Solderless breadboard wire

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by kdillinger, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. kdillinger

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Does anyone know what gauge the wire is for your typical solderless breadboard?
    There are jumper wire kits, but I am looking for small spools where I can cut any desired length.
  2. retched

    AAC Fanatic!

    Dec 5, 2009
    22 or 24 gauge is typical, but you should consult your breadboard manufacturer.

    Also, using too large of wire can bend the holes creating contact problems..
    and using too small of wire can cause contact issues as well.

    The jumper kits I have are 22, and I have spools of 22 as well.
  3. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    I prefer 24 for the reasons stated.
  4. sceadwian

    New Member

    Jun 1, 2009
    I use 24 because I have a spool of cat3 cable floating around and it's easy to untwist it, unlike cat5. I'm not sure what the gauge equivalence is but the biggest size I've ever tried to fit into a breadboard is the standard male pin from a D-sub connector, that's pushing it though. Really great mechanical contact though, you'd be limited more by the thickness of the breadboards clip than the contact itself. Only breadboard clips I've see the internals of were kind of skimpy on thickness, I think most of them are only rated for 1amp.

    Cat3 is right up there with Duck tape as far as usefulness goes as far as I'm concerned. If my math is correct and you tie all 8 wires together you get the equivalent of 15 gauge wire. I'm still using the same spool of Cat3 that was left over from a wiring job I helped my father with almost 15 years ago.