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Spoon
2007.10.02, 08:44 PM
I was wondering if anyone has found the appropriate gauge replacement wire for the stock Mini-Z wires on the PCB.

I know Atomic has this. (http://shop.tinyrc.com/product.php?productid=18941&quantity=1) But I was hoping to buy something in a larger qty. Perhaps a spool in each color, or at least black and red.

arch2b
2007.10.02, 08:56 PM
neat little set there. i would have to guess it's 22ga or higher. the hard hting is finding wire that is not stiff as nails which snaps soldering joints way to easily. i know i've resorted to stripped out mutistrand cat5 wire on other custom mini-z projects.

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.03, 08:16 AM
I'll second Cat5 for cheap and easy.

I did find a source for 22 awg high silicone wire by googling it. Three 25' spools in red yellow and black for $24.22.


I found some other sources with more variety, but you have to request a quote.

arch2b
2007.10.03, 09:53 AM
can you post links? i use wire enough on these custom stuff that it might make it worth while to have some in stock for our club.

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.03, 10:04 AM
Here ya go. They also have a pack with 100' spools.

http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5224-22AWG-High-Strand-Count-Silicone-Wire-Combo-Pack-25-ft-.aspx

More colors here

http://www.flexiblewireandcable.com/extraflexible300v02.html?gclid=CL-srerx8o4CFQ2HHgodmQavJg

arch2b
2007.10.03, 10:07 AM
if you guys want to go in on an order, let me know :)
red
black
green
yellow

these are the prerred list of colors.

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.03, 10:47 AM
I'm interested. I actually could use some for my lasers as I need to be able to move them, and yes, stiff wire breaks joints :(

Wanna get a quote for two or three 25' spools of each color?

Spoon
2007.10.03, 11:16 AM
I would be interested in going in on an order but I would love to see some samples first. I don't know if that's possible. I just want to make sure we can route this stuff through the servo case.

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.03, 11:21 AM
1048 Burgrove Street, Carson, CA. 90746 Phone:(310) 639-9473 Fax:(310) 763-2225 Email: coast.sales@coastwire.com

Never hurts to ask. Not sure what guages you want or what lengths you need to test it out. I'll contact them if you want, just let me know the details.

Spoon
2007.10.03, 11:52 AM
1048 Burgrove Street, Carson, CA. 90746 Phone:(310) 639-9473 Fax:(310) 763-2225 Email: coast.sales@coastwire.com

Never hurts to ask. Not sure what guages you want or what lengths you need to test it out. I'll contact them if you want, just let me know the details.

Wouldn't need much. Maybe a foot. I would just need enough to solder it to a board and POT to see how well it bends around the steering bits and if it fits.

kja812
2007.10.03, 12:04 PM
I would stop by an electrical/electrian supply shop and look for a multi-conductor instrumentation cable. Just carefully cut off the outer jacket, removed the foil shield (if it is shielded cable) and you get a bunch of colours (2 to 7 conductor is common).

22AWG wire would be good for the servo motor but might be a bit big for the pot wires - 24 or 28AWG should be routable thru the gear case.

The shop might be nice enough to cut off a 6 inch piece and let you take it home to try it out.

arch2b
2007.10.03, 12:04 PM
i don't think we would need more than one spool of each color. 25' is more than enough for all of us maybe.
yeah, samples woudl be nice as i've made the mistake of using stiff wire before and it's useless on this stuff since it gets banged around soo much.

i would say 1' in 20ga, 22ga and maybe 24ga, 28ga if they have it. color doesn't mattter if these are just samples.

arch2b
2007.10.03, 12:11 PM
I would stop by an electrical/electrian supply shop and look for a multi-conductor instrumentation cable. Just carefully cut off the outer jacket, removed the foil shield (if it is shielded cable) and you get a bunch of colours (2 to 7 conductor is common).

22AWG wire would be good for the servo motor but might be a bit big for the pot wires - 24 or 28AWG should be routable thru the gear case.

The shop might be nice enough to cut off a 6 inch piece and let you take it home to try it out.
good suggestions, i just don't have the time. i get home at 8pm monday thru friday.

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.03, 12:19 PM
I have to go by Cain Electronics here in Norfolk today anyway. I know they have every color in the rainbow of wire, but it's all standard stuff and not the highly flexible silicone. I'll check and see if they have instrumentation cable and how much it is.

In the mean time, I went ahead and requested a quote for 30' each of 24 awg in red black green and yellow, and I'm sending an email to enquire about samples.

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.04, 08:05 AM
Didn't make it by Cain yesterday, I'll try again today.

Sales rep at coastal cable is checking to see if she can supply us with a sample. They didn't receive my online quote request, so I submitted it again and sent it to her in email.

kja812
2007.10.05, 04:37 PM
I got an outside the box idea while installing a hard drive today. You could wire up the pot with a 3 conductor ribbon cable. I'm gonna try cutting up an old computer cable. The wire is stranded and would be flat/flexible - should route nice around the servo gears. Only downside is that its all 1 color - but you can only get it backwards 1 way.

cdog4w
2007.10.08, 03:51 PM
I got an outside the box idea while installing a hard drive today. You could wire up the pot with a 3 conductor ribbon cable. I'm gonna try cutting up an old computer cable. The wire is stranded and would be flat/flexible - should route nice around the servo gears. Only downside is that its all 1 color - but you can only get it backwards 1 way.

If you're doing that, try servo cable. Its higher quality and you can usually buy it by the foot from airplane shops. They even have some higher gauges available.

Spoon
2007.10.11, 03:14 PM
I have to go by Cain Electronics here in Norfolk today anyway. I know they have every color in the rainbow of wire, but it's all standard stuff and not the highly flexible silicone. I'll check and see if they have instrumentation cable and how much it is.

In the mean time, I went ahead and requested a quote for 30' each of 24 awg in red black green and yellow, and I'm sending an email to enquire about samples.

Any word on samples yet?

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.11, 03:45 PM
I emailed her yesterday asking for an update and didn't hear back from her. They might have lost interest when they saw the amount for the quote. :(

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.12, 07:01 PM
Got a brief reply.

Price for 400' = $.755/ft 2 weeks to ship.

So... $302.

She made no mention of whether or not the 400' could be different colors or not.

arch2b
2007.10.12, 07:07 PM
400'! thats about 360' too much isn't it?

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.12, 07:29 PM
Well, it's either too much wire, or we don't have enough servos. You be the judge.

Spoon
2007.10.12, 07:57 PM
Now that's some funny stuff... :D













but I have to agree with Arch...a little on the high side. ;)

a7i20ci7y
2007.10.12, 08:16 PM
Show nuff is. But, apparently that's the smallest amount they'll run, so we're barking up the wrong tree. Sorry guys.

arch2b
2007.10.12, 08:31 PM
has anyone stopped by an rc shop to ask about servo wire as suggested?

there has to be other places with smaller min. order qnty.

cdog4w
2007.10.16, 05:01 PM
has anyone stopped by an rc shop to ask about servo wire as suggested?

there has to be other places with smaller min. order qnty.

Just checked again, bphobbies has the normal 26ga servo wire, but also heavy duty 22ga wire. They also have a variety of silicone wire sold by the foot. Might be nice for the shop here to stock some if more people are interested in it?

Spoon
2007.11.19, 11:40 AM
Just checking in on this thread again.

I think the 22GA wire is going to be too thick for the servo motor and POT but could work for power connections and motors. I may get a spool of black and red. I don't have much need for yellow if it's for motors/power.
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5219-22AWG-High-Strand-Count-Silicone-Wire-Black-25-ft-spool.aspx

It might be worth checking out some servo wire for the POT connection. I have to pickup a rental car for work this afternoon and there's a hobby shop three doors down, maybe I'll see what they have.

The best stuff that I've seen for motor wires by the way is whatever ph2t uses for his Nelly. Super flexy!