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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

140/44 Litz wire pic (Click to show)

I'm planning on getting some form of Litz wire from Scott's, but I'm not sure about the sizes.  My plan is a four-conductor cable terminated with HiFiMAN SMCs and a Neutrik NP3X plug.  I'd like to use 95 lbs. paracord from Paracord Planet (two colors, braided).  The 140/44 seems like it will be a little thicker and stiffer than I'd like, though that's a guess.

Aside from any obvious problems I may have overlooked, I'd appreciate some feedback on the gauges listed here:
http://www.angelfire.com/electronic2/index1/Litz-Wire-Supplier.html

I was thinking 80/46 or 100/46, the latter being nominally thicker (0.508mm vs. 0.5588mm, converting the measurements listed).  I'm guessing the 100/46 will fit in the 95 lbs. paracord easily enough, without being too slack.  I've never done a braided cable, but I'm guessing too much slack makes it more difficult to achieve a clean look.

Thoughts, esp. about wire gauge and tips re: soldering?

Thanks.
Hey ThurstonX,

The 140/44 is my first use with this wire so I can't really comment on the thicknesses or flexibility of the other sizes he sells. All of the 44 AWG wire is served (wrapped) in very fine silk the other sizes are served in nylon which I don't think would be as flexible.

The 140/44 fits easily in Type I (95) Paracord so anything less would fit as well.

I soldered the 140/44 with my old Weller TCP iron that has a 700 degree wide tip installed. I used a little solder paste on the wire and heated up a big blob of Kester 60/40 solder on the iron. Putting the wire end in and out of the blob will clean it and tin it, you just have to keep adding a little solder while you do it. Lots of solder drips so protect your workbench, the enamel also makes a proper mess of your iron so keep a wet cleaning sponge handy.

If you have no experience soldering then this wire will be quite frustrating to work with.

Others have also ordered some, so hopefully they will chime in with their experience.
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post #2402 of 2404
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post


Hey ThurstonX,

The 140/44 is my first use with this wire so I can't really comment on the thicknesses or flexibility of the other sizes he sells. All of the 44 AWG wire is served (wrapped) in very fine silk the other sizes are served in nylon which I don't think would be as flexible.

The 140/44 fits easily in Type I (95) Paracord so anything less would fit as well.

I soldered the 140/44 with my old Weller TCP iron that has a 700 degree wide tip installed. I used a little solder paste on the wire and heated up a big blob of Kester 60/40 solder on the iron. Putting the wire end in and out of the blob will clean it and tin it, you just have to keep adding a little solder while you do it. Lots of solder drips so protect your workbench, the enamel also makes a proper mess of your iron so keep a wet cleaning sponge handy.

If you have no experience soldering then this wire will be quite frustrating to work with.

Others have also ordered some, so hopefully they will chime in with their experience.
beerchug.gif

 

Sounds complicated. Can't just solder like you'd normally would solder stuff?

post #2403 of 2404
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post


Hey ThurstonX,

The 140/44 is my first use with this wire so I can't really comment on the thicknesses or flexibility of the other sizes he sells. All of the 44 AWG wire is served (wrapped) in very fine silk the other sizes are served in nylon which I don't think would be as flexible.

The 140/44 fits easily in Type I (95) Paracord so anything less would fit as well.

I soldered the 140/44 with my old Weller TCP iron that has a 700 degree wide tip installed. I used a little solder paste on the wire and heated up a big blob of Kester 60/40 solder on the iron. Putting the wire end in and out of the blob will clean it and tin it, you just have to keep adding a little solder while you do it. Lots of solder drips so protect your workbench, the enamel also makes a proper mess of your iron so keep a wet cleaning sponge handy.

If you have no experience soldering then this wire will be quite frustrating to work with.

Others have also ordered some, so hopefully they will chime in with their experience.
beerchug.gif

 

Thanks for feedback!  I went ahead and ordered the 100/46 yesterday.  I've only worked with Mogami W2799 (and the thicker version; can't recall the exact number.... W2893?), which is four-conductor and, guessing, nylon covered.  Each wire of the four measures 1mm with the serving(?), and just in their normal twisted configuration are really flexible after removing the outer sheath and copper shielding.  So the 100/46 should be good, based on his posted measurements.

 

Thanks a ton for the soldering tips.  I reckon it'll go smoothly enough.

 

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post #2404 of 2404
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Originally Posted by graphidz View Post

 

Sounds complicated. Can't just solder like you'd normally would solder stuff?

 

On the site, he says his Litz wire is easy to solder, though he leaves it at that.

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