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What’s the Difference Between SOOW, SEOOW, and STOW Portable Cord?

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Buying flexible portable cord can be a confusing process—the existence of several different types of SO cord makes it hard to choose the right one. To help anyone going through this process, we’ve compiled a quick cheat sheet to explain the differences between them.

First, let’s take note of the similarities: each of these multi-conductor power cables can be used in a variety of applications that require wiring with superior flexibility and durability such as portable tools and equipment, portable appliances, small motors, and associated machinery.

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Unique Customers w/ Diverse Projects – Copper Wire, Security Cable, Welding Cable & More…

We love learning about all the different types of projects our customers are working on.

With thousands of customers stemming from all different parts of the country we are fortunate enough to speak with such an eclectic group of people working on such a wide range of projects.

We thought it would be nice to share a few examples below of how some of our customers apply our wire & cable.

Please note, every project and application is different and we always recommend double checking with a certified electrician/technician before making a purchase to be on the safe side:)

Bill in North Dakota using 18/5 SOOW Portable Cord for signal lights.

Duke in Virginia using 2 gauge welding cable for solar battery charging.

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Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) – A Word From Willie The Wire & Cable Guy

Many customers looking at our SEOOW & SJEOOW Portable Cords call in to Wire & Cable To Go asking what’s Thermosplastic Elastomer (TPE) insulation?

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) is a fine blend of polymers containing containing both thermoplastic & elastomeric properties.  When processed & combined these properties create a rubbery and plastic material.

Overall, thermoplastic elastomer is used in SEOOW & SJEOOW Portable Cords as an insulation jacket that contain both rubber & plastic characteristics.

According to Coleman Cable who pioneered the SEOOW & SJEOOW cable, prior to 1981 there were two basic types of cable – Rubber (SOW) & PVC (STOW).  Coleman created the SEOOW & SJEOOW by constructing the cable using Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) technology giving customers an excellent option of a cord containing the chemical resistance of PVC (plastic) & the flexible characteristics of rubber.

TPE gives customers in the commercial, industrial & construction fields a flexible portable cord that is durable, abrasion resistant,  light in weight, easy to strip & fully recyclable!

If this is a type of cable and jacket that may interest you please see our SEOOW & SJEOOW links below which can provide all specs on the SEOOW & SJEOOW Portable Cords:

Click here to view our SEOOW category >>

Click here to view our SJEOOW category >>

Please call 855-880-8010 if you have any questions!

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Your Pal,



What is SEOOW Portable Cord – 600V?

Many customer browsing our store here at Wire & Cable To Go stumble upon our SEOOW portable Cord and ask us the difference between this cord & our SOOW Portable cord.

The main difference is in the construction of the cord’s jacket.

SEOOW- 600v  stands for:

S – Service
E – Thermoplastic Elastomer
OO – Oil Resistant Insulation & Oil Resistant Jacket
W – Water & Weather Resistance

The Thermosplastic Elastomer jacket is what sets this SEOOW apart from the SOOW portable cord.  This thermoplastic contains chemical resistance characteristics of PVC & flexible properties of rubber.  In more general terms the SEOOW is a high-quality flexible cord engineered with plastic characteristics and rubber jacketed material compared to an SOOW which is only made up of a rubber jacket.

The SEOOW is also more resistant to water than SOOW and has a higher temperature range of –50ºC to 105ºC.

Below are more standards on the SEOOW Portable Cord:

UL Flexible Cord – UL Standard 62
CSA Flexible Cord – C22.2-49
NEC Article 501.140 Class I Div. 2
NEC Article 400
Federal Spec JC580
Passes CSA FT2 Flame Test
MSHA Approved
EPA 40 CFR, Part 26, Subject C, heavy metals per Table 1, TCLP method

SEOOW cords are durable, flexible & abrasion resistant.

If you would like to view our entire SEOOW Portable Cord selection please click here.

We also carry SJEOOW Portable Cords which is rated for 300v applications – please click here to view category.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your pal,








Looking For Yellow Flexible Portable Cords by the Foot?

Yellow SO Portable Cord

Does your project require a yellow flexible portable cord?

If so, Wire & Cable To Go supplies many different types of 300v & 600v yellow cords.

From sizes 10awg to 18awg, we offer flexible yellow cords with 2 conductors, 3 conductors & 4 conductors.

Whether its an SJ 300v yellow cord or an SO 600v yellow cord, we have many different options for our customers.

Although we only list our 12/3c sjoow yellow cord on our website we do stock more types and recommend you calling us directly at 855-880-8010 or sending us an email through our contact page to inquire about availability & pricing.

We offer these cables by the foot and can ship them out same day with an estimated arrival time within 1-3 business days.

Feel free to click here to visit our website and learn more about our wide selection of wire & cable products.

Thanks for stopping!

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New Products: SEOOW (600V) and SJEOOW (300V)

Wire & Cable To Go now offers Type SEOOW and SJEOOW Cable at the best prices you’ll find anywhere – available by the foot with no cut charges. These multiconductor power cables can be used in applications that require flexibility and durability such as portable industrial machiner and indoor/outdoor temporary power.

SEOOW Flexible Portable Cord 600V »

SJEOOW Flexible Portable Cord 300V »