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Using a different power cord?

post #1 of 5
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Hi there,

My second NEC monitor will be arriving today and from my experience with the first one (hopefully no BLB this time!) the power cord was VERY short.

I have one in front of me that is much longer and a bit thicker than the one that came with the NEC.

Would it be okay to use this power cord with the monitor instead?
post #2 of 5
Yep.

The only thing you wouldn't want to do is use a small-gauge cord with a high-power-draw PC. But for a monitor pretty much any cord is fine.
post #3 of 5
I believe so, but I can't qualify that. I've mixed and matched for years with no issue.

All the cords I've seen have been 3 wire 16 gauge. Nothing special about it.

I got a bag of em by my desk.
    
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Yup, it will be fine.... even a 20AWG would be fine.
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post #5 of 5
If the cord is thicker, it's better (generally speaking). Basically means it can handle higher current. After a while of collecting power cords over the years, I personally throw out any short or thinner cables. Usually, you'll notice that power cables will generally have an AWG (gage size) and temperature tolerances printed on the side of the cables. The thicker cables generally have a much higher heat tolerance, which means a much higher current tolerance. Most monitors these days don't pull as much current due to "green" movement, but the higher the temp tolerance, the better the cable.

Rule of thumb is, it's okay to go with a thicker cable than what came with the equipment, but not okay to go thinner. The important thing is that the cable has at least as high of a temp tolerance as the original.

Hope this hewps.
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