Conductive wire

Round and flat conductive wire (magnet wire) in aluminium, copper-clad aluminium and copper. The Kanthal program includes standard conductive wire sizes but also custom-designed sizes and resistance to meet specific design requirements. The wire is available with or without insulation or coating.

Size range

Round wire

0.023-1.27 mm (0.0009-0.050 inch)

Ribbon (flat wire) / Square wire

Thickness: 0.023-0.635 mm (0.0009-0.025 inch)
Width: 0.038-2.032 mm (0.0015-0.041 inch)
Width/thickess ratio max 40, depending on alloy and tolerance

Conductive wire alloys

Aluminium

The Kanthal program includes aluminium in three different conditions - bare aluminium, coated aluminium and anodized aluminum. The aluminum wire is used primarily as electrical conductors due to its inherent ability to rapidly dissipate heat and resist corrosion as well as its reduction in weight over other alloys. Kanthal aluminium wire is widely used for hard disk drive coils, audio speaker coils with heat resistant enamels and high strength bond coats.
List of aluminium alloys

Copper-clad aluminium (CCA)

Kanthal copper-clad aluminium (CCA) wire is available with 10% or 15% copper cladding over an aluminium wire core. CCA offers the inherent characteristics of aluminium while the copper cladding provides greater conduction of current and the ease of soldering of copper. Kanthal CCA wire is used for electrical contact material and conductors.
List of copper-clad aluminium (CCA)

Copper

Kanthal oxygen-free high-conductivity copper (OFHC) has excellent physical, electrical conductivity and thermal resistance properties. Copper is easily soldered, welded and plated for excellent corrosion resistance. The alloy CDA 10100 has a purity of 99.99%, CDA 10200 has 99.5% and ETP C11000 has 99.9%.
List of copper alloys

Insulation and coating

The Kanthal program includes a wide range of insulation coatings, bondable coatings and metallic coatings such as electroplating and anodizing. All coatings are available in various colors.
Read more and see list of insulations and coatings

Delivery forms

Kanthal conductive wire can be supplied on a wide range of plastic spools with up to 15 kg (33 lbs) wire weight.

Typical applications for Kanthal conductive wire

  • Audio voice coils
  • Hard disk drive coils
  • Motor coils
  • Transformers
  • Ignition coils
  • Solar panel buses and tabs