# American wire gauge

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American wire gauge (AWG) is a standard wire gauge system used predominantly in the United States and Canada for the diameters of a single non-ferrous, solid, round conductor.[1] Increasing gauge numbers give decreasing wire diameters.

## Single core and stranded

The cross-sectional area of each gauge is an important factor for determining its current-carrying capacity and resistance. The AWG of a stranded wire is determined by the total cross-sectional area of the conductor. Because there are also small gaps between the strands, a stranded wire will be about 5% thicker than a solid wire with the same AWG.

## AWG/Metric wire size equivalents and ampacities

In Europe, wire size is expressed as the number of strands and cross sectional area in mm2. For example. 7/0.2 means 7 strands of wire each 0.2mm diameter. In America the AWG numbering scheme is applied not only to individual strands but also to equivalent size bunches of smaller strands. For example. 24 AWG could be made of 1 strand of 24 AWG wire (1/24) or 7 strands of 32 AWG wire (7/32). Standard metric wire sizes do not correspond exactly to American wire sizes. The table below provides approximations of the closest equivalents for the wires most commonly found in the audio industry. The rated ampacities are just rule of thumb.[2][3]

AWG Conductor ø (mm) AWG stranding Metric stranding Max A for wiring Maximum A for power
32 0.20 1/32, 7/40, 19/44 1/0.2, 7/0.08 0.53 0.091
30 0.25 1/30, 7/38, 19/42 1/0.25, 7/0.1 0.86 0.142
28 0.32 1/28, 7/36, 19/40 1/0.315, 7/0.125 1.4 0.226
26 0.40 1/26, 7/34, 19/38 1/0.4, 7/0.15, 19/0.1 2.2 0.361
25 0.46 1/25 14/0.12 2.7 0.457
24 0.53 1/24, 7/32, 19/36 1/0.5, 7/0.2, 19/0.12, 30/0.1 3.5 0.577
23 0.56 1/23 14/0.15, 32/0.1 4.7 0.729
22 0.64 1/22, 7/30, 19/34 1/0.6, 7/0.25, 19/0.15, 30/0.12 7 0.92
21 0.72 14/36 13/0.2, 55/0.1 9 1.2
20 0.81 1/20, 7/28, 19/32 16/0.2, 44/0.12 11 1.5
18 0.98 1/18, 19/30, 33/32 19/0.25, 24/0.2, 96/0.1 16 2.3
16 1.30 7/24, 19/29 19/0.3 22 3.7
14 1.63 19/27, 73/32 28/0.3 32 5.9
13 1.78 35/28 50/0.25, 140/0.15 35 7.4
11 2.26 56/0.3, 512/0.1 47 12