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12/5 SOOW Black Portable Power Cable 600V UL CSA ( Reduced Price of 100ft, 250ft, 500ft, 1000ft ,2000ft, 5000ft )

12/5 SOOW Black Portable Power Cable 600V UL CSA ( Reduced Price of 100ft, 250ft, 500ft, 1000ft ,2000ft, 5000ft )
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12/5 SOOW Black Portable Power Cable 600V UL CSA ( Reduced Price of 100ft, 250ft, 500ft, 1000ft ,2000ft, 5000ft )


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12/5 SOOW Black Portable Power Cable 600V UL CSA

Allowable Ampacity For 12/5 SOOW Portable Black Cord-600V: 16 Amps


SOOW is water and weather-resistant service electrical cable with an oil-resistant jacket and insulation. It is a reputable low-cost portable power electrical cable that offers superior resistance to abrasion. The cable famously stays intact when in contact with a hot surface, making it perfect for tough applications, including compressors, industrial machinery, push-button remotes, industrial control systems, and water purification systems. SO is commonly used in mills, marinas, mines, ,industrial, commercial and residential facilities. The cable exhibits premium flexibility and is resistant to chemicals, oil, water, sunlight, and air. The voltage rating is set at 600. The temperature range is -40°C to 90°C. SOOW maintains its flexibility in both hot and cold applications.

Also Known As:

12/5 SOOW Portable Power Cable, 12/5 SOOW, 12/5 SOOW Power Cord, 12/5 SOOW Portable Cord, 12/5 SOOW Service Cord, 12/5 SOOW Service Cable, 12/5 SOOW Cord, 12/5 SOOW Cable, 12/5 SOOW Wire, 12/5 SOOW Flexible Power Cable, 12/5 SO Cord.


  • National Electric Code 501.140 Class I Div. 2
  •  Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) 
  • MSHA flame test – P07- KA070018- MSHA
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard 22.2 No. 49
  • National Electric Code Article 400
  • RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances compliant
  • OSHA The Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliant



Stranded, bare, and fully annealed copper conductor, Class K per ASTM B174. Suitable for harsh conditions. The gauge is between 18 and 2.


Flexible Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer EPDM insulation resists fire, abrasion, oil, mechanical impact, sunlight, ozone, air, water, acids, alkalis, and weather.


 Black Chlorinated Polyethylene CPE is a thermoplastic polymer jacket that has superior resistance to chemicals and flames. The jacket is impressively flexible and durable.


  • Gauge: 12 AWG
  • No. Conductors: 5
  • Stranding: 65/30
  • Insulation Wall, Nom OD Inches: 0.045""
  • O.D. Inches: 0.713""
  • New Weight lb/1000FT: 318 Lbs
  • Amps: 16
  • Volts: 600

Compatible with Manufacturer

Coleman : Black : 830508
General Cable : Black : 9205
Omni Cable : Black : B11205
Southwire : Black : 55810499
Wirexpress : Black : 4A-1205
Houston Wire : Black : HW25001205
Priority Wire & Cable : Black : 12-05SOOW
AWC :  Black : SOOW 12/5

*Data provided on this page is subject to change based on different manufacturers' variances
** Images are for display purposes only refer to Product Technical Details for accurate information on the product.
In the case the material only comes in a predetermined color or doesn’t come with any color

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What is SOOW cable?

SOOW cable is a versatile and durable portable control cable designed for various industrial, commercial, and outdoor applications. The acronym SOOW stands for:

  • S - Service Cord (Heavy Duty)
  • OO - Oil-resistant insulation and Oil-resistant outer jacket
  • W - Weather and Water-resistant
What are the common applications of SOOW cable?

SOOW cables are flexible, durable, and resistant to harsh industrial environments. Common applications include:

  • Machinery in industrial environments
  • Outdoor events
  • Construction sites
  • Temporary power setups
  • Portable tools and equipment
  • Lighting fixtures in outdoor and industrial settings
  • Control systems
  • Power lighting and sound equipment in the entertainment industry
  • Emergency and temporary power needs
What are the particular applications of 12/5 SOOW?

The 12/5 configuration, with its five conductors, offers significant flexibility in wiring, allowing for complex circuit designs that can accommodate power, control signals, and grounding within a single cable. This setup is particularly useful in applications that require more than the standard three wires (phase, neutral, and ground), such as systems with additional safety features or those needing separate control circuits. 

These include:

  • Complex control systems
  • Three-phase power applications
  • Automated machinery
  • Portable electrical equipment
  • Temporary power distribution
  • HVAC systems
  • Outdoor events
  • Data centers
Is SOOW Cable Tray-Rated?

SOOW cable is not typically tray-rated despite having some common characteristics like oil resistance. Tray cables usually have thicker jackets and more robust insulation.

Is SOOW Outdoor-Rated?

SOOW cable is rated for outdoor installations, as outlined in the letter "W'' in its name, which stands for weather and water resistance. The cable is resistant to moisture, UV, and temperature fluctuations. The SOOW jacket is additionally resistant to oil. However, you should pick a cable with a better UV-resistant characteristic for installations directly exposed to sunlight.

What is the difference between black and yellow insulation for SOOW Cables?

Yellow SOOW cables are more visible than black ones, so they can be used in safety-critical environments. Black cables can absorb more heat than yellow cables when exposed to sunlight, which might be a consideration in outdoor applications. You can also choose to use black or yellow cable for color-coding purposes.

What does the UL rating mean for SOOW cable?

The UL rating means that the cable meets the safety standards Underwriters Laboratories (UL) developed. The rating verifies the cable's weather, water, and oil resistance. The rating also verifies that the cable can be used in industrial, commercial, and outdoor settings. UL also conducts ongoing factory inspections to ensure consistent compliance with the applicable standards to ensure that the standards are maintained over time.


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