About SOOW Cable
SOOW cable is a multi conductor power cable used as a power supply cable. It’s just like your everyday extension cord with out the plugs on each end. A lot of customers use this wire to actually make extension cords themselves. Other customers have a long run for a job where they need to bring power out onto the job site from a long distance away. There are all different sizes of SO cable for different applications.
Each conductor in portable cord is made with flexible bare copper strands and a PVC insulation. Then all of the conductors are covered with a rubber CPE jacket for protection against weather, oil and solvents. The rubber also protects SO cable from the rough impact it receives on the job site. Most manufacturers only make SOOW and SJOOW cable now because making the SO and SJO was getting to be too much. It was cheaper and easier to put all the approvals on each cable. The extra “O” and “W” stand for Oil resistant and Water resistant and now come on all cables that WesBell sells in the power cord area.
The only difference with SJO cable compared to the SOOW is that the “J” stands for Junior and it’s 300 volts instead of 600 volts. That means it comes with a thinner jacket incase you might need that for your application. They don’t offer the SJOOW cable in gauge sizes bigger than #10 or in any cable 5 conductors or bigger. Those cables so commonly come in 600 volt that it’s not worth making and would be a special order with the manufacturer.
We also has extension cords available to sell which have the same build up as the portable cord but with the plugs on the end. We have limited extension cords on our website so you might need to call if you need something special. We also have power cords with a plug on one end and stripped other end to attach it manually for certain applications.
After SO cord there’s the industrial power cord called Type W cable, which is basically the same as SOOW cable but much bigger and more heavy duty. It will most likely be dragged across job sites and run over by heavy machinery all day. So it’s made with a much tougher rubber jacket to withstand the impact. It’s also a 2000 volt power cable usually made in awg sizes #2 and up. Type G-GC cable is the same as Type W cable but made with ground wires and a ground check. The Type W has a same size ground wire with green insulation and it’s included in the conductor count.
Difference Between SOOW Portable Cord and Type W Power Cable
A lot of people, especially those who need materials for various industrial and mining projects, would ask: What is the difference between SOOW and Type W cables? While both types can be very useful whether for locomotives, portable appliances, cranes, mining equipment, etc., both SOOW cable and Type W cables differ in many respects. First, let’s define both these cables.
SOOW cables are often rated for maximum of 600 Volts. Usually, they are available from sizes 2 to 18 awg. Conductor counts available for SOOW cables can go from 2 to 60 depending on your chosen SOOW cable awg size. Basically, SOOW means that the conductors as well as the jacket are oil resistant and water resistant. It is robust and tough as an SOOW cable but in case you are looking for a more robust, tougher cable for your industrial needs, then you need a Type W cable. A Type W cable can handle up to 2000 Volts. It actually possesses the same conduction and jacketing materials used in manufacturing SO cables but then again while both can be very similar a Type W cable is more flexible and often preferred by big industries because they are more durable than SOOW cables. A Type W cable can be bought as a single conductor or multiconductor cable. Aside from these two there are still a lot of Type W cables you can find depending on the size and the conductor counts you need. Type W cables range from sizes 500 MCM down to 8 awg and are available in maximum of five conductor counts.
Remember, cables, whether it is an SOOW or a Type W, can be very useful not only for industrial applications but also for both residential and commercial usage. But remember, since there are a lot of electrical cables to choose from and all are described useful for different types of jobs you have to know exactly which cable is most ideal for your need. Now that you know the difference between SOOW and Type W cables it would be easier for you to decipher which would be best for your current project.