket plays a crucial role in the durability, reliability, safety and efficiency of the product. So, when designing a power cord, it is important to select the right jacket type for your application.

In order to choose the best power cord jacket material for your needs, consider the following factors:

  • Voltage: Determine the amount of voltage the cord will experience. At Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable, we offer power cords rated to 300 V and 600 V. Power cords rated to 300 V are typically used for light-duty, commercial applications, while cords rated to 600 V are suited for industrial, heavy-duty applications.
  • Environment: Where a power cord will be used will help to determine the best jacket type.A power cord being used outside or in an application where it will be exposed to caustic chemicals will require a more protective jacket material versus a cord simply being used in a dry, indoor environment.
  • Temperature: Temperature of the environment in which your product will be used is another important consideration. The type of power cord jacket to be used in an application must take into consideration the range in temperature it will experience. Extreme cold can cause a power cord jacket to crack while extreme heat can cause expansion, loosening, bubbling, or even melting.
  • Flexibility: Power cords that will experience a lot of movement and frequently transported will require a flexible jacket to avoid cracks or breaks in the insulation.

CaptureThere are a number of other areas to consider when choosing the best jacket type for your power cord. To learn more about selecting the right jacket material for your needs, simply click here or select the button below to download our new eBook, Power Cords Volume 1: Jackets.

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Explore Consolidated’s Informative Technical Resources

At Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable, we are committed to providing our customers with the resources they need to make an informed decision. On our website, we offer a variety of technical documents with information regarding NEMA configurations, color coding and insulation tips, and other wire and cable specific information.

  • Solid & Stranded AWG Chart: AWG-specification information for all outside diameter & wire types, including solid, concentric, rope bunched & more.PrintedCableJacketPortfolio-retouched
  • NEMA Configurations for Plugs & Receptacles: NEMA plug & receptacle configurations for voltage ranging from 125V to 600V, 15 to 60 amperes.
  • Color Coding Charts: Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable’s color coding charts for various types of cable & wire products.
  • Wire Insulation Characteristics: A comparison of various types of wire insulation materials, including PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, rubber, Neoprene, TPR & PEP.
  • NEMA Number Nomenclature: View the NEMA number nomenclature for plugs & receptacles, as well as current ratings & voltages.
  • Cable Standards Reference Guide: View the Cable Standards Reference Guide for NEC catalog reference information and a cable substitution chart.

We encourage you to visit the Technical Info area of our website to view these documents. We hope they prove to be of some use to you and that you find the information you are looking for.

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Challenges and Solutions to Serving the Electronic Needs of a Global Marketplace

Rapid Growth of Electronics Consumerism

There are now more electrical devices and electronics being used throughout the world than most people could have possibly imagined just a decade ago. There are countless types of devices, and beyond that, millions of users in virtually every part of the world. People who only recently gained access to telephones now own smart phones and laptops.

No Global Standard

power cordsThis is a good thing for both consumers and electronics manufacturers—but it also presents a challenge. Each one of these devices requires a power cord, and every country has its own specific voltage frequencies, standards, plug patters, etc. There is no one uniform standard throughout the world, which can be quite overwhelming for the average OEM, especially in trying to stay competitive and serve the needs of a growing global market.

Did you know, for instance, that while North America, Central America and parts of South America operate at frequencies different from the rest of the world, there are various subsets of regions with even more varying frequencies?

Did you also know that there are over a dozen different plug patterns, widely varying safety standards, and many regional certification and approval bodies?

With such a tremendous array of specifications and requirements, manufacturers often get confused and overwhelmed; you can’t be expected to know all of these varying factors.

A New Central Document

Power Cord Standards Across the GlobeWith this in mind, Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable has taken our extensive knowledge and expertise—and our 100 years of business—and created an informative, easy-to-read eBook entitled Power Cord Standards Across the Globe.

In this eBook, you’ll find an array of information, including:

  • A chart of plug and cord standards for every country
  • A visual guide to plug patterns for every region/country
  • Explanations of the certification mark organizations, varying by country/region
  • A detailed list of the regional and international regulating bodies

Additionally, you’ll learn why working with a supplier of standard and custom power and retractile cords, with expertise in the specifications of every country, will greatly ease the challenges that come from serving a global market.

We’re pleased to offer this highly useful eBook, free to our customers; simply click here to download your free copy today.

Choosing a Wire & Cable Manufacturer for Your Product

Nothing is worse than having a wire or cable fail on your commercial or industrial project. Not only can it mean downtime and costly repairs, but it can also ruin your reputation.  At Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable, we know how difficult it can be to choose the exact wire for your unique applications.

Choosing-A-WireCable-Manufacturer-thumbThat is why we created a free eBook for our customers.  It is titled:  Choosing a Wire & Cable Manufacturer for Your Product. This eBook is written to help you make the right wire and cable choice. This downloadable eBook, which is available on our website, covers a wide range of topics, each of which make picking the precise wire or cable easier and more cost-efficient.

Let’s take a closer look at our new eBook, section by section.


In this section, our experts lay out the three main capabilities you should demand of your wire and cable provider which include:

  • A reliable manufacturer makes a wide range of products, and allows for customized or completely unique products.
  • A second capability that’s non-negotiable is flexible manufacturing capacity. Your wire & cable provider should be able to produce prototype runs as well as large volume orders.
  • The last capability that is important to inquiry about is the availability of comprehensive engineering services. In-house engineering support services are a must for any project, even if custom wire & cable isn’t required.


After capabilities, cost is the next crucial zone to consider when choosing a wire and cable provider. Our eBook takes you through the hidden charges you should keep an eye out for as well as tips on how to save time and money.


No matter how affordable something is, if the quality is low, it could jeopardize your overall project or application. Choosing a Wire & Cable Manufacturer for Your Product teaches you how to properly judge quality.

These tips include, checking what industrial, precision, and operational standards your manufacturer is certified in, and how to investigate the extent your supplier goes into inspecting raw materials and finished products.

Single Point Supplier

The final section deals with why you should try to find a wire and cable manufacturer that offers one-stop shopping. You need a supplier that has the manufacturing capabilities which can grow with you.

Everyone at Consolidated Wire believes that if you follow the advice laid out in Choosing a Wire & Cable Manufacturer for Your Product, you will never be stuck with subpar wire and cable again.

To download a free copy of Choosing a Wire & Cable Manufacturer for Your Product, please visit the eBook page and simply fill in the quick form. If you want to learn how Consolidated Wire can fulfill all of these demands for your next wire or cable project, please contact us directly today.