Starting current on dehumidifier

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Jeff in Ohio, May 23, 2015.

  1. Jeff in Ohio

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 23, 2015
    I purchased an [​IMG]. Also known as Sunpentown manufacturer.

    The power consumption is listed as 720W/6.9A.

    The starting current is listed as 33A.

    I am trying to decide if I can use an extension cord with this unit, and, if so, what would be the specs on it. The 33A is not a typo on my part. I can't believe it is this high, although it is very hard to find starting current on any specs for any type of unit.

    Why doesn't it burn up the wires in the wall?

    Thanks. Jeff
  2. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Because that is the starting current. It doesn't stay that high for long.
  3. wmodavis

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Not unusual for motor driven equipment to have that level of starting current. If you use too lite of an extension cord it might have trouble starting. Use the shortest and largest AWG cord available to avoid problems caused by high resistance.
  4. Jeff in Ohio

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 23, 2015
    Thank you!

    God bless America!