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Insulated Vs. Uninsulated Copper Wire

If you’ve decided to use copper wire for the next project you’ll be working on, you’ve probably noticed that you have another choice to make: Whether to use an insulated wire, like a tinned copper flat braid wire, or an uninsulated one. Which is better, and why?

What’s the Difference?

You may imagine that the difference between insulated and uninsulated wire is simple—one is insulated, the other is not. But in terms of usage and advantages, the answer isn’t so simple. There are several benefits of choosing insulated wire. Aside from the fact that uninsulated copper wire is more vulnerable to the elements, there are a few other reasons why insulated wiring is an arguably better choice.

Resistance to Corrosion

Insulated wire, like tinned copper flat braid wiring, is even more resistant to corrosion than is simple copper wire. The extra protection means that the wiring is guarded against moisture, humidity, and other corrosive elements. Naturally, this makes it a better choice for applications where the wiring would be closer to outside elements that could degrade its quality.

Avoiding Electrical Shorts

Insulated wiring is also better protected against shorting out. Uninsulated copper wire may be more prone to shorts, as it is unprotected against the elements. Short circuits are what happens when electricity is conducted along an unintended path. For example, if a wire was at all damaged because it was uninsulated, this could cause a problem. Since insulation protects the wire, it’s less susceptible to shortages.

Resistance to Interference

Tinned copper flat braid wire, or any insulated copper wire, is more resistant to interference. The insulation, again, protects the wire from outside elements and maintains the optimal level of conductivity. Interference can affect the level of electricity conducted by the wire, and can also affect the integrity of the electricity delivered to its end path.

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