##### Asked by: Eustaquio Havroshkin

asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th June, 2020# What is a 18 AWG extension cord?

**Gauge**is a numerical rating of copper

**wire**diameter and is identified by an American

**Wire Gauge**(

**AWG**) number. For this reason, long

**extension cords**have a lower capacity than shorter

**cords**of the same

**AWG**size. For example, an

**18 AWG cord**may only be rated for 5 to 7 amperes (amps) of load at a length of up to 25 feet.

Accordingly, what does AWG mean on an extension cord?

American Wire Gauge

Also Know, how do I know what gauge my extension cord is? Typically, you can find a **cord's gauge** rating printed on the **cord** jacket. If you're replacing an old **cord**, look for the AWG number printed on the jacket, and select a new **cord** with the same **gauge**. To determine the **cord's** capacity, consider the **cord** length along with the wire **gauge**.

In this way, how many amps can 18 gauge wire handle?

16 amps

Which is better 12 gauge or 14 gauge extension cord?

**14**-**Gauge Cords**: Any **14**-**gauge cord** between 0 and 50 feet long will adequately handle loads between 10 and 15 amps. **12**-**Gauge Cords**: If your tool load is between 10 and 15 amps and the length of the **cord** is 50 to 100 feet, you need a **12**-**gauge cord** to safely power any tool. This is a great **extension cord** for many purposes.