Clear Heat Shrink Tubing

Heat shrink tubing does exactly what the name suggests - when exposed to heat (most often applied via a heat gun, heat shrink oven or similar device), the tubing shrinks to a predetermined ratio. This creates a tight, form-fitting and secure jacket around cabling runs and other components.

Clear heat shrink tubing is one of the more popular choices in this product range, as it allows you to quickly identify which cables are included in a given bundle, without necessarily having to inspect them at exposed terminal points.

What is clear heat shrink tubing used for, and how does it work?

As with all heat shrink tubing, the chief purpose of clear heat shrink materials is to provide an additional layer of protection around cabling runs and other component types. As an extremely versatile and easy-to-use material, clear heat shrink tubing is commonly applied for a wide assortment of roles and applications, including:

  • Electrical insulation, for covering joints and repairs
  • Strain relief, for reducing pressure on individual cables due to weight or bend tension
  • Wire bundling, for tidier wire harness building and general cable management/organisation
  • Environmental and mechanical protection, for preventing damage caused by abrasion, moisture, dust and chemicals
  • Identification, for helping to colour-code (or, in the case of clear heat shrink tubing, for easy visual checking) in component ID scenarios

Selecting the right clear heat shrink tubing

When choosing a clear heat shrink tubing product to meet your needs, be mindful of the following specifications:

  • Size: you'll need to know the required maximum and minimum diameter of the tubing you're looking to buy. These are denoted in the product information by the 'expanded diameter' and 'recovered diameter' specs.
    • Expanded diameter refers to the width of the heat shrink tubing prior to shrinkage
    • Recovered diameter refers to the width of the heat shrink tubing after shrinkage

  • Shrink ratio: this indicates how dramatically the tube will shrink from its original size when heat is applied.
    • It's usually expressed in a format like 2:1, 3:1, and so on - the higher the first number, the more the tube will shrink for a precise and secure fit

  • Recommended heating temperature: always stay within the parameters advised in the product guidelines, in order to prevent over- shrinking, under-shrinking or uneven shrinking of the tube.

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Description Price Sleeve Diameter Shrunk Diameter Colour Sleeve Type Adhesive Lined Shrink Ratio Sleeve Length Material Flame Retardant Halogen Free Series Standards Met
RS Stock No. 700-4466
BrandRS PRO
£12.45
1 Reel of 3 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
24mm 8mm Clear Heat Shrink No 3:1 3m Polyolefin No No - UL
RS Stock No. 700-4462
BrandRS PRO
£10.95
1 Reel of 3 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
18mm 6mm Clear Heat Shrink No 3:1 3m Polyolefin No No - UL
RS Stock No. 399-899
BrandRS PRO
£1.296
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
1.6mm 0.8mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 443-4889
BrandRS PRO
£5.27
1 Bag of 20
Bag(s)
1.6mm 0.8mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 300mm Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 398-420
BrandRS PRO
£5.38
Each
Units
6.4mm 3.2mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Fluoropolymer Yes No - SAE-AMS-DTL-23053/13
RS Stock No. 700-4456
BrandRS PRO
£12.60
1 Reel of 7 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
6mm 2mm Clear Heat Shrink No 3:1 7m Polyolefin No No - UL
RS Stock No. 398-458
BrandRS PRO
£2.34
Each
Units
2.4mm 1.2mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Fluoropolymer Yes No - SAE-AMS-DTL-23053/13
RS Stock No. 458-0673
BrandRS PRO
£13.38
1 Bag of 20
Bag(s)
3.2mm 0.6mm Clear Heat Shrink Yes 3:1 300mm Polyolefin No Yes - AMS-DTL-23053/4 Class 3, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 E75077 CSA C22.2 No.198.1
RS Stock No. 443-4946
BrandRS PRO
£12.00
1 Bag of 20
Bag(s)
9.5mm 4.8mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 300mm Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 399-940
BrandRS PRO
£2.168
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
9.5mm 4.8mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 700-4469
BrandRS PRO
£11.00
1 Reel of 4 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
12mm 4mm Clear Heat Shrink No 3:1 4m Polyolefin No No - UL
RS Stock No. 398-464
BrandRS PRO
£2.00
Each
Units
1.6mm 0.8mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Fluoropolymer Yes No - SAE-AMS-DTL-23053/13
RS Stock No. 700-4450
BrandRS PRO
£11.75
1 Reel of 5 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
9mm 3mm Clear Heat Shrink No 3:1 5m Polyolefin No No - UL
RS Stock No. 700-4453
BrandRS PRO
£12.00
1 Reel of 10 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
3mm 1mm Clear Heat Shrink No 3:1 10m Polyolefin No No - UL
RS Stock No. 443-4952
BrandRS PRO
£21.74
1 Bag of 20
Bag(s)
12.7mm 6.4mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 300mm Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 399-956
BrandRS PRO
£2.89
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
12.7mm 6.4mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 398-442
BrandRS PRO
£2.75
Each
Units
3.2mm 1.6mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Fluoropolymer Yes No - SAE-AMS-DTL-23053/13
RS Stock No. 443-4930
BrandRS PRO
£15.30
1 Bag of 20
Bag(s)
6.4mm 3.2mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 300mm Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 399-934
BrandRS PRO
£1.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
6.4mm 3.2mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B
RS Stock No. 399-912
BrandRS PRO
£1.828
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
3.2mm 1.6mm Clear Heat Shrink No 2:1 1.2m Polyolefin No Yes - BS3G 198 Part 3 11B, CSA C22.2 No. 198.1, IEC 60684-3-212 A&B, MIL SAE-AMS-DTL 23053/5 Class 1, RoHS Compliant, UL 224 VW-1 E48762, VG 95343 Part 5 A&B