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Should the wire I use be able to handle the stall current of my motors? Answered

I am building a battlebot (3lb), and I was wondering if the wire had to be able to handle the stall current of all the motors, or just the normal current that the motors draw.

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Re-design
Re-design

Best Answer 10 years ago

Usually that's not too big of an issue. Most motors are hooked up so that if the motor stalls a breaker flips. So the wire only has to handle the current for a short while.

But in a battle bot there is a good chance of having it stall often so I would go with the much larger wire.  You get the benefit of more running current in the bargain.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

+1 Go heavy on motor wires.

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seandogue
seandogue

10 years ago

Professional answer? Yes.