What type of wire is everyone using to run from the panels to controller. The wires that come with the HF kit are not long enough to go where i would like to place them. I' looking at about a 30ft…Continue
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How many amps are Romex cable rated for. I eventually would like to buy some more panels. And how do you attach all the cables and protect them from the elements, I'm a Newbie so please bear with me.
"It is according to what wire you use. I use welding cable. I have some 6 AWG , 2 AWG and 1/0 AWG . Welding cable is UV rated so it does not have to be shielded if it is outside. On the wires that are not UV rated I either put them in PVC…"
"Just minimize the run as much as possible. I used the stock wires and trimmed them down even. I run the AC from the inverter over the distance and with AC your losses are negligible. So convert as close as possible to the panels to reduce the DC…"
"Boy I wish Ray's post were an easy to find "sticky" or some such - this subject comes up SO often:
How Long and What Gauge Should My Wiring Be?
It always comes back to "it depends"... How long is the run, how…"
"As others have said it depends on how far you plan to go. I have my panels connected to a Square D breaker box and use 10 awg stranded wire from the breaker box to the disconnect switch. From there I use 2awg wire to the charge controller and from…"
"How many kits do you plan on having when you are done? This will help determine the gauge you should use to begin with. It really sux to keep replacing your wire as your array grows. I have done it multiple times... I've…"
"All my panels tie into a small bus terminal in a combiner box. From there I use 14ga stranded to the controller. But it's only about 15 feet. My current 100w 7a controller wire leads are the same size ( I think ) as the panel wires. That kinda…"