A power cable is a type of electrical cable used for the transportation of electrical energy from one point to another. The cables are typically made up of two or more current carrying conductors which are individually insulated and encased in an overall protective outer sheath. Power cables are used in a wide range of applications including mains wiring, lighting, sockets and connecting to electrical appliances.
RS offers an extensive range of high-quality electrical mains and power cables from industry-leading brands including Belden, Lapp, Prysmian, Alpha Wire and of course RS PRO.
We offer a range of electrical power cables, all designed for specific applications. Some of the most common are
Steel Wire Armoured Cable is a highly reinforced power cable which is used to transport electrical power underground. Each cable is built up of numerous copper cores, followed by XLPE insulation of the cores. The insulated cores are then protected by a layer of PVC bedding, which is secured by steel wire. Outer sheathing can be PVC or LSZH. For more information on armoured cable please see our detailed guide.
Arctic grade cable is a special type of flexible cable that can withstand temperatures as low as -40 ˚C. It is often used for the connection of IEC 60309 “Commando” plugs and sockets. The cable is extremely flexible and instantly recognised by its brightly coloured outer sheath. Yellow for 110V ac and Blue for 240V ac.
Flexible Mains Cables are a common type of electrical cable. They are used for the connection of most portable electrical appliances and light pendants. Flex mains cables come in various CSA’s, usually two or three cores inside a PVC outer sheath.
Probably the most popular and widely used type of electrical power cable. T&E cables are used for fixed wiring installations in domestic dwellings. Twin and Earth cable supplies the power to switches, sockets and light fittings.