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5 GA wire thicker than 4 AWG

so i had my amp ran with scorche 5+ GA wire and i ordered some 4 AWG wire off ebay.. when the new wire got here i noticed the core of the 4 AWG is thinner than the 5+ GA and i was expecting it to be thicker.. i thought that the gauge of the wire has a set standard for the wire diameter.. or does it go by current that it transmits? like a wire with higher conductivity can be thinner but still the same gauge as lower quality/thicker wire? im just a little confused.. im gona go search for my wire gauge and measure them..


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That is strange.

I hope somebody chimes in with an answer.
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You got scammed. Most low budget amp kits come with this junk. The wire will look right from the outside but it is just thick insulator on thin wire. I would send it back and never buy that brand again.
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According to a few posts in this thread (5+ GA Wire?) that '5+ gauge' wire is an oversized type that was made by Scoche.

Being a licensed Master Electrician in multiple states, I get a kick out of these types of cables. There are no "+" sizes in the American Wire Gauge (AWG). It’s all just marketing - that could explain the usage of only 'GA' on that red cable and not 'AWG'.

However, that means the 4 AWG wire could still be the correct diameter, because the '5+ gauge' (LOL) is oversized & therefore doesn't have to meet any type of official standard.


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i thought that the gauge of the wire has a set standard for the wire diameter
When talking about the official American Wire Gauge standard - that would be correct. Stranded wires are actually calculated by the equivalent cross sectional Copper area - but it's essentially the same principal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge

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ok i measured them.. the 4 awg is dead on 4 and the 5+ GA is around 3.5... retarded.. i was wondering what the hell 5+ GA meant..

thanks for the info logan

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thanks for the info logan
Not a problem, glad it's all figured out.
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