[Makers] Group Buy: Ultra-fine enamelled copper wire

Chris Wolfe wolfe.chris.j at gmail.com
Tue Sep 21 09:35:43 EST 2010

Is this wire the same gauge that I used at the hack day for the joule
thief? I cant remember... If so then im in for it.

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 9:23 AM, Angus Gratton <gus at projectgus.com> wrote:
> Hi Jack,
> On Mon, 2010-09-20 at 23:30 +1000, Jack Pittar wrote:
>> Looked at RS or Farnell?
> I don't have an account with either. :|.
>> Also in the Jaycar catalog you can get small rolls of 33 SWG
>> enammelled copper wire for $7.
> The last time I was there they didn't have a gauge that small in stock,
> which was when I bought wire wrap wire instead.
>> Although soldering temperatures melt through
>> the enamel,
>> it is not quite as easy as that - a little skill and experience is needed.
>> For your purpose I think 33 SWG is a bit fine, and you may be better off
>> stripping 30 SWG wire wrap wire to get something stiff enough to deal with
>> and to transfer the heat. That's $12 at Jaycar.
> I've actually soldered with the 28 AWG (30 SWG) wire wrap wire from
> Jaycar before, and the reason why I was interested in the enamel was
> because I found the stiffness a pain when positioning "the other end" of
> a fine wire. Also having enamel that can be burned off without making a
> mess. The coating on the wire wrap wires tends to melt and go everywhere
> if you try to burn it off. I found I could do it but it wasn't pretty.
> The backstory for me wanting this is that I was talking to an EE about
> fine soldering. I told him I'd muddled through with wire wrap wire from
> Jaycar and he told me that he hated the meltiness and stiffness of wire
> wrap, but that enamelled 'magnetic winding wire' was his favourite.
> Also, I found that 28 AWG wire (0.32mm) is noticeably wide when
> soldering to 0.5mm pads. I figured 32 AWG (0.20mm) would be less of a
> pain, despite requiring better eyesight/bigger loupe. :)
> Although I'm clearly still very new at this (skill and experience both
> lacking), so maybe I'm going off in the wrong direction. :).
> - Angus
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