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Postby TheWingsOfFire » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:06 pm

Does the wire gauge matter? What wires should I use?

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Re: Wires

Postby cheese » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:44 pm

don't use too thin of wire because it could blow up, don't use too thick of wire because it might be too resistive and make your motor less powerful. I use in between 20-24 gauge.
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Re: Wires

Postby cheese » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:45 pm

also, solid core is a little easier to work with because it stays in place. Some people use stranded wire because it can bend everywhere. Whatever makes you happy
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Postby MadCow2357 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:52 pm

Where do you get the wire?
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Postby cheese » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:59 pm

You can find it a lot of places. Most hobby stores will have wire, and big box stores like home depot or Menard's will have some doorbell wire of some sort.
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Re: Wires

Postby shrewdPanther46 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:04 pm

Literally just find any sort of electrical wire anywhere. You will know its too thin if it gets hot while running. I think it would take some really really thin wire for that to happen in our scale.
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Postby MadCow2357 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:49 pm

cheese wrote:You can find it a lot of places. Most hobby stores will have wire, and big box stores like home depot or Menard's will have some doorbell wire of some sort.

Literally just find any sort of electrical wire anywhere. You will know its too thin if it gets hot while running. I think it would take some really really thin wire for that to happen in our scale.

I found these wires on amazon, Which is better? Are they reasonably priced?
https://www.amazon.com/BNTECHGO-electri ... rical+wire
https://www.amazon.com/StrivedayTM-Flex ... rical+wire

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Postby shrewdPanther46 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:11 pm

Both are overpriced, but both will do the job nevertheless
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Re: Wires

Postby kinghong1970 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:21 am

if you have an old PC, take the wires from there... most molex connections are 5v and 12v rated...
the motherboard connector has a plethora of colors you need, or you can get the ATX power connectors or power connectors that supplies power to the graphic cards.

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Re: Wires

Postby SPP SciO » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:25 am

Something that saved a lot of time for us was using pre-made wires with alligator clips on either end. I have bundles of them in my classroom from old circuit lab kits; I'd say there's a very high probability you've got something similar tucked away in a closet somewhere in your school. They're about 30cm long and come in all different colors, which made building a circuit from a diagram much easier to follow. The only minor challenges are keeping the wires tidy, which can be accomplished with small cable ties, and avoiding short circuits, which can be accomplished by careful connecting and using the plastic insulator covers for the alligator clips.

https://www.amazon.com/SE-TL10-10-Piece ... B0002KRABU Something like this - but look around before you buy something, they're pretty common.
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Re: Wires

Postby retired1 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:32 pm

I like the silicon wire, but it is a bit more expensive than regular wires.
Consider using an old lamp cord. Most are 18 Ga with a very few 16 Ga.
Used makes the price right. You will have to come up with a way to color code the positive and the negative as the wire is typically brown or white.


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