Extension cord for 110-120V and 3.2 A recommendations

emejia317

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May 16, 2020
12
Visalia
I purchase the Bestway 22x12x4 Costco pool. I will be moving to a new home next year, so an extension cord is the best option for now. My question is: the pump has that information (110-120V, 3.2 A). Which extension cord would be best for this requirement? A 10 gauge or 12 gauge? Is there such things as timers that I could purchase for this?

Also, if the extension cord will be plugged in a GFCI outlet; does the extension cord have to be GFCI?

Thanks in advance,
 
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sammckin

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May 9, 2019
407
WV
You could get a timer for it, they have all kinds at the big box stores. You should unplug it while you're swimming at the very least.
 

WilliamD

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Jun 23, 2020
35
Leicester, MA
To get the proper Gauge extension cord, we would have to know the length needed from pump to outlet because we already know your Amp rating ....Also, it would not be a special GFI extension cord; just a regular 3 prong plug.
 

emejia317

Member
May 16, 2020
12
Visalia
The length is approximately 50 to 75 feet.
To get the proper Gauge extension cord, we would have to know the length needed from pump to outlet because we already know your Amp rating ....Also, it would not be a special GFI extension cord; just a regular 3 prong plug.
 

WilliamD

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Jun 23, 2020
35
Leicester, MA
You can actually get away with a 14 Gauge Medium Duty Extension Cord....If it will make you feel safer...get the 12....the 10 is definitely overkill...All the Best! I forgot to add...make sure the cord says it is either medium or heavy duty...I would not recommend using a light duty cord!
 
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jcp

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Aug 14, 2012
261
Mid Missouri
3.2A at 50-75’, standard 16AWG would be fine. 14AWG would be a step up for peace of mind. 12-10AWG would be completely unnecessary unless you wanted to have for something else besides your pool pump.
 
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