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using extension cord with larger AWG

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I have a 6 foot long non polarized power cable for a printer (the same kind of power cable that the Xbox One S and the original PS3 use)

 

I need only 2 more feet of cable, so I was thinking of getting a 2 foot long extension cable. If the extension cable is rated as more heavy duty (AWG of 16) than the primary power cable is that ok? The extension cable also has a ground on it but the power cable doesn't. I'll be plugging it into a surge protector. 

 

Any problem?

 

Thanks guys.


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You're good. Remember, you're only as good as your weakest link in this situation. That it's the cable that came with the system is where you want that to be.

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You will be fine.


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10 minutes ago, Thready said:

I have a 6 foot long non polarized power cable for a printer (the same kind of power cable that the Xbox One S and the original PS3 use)

 

I need only 2 more feet of cable, so I was thinking of getting a 2 foot long extension cable. If the extension cable is rated as more heavy duty (AWG of 16) than the primary power cable is that ok? The extension cable also has a ground on it but the power cable doesn't. I'll be plugging it into a surge protector. 

 

Any problem?

 

Thanks guys.

Functionally?  No.  Legally? Small chance depending on where you live.  The only way I could think of it possibly being a problem is if you live in and apartment and an inspector has had a really bad day.  Even then it would be a problem for the landlord not you.  If you want to avoid even that extremely low probability hassle using a power strip instead which has a fuse in it would shoot that dead.


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