SOOW and SJOOW share many identical properties, however they do hold some differences which set the two cables apart. The fundamental difference between the two cables is their allowable ampacity. The SJOOW power cord is a “junior” power cord, meaning it can transmit voltages of up to 300V which is half the voltage capacity of a SOOW power cord. In terms of amperage, the SJOOW power cord ranges from 10-30 amps depending on its gauge. Most household appliances fall into this range, so SJOOW is often a cost-effective option for residential wiring. SOOW power cord offers a broader amperage range from 10-95 amps. SOOW is more suitable for heavier tasks such as wiring for portable tools and appliances, small motors, and machinery.

When water and oil resistance is required, SOOW and SJOOW cable is the preferred cable choice. This cable is commonly used in heavy-duty applications in various industries including oil and gas, manufacturing and mining just to name a few. These industries use this cable for portable electrical power applications. The portable wire is resistant to ozone, chemicals and abrasion. It is also impressively flexible. You will find the SOOW cord being used for battery charters, portable lights and equipment that often get exposed to flames, solvents, grease and oils. It is also an ideal wire to use for motor leads and ground tests.

The SOOW is insulated with a synthetic, color-coded rubber that is water, oil and ozone resistant. It has a very technical setup that is made up of tightly packed strands of copper wires. It can be used both indoors and outdoors. You may find the cord being used in the controls of a fire alarm, a heat control system, and a push-button station. SOOW cable can survive environments where friction and scratching are a typical occurrence. It is also sunlight and acid resistant and can handle temperatures as high as 90°C.

This long-lasting cable is approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). It also meets the standards set by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for flexible cord subject 62. Furthermore, the wire is approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for flexible cords C22.2 to 49. It complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (ASHA).