What is a 5 20 Outlet?

Getting the right outlet and plug for your home is important. If you have outlets that don’t support the voltage you need, you’ll have a risk of electrocution or a power outage. Here are some things that you should know about identifying and using a 5 20 outlet.

These are a popular outlet choice in new homes, industrial settings, and warehouses. More specifically, these are a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. This is because a 5 20 outlet is rated for 20 amps, 125 volts, and 2,500 watts. This is comparable to the 5 15 for amps and volts but can handle more watts. The NEMA 5 20 and the NEMA 5 15 can both work in these outlets, but the NEMA 6 20 is too large for the 5 20 outlets. It needs to operate at 250 volts, as well.

If you need more information about these outlets or the types of outlets in your homes, call an electrician in your area today. They will help explain the limits for your voltage and amps. They can also help install high-powered outlets if you need a greater limit than you currently have. Watch this video today before you call so you understand your outlets.