Learn to buy the right cord for your generator

30A-125v Generator Cord 3 Prong Plug

Invariably, something comes down the pike and the more prepared we are, the better. This is nothing new and I’m sure you are already well aware of this fact.

Storms, floods, power outages and other natural challenges can happen at any time. Buying the right generator cord and having it ready will save you unnecessary heart-aches and headaches. I was just reading a comment left by a gentleman who had discussed how difficult it was to find a generator power cord when Katrina came around. He made some very valid points.

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How To Select A Generator Cord

People who are new to generators and cords and plug types, may be a little overwhelmed when it comes to watts, amps, inlets, outlets and more. That’s completely understandable; you’re not alone.

Don’t worry. We can help walk you through the process.

How To Select The Amps

Generator power cords are measured in Amps and most portable generators are measured in Watts. In cord terms, using amps as a starting point, you will discover that the larger the Amps, the more electricity the generator cord can process.

As an example, the 50 Amp generator power cord is much larger in diameter, thicker around, than the 30 Amp power cords. The same holds true as the 30 Amp generator cords are a lot thicker than the 20 Amp cords.

To make things even easier: All you need to do when buying a generator cord is match the most powerful outlet on your personal generator. If you have a 20 Amp outlet, get the 20 Amp power cord. If you have a 30 Amp outlet, get the 30 Amp cord. Following the logic, if you have a 50 Amp outlet, buy the 50 Amp generator cord

How to Choose The Shape

You may have noticed that there are several different designs, or shapes, when it comes to the plugs. These were created in a specific way to keep us safe by preventing electrical overloads.

If the outlet on your generator is a 50 Amp or a 30 Amp, pay close attention to the shape.

50 Amp Cord Notes On Shape
If you own a generator that has a 50 Amp outlet – the chances are you will require a special generator power cord with 2 different ends. The “straight blade” male plug fits into your generator and the “twist-lock” female connector will fit in a transfer switch or a power inlet box.

30 Amp Cord Notes On Shape
In most cases, a 30 Amp plug will come in two different shapes. There is the 3 prong and there is the 4 prong. So what is the difference between the two? Simply this:

3 Prong plugs carry ONLY 120 volts
4 Prong plugs will carry 120/240 volts. The 4 prong 30 amp generator cords are more popular these days because more homes now have 240 volt outlets and appliances.

4 Prong Generator Cord 30 amp

4 Prong Generator Cords Can Carry 120/240volt

Hopefully this information has been helpful and will arm you when you are ready to buy generator cords.

You can get your generator cord or cords online. As mentioned previously, be sure you get the right generator cord. Here is a quick checklist

  1. What Amp do I need? 20A 30A 50A?
  2. How long of a cord will it need to be? 3 ft? 6 feet? 20 feet? 50 feet? 75 feet? 150 feet?
  3. Do I need a 3 prong or a 4 prong male end?
  4. Do I have a need for additional outlets, like a 3 way?
  5. Will this generator cord handle the Wattage I’ll be running through it?
  6. Will I need one power generator cord (or more)?

Buy Generator Power Cords Online

We have information on 20 Amp cords, 30 Amp cords and 50 Amp cords

Some very popular power cords for generators are made by Reliance, Coleman, GenTran and Conntek – to mention a few. Of course there are numerous brands out there – we have found those that receive high marks from customers hold sway in our book. After all, when a few guys take the time to write a review about a generator cord, you can usually take that to the bank (so to speak)

Hope you found this generator cord helpful. Now get plugged in!