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Old 04-16-2003, 06:02 PM   #1
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I just got a couple of stick battery packs that come with 16 AWG wire. Is it neccessary to change it to 14 or evem 12 ?
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:35 PM   #2
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I run 12 guage wire on all of my packs and the wire still gets warm. I think 16 might get too hot and start melting the jacket if it's not the high temp stuff. You could try it and see how it goes. If the wires are hot to the touch or you see the slightest sign of melted insulation, replace them with a larger guage wire.
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If you are running stock, 16 guage should be more than adequate. The reason for the larger wire is to reduce resistance. Generally with stick packs, they come with the Tamiya style connector which is absolutely horrible as far as resistance goes. If you are still using this connector and it is not melting, the 16 guage wire is fine.

Just keep an eye on the wires. It is difficult to judge based on heat since the batteries get so hot, they will conduct their heat along the wire. The best method that I know for checking this would be to check the insulation and make sure it isn't softening.

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Hi,

I already change the connector to deans type. So,
I am not worried about the connector.

However, when I did a 20Amp discharge on my CDC,
the wire does feel warm. The stick pack come with
silicon wire, so, the insulation remain good.

Maybe I will get some 14 AWG wire to replace the 16 AWG
ones.

Oh, I remember sometime back, someone posted
a spec on the current handling characteristics of
wire.
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This seems to be useful

http://www.epanorama.net/documents/w...esistance.html
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