Wire guage

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  1. crussell

    crussell Member

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    Hello, I was wondering if there is a recommended wire gauge for the E3D-V6? I am looking to add one to a gMax printer which uses 24awg wiring (I believe that's .51mm metric) with the stock j-head and want to provision for re wiring with a larger wire if needed.

    Many thanks!

    crussell
     
  2. elmoret

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    24awg is pretty wimpy, rated for 3.5 amps - and that's chassis wiring, which in your case isn't really applicable since it's a run of a few feet.

    E3D heaters pull 40w, which at 12 volts is 3.33 amps - so you'd be right at the max rating for that wiring. The heaters come with a meter of cable, that might be enough to run all the way back to the control board.
     
  3. crussell

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    Thanks Elmoret. Do you know what gauge comes with the heaters? With the gMax, a meter might be a fairly tight stretch. I'll need to pull out the original harness and measure this weekend.

    crussell
     
  4. elmoret

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    21awg (0.75mm dia) for the heater, 26awg (0.35mm) for the fan.
     
  5. crussell

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    Thank you, sir!
     

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