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Is it okay to plug my surge protector into a long extension cord and then extension coord into a wall? and ofcourse plug my computer/speakers/monitor into that surge protector?
Edited by renji1337 - 6/4/11 at 11:16pm
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As long as it is a low gauge(thicker wired), high quality extension cord and not some cheapo brownie/greenie you get a wally-world for 99c.
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how do i tell the gauge? and is it okay if its extremely long?

basically it would have, the extension cord plugged into the wall, then into the surge protector, then pc/monitor/speakers in that surge protector.
Edited by renji1337 - 6/4/11 at 11:17pm
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If the gauge isn't marked on the cord itself, just going by thickness of the cord itself can be a good indication. Not always full proof as it could still be thin wires surrounded by a thick insulation, but for most it should be a good indicator. Not sure on length to be honest, but I don't see why it would be a problem, unless you are talking like 100' or something. I am just giving my common sense advice though, I am not an expert. Maybe someone else can chime in and give some more educated advice.

If the cord is 25' or less and is around the same thickness as the surge protectors power cord, then you should be ok I would think. If you go over that length, it may add more heat and need to be even thicker, though that is a complete guess about the length.

Edit: I found this on some site, It may help you:

Quote:
16 Gauge Cords Any 16 gauge cord between 0 and 100 feet long will adequately handle tool loads up to 10 amps.

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.

Edited by Strat79 - 6/4/11 at 11:26pm
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hmm, so what gauge should i get
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I would think that 14 gauge would be fine. It's not like the computer is pulling a ridiculous amount of power.
    
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14AWG gauge is the standard for the wiring inside your house, and your computer will not push more than 10amps. You will be fine using a 14 gauge extension cord as long as it's not incredibly long.
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14AWG gauge is the standard for the wiring inside your house, and your computer will not push more than 10amps. You will be fine using a 14 gauge extension cord as long as it's not incredibly long.
Wow in my apartment i just found out all the 3 prongs in the bedroom and bathroom arent grounded!(my grounded light on my surge protector doesn't come on), but in the living room it comes on!! is that bad? id only use a 3-10ft extension cord


btw i also have my monitor and speakers on this outlet and pc and a fan


and my intention is to plug the extension cord into the wall and the surge protector into the extension cord
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