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Power cords - usually, they're undersized for the load. There are different American Wire Gauge (AWG) specifications for current carrying capacity:
16 gauge - 12 amp maximum for 25 ft, 3.4 amps for 100 ft.
14 gauge - 16 amp max at 25 ft, 5 amps at 100 ft..
12 gauge - 20 amps at 25 ft, 7 amps at 100 ft.
10 gauge - 30 amps at 25 ft, 10 amps at 100 ft.
 8 gauge  - 40 amps at 25 ft, 14 amps at 100 ft.
 6 gauge  - 65 amps at 25 ft, 22 amps at 100 ft.
The smaller the gauge number the larger the actual diameter of the wire and the greater its current carrying capacity.
 

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