There are many differences between stranded wire and solid wire, the two most popular types of wiring.
In this post, we will discuss their pros and cons, and when to use stranded wire vs solid wire, to help you decide which type is best for your needs.
Thermocouple and resistance wires can all be manufactured as solid or stranded wires. In the case of stranded resistance wires, the individual strands are carefully manufactured to ensure the finished resistance is within the specification.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the difference between solid and stranded wire!
Stranded Wire vs Solid Wire
Advantages of Solid Wire:
- Solid wire is easier to terminate as the insulation can be removed without risk of breaking the fine wires in a stranded construction. It is also significantly cheaper.
- Solid wires are often easier to fit in electrical panels. Although they are stiffer to bend, once they are, they stay in place and can be slotted into the terminal blocks in neat rows.