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  1. Jake O

    Jake O Full Member

    May 8, 2017
    South Dakota
    for the internals, is a 24 gauge silver sheet going to be better than 26 or 28 gauge?

    when building coils the thicker the wire the lower the resistance. does the same apply for sheet metal and do you want those pieces to be lower or higher resistance?

    Thanks in advanced!
  2. Alexander Mundy

    Alexander Mundy Ribbon Twister Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2013
    Springfield, MO
    Yes, the larger the cross section and wider the sheet and the better the conductivity of the material then the lower the resistance. However at a certain point the difference becomes so small that it has no practical use. Thicker than a 10mil (about 30 gauge) sheet with 1/4 inch or more width of copper or silver and it really starts to get tough to tell the difference even with good measuring equipment. Past that point the internal resistance of the battery is a much larger contributor to voltage drop. I prefer copper for the current carrying paths and silver alloy for the contacts. The difference in electrical conductivity between pure silver (which is very soft) and copper is nominal for anything above 10mil thick with 1/4 inch or more of width. Pure silver is also not the best for contacts. Sterling silver is better for contacts, but an alloy with a little more copper and very small amounts of more exotic elements will tarnish and pit less. I prefer to use contacts made for comparable amperage industrial contacts in relays and contactors. BTW, most people don't realize that sterling silver (used alot in DIY) is actually slightly less conductive than copper.
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  3. Rossum

    Rossum "Chump" Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Dec 14, 2013
    SE PA
    Yeah, but it's probably the best compromise if someone wants to use a single piece of something for both conductor and contact.
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  4. Alexander Mundy

    Alexander Mundy Ribbon Twister Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2013
    Springfield, MO
    Yes I will agree with you there.

    BTW, I have mentioned before my "secret source" for such things. They don't always have what you want, but for contacts and beryllium copper it's always worth checking for the price.

    Surplus & Sales of Nebraska

    EDIT: These contacts are awesome military surplus for $2 each and who knows what us tax payers originally paid to have them made.

    (COL) 543-9893-002
    Electrical contact. Pressfit - silver. 0.125" x 0.190" shaft. 0.234" x 0.063" contact. 0.251" overall height.
    NSN: 5999-00-686-3796.
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