Battery backup plugged into extension cord. Safe?


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Old 05-23-24, 12:47 PM
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Battery backup plugged into extension cord. Safe?

Sorry, wasn't sure exactly which category to post this under, but is it ok to use this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZMW2QX) extension cord (plugged into wall outlet), and then plug this backup (https://www.bestbuy.com/site/cyberpo...?skuId=6348064) into the extension cord?

I can't find a battery backup with a long enough cord, but I'm not sure it's safe to use an extension cord (I read that a 12 gauge should be ok, but wanted to confirm).

If it makes much of a difference, the only items in the battery backup are a router/switch/small fans and some other small items like that.

Thank you.

 
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Old 05-23-24, 01:59 PM
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Technically, extension cord is temporary use only.
It is unlikely to actually cause any problem, but you must use a high quality cord. Some cheap extension cords have poorly made ends, which can over heat.

I used to run UPS on power strip for many years without any problem before I moved..
 
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Thank you. Are you able to tell if this is high quality; https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZMW2QX gets thousands of great reviews. Or is there a particular brand I should look for? Thanks again!
 
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That looks like a decent cord. You can also search for an "appliance cord". Many of them have the male plug at 90 degrees so it plugs into the wall without sticking out so far and they are available in heavier gauges like 14 and 12.
 
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I would use a 12 gauge cord. Something like this. HDepot lists them as 12/3. You can decide what color and if the plug is a right angle or straight when selecting one.

Always best to get the length that you need only. Meaning if you think you only need 6 feet then get a 6 foot cord, not a 25 foot cord.
 
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You don't need an exotic extension cord. An ordinary 16awg cord is fine. The risk with any cord is simply that it'll get physically damaged.
 
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Thanks all. One last question; does this one look good: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071CZG3MZ

it's 14 gauge. couldn't find a highly rated 12 gauge with flat plug.

Thanks again.
 
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Both of the cords you posted are good options.
 
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Amps

Just as long as the extension cord will handle the Amps coming from the UPS. I still see lots of people use a 16 ga. extension on a space heater that draws 15 Amps. . . . . break out the marshmallows Martha!!
 
 

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