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:
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?
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.