## What AWG 16?

AWG stands for American wire gauge. It relates to the diameter of the wire. The more current capacity it can carry, the lower the AWG. A thicker 16AWG can carry 13 Amps, but a thinner 18AWG can only carry 10 Amps.

**How many amps can 16 AWG?**

13 Amps

Types of Cord | Gauge Size Range | Ampacity of Current-Carrying Conductors (amperes) |
---|---|---|

0 – 50 ft. (0 – 15.2 m) | ||

SVT – Service Vacuum Thermoplastic | 17 AWG | 12 Amps |

16 AWG | 13 Amps | |

1A conductor that is used to carry an unbalanced current from the other conductors is not considered to be a current carrying conductor. |

### How many watts can 16 AWG wire handle?

For example, a 16 gauge extension cord less than 50 feet in length can power a 1625 watt (W) appliance. A 16 gauge cord that is longer than 50 feet in length can only power an appliance up to 1250W.

**What does AWG mean on electrical wire?**

American wire gauges

American wire gauges (AWG) are a standard set of sizes for wire conductors — the smaller the wire gauge, the larger the diameter in inches or millimeters, and vice versa. Refer to this American wire gauge conversion chart to help determine the correct wire size to order.

#### How many amps can 16 gauge wire handle 12v?

Maximum current (amps) in a 12V electrical circuit vs. size (AWG) and length of wire.

American Wire Gauge (#AWG) | ||
---|---|---|

Length (feet) | Maximum Current (amps) | |

15 | 16 | 12 |

20 | 14 | 12 |

25 | 14 | 10 |

**Can 16 AWG wire handle 15 amps?**

No. Minimum gauge for a 15 amp circuit is #14. Only if the terminations and the insulation on that #16 awg wire are rated for 90 degrees Celcius (and the wire is copper); otherwise the NFPA70 (US National Electric Code) ampacity table says #16 awg (copper) wire is only good for 10 Amps.

## Can 16 gauge wire handle 15 amps?

**What is the thickness of 16 gauge wire?**

American Wire Gauge Conversion Chart (AWG)

Gauge No. | Inches | Millimeters |
---|---|---|

14 | 0.064084 | 1.628 |

15 | 0.057068 | 1.450 |

16 | 0.050821 | 1.291 |

17 | 0.045257 | 1.150 |

### What is the difference between 14 AWG and 16 AWG?

The size of the wire in diameter. 14awg is larger in size than 16awg. The smaller the number the larger the diameter of wire. Larger wire is capable of handling more power with less resistance which helps to get clearer sound.