Selecting the best cable is important for your life as well as the life and performance of your equipment. The wrong cable selection can be dangerous as the cable capacity may not meet the needs of the electrical capacity or the cable may be burnt when the electric flows inside the cable is too much. It can be dangerous when the electric capacity is larger than the cable or wire can flow. Besides, the right cable will elongate the life of your equipment.
3 Ways to Choose the Right Cable
At least, there are three ways you can use to choose the right cable for your equipment. You can use these three ways. Here are they;
Use Quick Color Code System
To choose the right cable quickly, you can use quick color code system. It is a method of color labeling of the quick cable components just like connectors cables and crimping tools. It makes you easier to find the right cable and match the components of cable quickly as well as correctly. Each gauge is designed in the quick color code system too.
This mean, you just need to see the color. For example;
Gray color code is for 4 gauge (GA), 6 gauge (GA) and 8 gauge (GA). Green color is for 2 GA. Pink color is for 1 GA. Black color is for 1/0 GA. Orange color is for 2/0 GA. Purple color is for 3/0 GA and yellow color is for 4/0 GA.
This quick color code system makes you very easy in selecting the right cable. You just need to match the colors on the cable with the corresponding colors code connectors. The crimpers provide a convenient tool to measure the length of the cable too. You will also see the cable color strip is printed in 1 inch increments.
Just remember that the total current amps or you can say the amount of electrical current along with the length of your cable or wire determines the gauge that is needed.
Use Cable Catalogue
This cable catalogue gives you an easy to read chart to help you get the best cable or wire for your specific needs or equipment based on the circuit amps and length. In the catalogue, you will also see the size bullet chart to ease you finding the best gauge of an unmarked starter cable. You can just measure the bear conductor closest bullets eyes without the insulation. The actual diameter will vary depending on the specific wire stranding.
Understanding the Differences and Characters of Cable Design
Although two cables may appear similar, they can be different in details. The differences will determine which one you will use. For example, battery cable is constructed with solid copper wire while marine cables are constructed with fine stranded wire. Solid copper wire and fine stranded wire provide excellent conductivity. But you will see fine stranded offers more flexible form while solid copper wire has more economical price.
Just remember the cables you select should be flame resistance, chemical resistance or meet the standard of OEM, UL, SA, US YATCH CLUB APPROVED, and WG SPECIFICATION. This is to ensure it is rightly constructed.