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

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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 ...
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At DC frequency, how long can wire be until signal attenuates almost completely?

Just got curious about this last night when I was wiring a couple of LEDs on my brother's long board. For a simple DC circuit (Battery, resistor, LED), how long can I stretch the wire until the power ...
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Ideas to connect wires at 90deg without solder?

I'm in the process of building a 16x16x16 LED cube and am looking for a way to connect two wires at a 90 degree angle (e.g. +) without soldering them together. The ...
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a strand of usb cable is yellow not black

I cut the wire of a USB keyboard to supply 5V power to my Arduino. I expected to find Red wire for +5V, Black for GND, White for D-, and Green for D+. However, there is no Black, instead, there is a ...
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How to fuse wires into single solid thread?

I'm trying my first real project with an arduino of my own design/idea. I come from a CS background this EE stuff is both exciting and scary. I'm trying to wire up a 3.5mm female audio jack to the ...
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Are jumper wires just wires with insulation cut off on both ends?

Is there a specific purpose for jumper wires like these where they have female pins at the ends? I'm assuming they are mainly useful when you want to chop a wire into something like a breadboard, but ...
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relationship between temperture, current, thickness, and material

I used lan cable for light LED up on my bread board power source is PC's power supply. without any resistor, the lan cable melt! I reallize I have to keep OHM's law in my mind and use proper ...
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Lengthen a AC to microUSB phone charger cord?

Can I effectively take a 3 ft standard cell phone charger (AC to microUSB, 750 mA at 5V) and lengthen the cord to 6 ft by splicing the cord or am I going to lose something in the mix? Do I need to ...
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what size of copper wire can act as a 150A fuse?

If I would like to use a piece of copper wire as a 150A fuse, what size of wire should I use? It doesn't have to be 150A very accurately, the parameters I need the wire to meet are: it needs to ...
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What are these wires with pre-attached connectors called?

What are these connectors commonly called, and what would I search for if I wanted to buy sets of male/female pairs with a specific gauge of wire pre-attached?
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Tips for keeping lots of cables tidy

I'm working on a project with a lot of external peripherals, so this means lots of wires. Any recommendations on how to keep them tidy while working on it? I don't want to use cable ties just yet, as ...
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Questions about wires in a DB9 cable

I stripped a DB9 extension cable which I will use to connect to a DB9 connector on one end and an RJ45 on another. I need to make connections to pin 2, 3, and 5 on the DB9 side. When I stripped the ...
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Can a small gauge wire be used in a fractal antenna?

I want to make a fractal antenna to replace an old set of rabbit ears. All the guides I've seen have used a thicker wire (metal coat hangers seem popular). While I don't have any hangers, I do have an ...
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What wire do I need to carry 30 A for 18"?

I have an 11.1v lithium polymer battery pack which has 1300 mAh capacity and has a 20 C rating. Therefore I figure the maximum amperage the battery can supply is 26 A. (C * mAh / 10001) To be safe, I ...
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is the resistance in ten meters of copper wire too high to use in a circuit powered by AA batteries?

I have a wireless security system at home, and the wireless node is too far from the receiver. I was thinking that I could splice about 10 extra meters of wire into the existing line to move the node ...
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Arduino Input/Output Range (Cable Length)

So I have this crazy idea to illuminate a few Christmas lights on the exterior of my house this weekend. I plan on running 2 Cat5e cables about 11.5 meters (~38 feet) from an Arduino board to sensors ...
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How do you remove insulation from headphone wires?

How do you remove insulation from headphone wires (these tiny) to prepare it for soldering?
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Headphone wire color coding

How do I tell which wire is which if I have a copper wire, red and green coded wire? Is the unshielded copper wire ground?
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What is the best wired protocol choice for home automation?

I know the X-10 protocol. X-10 is a good choice or is there better?
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How to modify stranded wire for use in protoboards?

I decided to start working with hobby electronics, but I'm having a problem finding a local source of solid wires. As far as I know solid wires are often recommended for use with protoboards because ...
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3 Wire Digital Scale Strain Gauge Weight Sensor

How do I connect/use a 3 Wire Digital Scale Strain Gauge Weight Sensor? I took it from an old weight meant for people. :) The wires are red, black and white. I found this, ...
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Cheap solid equipment wire for breadboard from online shop? [closed]

I need breadboard wire for fast prototyping. It can apparently be 22AWG or 24AWG, acccording to this reply about stranded VS solid wire. Because it is for prototyping, I am not looking for expensive ...
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Shielding Techniques for Digital Sensor

What shielding techniques would be best suited for a digital sensor (3 wires - Pwr, Gnd, Sig) in a noisy environment (specifically fluorescent lighting)? Twisted pair (trio in this case) works well ...
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Source for flexible, stranded wire

Can someone suggest a source and part number for insulated, stranded small-gauge wire (around 22AWG) that is flexible and doesn't hold its shape? Something along the lines of the wire found on ...
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Virtual Wire Control

I'm running Virtual Wire between two Arduino's and, so far I've been able to send characters and receive them on the other side. Problem is, how do I turn this received 'A' (or whatever I send) ...
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Steam plant data logging

I was trying to design a data logging application using something like a www.ruggedcircuits.com gator+ board with some sort of rugged zigbee module for measuring principally steam pressure (to 110 ...
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Wire to use with Sensors

I am trying to minimize interference in a sensor project. Can anyone recommend a good shielded wire I can solder into my board?
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Stranded vs solid wire

What are the advantages of stranded vs solid wire? what should i be using for prototyping circuits?