Wouldn’t it be great if all the pieces involved in your electrical setup fit perfectly together without you ever having to problem solve? Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, but if you know the right people, problem-solving doesn’t have to derail your productivity (or budget). A straight entry cord is quick and easy — but not always the right solution for specific electrical applications. For example, if you are installing electrical equipment in a utility cart or kiosk, straight entry cords can waste what limited space there is and will jut out in different directions, making the entire set-up an unsightly mess. One alternative is to use angled cords instead.
Angled cords are perfect for applications that involve confined spaces and can be ordered in different orientations, such the cord angled to the left, right, up, or down.
However, choosing the correct angled cord isn’t as easy as picking a direction and checking out.
Traditionally, outlet configurations place the grounding hole (green) on the bottom. But modern best practices now place the grounding hole on the top to increase safety. Depending on the make of your outlet, you could have one or the other.
The positioning of your grounding hole and the angle you choose can be confusing to visualize and align. And if you aren’t aware of the grounding hole placement, you may end up with an order of cords that don’t pair correctly with the outlets.
Once you determine the right angles and alignments, you also need the correct cord length, color, thickness, and performance. In other words, finding the right angled cord sets can feel a lot like trying to assemble a solid-colored 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Save yourself the time (and headache) by consulting with a power cord manufacturer so you can bypass the challenges and go straight to reaping the benefits!
Trying to fit straight-entry cords into tight spaces or between an outlet and an obstruction, such as furniture, isn’t just an installation challenge. Oversized or inefficient configurations can over-flex the cord, damage the sheath, restrict airflow, overheat the cord, and result in a power failure. Angled cords lie flush with the outlet surface to conserve space, efficiently route wires, and provide ample airflow.
The type and condition of the electrical cord you use will determine energy efficiency (or lack thereof). If the cord is the wrong gauge or length—or the environment isn’t getting enough airflow, and the cable overheats — the load is forced to work harder to maintain the right electrical current, which wastes energy and can damage equipment.
Straight-entry cords can be pulled straight out of a socket just as easily as they can be plugged in. If your electrical assembly is exposed to frequent traffic or lives on a rolling cart that gets moved around, the cord can effortlessly be disconnected. Additionally, unplugging a cord by tugging on the cable (instead of the plug) can damage the mechanical properties of the cord and create an electrical hazard. Angled cords change the leverage point and decrease inadvertent disconnects.
Over-crowded electrical spaces with straight-entry cords that jut out in multiple directions will make for a confusing installation process. These electrical environments also hinder routine maintenance and troubleshooting efforts. Angled cords lie flat against the outlet and can be custom ordered in different colors to guide installation and take the guesswork out of problem-solving.
As mentioned above, straight-entry cords can easily wiggle out of an outlet. If they become partially unplugged, the leverage point will either expose the ground pin, neutral pin, hot pin, or both the neutral and hot pins. An exposed ground pin is not a threat, but exposed hot lines are dangerous shock hazards. If they come into contact with metal, they can generate enough heat to spark a fire. The leverage point of an angled cord makes it extremely difficult to bump or pull the cord from the outlet without intention.
There are countless options when shopping for an angled cord supplier, but not all manufacturers offer the same quality, selection, and value. Look for the following value-added services:
The right manufacturer will have knowledgeable on-staff experts to help you select the right product for your application. These experts will also raise important questions that you might not know to ask, such as where your ground holes are positioned and what mechanical stressors are involved in daily utilization.
Especially when time and budget is a concern, a wide selection of off-the-shelf options is ideal. StayOnline has the largest in-stock selection of power cords in the world. Check out our online inventory.
When off-the-shelf products won’t work, your supplier should have the resources and expertise to customize your order as needed, including design elements, configurations, materials, colors, and more. StayOnline molds custom angled cords in the U.S. and requires very small minimum order quantities for U.S. molded products. We can even produce cord angles on both ends of your cord for an exact fit.
StayOnline only uses the most up-to-date standards outlined by governing bodies like NEMA NEC, IEC, and UL including orienting grounding pins on top to increase safety. Check out our impressive list of credentials here.
To learn more about what makes StayOnline the ideal angled power cords provider, check out the StayOnline Advantage.