Buggies Unlimited Golf Cart Troubleshooting Text Support

#4 or 4/0 awg. Whats the difference ?

Find the answer to all your tough golf cart questions that don't belong in another category.

#4 or 4/0 awg. Whats the difference ?

Postby TexasManCan » Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:50 pm

I was looking at a web sight that sells the wire and lugs to replace all the battery cables on my cart, but some said #4 awg and some said 4/0 awg. whats the difference and which do you prefer or would you go with #2 or 2/0 awg wire and lugs. Also which wire is better the hairlike copper wires or the stiffer thicker copper wires.
TexasManCan
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2004 8:05 pm

Postby Nate » Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:50 pm

The way I interpret this is #4 is 4 gauge wire which is smaller than #2 or 2 gauge and 4/0 is 4 aught which is huge and bigger than 2/0.
So they go from smallest to largest.

#4
#2
2/0
4/0
I am not 100% sure on this interpretation but someone will correct me if I am wrong. :wink:

As far as the small strands vs. the large strands, the small strand #2 will carry more amps and is more flexible than the large strand #2. :D

I would recommend #2 or 2 gauge.
Good Judgment comes from Experience and Experience from Bad Judgment.
Nate
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 5010
Joined: Tue Jun 10, 2003 1:41 pm
Location: Texas, San Marcos

Postby UberCart » Thu Oct 21, 2004 9:59 pm

I am an electrician and the only difference is the ease of workability. They both carry the same amount of current or amps. The smaller stranded type is just a lot easier to work with. Id much rather bend it than they other.
User avatar
UberCart
 
Posts: 1060
Joined: Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:12 pm
Location: Anderson,Indiana

Postby Nate » Fri Oct 22, 2004 3:54 pm

I tend to get a little over technical; the current difference between the two will not be noticed by the average user. For all practical purpose they are the same on amp load. I do like the flexibility of the welding cable though! :wink:
Good Judgment comes from Experience and Experience from Bad Judgment.
Nate
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 5010
Joined: Tue Jun 10, 2003 1:41 pm
Location: Texas, San Marcos

Postby cartwrencher » Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:56 pm

My .02

Stranded copper wire has less resistance and will allow the amperge to flow with less loss in high amp applications.

But that just my application of electrical theory. :lol: :lol: :lol:
User avatar
cartwrencher
 
Posts: 347
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2003 7:55 pm
Location: Stranded on a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean

Postby cartwrencher » Fri Nov 05, 2004 3:46 pm

Nate,

What gauge wire would you recommend for 36v cart with a 650amp controller?

Joe
User avatar
cartwrencher
 
Posts: 347
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2003 7:55 pm
Location: Stranded on a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean

Postby Nate » Fri Nov 05, 2004 4:13 pm

2 gauge!
Good Judgment comes from Experience and Experience from Bad Judgment.
Nate
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 5010
Joined: Tue Jun 10, 2003 1:41 pm
Location: Texas, San Marcos

Postby cartwrencher » Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:12 pm

Thanks
User avatar
cartwrencher
 
Posts: 347
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2003 7:55 pm
Location: Stranded on a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean


Return to Ask the Cartfixer

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest