AC WORKS® Library — 125 or 250 volts

AC WORKS™ Wisdom: What "125/250 Volts" Means

Posted by Christopher Hahn on

When looking at our product descriptions, you’ll often notice a “125/250 Volts” for our products with 4 prongs. You are probably wondering “what does this mean?” or “how does this affect what I will be using this adapter for?”We have the answers for you.For most 4-prong adapters and even NEMA configurations, there are two hot wires. They are called hot wires because they are the wires used to carry the electricity. When you have two hot wires, you have two sources of 125 volts. If your application for our adapter only requires 125 volts, then only one hot wire will...

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AC WORKS™ Wisdom: Differences Between 1430 and 1450

Posted by Christopher Hahn on

In your home, there are two 4-prong outlets that often get confused because of how similar they look. These are NEMA 14-30R and NEMA 14-50R. The NEMA 14-30R outlet is used for a clothes dryer, while the NEMA 14-50R outlet is used for an electric cooking range. The 14-50 can also be found in use with 50 Amp RVs, high service generators, and nowadays EV charging. The only difference in appearance is that the neutral pin for NEMA 14-30R is “L” shaped, while the neutral pin for the NEMA 14-50R is “I” shaped like the other pins.As far as technical...

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