Electrical Tapes

Electrical tape is a pressure-sensitive tape which is used to insulate electrical wires or other materials that conduct electricity. Electrical tape is supplied in rolls and is quite often referred to as insulation tape, electrical insulation tape, insulating tape or PVC tape.

Electrical tapes are abrasion resistant, flame retardant and help provide protection against dust, dirt, moisture, acids, UV radiation and solvents. They have an adhesive backing making them easy to apply to a cable.

Colours of Tapes

Electrical tape is available in assorted colours to not only aid colour coding of wires by masking them but to also indicate the phase and the voltage level of the wire (phasing tape). There are many colours of insulating tape to choose from which include, black, blue, green, yellow, green/yellow, grey, brown, white and red.

Black tape is generally used for insulation purposes by electricians and for low voltage neutral usage. In the UK green/yellow tape is used to indicate protective earth, brown tape to indicate low voltage live wires and blue tape is to indicate low voltage neutral wires.

Types of Tapes

There are a wide variety of electrical tapes available depending on the application they are required for. Electrical tapes differ on how they perform in relation to their ability to withstand extreme temperatures, insulation resistance and dielectric breakdown. They vary in widths and thicknesses, backing materials and colours.

The most popular material for electrical tape is vinyl but they can also be made of many other types of plastic such as PVC. Vinyl is an ideal choice for electrical tape as it stretches well and provides long-lasting electrical wiring insulation.

Conductive tapes are made from a copper foil with a conductive adhesive. They are used to shield all different types of electrical connections plus rebuild strand and insulation shields on high-voltage splices.

Glass cloth tapes high a very high mechanical strength and can withstand high temperatures. They have excellent absorption of varnishes and resins.

An electrical antistatic tape can be used near electronic components and assemblies. They generate little voltage when removed helping to prevent any ESD damage.

Applications

Electrical tape is used by engineers in electrical installation, electrical maintenance and automotive repair.


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RS Stock No. 134-7324
BrandRS PRO
£1.71
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Blue 19mm 33m PVC 0.13mm +70°C -
RS Stock No. 134-7330
BrandRS PRO
£0.92
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Blue 12mm 20m PVC 0.13mm +70°C -
RS Stock No. 227-2982
Mfr. Part No.AT7
£2.13
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Blue 19mm 33m PVC 0.13mm +70°C AT7
RS Stock No. 494-348
Mfr. Part No.AT7
£1.21
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Blue 12mm 20m PVC 0.13mm +70°C AT7
RS Stock No. 511-4441
Mfr. Part No.AT7
£1.74
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Blue 19mm 20m PVC 0.13mm +70°C AT7
RS Stock No. 170-1221
Mfr. Part No.SCOTCH 35 BLEU 20 X 19
Brand3M
£6.01
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Blue 19mm 20m PVC 0.18mm +105°C Scotch 35
RS Stock No. 227-2948
Mfr. Part No.AT7
£3.06
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
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Blue 38mm 20m PVC 0.13mm +70°C AT7
RS Stock No. 513-597
Mfr. Part No.53948-00035-07
BrandTesa
£1.64
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Blue 19mm 25m PVC 0.13mm +90°C Tesaflex 53948
RS Stock No. 482-3403
Mfr. Part No.4688 50X50 BLEU
BrandTesa
£14.99
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Blue 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm +110°C 4688
RS Stock No. 448-9261
Mfr. Part No.AT4000
£0.95
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Blue 15mm 10m PVC 0.18mm +70°C AT4000
RS Stock No. 778-5402
Mfr. Part No.80472
Brand3M
£19.42
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Blue 19mm 20m PVC 0.15mm +90°C Temflex 1500
RS Stock No. 744-2212
Mfr. Part No.710-00100
£1.37
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Blue 15mm 10m PVC 0.15mm +105°C HelaTape Flex
RS Stock No. 778-5379
Mfr. Part No.DE-2729-5090-3
Brand3M
£7.55
1 Lot of 10
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Blue 15mm 10m PVC 0.15mm +90°C Temflex 1500
RS Stock No. 175-7691
Mfr. Part No.710-00151 HTAPE-FLEX15-19x20-PVC-BU (20)
£2.546
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Blue 19mm 20m - - - -
RS Stock No. 175-7696
Mfr. Part No.710-00100 HTAPE-FLEX15-15x10-PVC-BU (10)
£1.054
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Blue 15mm 10m - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-1428
Mfr. Part No.710-10603 HTAPE-FLEX1000+ C 19x20-PVC-BU
£5.77
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Blue 19mm 20m - - - -