Cable Size Calcuator*

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Volts:
 
Amps:
 
Watts:
 

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Standard automotive cable ratings
mm21234.5
Amps8.7517.527.535
Ohms/Km16.68.36.13.63
Drop
 
Thinwall automotive cable ratings
mm20.51234678.510
Amps1116.525333950576370
Ohms/Km33.3116.68.36.14.13.02.22.12.0
Drop
 
Tinned automotive cable ratings
mm21.52.54610
Amps2129395070
Ohms/Km1174.132.0
Drop
 
Automotive battery/startercable ratings
Some suppliers list 40mm2 / 240A cable, others list 35mm2 with the same 240A rating.
mm2162535/4060
Amps110170240415
Ohms/Km1.10.70.40.3
Drop
 


Automotive mini blade fuse ratings
Amps Continuous2357.51015202530
Amps Fusing (blow)4610152030405060
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Automotive standard (midi) blade fuse ratings
Amps Continuous3457.51015202530
Amps Fusing (blow)6810152030405060
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Automotive maxi blade fuse ratings
Amps Continuous20304050607080
Amps Fusing (blow)406080100120140160
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Warning: Your selected fuse's rating (blow) must ALWAYS be a LOWER value than the capcaity of the cable you choose.
 


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Cable Run (m):
 

Info & Warnings



Results - colour coded!
Not suitable For cables: Amps rating is below required amps.
For voltage drop: Drop is greater than 10% of available voltage
For fuses: Continuous fuse rating is either below required amps (fuse will blow instantly), or way above it (the fuse rating is too high to provide useful protection).
The fusing (blow) rating of the fuse must always be lower than the rated capacity of the cable, otherwise the cable may melt before the fuse blows. That's generally considered a Bad Thing.
Probably OK For cables: Amps rating is above required amps, but below amps + safety margin ().
For voltage drop: Drop is greater than 5% of available voltage
For fuses: Continuous fuse rating is next-size-up from required amps. This may be too high, although some loads (EG elecrtic cooling fans) can require oversized fuses to handle the startup kick.
OK For cables: amp rating within your safety margin ()
For voltage drop: Drop is less than 5% of available voltage
For fuses: Continuous fuse will handle required amps but isn't too much over.
Probably overkill For cables: Amps rating more than twice your required amps + safety margin.
Not for fuses: There's a reason way-too-big fuses are marked in red for danger / death / chaos / car on fire.
 


Note that by default, Volts will remain fixed and Amps & Watts will change when you move sliders.
This is because watt rating is usually based on a nominal supply voltage, and indicates a given load.
Therefore we assume the load stays constant, and will therefore draw a varying current as voltage changes.
You can override this by locking ONE of the values (Volts, Amps, Watts) above.
 
* = Warning: Do not trust your safety to Javascript calculators!
This was primarily designed to provide approximations for basic automotive wiring.
For cables bundled together, run in enclosed spaces, etc. etc. you should de-rate. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you should probably read up on it or ask an adult.
Numbers are based on random info found on the internet and are probably wrong.
This is experimental code. You should not trust it. It may be an elaborate hoax.
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