Much of the U.S. gets very cold during the winter… to the extent that using a regular extension cord outside can become quite a problem. A purpose-designed cold weather extension cord will solve this problem!
What is a cold weather extension cord?
Put simply, its design and construction has been optimized for cold. Extreme temperatures (including hot).
A normal outdoor extension cord works well enough during the off-winter months. But it will probably freeze stiff during the winter.
When the temperature gets colder and approaches freezing, a standard cord will get stiffer and stiffer as the flexibility properties become, well, less flexible!
This results in some potential dangers. Not only is it a pain to work with a less-than-flexible extension cord (good luck coiling it back up), the cord might crack. When cords crack, they’re unsafe because wires become exposed.
What’s the big difference between regular and cold weather extension cords?
A winter extension cord has an outer jacket that has been optimized to remain flexible, it won’t get stiff or crack, will remain durable and kink free.
Outer Jacket Constructed of 100% TPE (thermo-plastic elastomer)
TPEs are a physical mix of plastic and rubber. They consist of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties (temperature and flexibility).
Best EXTREME Cold Weather Extension Cord
I researched this because I do use outdoor extension cords during winter. I needed a cold weather extension cord! Or two! I was tired of dealing with stiff unmanageable cords. So I found what I believe one of the best on the market right now. And best of all (((GASP))) it’s Made in the USA!
EXTREME All-Weather Cords with Lighted Plug by US Wire & Cable
The cords remain flexible down to -94°F!
I like the following bundle of two 25-footers because it gives you the flexibility (pun intended) of using them for 25 or 50 foot lengths.
>> US Wire and Cable 12/3 bundle
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