Magnet Enabled Copper Wire Questions

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  1. Ikeprodigy .

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    These questions are for those who have previous experience with magnet wire:

    What's the difference between it and other insulated wire?

    Can it be used for ground, power, etc?

    Is there a place where I can get a multicolored spool?

    I saw that Shockslayer and Gman used it before and I'm interested in using it in the future.
     
  2. Gman RTFDS Staff Member . . . . .

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    Magnet wire is enamel coated in contrast to other insulated wires. The enamel can be removed with an x-acto knife, sand paper, or even just burn it off with the soldering iron tinning it in the process. I have been using 34-gauge magnet wire but you can also get 38-gauge apparently.

    It is very thin wire so it is not recommended to use for wires carrying higher current like power/ground.

    Yes. I got an assortment of magnet wire from Radioshack. Ebay is also a good place to look.
     
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    I find magnet wire to be best for data transfer because it can't carry much current, but it's much thinner than other insulated wire of the same gauge. I use 38 gauge and it can fit through all the vias on a Wii or GC motherboard, so that's very convenient.
     
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  6. ShockSlayer Ivan - the tyranny of evil men . .

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    This is one of my favorite subjects in portablizing.

    Since it's what most people are looking to do, 34 gauge is the best size for Wii vias, 38 is basically the same size as the bluetooth traces(although I've used the 34 gauge for BT plenty of times.) @megalomaniac and I bought a bunch of different sizes all the way up to 40 gauge way back in the early days.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Magnet-Wire...784970?hash=item3a78fa7c8a:g:kG8AAOSwARZXlpAl

    Adding to on what Gman says, I usually get a ball of solder on the tip of my iron, and then poke each wire through just enough to expose it and tin a bunch of them at the same time. Wire prep is basically half of the whole soldering process, but I've never regretted spending the time.
     
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