Can I use a 16 gauge extension cord for the charger on the snow blower and the mower?

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Just purchased both a mower and a snowblower. Where I'd like to stage the charger requires me to use an extension cord. I have some 16 gauge cords available, but wonder if I should get a 12 gauge instead. Does anyone know if the 16 is OK?
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16-Gauge Cords: Any 16-gauge cord between 0 and 100 feet long will adequately handle tool loads up to 10 amps. 

14-Gauge Cords:   Any 14-gauge cord between 0 and 50 feet long will adequately handle loads between 10 and 15 amps. 

12-Gauge Cords: If your tool load is between 10 and 15 amps and the length of the cord is 50 to 100 feet, you need a 12-gauge cord to safely power any tool.


If you're at a residential home, MOST branch circuits are typically fed with 14-gauge wire rated for only 15 amps.

Your cord may be able to handle the load, but it's what's between the extension cord and the service panel that counts.

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The Rapid charger only draws 550W, so a 16ga cord will be fine.