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PVC 12 AWG Hook Up Wire Information

Hook Up Wire It's early morning and you hear your alarm clock ring. You quickly turn the alarm off and get out of bed. You turn on the TV while preparing your brewed coffee in that new coffee maker you just brought. You hear the laptop sound, saying that you just got a new mail from your boss. Everything is as it should be. Life has become more convenient and easier because of technology. What you don't pay to mind is the little wonderful invention that helped make this technological life possible. What invention is this you may ask? Why it's wires. They're technology's blood vessels. And these blood vessels come in different shapes and sizes. This article will be concentrating itself on explaining how wires work, specifically the PVC 12 AWG wire.

To start this article, a short description on wires should be discussed. Wires are usually made up of metals. The metals that are used generally in a PVC wire are copper, tinned copper or lead. The wires are responsible for the flow and transportation of electrical current. When you plug in your laptop to the wall socket, the wires are the ones responsible for letting the electricity flow to your laptop so that it can charge.

The amount of electrical current that is allowed to pass is usually dependent on how big the wire is and how much resistance the metal has. If the wire has a bigger diameter then it is able to have more electric current flow into it. And the bigger the space for the electrical current to flow, the less the resistance it has. PVC wires with lower numbered AWG have bigger diameters compared to the higher numbered AWG wires. They can carry bigger voltages and it takes them longer to heat up. The PVC 12 AWG wire can usually take up to 600 volts.

To aid in the wire's flow, it is covered in jackets that help insulate heat and electrical flow. The PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is the cheapest and simplest type of wire jackets in the market. It can insulate heat up to 105 degree Celsius. If the wire gets any higher than that, the PVC will melt and destroy your wire. This is why PVC wire is usually only within the 300 to 600 volts of electrical flow. This is why these wires are commonly used and seen in simple household appliances that only require low current flow. The problem of these wires is that it is not water resistant and you'll find your appliances easily short-circuited. It also has low resistance against other liquid substance so you must be careful when you are using this type of wire.

The PVC 12 AWG wire is usually 0.08" in diameter and if it's made of copper. It is a good wire to use since it has a lower resistance compared to the 14 and 16 AWG wires. If you're interested in knowing other wire types you can browse around our website for more information.

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