12 gauge wire is rated for 20 amps peak, 16 amps sustained. On a 120 volt circuit, 120 * 16 = **1920 watts**. On a 240 volt circuit, 240 * 16 = 3840 watts.

Besides, Is 10 gauge speaker wire good?

The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Thicker wire presents less resistance to current flow. … Thick wire (12 or 14 gauge) is recommended for long wire runs, high power applications, and low-impedance speakers (4 or 6 ohms).

Keeping this in mind, Can 12-gauge wire carry 30 amps? “Twelve-gauge wire is good for 20 amps, **10-gauge wire is good for 30 amps**, 8-gauge is good for 40 amps, and 6-gauge is good for 55 amps,” and “The circuit breaker or fuse is always sized to protect the conductor [wire].”

## How far can you run 12-gauge wire on a 20 amp circuit?

You can run a 12 gauge wire up to 70 feet on a 15 amp circuit. That number drops to **50 feet** if you run 12 gauge wire on a 20 amp circuit.

## What is 12 AWG wire used for?

12-gauge are used in **kitchen, bathroom, outdoor receptacles, and 120-volt air conditioners supporting 20 amps**. 10-gauge are used in electric clothes dryers, 240-volt window air conditioners, electric water heaters supporting 30 amps. 6-gauge are used for cook tops and ranges carrying 40-50 amps.

**How many watts can 10 gauge speaker wire handle?**

For up to 20 ft of cable length a 10 gauge cable can handle **2000 watt** and a 12 gauge speaker wire can handle 1960 watt.

**Is Thicker gauge speaker wire better?**

A **lower-gauge number indicates a thicker wire**, while a higher-gauge number indicates a thinner wire. Speaker wires with lower-gauge numbers are better at carrying an amplified audio signal. … However, for longer speaker wire runs (to another room, for example), it is better to use a thicker, lower-gauge wire.

**Is thicker speaker cable better?**

Thicker wires are better: It’s true that for long runs, thicker wires are **better at reducing the effects of resistance**. But for most set ups (those with speakers within 100 ft of the amplifier), 16-gauge lamp cord is fine. For speakers 100 to 200 ft. … And from 200 to 400 ft., they recommend 12-gauge wires.

**What wire size is needed for 30 amps?**

For a maximum of 30 amps, you’ll need a **wire gauge of 10**. The most common household item that requires a 30 amp circuit is a central air conditioner.

**What size wire is needed for a 30 amp plug?**

What gauge wire for 30 amp breaker. The best wire to use for a 30 amp breaker is a **10-gauge wire**.

**How many amps will a 12 2 wire carry?**

Maximum Breaker Size is 30 amps. You can use a 20 amp circuit breaker with 12/2 Romex as 12/2 wire is rated for **20 amps**.

**How far can you run wire before voltage drop?**

As an example, for a 120-volt circuit, you can run

up to 50 feet of 14 AWG

cable without exceeding 3 percent voltage drop.

…

For 120-volt circuits:

14 AWG |
50 feet |
---|---|

10 AWG | 64 feet |

8 AWG | 76 feet |

6 AWG | 94 feet |

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**Can a 12-gauge extension cord handle 20 amps?**

12-Gauge. A 12-gauge aluminum extension cord has a rating of **20 amps at 167°F** and 25 at 194°F. On the other hand, a copper wire of the same AWG has a rating of 25 at 140°F, 25 at 167°F, and 30 at 194°F.

**Does 20 amp circuit need 12-gauge wire?**

1 Answer. **Yes**, all conductors protected by a 20 ampere circuit breaker must be at least 12 AWG copper.

**When should I use 12 gauge vs 14 gauge?**

The gauge is the size of the wire. The higher the number the smaller the wire. **If your stereo is high power you** might want to use 14 or 12 gauge wire for better power handling. Smaller wire 16 gauge or 18 gauge can get warm or hot with high power amps.

**What is the difference between 12 AWG and 14 AWG?**

The diameter of 12 AWG wire is 0.0808 inches, while 14 AWG is 0.0641 inches. The **thickness of 12 AWG wire is 26% more than the thickness of 14 AWG wire**. In the gauge system for steel music wire, a bigger number means a bigger wire.

**Which is better 12 gauge or 14 gauge?**

Gauge is the measurement used to measure the thickness of steel. In the gauge system the higher the number the thinner the steel. As an example, **12 gauge steel is thicker and stronger than 14 gauge steel**.

**How many watts can speaker wire carry?**

How many watts can stock speaker wire handle? Stock speaker wire can handle up to **75W**. This is sufficient for general use, but if you are looking for more wattage, you will need to replace your wire with a thicker gauge.

**How many watts can an 8 gauge wire handle?**

What Gauge Wire Do I Need For My Amp?

Wire Gauge Size | Total Amplifier RMS Wattage |
---|---|

4 AWG | 400-1000 Watts |

6 AWG | 600-800 Watts |

8 AWG |
200-400 Watts |

10 AWG | 100-200 Watts |

**What size wire do I need for a 500 watt amp?**

Why Use Quality Audio Wire

Amp Kit AWG (Wire Size) | Amplifier Wattage |
---|---|

1/0 AWG | 1000 Watts RMS and up |

4 AWG | 500 – 1000 Watts RMS |

8 AWG | 250 – 500 Watts RMS |

10 AWG | Less Than 250 Watts RMS |

**Does wire thickness affect sound quality?**

Generally speaking, resistance starts to have an effect on the performance of a speaker when resistance is greater than 5% of the speaker’s impedance. … The thicker a wire or the lower the gauge, **the less resistance**. It is therefore a combination between speaker impedance, length and gauge that affects the resistance.

**Does speaker wire gauge affect volume?**

Under normal circumstances, the answer is NO: **speaker wire does not affect sound quality**. However, in some cases, (explained in further below) sound quality or volume can be affected somewhat.

**What’s the difference between 14 gauge and 16 gauge speaker wire?**

What Is Bigger – 14 or 16 Gauge Wire? 14-gauge speaker wire is thicker than 16-gauge. 14 gauge wire is 1.6mm in diameter and **16-gauge wire is 1.3mm in diameter**.