If you need a cheat sheet for sourcing the right size, or "gauge," of extension cord for a specific device, tech blog Gizmodo has come to the rescue. Using resources from the National Electric Code, they've de-mystified the process of choosing sufficient cords around your home.
As a general rule, anything that provides heat, like a hair dryer or space heater needs a ton of power. Usually, it's not safe to plug those into an extension cord at all. But most small household appliances can get a little extra range with a basic 14-gauge, three-prong cord.
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