Author Topic: Safety Ratings for Wire & Cable - lack of conformity marks  (Read 1059 times)

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Recently purchased some silicone insulated 8AWG stranded wire from eBay.

It was sold with a specification stating "600V maximum voltage".

On arrival, the wire has only "8AWG 200˚C" marked on the insulation.

There are no Harmonisation, Third party approval, voltage or CPR marks.

Turns out it's from China so under no circumstances would I use it for anything like the duty approaching that listed.

Until verified otherwise, I would deem it safe only for ELV usage in my own personal environment.

On contacting the UK seller for a datasheet, I am told "We have no datasheet".

They insist that "This cable meets numerous certifications and has been tested up to the specified ratings to meet these approvals including UL".

So far they are unwilling/unable to supply any UL information: as a minimum for UL "listed" I understand that the drum/reel/packaging should have some labelling at least.

I doubt it meets UKCA or US NEC regulations.

Can anyone comment? (Meanwhile I will flash test it as if I believe it should withstand at least 2.5kV for 600V rated).
 

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Re: Safety Ratings for Wire & Cable - lack of conformity marks
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2024, 07:56:28 pm »
I mean…what do you expect from eBay? Unless it’s someone selling old stock of some name brand wire, with model number, eBay vendors just resell the crap they buy on aliexpress. (That’s assuming they’re not just a Chinese vendor themselves — some have warehouses in the west.)

If you need wire with reliable certifications and whatnot, then buy name brand from a reputable distributor or directly from the manufacturer.
 
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Re: Safety Ratings for Wire & Cable - lack of conformity marks
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2024, 09:53:14 pm »
What is with people recently, buying random cable from ebay and expecting it to meet some rigorous specs. lol
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Re: Safety Ratings for Wire & Cable - lack of conformity marks
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2024, 01:16:23 am »
What is with people recently, buying random cable anything from ebay and expecting it to meet some rigorous specs. lol

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Re: Safety Ratings for Wire & Cable - lack of conformity marks
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2024, 05:56:49 am »
That is AWM Appliance Wiring Material.

Even if it had a CE/UL/TUV mark, if from   China is illegal marking.

We buy from Belden or otherUSA cable mfg.

Avoid CCP junk!

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Re: Safety Ratings for Wire & Cable - lack of conformity marks
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2024, 06:11:23 am »
Yeah, cables from china are just uuughhhh... I bought some 24 AWG for a LED project, and noticed that they were actually 26 AWG with thicker insulation.
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