## How much current can a wire carry?

Common sizes include 16-, 14-, 12-, 10-, 8-, 6-, and 2-gauge wire. The size of the wire dictates how much current can safely pass through the wire….How Wires Are Sized.

Amperage Capacities for Standard Non-Metallic (NM) Cable | |
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16-gauge wire | 13 amps |

14-gauge wire | 15 amps |

12-gauge wire | 20 amps |

10-gauge wire | 30 amps |

**How many amps is a wire rated for?**

RULES OF THUMB “Twelve-gauge wire is good for 20 amps, 10-gauge wire is good for 30 amps, 8-gauge is good for 40 amps, and 6-gauge is good for 55 amps,” and “The circuit breaker or fuse is always sized to protect the conductor [wire].”

**What is the wire current?**

Electric current in a wire, where the charge carriers are electrons, is a measure of the quantity of charge passing any point of the wire per unit of time. In alternating current the motion of the electric charges is periodically reversed; in direct current it is not.

### How many amps can 1.5 mm cable take?

1.5mm Twin And Earth Current Carrying Capacity

NOMINAL CROSS SECTIONAL AREA mm2 | REFERENCE METHOD A* (IN CONDUIT IN WALL) Amps | REFERENCE METHOD C* (CLIPPED DIRECT) Amps |
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1.5mm | 1.5mm twin and earth rating 14.5 Amps | 1.5mm twin and earth rating 20 Amps |

**What is the current rating of 2.5 mm cable?**

Current Ratings

Conductor cross-sectional area, allowable continuous current and stranding. Maximum Current in amps for a single conductor at insulation temperature ratings | ||
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Cross sectional Area mm2 | 60°C | 105°C |

1.5 | 12 | 25 |

2.5 | 17 | 35 |

4 | 22 | 45 |

**What current can 18 AWG carry?**

Amperes

Insulation Materials: | Polyethylene Neoprene Polyurethane Polyvinylchloride (Semi-Rigid) | Kapton PTFE FEP PFA Silicone |
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18 AWG | 15 | 24 |

16 AWG | 19 | 32 |

14 AWG | 27 | 45 |

12 AWG | 36 | 55 |

#### How many amps can 2.5 mm cable carry?

2.5mm Twin And Earth Current Carrying Capacity

NOMINAL CROSS SECTIONAL AREA mm2 | REFERENCE METHOD A* (IN CONDUIT IN WALL) Amps | REFERENCE METHOD C* (CLIPPED DIRECT) Amps |
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2.5mm | 20 Amps | 27 Amps |

**How is cable rating calculated?**

To calculate the Cable Sizing one needs to divide the voltage running through the cable by the target current. For instance, If your wire has a voltage current of 150 Volts and your target is 30 then you divide 150/30. This gives you your target resistance of 5 which is required.

**How many amps can a 1.5 mm cable take?**

## How much load can a 1.5 mm cable take?

If the wire is a 1.5 mm flexible strand, it can carry a maximum load of 13 A.