Useful Information about Hookup Wire

Many industrial cables and wires are available in the market, but their selection should be made with caution. For low current and low voltage applications, hookup wire is considered the best available option, because it is a single insulated conductor wire.

It is an inexpensive and easy to use product. It is used in the control panels of many electronic gadgets, telephones, computers, cars, and more.

Hookup wire is available in different types and gauges. All these types may look the same, but every type is designed to carry a particular electrical load to various components and perform certain applications.

When selecting these products, it becomes necessary to consider few valuable factors such as below:


Conductor material is an important consideration. Copper is the most commonly used conductor material because it has ideal corrosion resistance and high thermal conductivity.

Conductor size is measured in wire gauge and the higher the gauge number is, the smaller the diameter of the cable will be.

Wires with stranded conductors are more flexible because these conductors consist of one or more groups of wires warped together.

Jacket and Insulation Material:

To decrease the leakage of current from conductor, it becomes necessary to use variety of jacket and insulation material. Selection of the insulation material should be considered based upon the applications that wires will be used for.

Rated Voltage:

Another important specification to consider is rated voltage. Rated voltage also influences other characteristics such as the type and thickness of its insulation. Usage of thick thermoplastic insulation is required for high voltage functions.

Types of Hook up wires

Type B: This one of the most common types available in the market. It is an approved cable made of stranded tinned copper.

Type E: These are considered ideal for high frequency applications because of their phenomenal electrical features with low power loss.

Must Know Info About Heat Shrink Tubing!

Heat shrink Tubing is a versatile product mainly used to protect wires and small parts from damage. It is made up of thermoplastics like PVC, viton, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP).
It is used within limited space areas in vehicles, advanced medical equipment, and aircrafts.


  • It is used for padding connectors, wires, joints, and terminals when needed.
  • It also works as a sealant, as it provides an extra layer of protection to wires.
  • It is also used to protect wires from environmental factors.
  • Its resistivity makes it ideal for electric insulation.
  • Since it does not stick to most of the materials (and can be removed easily), it is also used to join tubes.
  • It is also used for cable repairing and may also provide a permanent solution, instead of changing the wire.
    Shrink Ratio
  • Types of heat shrink tubing are usually classified according to their shrink ratio.
  • Shrink ratio is the measurement of its ability to shrink when heat is applied.
  • Let us take an example of a 2:1 ratio. 2:1 ratio means the original size of the tubing is double its size after shrinking.
    Other Important facts
  • Heat shrink Tubing is available in different types and colors. The primary reason behind usage of different colored tubing is to help the buyers identify different wires easily.
  • Heat gun can be used for heating.
  • When buying, it is necessary to consider the correct size, shrink ratio, and other important specifications.