Best Extension Cords for Home Use in 2021

When it comes to extension cords, there is not much to describe. Your PC is out of reach from the outlet, the simple and fastest solution is the extension cord to get the electricity running through every corner of your house. The extra cable distance will help you minimize clutter, giving you more room for additional connection on your power strip, surge protector, or wall outlet.

Different wire gauges scale from 12 to 16. Lower the number higher the wire diameter and subsequent load-carrying capacity. We’ve included all the wire gauges on our list for your picking. 12 gauge wires excel at heavy-duty tasks while 16 gauge wires are better suited for moderate loads.

The added cable distance allows you to minimize clutter, giving you more room for additional connections on your power strip, surge protector, or wall outlet. Below we’ve compiled a list of one of the best extension cords you can buy for your Power Hungry gaming PCs!

1. Amazonbasics heavy duty lighted Extension cord

Best Value Cord

Pros

  • Thermoplastic jacket
  • Bright orange color for better visibility
  • Can bear continuous loads above 1500 Watts easily

Cons

  • Weak Plugs (especially the female plugs)
  • Not repetitive winding/unwinding friendly

5,053 Reviews

Wire gauge (AWG): 12 | Amperage: 15 A | Voltages: 125 V | Plugs: Clear molded plugs | Lengths: 25, 50, 100 feet | Colors: Orange

As the name implies, it is the only 12 gauged cord in our list bearing the highest load-carrying capacity. It is rated to carry 15 Amps at 125 Volts, a total wattage capacity of 1875 Watts which is considered more than enough for high-end PC demands. Its outer insulation consists of an orange-colored SJTW out jacket which is thermoplastic and protects you from any residual spotting on walls and floors.

It will soldier on through adverse weather and conditions whether it’s outdoors or indoors. Like the Yellow Jacket cord (mentioned below), it also features a light indicator on its female plug when it is powered on. On par with the outer jacket, its visually unique transparent plugs are molded and strengthened to ensure uniform sturdiness, however, you are still advised to observe caution while handling these plugs.

You can select from three lengths namely; 25, 50, and 100 feet. In terms of flexibility, it lies in moderate levels of it as repetitive winding and unwinding might pose a certain degree of difficulty. In a nutshell, if you are planning on maxing out and putting all the load in the world upon your system, you have to take the safest road by purchasing this heavy-duty cord.

2. Yellow JakcetExtension cord

Tough And Durable

Pros

  • UL certified
  • Tough and durable jacket
  • Live circuit light indicator
  • better visibility

Cons

  • Mildly stiff

909 Reviews

Wire gauge (AWG): 14 | Amperage: 15 A | Voltages: 125 V | Plugs: Transparent three-pronged plugs | Lengths: 25, 50, and 100 feet | Colors: Yellow

This bright yellow heavy-duty cord means business when it comes to enthusiastic gaming PC users. The 14 gauged design is rated to efficiently carry 15 Amps of current under 125 volts. To top it off, this cord features a power indicator light at the female end to show that the power is on.

It is the toughest cord out of this list, all thanks to its exclusive Yellow Jacket compound which is claimed to be oil, grease, moisture, and abrasion-resistant, and more durable at any temperature than the standard vinyl compounds. However, its strong emphasis on the thick and tough jacket appears to compromise extensive flexibility to a certain degree for users who are planning on laying their cords through complicated loops and bends. It boasts equal toughness with its plugs as well, these oversized plugs are meticulously rugged and molded.

You can select from three lengths of 25, 50, and 100 feet variants per your need. Pretty obvious from the name, yellow is the sole color designated for this cord. With its digestible pricing and equally relieving performance, it easily sits on the second spot on our list.

3. Coordinate Designer 3-outlet cord/power strip

With Surge Protection

Pros

  • Surge protection
  • USB outlets and braided cord
  • UL listed

Cons

  • Excessively bright indicator light
  • Very bulky

4,766 Reviews

Wire gauge (AWG): 16| Amperage: 13 A | Voltages: 125 V | Plugs: Flat plugs/Power strip design | Lengths: 10 feet | Colors: Grey/pink, Black-White/Tan/mint/Navy, Black-dark heather/Black-Grey

A rather different entry into the list, Coordinate Designer extension cord houses more than what average extension cords do. It is equipped with surge protection and a base of power strip design. It is jacketed by a braided fabric to assist it in blending seamlessly into your decor.

The braids tend to be bulkier than the plastic jacketed cords so you’ll have to compromise on the flexibility. However, the braided cords will confer longer durability for indoor use. At the female end, you can pick from two variants; one with three standard outlets; one with two outlets, and two USB outputs. It carries 13 Amperes at 125 Volts.

We have a diverse color and design scheme to match it with your room and set up however you like. It comes in grey, pink, tan, black/white, mint, navy, etc colors. Furthermore, it enjoys the most prominent feature out of this list called “Surge protection”.

It shields your electronic equipment from voltage spikes and subsequent damage. To summarize, if you want a product packing both the features of an extension cord and a power strip, this is your best bet. It encompasses extra outlets, USB ports, and surge protection for your gaming needs.

4. AmazonBasics Extension cord

Very Cheap Cord

Pros

  • Fairly Flexible
  • Long-lasting kinkless form
  • Handy storage
  • 1 year warranty

Cons

  • Slightly stiff while winding

23,137 Reviews

Wire gauge (AWG): 16 | Amperage: 13A | Voltages: 125V | Plugs: N/A | Lengths: 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 25feet | Colors: Black/White

This is a 16 AWG cord for users opting for moderate gaming, running large servers, laser printers, and similar tasks. It displays a heavy yet flexible material, however, unlike the Startech’s cord, it does not enjoy the extreme flexibility of making sharp bends or curves around or under some obstacles.

Fortunately, that doesn’t stop it from displaying neat coiling and uncoiling from its storage, this is very imperative for uprooting any residual kinks and bends. You can easily coil it back into storage and uncoil it again when needed without any effort.

It is rated to safely carry 125 Volts at 13 Amps. You can choose from different lengths ranging from 3 to 25 feet. Moreover, it comes in black and white colors to easily blend into your room. To conclude, for PC users who are set at moderate workloads from their systems, this is a safe choice to easily access your PC to your outreached outlets.

5. StarTech power Extension cord

With Lifetime Warranty

Pros

  • UL certified
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Highly consistent 16AWG transfer capacity

Cons

  • The 6 feet variant comes shipped in shorter length occasionally

623 Reviews

Wire gauge (AWG): 16 | Amperage: 13A | Voltages: 125V | Plugs: NEMA 5-15R | Lengths: 6ft and 10ft | Colors: Black

If you want a heavy-duty cord relaying high levels of current and wattage from your outlet, power strip, or surge protector, this is the best candidate for that task. For gamers, the 14 AWG model is preferred to carry out heavy-duty current and power draws. It comes in 6ft and 10ft lengths ready to slip into any corner of your room for convenient electricity access depending on your requirements.

It is rated to easily carry 125V at 15 amperes, which makes its wattage up to 1857W, gives us more than enough breathing room for the power draw requirements of a gaming PC.

What’s so good about this cord besides its length and amperage/wattage? Its thick insulation, which confers its lifelong durability yet securing the flexibility of the cord. The thick cord can be easily coiled without any kinking and entangling. You can even employ it for outdoor purposes as it is molded to the end caps for resistance. Moreover, its black color gives you everlasting protection against smudges and scuff marks.

All-in-all, you can’t go wrong with this neat product in terms of load, durability which is emboldened by the lifetime warranty.

Bill Wilson
Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.