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Ok, I have some 4mm2 copper wire, I was wondering what others here use in the way of wiring and if you think that will be sufficient.


Edit:

A pic of it:


Edited by Crabid - 5/26/11 at 1:34pm
    
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post #2 of 7
Use 1-1,5 mm teflon or silicon insulate its better for high amp
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My general rule is to use the same size wire that the TEC comes with at a minimum. If I'm running TECs in parallel, then I go to thicker
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post #4 of 7
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Cool, thanks for the advice guys.


I'll be running them in series but I had 20A running through this wire no problem.


Though I can't say the same for the TEC wires.... Those were getting a bit toasty (I might have overvolted the TECs need to find those specs again ).


I'll prob leave it until I have the hotside cooling set up and do some long term tests on it before sleeving all the wires though, just to be safe
    
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For some reason the wires on TECs never seem great.

Generally the wires affixed to TECs will always get toasty especially at the upper reaches of Imax.

Generally the first thing I do when I get TECs is mark the hot side - next mark the positive terminal when using the marked side as hot and then cut the wires off leaving just enough to resolder and replace them with more appropriate stuff ---especially ebay ones !
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^ that's a good idea, I'm going to do that too from now on. The wires on the ebay TECs I have a pretty poor quality and they get pretty hot when things start cranking. I cut them down a bit, but tbh I never even thought of cutting them right down like that lol.
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post #7 of 7
Rewire your TECs with something like 16ga or similar, silicon insluation.

Much more flexible, high quality wire, and overrated. You'd better run overrated wires to improve efficiency.
   
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