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 Delta223 02-20-2010 09:05 PM

Does the 80% of peak rule apply to extension cords?

I know you're not supposed to have a continuous load on a circuit for more than 80% of its peak capacity. Does this apply to extension cords too?

 Scuba_Dave 02-20-2010 09:19 PM

It's a good idea
For me it would depend upon the circuit, the wiring & the device being used
I ran an 18.6a (Max) pool pump on a 20a circuit for an entire summer &into the next summer
That's 93% of the circuit
I never tested it with a meter..may have actually pulled less then that
But it did trip the circuit on one hot day

 joed 02-20-2010 09:25 PM

80% rule only applies to continuous loads.
A continuous load is defined as "a load where the maximum current is expected to continue for 3 hours or more."

 Delta223 02-20-2010 09:29 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by joed (Post 403418) 80% rule only applies to continuous loads. A continuous load is defined as "a load where the maximum current is expected to continue for 3 hours or more."
Right, so a 20A circuit should not have a continuous load of more than 16A.

Now for my question, can a 20A cord have a continuous load of more than 16A, or does the same issue apply to extension cords?

 jlmran 02-20-2010 09:29 PM

 Delta223 02-20-2010 09:36 PM

To be honest I'm not sure. I know going over 100% trips the breaker, but staying in that 80-100% threshold for too long slowly fries the circuit. So I would assume the cord itself would be fine to a full 20A (not a hair more though)

 Red Squirrel 02-20-2010 09:40 PM

I don't know about code, but I would just go with the assumption of yes, especially because some cords may actually not even be 14awg. If you do plan to have a continuous load on an extension cord get a heavy duty 12awg one to play it safe.

 jlmran 02-20-2010 09:45 PM

Wouldn't you already be limited to 80% of the hard circuit to which your cord is plugged in?

 Delta223 02-20-2010 09:54 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by jlmran (Post 403432) Wouldn't you already be limited to 80% of the hard circuit to which your cord is plugged in?
No because my cord is actually rated for 15A

 Scuba_Dave 02-20-2010 09:56 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by jlmran (Post 403432) Wouldn't you already be limited to 80% of the hard circuit to which your cord is plugged in?
There isn't any 80% load rule in residential for plug in items
How many people go around & test everything they have plugged into a circuit?
They don't...instead if the breaker trips they then move something to a different circuit
I wouldn't doubt in some places I have lived that I have run loads very close to the circuit rating for a long time
Especially in Apts

210.23 An individual branch circuit shall be permitted to supply any load for which it is rated

It does then go on in a sub section & indicates that no (1) item plugged in should pull more then 80% of the circuit

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Delta223 (Post 403428) I know going over 100% trips the breaker, but staying in that 80-100% threshold for too long slowly fries the circuit
What are you basing this on ??
Specifically the "slowly fries the circuit" ?

 spark plug 02-20-2010 10:43 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by joed (Post 403418) 80% rule only applies to continuous loads. A continuous load is defined as "a load where the maximum current is expected to continue for 3 hours or more."
And a pool circulator pump Does run for more than Three Hours!!!

 Scuba_Dave 02-20-2010 10:51 PM

Not mine !! On 2 hours.....off for 15 min...on 2 hours :wink:
That was connected Temp while I ran a 60a sub
Its now converted to 240v & hard wired

Another thought:

Quote:
 Conductor sizing. You must size conductors no less than 125% of the continuous loads, plus 100% of the noncontinuous loads [210.19]. Base this on the terminal temperature rating ampacities as listed in Table 310.16
Soooo....12g is rated 25a ampacity * 80% continous load = 20a continous
14g rated 20a ampacity * 80% = 16a....hmmmmm
But breaker kicks before that

 spark plug 02-20-2010 11:04 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 403458) Not mine !! On 2 hours.....off for 15 min...on 2 hours :wink: That was connected Temp while I ran a 60a sub Its now converted to 240v & hard wired Another thought: Soooo....12g is rated 25a ampacity * 80% continous load = 20a continous 14g rated 20a ampacity * 80% = 16a....hmmmmm But breaker kicks before that
The one at my relative's house Does! In any case, 80% of capacity and 125% of demand are both sides of the (same) equation. (I know, it's a no brainer, but I had to let that thought out. Because it was news to me the first time I checked it out.:laughing:)

 Scuba_Dave 02-20-2010 11:09 PM

Right...but people are basing it off the OCPD instead of the ampacity

I was going to change that time to 2 hours 59 minutes....:laughing:

Actually once I animate my Christmas display I shouldn't have to worry too much about my lights being on continous..blink....blink

 spark plug 02-20-2010 11:36 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 403463) Right...but people are basing it off the OCPD instead of the ampacity I was going to change that time to 2 hours 59 minutes....:laughing: But you already quoted me Actually once I animate my Christmas display I shouldn't have to worry too much about my lights being on continous..blink....blink
You should open a Law practice. the (ingenious) way that you find loopholes.:laughing:! Better yet. A Legal Loophole advice firm. Where lawyers can contact for instant (packaged) loopholes!!!

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