What’s the best cord for your generator?
First, let’s go over a couple of key tips:
- Generators are rated by watts, generator CORDS are rated in amps. That is, if you generator has a 50 amp outlet, you need a 50 amp cord. Using a 30 amp cord to hook up a generator with a 50 amp outlet could damage the generator and your appliances.
- Consider the number of prongs. Most 30 amp cords have three prongs, 50 amp cords have 4 prongs, or twist-lock prongs. Check your generator manual to find what is recommended.
- Is this cord for recreation? Or backup power? It matters—many folks use a generator for RV’ing or camping. This can be a short length cord. When it comes to backup power, you need to be at least 20 feet from your home. That said, only get the length of cord you need . . . extra long cords that aren’t necessary can result in power loss or damage to your generator.
- What gauge cord is best for your needs? Cord gauge is a measure of the thickness of the cord. The more amps you need, the heavier the gauge.
Ok, let’s get to the recommendations.
For the best 50 amp generator cord, we’d recommend Conntek’s 50 amp cord at 25 feet long—which is right in the correct range for safety when operating a generator for backup power during an emergency.
What We Liked
• Heavy duty design can handle 12,500 watts.
• Sturdy, tight connection.
• Doesn’t get warm.
• Compatible with generators that use NEMA-14-50R outlet.
• Designed to attach generator to transfer-switch outlet.