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I'm looking at this product, contacts for a connector.

Screenshot of website

The text says:

Molex 19420 Series PCB Connector Contact, 2.55 x 2.8 mm, 16 → 14 AWG Tin Plated

What does the last part mean?

16 → 14 AWG

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16 -> 14 AWG is simply stating that the connector contact recepticle (where the wire is crimped to the contact) can accept wire diameters in this range, see also.

Note that a higher AWG size value means a smaller diameter.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Makes sense. A bit strange that they use an arrow to imply a range, and that they write the greatest number first. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 14, 2014 at 12:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MadsSkjern From 16 (the smallest gauge) to 14 (the largest gauge). :-) \$\endgroup\$ Sep 14, 2014 at 13:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ American Wire Gauge - see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge \$\endgroup\$ Sep 14, 2014 at 13:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ouf, that explains :) \$\endgroup\$ Sep 14, 2014 at 15:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Any two successive gauges (e.g. A & B ) have diameters in the ratio (dia. B ÷ dia. A) of \$ \sqrt [39]{92} \$. Easy, isn't it? Source. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Feb 5, 2016 at 18:17
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Possibly the arrow means "16 through 14" - just another way of saying "from 16 (included) to 14 (included)".

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