## How many amps can a 16 gauge extension cord handle?

Any 16-gauge cord between 0 and 100 feet long can adequately handle tool loads up to 10 Amps.

### Is a 14 gauge extension cord better than a 16 gauge?

Within 50 feet of your outlet, use a 16-gauge light-duty cord for blowers. For a higher Amp or a greater distance from the outlet, go with a 14-gauge medium-duty cord. Look for a “W” on the jacket if the cord is rated for outdoor use.

**What is an AWG power cord?**

AWG power cord meaning AWG stands for “American Wire Gauge.” Gauge is simply the thickness of a wire. Therefore the number printed on the power cord refers to the thickness of the wire, measured in gauge. Lower is thicker. Standard PC power cables use 18, 16, or 14-gauge wire.

**What is the ampacity of 16 AWG wire?**

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Size | Temperature Rating of Copper Conductor | |
---|---|---|

(AWG or kcmil) | 60°C (140°F) | 90°C (194°F) |

16 AWG | — | 18 |

14 AWG* | 25 | |

12 AWG* | 30 |

## How many watts can 16 gauge wire handle?

As the cord gets longer, the current carrying capacity of the cord gets lower. For example, a 16 gauge extension cord less than 50 feet in length can power a 1625 watt (W) appliance. A 16 gauge cord that is longer than 50 feet in length can only power an appliance up to 1250W.

### What does 16 AWG mean on an extension cord?

American Wire Gauge

Gauge. The diameter of the conductors within an extension cord are measured in terms of American Wire Gauge (AWG), usually shortened to just “gauge” and expressed by a number. Common household extension cords are available in 16 gauge (smallest), 14 gauge, 12 gauge, and 10 gauge (biggest).

**How many watts can 16 AWG wire handle?**

**What does 16 AWG wire mean?**

AWG stands for American wire gauge. It relates to the diameter of the wire. The more current capacity it can carry, the lower the AWG. A thicker 16AWG can carry 13 Amps, but a thinner 18AWG can only carry 10 Amps. Any appliance that uses electricity.

## How many amps can 16 gauge wire handle at 12 volts?

Maximum current (amps) in a 12V electrical circuit vs. size (AWG) and length of wire.

American Wire Gauge (#AWG) | ||
---|---|---|

Length (feet) | Maximum Current (amps) | |

15 | 16 | 12 |

20 | 14 | 12 |

25 | 14 | 10 |

### How many amps can 20 AWG carry?

11 Amp

AWG Wire Gauge Chart (1st Chapter)

AWG Number | Diameter (inches) | Ampacity (at 75°C) |
---|---|---|

19 AWG | 0.0359 in | – |

20 AWG | 0.0320 in | 11 Amp |

21 AWG | 0.0285 in | – |

22 AWG | 0.0253 in | 7 Amp |