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Hi all,

What type of wires do you guys use to connects case fans?

How do you join two wire?
My usually method is strip the two end and twist both of them together then tape it with electrical tape. I wonder if there is a better way to do it.

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I would use a roll of decently high thread count 12-16 gauge wire.

Twisting + electrical tape method is a bit looked down upon unless you're just testing for functionality. I would either crimp the wires or solder them together and use heat shrink.

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I usually use electrical tape and shrink it with a lighter like heatshrink
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I would use a roll of decently high thread count 12-16 gauge wire.

Why so thick wires? Fan pins are designed for AWG24 or 26. Easier to solder as well. Tin both stripped ends, dip in flux, then touch the ends together to the tip of your soldering iron.
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I would use a roll of decently high thread count 12-16 gauge wire.

Twisting + electrical tape method is a bit looked down upon unless you're just testing for functionality. I would either crimp the wires or solder them together and use heat shrink.

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What kinda fans are you using because this is the size wire that most companies use for like the 24 pin connects not a small fan. I just cut the old ends off, strip them then put a new one on.
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Never depend on solder alone to hold a splice together. Neither should one depend on twisting only. The strongest and electrically best splices are twisted and soldered or are crimped and soldered although a properly crimped splice doesn't really need to be soldered unless it's in an adverse environment (which a computer isn't). Insulation can be replaced with electrical tape, heat shrinks, or liquid tape, shrinks generally being the best. I sometimes will use tape to level the splice with the insulation, then shrink a sleeve over it but that is for looks only.

I use a small travel sized hair dryer to shrink my shrink sleeves since I already have one. It's one step up from a match, lighter, or candle (I have used all three). Heat guns, of course, can provide much better control.
   
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