United Rentals carries a variety of cables made with heavy-duty molded rubber to ensure your equipment has a safe and reliable connection. Choose between male and female cable tails, California-style cables, medium-voltage cables, generator power cords, cables for temporary power, heavy-duty power cords and more to find the right cable for the job. Resistant to shock, impact and corrosion, our heavy-duty electrical cords are made by the top power distribution equipment manufacturers to give you a quality rental and keep the project on schedule. Learn more about cables in our FAQ section below.
To test if a power electrical cable is working properly, first be sure that everything is powered off and unplugged for safety. Take a multimeter and touch one of the leads to either side of the cable to test if the circuit is open. To test a cable for a short, touch both multimeter leads to the prongs on the male side of the cord.
When it comes to selecting a cable, there are many factors to consider like length, diameter, capacity and more. To calculate the cable size you need, divide the voltage running through the cable by the target current. This gives you the required resistance. However, there are many free calculators online to assist you in cable selection. Contact a United Rentals representative for assistance in selecting the right cable for the job.
Selecting the right cables for generators is simple: just choose a cord that matches the most powerful outlet on the generator. For example, if your generator has a 50-amp outlet, you will need a 50-amp power cord.