Extension cord for treadmill, ok?

mrmichaeljmooreFebruary 1, 2009

I just got a new Reebok treadmill.

The manual says that I should not use an extension cord.

But the only location that I can put the treadmill is out of reach of the outlet.

Can I use some sort of heavy duty extension cord? Anyone have any recommendations?

I realize I can have an electrician come in a put in another outlet....but I would rather not do that.

Thanks for the help.

mike

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steve_o

Not using an extension cord is "the right way". But you probably can safely use an extension cord if it can handle the current draw of the treadmill. You might want to consider what's called an "appliance extension cord". These are heavier-gauge and designed for devices which use more energy. They also run shorter than many household extension cords. You may not find one longer than 3-4 feet.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 6:09PM
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mrmichaeljmoore

Thanks steve_o....

So I should look for something about 10 or 12 gauge?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 10:28PM
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steve_o

That should handle it. But check the current draw of the treadmill and make sure the extension cord can handle it.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 5:27PM
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mrmichaeljmoore

The only thing I could find is a 14 guage, 6 ft cord.
It says 1875 maximum watts....

Think that'll work ok?

I ran the treadmill for about 5 minutes tonight....seemed to work ok.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2009 at 9:58PM
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steve_o

That should work with capacity to spare. :-)

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 8:15AM
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joed

The 14 gauge should be OK if this unit plugs into the 15 amp receptacle. Some treadmills are 20 amp. In that case you should use a 12 gauge cord. In both cases the cord should be only as long as required.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 10:02AM
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puzzlefan

Go into one of the box stores or a good local shop selling electrical cords, equipment etc. You shouldn't have a problem. Our treadmill has been in use almost daily for six years, between the two of us, about 90 to 100 min per day. No problems yet. You need an electrical cord that isn't any longer than needed and must exceed by 25 percent the draw of the treadmill.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 7:10PM
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