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Old 05-25-2011, 09:26 PM   #11
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right. the power cable I use to bring my supply into my control panel is only 8 gauge wiring, but it's got some fancy schmancy insulation on it that allows it to carry 65A.
Wha? Where did you source that?
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Walker pretty much answered your question, but I will add: The size of the wire required in a circuit is dictated by CURRENT, not voltage. Also the type on insulation of the conductor. The wire is sized such that the current flowing through it will not cause it to heat beyond what the insulation can stand without melting.
Keep it simple and refer to amb1935's link and let that calculate the wire size properly instead of guessing. It seems to fall in line with NFPA specs.
And that is also why everything in the circuit must be rated (minimum) for the size of the overcurrent protection.
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Wha? Where did you source that?
Local company. Stayonline.com

They had that stuff on clearance. 3000V/65A cable for $2.20/ft.

They don't carry that particular cable any longer but have other similar stuff.

Super vutron was the stuff.
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