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Swapping Power Cables on PSU?

iaaronsanders
  • 35 months ago

Yes I did google this and found nothing. . . . . bipartisan? Basically, my manual says do not swap any cables, but logically it is primarily referring to the PSU cables, not the power cable? Different posts from veteran builders all swer they have been using different cables whenever they see fit for years and have never experience an issue. I ask because what with radio shack going under I purchased a much longer WHITE Power cable which would compliment my white chassis. . . . HOWEVER it appears to be of lower gauge which is why I ask. While I know the connection is universal I would assume that logically the PSU company picks the gauge based on the current needed to be provided to the PSU? So I would think going down in gauge could be detrimental? It should be noted that both the readings on the side say 300V, which I assume means both can withstand 300V? however I cant find the gauge listed, but my radioshack Power Cable looks slightly smaller. Does anyone have a definitive answer on this? Thanks!

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

So is the gauge smaller or bigger? You said lower at first but then in the bottom you said it was smaller which means the gauge would be bigger.

http://www.how-to-wire-it.com/images/xWire-Gauge-Chart.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Z3danmy1fl.jpg

https://www.tedpella.com/company_html/wire-gauge-vs-dia.htm

You will want the same gauge or lower since the gauge does determine how much power it can safely carry. There is a reason they used the gauge they used for the PSU cable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_gauge

http://www.learningaboutelectronics.com/Articles/Wire-gauge.php

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, I forgot for gauge lower is better. It is a thinner cable and a higher gauge. Alrighty then, I suppose I will use the ugly black one that was included. Thank you very much for the useful links!

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