You have to go with the Watt’s Wire family of outdoor extension cords for durability and longevity. The 25 ft., 50 ft. and 100 ft. versions have the same rugged features their only differences being their cord lengths.
A Watt’s Wire outdoor cord stays pliable in Arctic cold and does not break in a pot of boiling water. You can use the cord to minus 58 deg. F, and up to 220 deg. F. (water boils at 212 deg. F.). That’s crazy good durability.
Outdoor outlets have a vulnerability you do not see in indoor wires. The outlets are open to the windy, dusty, rainy environment. You do not want stuff where the plug goes, as that could start a fire or trip a breaker. Watt’s covers the plugs and outlets with a thick plastic cover that will not break if you drive over it with a truck. The covering protects the outlets from taking in water, wind, sand, dust, snow, ice, and debris.
Look at the fine print on the amp or power tool you want to plug into the extension cord. It will tell you the amperage (amps) the product draws while powered. You can plug three items into one cord, so you need to add up the amps on all three devices. If you plan to use three devices at once, the total of their amperage needs to be less than 15 amps. If you are only using one appliance at time, then the draw from that one appliance needs to be less than 15 amps.
Remember that as gauge goes up, wire thickness goes down. The Watt’s Wire cords include three strands of 12-gauge wire. Only the 10-gauge is tougher, and that’s for refrigerators and air conditioners.
The Watt’s Wire cords are SJEOW, which means the cords:
S: have stranded (braided) wires (typical for household use)
J: are built for junior service, or 300 volt (again, household use)
E: are insulated to -58 deg. F to 212 deg. F
O:are oil resistant
W: are rated for outdoor use
UL and OSHA Cords
The Watt’s Wire cords are UL-certified and meet OSHA safety requirements. To me, OSHA and UL are more about the cord. I like a company that takes its product to a third party to prove its quality.
Power Indicator Light
Each moulded-plastic-covered outlet has an LED bulb that lights when the cord has power. If an appliance does not work, you know at a glance whether the problem is the household power. If the bulb lights, then you are getting juice.
What You Get
The Watt’s Wire outdoor extension cords are:
12 gauge (heavy duty)
25, 50 or 100 ft. long
plastic protected at the prongs and the outlets
have all-copper connectors
have power indicator lights
have three outlets
handle 1875 max watts
are oil resistant
resist extreme temperatures
are rated for outdoor use
meet OSHA requirements
How to Buy the Watt’s Wire Outdoor Extension Cords