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Electricity 101? (Read 536 times)
Apr 23rd, 2016 at 7:09pm

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Could someone shed some light on this.................I'm lost Undecided Undecided Undecided

"Electricity flows along the surface of a wire and not through a wire. So, a wire of equal size with more and finer strands can carry more current."

Undecided??
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Reply #1 - Apr 24th, 2016 at 5:41am

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Wow you went deeper than I ever though about in one sentence Shocked. I always assumed that all wires were rated by gauge thus a 10g singe could carry the same current as a 10 gauge stranded wire.  Hoe they are covered is as important as the size of the wire (heat,cold,water resistance,ect) .  There are plenty of charts out there.  I always use copper wire unless it's very large wire then aluminum because it cost much less.  I use stranded when the wire has to flex otherwise always single strand. In car wiring a little bigger wire is always better as it keeps the voltage drop to a minimum.  I would think that a 10g wire with singe strand or 20 strands would carry the same current or be almost un- measurable.
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