Talk:Extension cord

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Why shouldn't this article be renamed "extension cord"? Out of What links here, 9 of 15 links involve AC mains power cords, not computer cables. There is clearly an important distinction, so perhaps such cables deserve their own article, having little to do with AC mains. Lupinelawyer 22:48, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)


Not sure what the usage in the USA is, but Extension cable is the normal usage in the UK, New Zealand and probably other parts of the English speaking world. I would propose that its stays as it is. Velela 22:53, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)

In my experience, "extension cord" is used almost EXCLUSIVELY for AC mains, and "extender cable" refers to anything else. Technically, the electrical term "Power cable" includes less-flexible cable (e.g., building wiring), and "cord" refers exclusively to flexible cable. Since extension cables are always flexible, the term "extension cord" seems less ambiguous, and preserves "extension cable" to jurisdictions other than those dealing in electrical mains. Lupinelawyer 23:23, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)
i'm also in the uk and in my experiance the term extention lead is almost always used. Plugwash 23:31, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)


Ditto as for plugwash, they're extension leads in the UK. Tabby (talk) 23:35, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Adding to the above, typical signal cables are not "extension" cables but are "connection" cables. For example the USB picture is of a connection cable with a Type A plug to a Type B plug while a typical USB extension cable (less common) would be a Type A plug to a Type A receptical. Most of this page should be moved to a new "Connection Cables" page. Dorcots (talk) 07:32, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

i sugest change title to > Electric extension cord and split the connectors cables Alfbar1 (talk) 03:34, 25 March 2012 (UTC).

Cutouts[edit]

"However most European extension cables now include an automatic current cut-out to avoid misuse of the cable"

this is only true for reel types in UK. The more common reel-less leads dont incorporate these thermal trips. Tabby (talk) 23:35, 29 February 2008 (UTC) abhakfjdk;lfsl;kflsdf;lkf;s —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.197.97.161 (talk) 16:29, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

US Extension Cord Specs[edit]

I added some information and references on US extention cord specifications and standards to the "Restrictions" section. It's very US centric, so please apply wiki magic as necessary. Bosef1 (talk) 00:55, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

RoHS compliance[edit]

We need a reliable source for the statement that manufacturers (Woods and others) are adopting the standard. Ideally that would be an industry news piece. I can find manufacturers who claim compliance but primary sources like that are not reliable. Jojalozzo 20:57, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

I don't really see how extension cords are special in this regard. Any manufacturer who wants to sell electrical equipment legally in the EU nowadays has to comply with ROHS. Plugwash (talk) 19:07, 17 February 2012 (UTC)