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Cheap Quality Power Wire

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by lsocoee, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Jul 16, 2009 at 9:25 AM
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    lsocoee

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    I'm looking to get some cheap, decent quality 4 gauge power wire.

    I'll be hooking up two amps for a total of about 500 Watts. I think that I could probably get by with 8 gauge, but I'd like to leave some room for growth.

    I found some stuff on ebay for $3/foot. Is this the going rate?
     
  2. Jul 16, 2009 at 9:28 AM
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    Dude I have no idea but everytime I see your avatar it makes me laugh.... Sorry for the :threadjacked:

    I have heard of people using extension cord wires for cheap wire. Probibly not the quality you want but 1/10th the price.... just a thought.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2009 at 9:32 AM
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    extension cords would work, but I'm over the limit for Amps on the cheap extension cords. To get 8 gauge, you end up having to go with specialized extension cords.
     
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  5. Jul 16, 2009 at 9:36 AM
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    if that's the case, I'm going to buy some Monster Cable :laugh:
     
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    Until you over pay. Copper wire is copper wire. You will be paying for addition strands, which makes it easier to bend and hide. Your ampacity will be the same, so long as the conductor size is the same.

    I still suggest Knukonceptz, as it is very flexable and is a good price. But you can get an amp kit from Walmart and it will do just fine. 500w of power, I'd reccomend going 4awg. I think 8 has enough ampacity, but 4awg is common enough to still be pretty cheap and you have the ability to expand at a later time (or run something else off of the same conductor).
     
  7. Jul 16, 2009 at 9:49 AM
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    thanks. I'll probably go with the knukonfutz wiring. They have very good pricing.
     
  8. Jul 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM
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  10. Jul 16, 2009 at 4:57 PM
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    It will work just fine for ampacity. You may have some issues getting it to bend enough to easily put under the door sill trim and getting it to bend right at your amp, especially if you are using any sort of amp rack for the amp and distro blocks.

    How much do you need, lsocoee? I have some extra 4awg in the garage. Just not sure how much I have.
     
  11. Jul 16, 2009 at 6:26 PM
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    I'll probably get about 20'. Thanks for the offer, but I don't mind ordering the knuckenfutz wire.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2009 at 12:29 AM
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    The welding wire is actually really flexible
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    Then never mind. The welding cable that I am used to is not nearly that flexable.
     
  14. Jul 17, 2009 at 9:37 AM
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    alright, that's it. I'm using welding wire. Thanks for the help.
     
  15. Jul 17, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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    Other than not having "pretty colors" you can't go wrong with it. Good choice.
     
  16. Jul 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM
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    yeah, I went with the ultra flex orange. I'm not exactly pleased with the appearance, but I don't care how a sound system looks. I'm all about function per $.
     
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