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Best Extension Cables

Updated December 2018
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    There are times where a good extension cable is necessary, especially with power tools in outdoor settings. Extension cords come in many different lengths and styles, mostly designed for particular uses or environments. To help customers choose, many manufacturers use certain letters to designate the cord's intended use. For example, S represents a standard cord with a flexible design. W is a common designation intended for outdoor use. You will also have to decide between a two- or three-prong plug. While both will supply ample power to most devices and tools, the three-prong design has a ground wire, offering better protection against electrical shock and fires.

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