Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.
This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.
Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.
This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.
What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?
For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.
But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?
Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.