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Offline gamozo

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Wire
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:13:49 pm »
I'm about do some bulk orders of wire for having around for solderless breadboards (22awg), and I'm quite confused at how everything works in the world of wire.

First of all, simple questions, like what seems practical for doing some solderless breadboard work in terms of how much wire to get.
Second of all, more advanced questions, like what do people prefer (shielding type, etc) and why.

I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about the magical interface, wire.

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Re: Wire
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 06:45:13 pm »
I think I'm gonna get a few:

http://www.newark.com/global-specialties/wk-2/140-jumper-assortment-kit/dp/10R0134

(Note, the http://www.newark.com/global-specialties/wk-1/350-jumper-assortment-kit/dp/17C6983 is more wires, but that's because it has smaller wires too... does it seem worth the extra money to get the smaller wires?)

I'm also going to get some magnet wire for inductors. What gauge do you recommend for some smallish inductors? [1uH-100mH]
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Re: Wire
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 06:47:08 pm »
Got to agree with B@W, get some premade ( stress free) links. No amount of coffee will compensate especially for those fiddly little ones, Grrr! Just make sure you put them back in the box afterwards or the trouble will be double (Hmm sounds like a line from a song, any ideas? ;D )
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Re: Wire
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 06:57:13 pm »
I'm going to go with newark as I'm ordering some other stuff at the same time, but the WK-1 does indeed have smaller wires.

http://www.globalspecialties.com/accessories/jumper-wire-kits/item/118-WK-1.html
http://www.globalspecialties.com/accessories/jumper-wire-kits/item/119-WK-2.html
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Re: Wire
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2011, 09:30:49 pm »
Just make sure you put them back in the box afterwards or the trouble will be double (Hmm sounds like a line from a song, any ideas? ;D )
OK times up! 'Should I go or should I stay?' by the Clash  :) 10 points to me! 8)
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Re: Wire
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2011, 12:16:33 am »
A meter of Ethernet cable will give you plenty.
 

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Re: Wire
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011, 03:25:40 am »
A meter of Ethernet cable will give you plenty.

I think you mean a metre of Cat5e, Ethernet comes in many flavours, a metre of multi-mode fibre or a metre of RG-58 is not exactly breadboard friendly. While we're at it would be best to specify solid core Cat5 or Cat5e.

But yes scraps of Cat5 can do fine, careful stripping ends if you nick them you can provide yourself hours of (um) fun removing the copper ends from your breadboard.
 

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Re: Wire
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2011, 11:32:43 am »
Yes I use Cat 5 offcuts to make links myself.
TIP: Remove outer cover first say for 6" (150 mm for you young ones) but don't cut it into individual cores yet. Remove about 25mm of the insulation from a core then just cut through the insulation only, at the length of wire you you want. You can then slide the insulation towards the end of the core before cropping it, much easier than trying to hold on to a short thin core and removing the insulation from it. I've found that insulation strippers do a fine job with care but do take Uncle Vernons warning about nicking the conductor core, they weaken VERY easily with the slightest damage.
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Re: Wire
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2011, 05:40:27 pm »
Well, I went ahead and got the wire... and a bit more...

http://brandonfa.lk/stuff.html

(Electronic parts websites should be illegal...)
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