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.

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Common Applications for Power Cords

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Amusement
  • Appliances
  • Audio/video
  • Automotive
  • Broadcast
  • Office business machines
  • Commercial
  • Computer
  • Water coolers
  • Factory automation
  • Gaming
  • Home entertainment
  • Industrial machinery
  • Local utilities
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Military
  • Power supply
  • Public safety and transportation
  • Renewable energy
  • Robotics
  • Security
  • Solar power energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Wind power energy
  • Wireless

Types of Power Supply Cords           

A number of custom and standard North American and international power cords are available, including:

  • Retractile power cords — Offering a wide range of movement without the inconvenience of tangled, loose cording, retractile cords are highly versatile and reliable. They’re commonly used with computers, medical diagnostic equipment, appliances, and industrial machinery.
  • Retractile electronic cords — These hassle-free cords are essential in countless applications and can be customized to fit specific requirements.
  • Hospital-grade cords — These are used in hospitals for medical devices and patient-care equipment.
  • Unshielded cords — Unshielded cords are employed in devices in which electromagnetic interference is not a problem.
  • Foil-shielded cords — Foil shielding uses a thin layer of aluminum, typically attached to a carrier such as polyester, to add strength and ruggedness. This provides 100% coverage for the conductors it surrounds.
  • Detachable cords — Sometimes referred to as line cord, these flexible cords feature electrical connectors at both ends. The male end of the cordset is attached to a molded electrical plug; the female end typically consists of a molded electrical receptacle.
  • Two-conductor cords — These are available in three types: one-end cords, two-end cords, and multi-leg cords.

Learn More

Deciding on the right power cord may seem daunting at first, but the team at Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable is here to help. With nearly 100 years of experience, state-of-the-art facilities, and a deep commitment to Total Quality Management (TQM), customers can rest assured that they’ll receive top-of-the-line solutions that meet their exact needs.

To learn more about our power cord offerings and explore options for your specific application, check out our comprehensive product catalog.