Copper Wire

What is copper wire?
A conductor is a metal material which allows the flow of electricity to pass through it. Electrical conductors, in this case copper are used to form wires. A wire is a long length of conductive metal used in the electrical wiring industry. Wire is made by passing the base material through a hole in a die or draw plate to reduce the overall size. The process is repeated to reduce the diameter further to its final size.The copper wires are then ready for the annealing process. Annealing involves the wires being heated up to a very high temperature and then allowed to cool naturally. This clever process helps to eliminate any internal weaknesses and strengthens the metal. Annealing also improves the conductivity of the metal. Copper is the second most conductive material in the world after silver and due to its excellent physical properties copper wire is used in almost every electrical application.
Types of copper wire
Copper wire more often than not has some sort of coating.The type of coating depends on where the copper wire will be used.
Enamelled Wire or (magnet wire) is a wire coated with a thin layer of varnish. Enamelled copper wire is used for the construction of transformers, motors, inductors, electromagnets.
Tinned Wire is a copper wire that has had a thin layer of tin applied to the outer surface of the material. Tinning the wire strengthens the coppers natural properties making it more resistant to high temperatures, humid and wet conditions. Tinned copper wire is very easy to solder making it useful for connecting components and internal contacts.
Copper wire is a single solid conductor. The size of the wire can be quoted in three different ways. By the size of the strand, the outer diameter or by its gauge.
Strand Sizing will be typically shown like 1/0.2 mm 1/ 0.5 mm 1/0.63 mm. The first number before the slash will denote the number of conductors, in this case 1 single solid conductor. The second number after the slash refers to the OD of the solid conductor.
Outer Diameter is self-explanatory, it refers to the overall outside diameter of the single solid conductor.
American Wire Gauge or AWG is a standard system set for the measurement of the cross sectional area of the solid conductor. AWG sizes are not relative, the higher the AWG number the thinner or smaller the wire, and the lower the AWG the thicker or bigger the wire will be.

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Description Price Cross Sectional Area American Wire Gauge Core Strands Insulation Material Outer Diameter Length Finish Voltage Rating Wire Style Maximum Operating Temperature Shield Type Cable Type Minimum Operating Temperature Operating Temperature Range
RS Stock No. 355-079
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£6.79
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0.4 mm² 21 AWG - - 0.71mm 50.9m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 355-057
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£6.79
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1.1 mm² 17 AWG - - 1.22mm 20.2m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 355-085
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£6.52
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0.2 mm² 24 AWG - - 0.56mm 91.3m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 355-063
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£6.70
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0.7 mm² 19 AWG - - 0.91mm 34.6m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 390-555
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£7.05
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0.08 mm² 28 AWG - - 0.35mm 256m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 390-549
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£6.85
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0.2 mm² 24 AWG - - 0.51mm 114m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 355-041
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£6.56
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1.3 mm² 16 AWG - - 1.63mm 11.4m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 357-744
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£17.46
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0.2 mm² 24 AWG 1/0.5 mm PUR 0.5mm 286m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-766
BrandRS PRO
£16.40
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0.4 mm² 21 AWG 1/0.71 mm PUR 0.78mm 120m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 390-527
BrandRS PRO
£6.71
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3.3 mm² 12 AWG - - 2.03mm 7.1m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 357-738
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£18.16
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0.13 mm² 26 AWG 1/0.4 mm PUR 0.45mm 400m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-918
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£20.25
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0.03 mm² 32 AWG 1/0.2 mm PUR 0.23mm 1600m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-772
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£16.02
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0.52 mm² 20 AWG 1/0.8 mm PUR 0.87mm 100m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 390-561
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£7.28
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0.03 mm² 32 AWG 1/0.20 mm - 0.21mm 717m Tinned - BS EN13602 - - Single Core - -
RS Stock No. 357-788
BrandRS PRO
£16.02
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0.82 mm² 18 AWG 1/1.0 mm PUR 1.08mm 80m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-930
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£16.02
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1.5 mm² 15 AWG 1/1.5 mm PUR 1.59mm 30m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-794
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£16.02
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1.3 mm² 16 AWG 1/1.25 mm PUR 1.33mm 40m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-722
BrandRS PRO
£18.75
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0.08 mm² 28 AWG 1/0.31 mm PUR 0.37mm 700m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-716
BrandRS PRO
£19.70
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0.05 mm² 30 AWG 1/0.25 mm PUR 0.25mm 1100m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
RS Stock No. 357-750
BrandRS PRO
£17.15
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0.26 mm² 23 AWG 1/0.56 mm PUR 0.62mm 200m Enamelled - EN 60317/20 +155°C - Single Core - Maximum of +155 °C
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