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Extend Power Cord of BR1000G

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Extend Power Cord of BR1000G

This question was originally posted by mike on APC forums on 1/13/2014


I'd like to extend the power cord of a BR1000G by 3 feet.

I do not want surge protection, or additional outlets

Is a single outlet extension cord OK ?

10 AWG ?

A non-surge strip ?

Does APC sell such ? I didn't find any.

Also, can Surge strips be used on the load side of NON BATTERY BACKUP outlets ?


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Re: Extend Power Cord of BR1000G

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 1/13/2014


I think in order to extend the cord, you'd have to adhere to any local code. In general, lengthening a cord might affect the UL rating of the product.

We have a few resources on this topic:

(While you may not have a data center application, some of this could apply)-> Using Extension Cords in the Data Center - FAQ | FAQs | Schneider Electric US

Another bit of information I found:

The APC product must be plugged into properly wired and grounded outlets; no extension cords, adapters, other ground wires, or electrical connections may be used. As stated in National Electric Code (NEC) NFPA 70A, extension cords are considered temporary devices and should not be used for prolonged periods.

A customer might use extension cables which are underrated for the power being pulled. This might lead to overheating of the wire and in worst case scenarios, melting of the wire. Extension cords may also become pinched or severed during normal or prolonged use, exposing others to raw power and a potential for electrocution. Customers might perceive such problems as a result of using surge protector. It also might lead to damages to infrastructure.

Lastly, please see Daisy Chaining UPS | FAQs | Schneider Electric US which is in regards to UPS but also would apply to some of what you're asking.

So, my recommendation is to understand local code might not allow this and if you do it, any safety ratings may be affected. You'd also want to use an extension cord that is rated for at least 15A which is what the UPS is rated for and National Electrical Code de-rates it to 12A - all assuming you're in the US based on the model of UPS we're discussing.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Extend Power Cord of BR1000G

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 1/13/2014


I think in order to extend the cord, you'd have to adhere to any local code. In general, lengthening a cord might affect the UL rating of the product.

We have a few resources on this topic:

(While you may not have a data center application, some of this could apply)-> Using Extension Cords in the Data Center - FAQ | FAQs | Schneider Electric US

Another bit of information I found:

The APC product must be plugged into properly wired and grounded outlets; no extension cords, adapters, other ground wires, or electrical connections may be used. As stated in National Electric Code (NEC) NFPA 70A, extension cords are considered temporary devices and should not be used for prolonged periods.

A customer might use extension cables which are underrated for the power being pulled. This might lead to overheating of the wire and in worst case scenarios, melting of the wire. Extension cords may also become pinched or severed during normal or prolonged use, exposing others to raw power and a potential for electrocution. Customers might perceive such problems as a result of using surge protector. It also might lead to damages to infrastructure.

Lastly, please see Daisy Chaining UPS | FAQs | Schneider Electric US which is in regards to UPS but also would apply to some of what you're asking.

So, my recommendation is to understand local code might not allow this and if you do it, any safety ratings may be affected. You'd also want to use an extension cord that is rated for at least 15A which is what the UPS is rated for and National Electrical Code de-rates it to 12A - all assuming you're in the US based on the model of UPS we're discussing.

Hope that helps.