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Old 06-27-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Silicone wire - is all 10 awg equal?

Found this on Amazon, thought it would be good for wiring up my control panel - I don't need a ton of wire and it comes it black & red for easy ID.
Is this stuff just as good as 10 awg wire I would get at HD or Lowes in the home wiring section?

http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Wire-...pd_sim_sbs_e_1

http://www.amazon.com/10-Gauge-Silic...pd_sim_sbs_t_1

I know it's not the cheapest ($/foot) way to go, but it looks like it would be convenient for my needs - if in fact it's suitable for a 30amp/240 connection.

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Old 06-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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I use silicon insulated, fine strand wire for my RC projects. That's what it's designed for. The silicone insulation, and fine strands make it very flexible for use in tight spaces. There's no reason that you couldn't use it for wiring your control panel. In fact, it may be easier to use for that purpose than standard wire.

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great, that's what I wanted to hear. I was thinking it would be OK, but when I saw it was used a lot for RC projects, I was worried it might not be up to the task for electric brewing needs

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It is possible to use even better wire if you go to the silver plated PTFE insulated stuff, but it sells at ten times the price of standard wire though. It is so bullet proof that if it sees an overload situation that takes the copper wire to "red hot" but does not actually "blow" the wire, the insulation stays intact and adjacent wires usually come to no harm. They use it in missiles and other cost no objet stuff....

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