I've been doing this for years, but I splurge on all weather cord that stays flexible down to -20/40. I figure it's actually better than automotive wire because you've got two layers of insulation.
Plus I buy 50 or 100 footers. Then when I cut off the male plug end I leave 6-15' of cord attached. The male plug with that much cord is perfect for fixing the power cords on power tools like drills and saws.
Commandant Louis Joseph Lahure has a singular distinction in military history - he defeated a navy on horseback. Occupying Holland in January 1795, the French continental army learned that the mighty Dutch navy had been frozen into the ice around Texel Island. So Lahure and 128 men simply rode up to it and demanded surrender. No shots were fired.