Originally Posted by pgandw
So I tried the Cool-Cat with the 20 amp plug and a heavy duty extension cord (14 gauge for weed-eaters). Fred W
Fred, 14 gauge is not enough for 20 amps. It is only rated for 15 amps.
You really (I mean really) need to invest in a good 12 gauge extension cord that is actually rated for 20 amps.
Your voltage drop during compressor kick off must be huge. You will burn up your compressor windings in short order with your "work around".
(Voltage down; amps up) - since it takes several seconds for the 20 amp circuit breaker to blow, the chance of fire due to your undersize extension cord is also very high.
Not saying this to scare you (but it should), I have nothing invested in making this post. Take it as the free advice it is.
DO check it out though. You are taking a big risk with that under sized cord (IMO).
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