Outdoor Extension Cord With Multiple Outlets

Outdoor extension cords are a great way to protect outdoor lighting, appliances and landscaping. An outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets allows homeowners to add more electrical outlets into the outdoor living space. Connecting outdoor extension cords with multiple outlets reduces the number of trips to a wall outlet to change an appliance or finish lighting a flower bed.

Before purchasing an outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets, consider where you will be using it and how many electrical outlets it will support. A basic model with three outlets will provide power to an appliance or full lighting for one outdoor outlet. Three outlets is usually sufficient for a small patio. However, if you have a large outdoor space, consider purchasing a model with five outlets. It can easily supply power to all your outdoor lighting, including a fireplace, as well as a stereo/radio receiver, three outdoor outlets or a poolside entertainment system.

The simplest outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets connects to a standard household wall outlet. There are models available with five or six outlets. These models generally plug into a standard home faucet. When connecting to a power outlet, the wire is placed inside the receptacle.

Southwire 25 ft. 14/3 Multi
Southwire 25 ft. 14/3 Multi

If you use outdoor power tools with your outdoor power tools often, consider an outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets that provides direct power to each tool’s power source. This allows you to plug in individual power tools for each location where you work. If you frequently transport or store outdoor power tools, an outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets provides enough power to run them all in one location.

If you frequently use your cord for outdoor applications, it’s a good idea to look for an outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets that has a built in ground fault circuit board (GFCB). The GFCB prevents power surges from damaging your equipment. Look for a model that has at least three outlets with a GFCB. Models with four or more outlets are nice, but it may increase the chances of damage if one of the outlets accidentally shorts out. The extra output from these models can be useful for other outdoor applications, however.

An outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets can also be used as a backup for outdoor lighting in and around your home. If you have outdoor lights, outdoor lamps or outdoor fixtures that you want to keep illuminated, but you don’t want to put them in the dark, you can connect them to one outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets. You’ll want to provide an outlet that is dim enough to keep the outdoor lights bright, while providing power to the lights and circuits through the outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets. Since the outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets provides power to the lights and appliances, you should consider whether you want to run wiring from your house to the outdoor lights and devices. If you do, you may want to run the wiring over a longer run of cable than you normally would to ensure adequate power and voltage to run the wiring.

Martha Stewart Living 25 ft. 14
Martha Stewart Living 25 ft. 14

If you already have outdoor extension cords with multiple outlets, it’s probably easiest to just add more than one outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets to the outdoor light fixtures and appliances you already have. Adding another outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets to an outdoor extension cord with three outlets is generally not all that difficult. The number of outdoor extension cords with multiple outlets you need to connect will depend on how many outdoor lighting fixtures you have. If you have more than one outdoor light fixture, you should consider connecting three outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets to make sure you have enough outlets for all of your outdoor lighting needs.

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If you’re just adding outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets to a patio or deck, there isn’t that much of a concern in terms of how many outlets you need to have hooked up. You can plug in any standard size appliance into one end of an outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets. You can also hook a standard size appliance into one end of a patio extension cord with three outlets. However, if you have other outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets and other outdoor extension cord with three outlets and other outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets and several outdoor lighting fixtures, you should look at how you’d connect each cord before you determine how you connect one outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets to one outdoor lighting fixture. The easiest way to connect outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets is to connect each outdoor extension cord with multiple outlets to one outdoor lighting fixture, which usually ends up being a barbell type fixture with three outlets.

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