24 AWG Tinned Copper Strands For Flexibility

Many people complain about how little flexibility electrical wire has which sends them searching for something a bit more flexible. The first thing to look for in the flexibility of a cable is the size of the copper strands. Forgetting the entire cable, is it easier to bend a 2 AWG wire or a 20 AWG wire? Of course it’s easier to bend a 20 AWG wire which is why it’s more flexible than a 2 AWG wire. However, it will take multiple 20 AWG wires wound together to equal the same size as a 2 AWG wire.

Engineers figured out that the copper wire doesn’t have to be a solid strand in order to conduct the same amount of electricity. Therefore, they now make electrical and electronic cables with multiple strands that equal a larger gauge size. That’s the main component in a flexible cable compared to a non flexible cable.

A typical cable that uses 24 AWG tinned copper strands is DLO cable or Diesel Locomotive Cable. DLO is a much more flexible cable than THHN electrical wire on purpose. THHN wire is pushed through conduit and snaked through walls in homes and building which makes having a stiff cable an advantage for electricians, installers and contractors. DLO cable is used outdoors as a single conductor portable power cable where flexibility helps the application.

Whenever you hear that a cable has tinned copper strands instead of bare copper it usually means that it will be soldered to something. The tin coating over the copper helps the solder adhere to the copper making a much better and quicker connection. DLO cable is one of the few electrical cables in the portable cord industry that have tinned copper strands.

Many consumers of wire and cable also use a simple 24 AWG bus bar wire by itself. Smaller applications such as electronics and appliances use much smaller wires such as hook up wire and wire without insulation. Most types of hook up wire come in bare or tinned copper options. Bare copper is a slightly better conductor of electricity and tinned copper is better for soldering applications.

Speak to your wire and cable supplier about the type of electrical wire or cable you need for your application. They will help fit you with the type of wire you need without spending more than you need to. Make sure you ask the question before making the purchase so you’re more confident you have the correct item for the job.

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