A Power Cord is a cable that connects an electrical equipment or appliance to the mains electricity supply via a wall socket or extension cord on temporary basis. There are many other terms like power cable, mains lead, and flex or kettle lead being used for the same by different companies or individuals. These cords are manufactured keeping in mind the safety at first. And today most of the cords are customized due to more complicated specifications of appliances. Copper is the most commonly used for the conductor purpose.
Power cords come in a number of variants such as the ones that are either fixed or detachable from the appliance. As we see innovation in technology and sophisticated products being produced to bring ease into the lives of individuals, there is innovation in the accessories of electrical equipment such as a power cord. The cords have many features to prevent any accidental disconnection at one or both ends from happening. There are accessories like fuses, pilot lamp; leakage current detector etc. which helps in certain situations like protection from overcurrent, keeping check on voltage etc. in fact the cords used for sensitive instruments also comes with protection shield in order to minimize the electromagnetic interface.
The need of Power Cord in various areas include medical technology , lightning technology, computing technology, also in equipment like construction machinery, sound and lighting equipment, and electric power tools. Various locations where there is no convenient power source available, these power cords are used to carry electric current to those locations which can be hundreds of feet away from an outlet.
With electronic gadgets becoming a part and parcel of people's lives and we find ourselves increasingly attached to the electrical equipment, there is the need of accessories for proper working of the electrical equipments. Nevertheless for the proper working of electrical equipment the power cords should be compatible with the equipment. There are few things which you should always take care of while using power cords. There can be a problem which can prove fatal which is about the size of power cord. An undersized power cord can be quite dangerous, as it can overheat and start a fire. With technology becoming an inseparable part of our lives, it is necessary to keep it in a sound and working condition with proper electrical equipment.