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For anyone who takes emergency preparedness serious, after a decent generator, and a good supply of fuel the next most important item to have is the lowly Extension Cord.
Extension cords are one of the least sexy items a Prepper can stock, but is one of the most essential items you need. The last thing you want to do is have your generator too close to your house because you lack a thick enough or long enough cord.
When looking for an extension cord, I look for five things, length, gauge, cost, cold weather capable, and a lighted end. The YELLOW JACKET brand cords meet all those criteria. It features 14 gauge wire which for almost all applications is sufficient, and certainly much better than the 16 gauge cords that are all over the place at big box stores.
Secondly it’s 50′ long which is sufficient for most homes to be far enough away from the house itself but still long enough to run into the house and up or down stairs.
Third and nearly as important for me is something that will stay flexible and not crack in -40 degrees. Now that may not be as important in warmer climates, but even in the Texas deep freeze last winter, it would have been nice to have Yellow Jacket Cords that stay supple and flexible in the cold.
Finally the single most important attribute I look for in an emergency extension cord is a lighted end. I go with single lighted ends and add a three outlet adapter. Which is a more cost effective option than getting lighted cords with three outlets on the end. When dealing with a generator there is nothing worse than trying to guess if you have power at your cord end or not. The lighted female ends on these Yellow Jacket Cords completely eliminate that frustration and guess work.
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