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Hello,

I am going to rewire my fans and wondering what is everyone using for wire? What brand? anything i can get at home depot or lows?


Thank you,
post #2 of 6
For the most part it doesn't matter.

If you want to get technical...

You choose the thickness of the copper wire by the amount of amps you need.

You choose the thickness of the insulation by the amount of volts you need.

You choose the type of insulation by the conditions the wire will be installed in (I.E. temperature, humidity, ect.)

For ampacity, see this chart --> http://wiki.xtronics.com/index.php/Wire-Gauge_Ampacity (look under CU Max enclosed Amps)

So...to..summarize ANY wire insulation can handle 12V. ANY wire insulation can handle the temperatures and conditions inside your case. The only thing you care about is ampacity. I would go with 22AWG multistranded or bigger just to be safe. Most power supplies use 16-18 AWG.

Radioshack would be your best bet. Homedepo and Lowes also carry wire, but you might have a limited selection with the smaller AWG's.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 1/31/13 at 9:41am
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post #3 of 6
It would depend on how many amps your planning on pulling here is the basic of amps per wire size.

the following 2 articles are good information to read. and will give you basic information.


http://www.interfacebus.com/Copper_Wire_AWG_SIze.html

http://www.electronics-related.com/usenet/basics/show/49933-1.php
Edited by Bluelighting - 1/31/13 at 9:58am
post #4 of 6
I have to ask this question what exactly are you trying to ACCOMPLISH by rewiring your fan or did it go bad and that's why.
post #5 of 6
For soldering multi strand is far easier to work with than single strand. Especially if you are doing any contact soldering.
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TXL wire for 12VDC automotive works really well. thumb.gif The stuff is over-kill for PC use, and the cost is very reasonable.

I've done a few fan re-wire jobs to extend the wires or to replace wires that were originally way to thin that often break connection inside the insulation coating.

Many of those laptop cooler trays with two fans often go bad due to the wires. They are just soooo thin. Esecially the Gear Head types from Walmart and BigLots
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