A length of conductive material used as a conductor of electricity.

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How to calculate voltage drop over and power loss in wires

How do I calculate the voltage drop over wires given a supply voltage and a current? How do I anticipate on voltage drop so that the final load has the correct supply voltage? What will be the power ...
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wire limits when attached to high voltage 220v [closed]

I have my home electricity wires, and I want to attach directly a set of wires that will be plugged into a controller box with power supply. that power supply was a phone charger that i adapted into ...
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Wire broke off and stuck in a header

I'm working with an Arduino, and one of the stripped portions of the wire broke off at some point and managed to get pretty wedged into the 5V pin slot. Obviously, this wouldn't matter as much for a ...
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Why do some wires in my turntable have plastic covers over them?

I recently purchased a turntable. I spent a good chuck of cash on it - and it sounds great but has trouble keeping speed. I am starting to retrofit it with a brush less motor that will be controlled ...
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I2C Capacitance

I'm using an I2C interface for my e-compass and controller. The capacitance of the e-compass I2C pin is 20pF, and that of the I2C controller is approximately 40pF. But the problem is: I want to use a ...
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Crimping tool basics

When I design a printed circuit board, I often put 100mil male header anywhere. Sometimes I think it would be better to place some connectors for more reliability. Anyone here knows which ...
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Thin profile wire joins and forks

I've a project where I'm installing some LED lighting. I am currently using crimp connectors and electrical tape to join two pieces of wire or fork wire, but I find this to be ugly. I would like to ...
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What thickness of wire should be used to power Arduino on 9 meters?

I have built a standalone Arduino device which has a few buttons, LED's and one servo. I also have a power source which on the casing says 4.9VDC ~ 700mA. (Actual reading is 5.7V). This power source ...
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How to remove enamel from wire?

I want to repair my computer mouse cable which has become disconnected from the PCB. The wire is insulated with enamel and I have to remove it before soldering it back onto the board. How should I ...
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What factors affect the brightness of electroluminescent wire?

I'm interested in experimenting with creating my own electroluminescent (EL) wire. I've seen some videos on creating your own by Jeri Ellsworth. I have a few additional questions. I understand that ...
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power cable: more strands, or bigger strands?

I have two types of 4awg wire to chose from to wire an inverter in my jeep. One of them has about a dozen 20awg wires inside of it, and the other has about 100 super little wires inside of it. Both ...
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Prevent Water Piping from Freezing (price is everything) [closed]

I realise that there are a bunch of specific pre-made solutions for preventing pipe freezing but I think I should be able to do it way cheaper myself (I am assuming that the pre-made stuff has quite a ...
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If a wire is rated 10A, 120v AC. How many amps could I put through it of 13.8v DC?

I am using a wire that is rated 10Amps at 120v ACwith a car headlight and a SLA battery. About how many amps could this wire carry before getting warm or melting of DC current at 13.8volts?
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Fixing/Replacing Conductor Ribbon Cable

I tried to fix a keyboard that was having some intermittent issues by cleaning the conductors on the ribbon cable. I used an emery-board to rub off the rust and patina on the pins at the end of the ...
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individual ethernet cable wire uses

I'm going to use ethernet cable as a long range cable for serial (5v) and power (5V and 16V, almost no A) and I remember reading that because of the loops in the wire and the impedance effect some ...
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4 colored wires in a cellphone charger [closed]

I'm trying to recycle an old cell phone charger to power something else. I've cut the tip off and I see 4 wires... with following colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. I can't figure out which ones ...
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How long a lead may be used to connect a component to a circuit?

When out of town I'm thinking of using an LDR with a 555-relay driver to periodically toggle the lights in a few rooms at night, and a thermistor near an incandescent bulb to kill the circuit when the ...
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What use is the reference node in nodal analysis?

Rules for identifying a reference node in a nodal analysis of a circuit include; Node with largest # of elements Max # of voltage sources Node of symmetry My question is, whats the point?
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How to fix a broken sub connection and wire?

The wire connecting to my sub has snapped off, and it brought the metal connector piece with it. I don't want to buy a new sub, but it looks like this is going to be hard to repair. Anyone have ...
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Name of connector for attaching to bolt

I have a heating element (essentially a very resistive wire) that has two threaded bolt-like connectors on each end. I want to avoid soldering any components of the heating element, so I asked a ...
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Is it possibile to manually wire a displayport cable?

I have to pass such a cable trought a small hole in a wall. Since that the connector is to big to pass trough, the only way to do so is to cut the cable, pass it and than wire it manually. Do I have ...
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How can I find out which wires are the primary wires on this transformer?

About the amp: This is from an old solid state audio amplifier with an AM/FM tuner. No digital parts or ICs were inside. It was all point to point. Unfortunately I threw out the amp and didn't write ...
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Difficulties of I2C over wire

I want to link a PIC16F1825 and a TCN75 temperature sensor via I2C. The temperature sensor is about 1m from the MCU. Can somebody enlighten me on whether and what kind of difficulties I am going to ...
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Standard wire colors

I am fairly new to "electrical" engineering as a hobby/ past time. I have always loved electricity and have made simple circuits since I was a little baby. I am now working on one of my first ...
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What does A x B mean when referring to wire strand count?

Stranded wire is often specified using two numbers in the format A x B. For example, 16 AWG wire might come with a 19 x 29 strand count. What do the first and second numbers mean?
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Alternatives to SPI because of EMI

I currently make a system consisting of a plastic enclosure which contains an MCU talking to 7 ADCs using 2MHz SPI over wires about 5cm long. The problem is that I'm concerned about EMI. ...
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about power supply on what length of copper wire we should use

Could you help me on the equivalent current of three phase alternating current having 400v( volt ), 530 kw power and the available cross-sectional area of a copper wire, its length 350 m for carring ...
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Speaker wires to 3.5mm plug [closed]

I have 4 speakers wires: left red wire right red wire left black wire right black wire Like this: I want to take those 4 wires, and make a 3.5mm stereo RCA plug for my iPod. So that I will be ...
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Which is the best, clean way to join wire together

I am installing CCTV cameras and I'm using a 3A adapter to supply power to the cameras, but I have very messy results when trying to join together very small wires with electrical tape. Is there any ...
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Is there any wire with many small wires which i can use for multiple video signal

I have 6-7 cameras at one location. The problem is i don't want to have separate cable for 8 different cameras comming to my room. I am looking for one big wire in which i can have small 12-14 wires ...
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Using Ethernet wires for DIO

I have multiple devices that need a DIO connection with 8 wires back to a central device. Would using an Ethernet cable for this purpose be reliable, or would using something like DB9 connectors be ...
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Welding Cable for Power Bus

I am considering using 2AWG welding cable from MC Master as the main power lines in a solar car. From everything that I could tell the specs are better than standard cable or battery cable, it is ...
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What gauge of single strand wire works well with breadboards?

I brought some single strand wires hoping to prototype on the breadboards. Unfortunately it was too small to properly fit into the breadboard holes. So my question is which gauge fits well on those ...
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Solder doesn't stick wires to connectors

I'm always having problems soldering wires to connectors. I've read through the Solder wont stick question, but nothing there seems to have helped. Here's my procedure: If the connector is being ...
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13+ wire DB-25 or DB-15 cable

I can't find an answer to this anywhere so I thought I'd ask around here. I need a cable with 13 or more wires in it, preferably with a DB-15 or DB-25 connector, but I can't find one anywhere. I ...
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How to calculate thickness of cable based on material and current?

How thick copper cable should I use for 16A current? How thick it should be if I use aluminum wire? Is there any generic equation which I can use? I am using direct current with 12V but as far as I ...
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How to connect GPS module to usb cable

I need help with connecting this module with USB cable or serial cable. What do I need to connect? What channels? EDIT: Okay guys I see that you think that this gps in not so good. How about this ...
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Thin wires - tips for stripping and soldering?

Any tips for stripping and soldering thin, tiny wires like these below, (maybe even thinner!)? Initially, I would think of using a knife for stripping because wire strippers will definitely not ...
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Electro-Mechanical Connection: from screw straight up to electrical-wire?

I am developing a system that includes aircraft cables with threaded studs - screw endings that are used for mounting. Here is a picture of the stud connected to a cable: Now I am searching for an ...
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Best size of shrink wrap

I'm attempting to shrink wrap wire connections for the first time and I am wondering what size of shrink wrap is needed for i.e. a single 22 AWG wire. Could it be any shrink wrap tubing that fits the ...
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Splicing tiny wire inside broken mouse cable

I don't know a lot about electronics repairs, but I've got a relatively expensive laser mouse that got a frayed connection on the wire: I'm wanting to repair it as it's out of warranty. I've cut ...
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Connecting a sata cable to a usb hard drive circuit board

I am trying to connect a USB harddrive to a sata cable by attaching the sata cable to the drive circuit board and only using the usb to power the drive. This is for data recovery. For reference I am ...
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What Would I Need Electrical Wire Testing Hooks For?

I want to buy accessories for soldering but was curious about electrical wire testing hooks: What are they for? For picking hard to access little wires? How do i work with them?
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Need help identifying some sort of “wire”

I just disassembled my Android Galaxy S in attempt to create something like the iPhones physical sound on\off switch. This is how the unplugged speaker looks like: Until now I have learned the ...
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How to know that I am grounded with an anti-static wrist strap?

The resistance of my Belkin anti-static wrist strap shows 0.983, but how do I know that I am grounded by attaching it to computer power supply alone? See the picture below. How do I know if that ...
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Suggestion for an easy-to-use connector+cable for simple hobbyist sensor project

I'm implementing, as a hobby, a simple data logger. I previously asked a question about running a ~10m cable to the MCU for a Dallas/Maxim 1Wire sensor (and therefore 3 wires, since I'm not going to ...
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Protecting low power cables from heat

I need to install a cable which will come in contact with a central heating pipe. It is 2 core carrying 5V, 500mA DC power to a simple circuit that can't run on batteries. The pipe could get to 82 ...
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Why is there a voltage drop in a twisted pair wires of an UTP cat.5 cable?

I put 12V DC through a pair of twisted wires of a 50 meters (~160 feet) UTP cat.5 cable and noticed that there was a voltage drop at the other end of the cable. It only had 5V. If I'm feeding the same ...
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Choosing the right type of wire?

I am going to have a something thats runs on 120vac pulling 1-2amps is there a chart or something for choosing the right gauge of wire? The wire will run from an inverter in the front of my car(by ...
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Why would a power cable need copper wire shielding?

Today I witnessed burying 10 kilovolt power cable in the ground. I noted the cable mark and Googled it. The description is rather interesting. It's a single conductor cable - it takes three such ...