The world of electricity can be very complicated. But what about electricity do we in fact know? Well, we do know electrical cables are designed to carry current from one element to another. What we DON’T know is how an electrical cable is even made. Of course, as always, I am here to help with any confusion!
An electrical cable consists of conductors, which is an uninsulated wire suitable for carrying electrical current. Electrical conductors are made up of metals such as, copper, aluminum, etc. Most wires are made out of copper because it conducts electricity with high flexibility and very little resistance.
Electrical wires come in solid core, stranded, or braided together to form a single assembly, where the ends connect to two devices, therefore, allowing the electrical signals to transfer from one device to the other. Continue reading How an Electrical Cable is made
If some of you are like me, who isn’t very tech savvy when it comes to language of circuitry, I have helped make it easier to recognize which configuration defines each component and also a little bit better understands the world of power cords.
Let’s get started.
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Ever wonder how the Aussie band AC/DC got their name? Or what makes it possible for them to ROCK and ROLL?
There are two types of current flow in a circuit: Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC).
Have you ever sat down and looked over at your desk lamp and thought, “how does the light come on?” Well, just like every home and office, AC power comes in through the power lines to your home and is what is available to power outlets. AC stands for Alternating Current. Your lamp is being powered by AC because of the direction of the flow of electrons. There is a rotating magnet along the wire which causes the electrons to keep switching directions forward and backward. Also, the amount of energy that can be carried through alternating current is easy and also economical to transfer over longer distances and provides more power.
For example: here’s your power plant. It can yield 1 million watts of power. How does this work? Well there’s a way to Continue reading AC & DC — For Those about to Flow We Salute You!
I’ve read several stories on why people choose to purchase and/or make these male to male power cords, but for some reason, they’re referred to as “suicide cables.”
Why? See, power cords have two ends: the male and the female end. The male end is the plug and the female end is the receptacle. When you plug the male end into a wall outlet, the female end or connector is ready to be plugged into a device or equipment, which will allow the electricity to flow through. That is a safe connection. BUT, if you plug the male end into an outlet and have a male plug on the other end, this leaves an exposed conductor (which is the biggest NO-NO).
Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Buy Male to Male Cords