Does stranded wire carry more current than solid?
Beside this, is stranded wire better than solid?
Since stranded wire is more flexible than solid core wire of equal size, it can be used when the wire needs to move around frequently, in a robot arm for example. Conversely, solid wire is used when little or no movement is needed, such as prototyping circuits on a breadboard or protoboard.
Subsequently, one may also ask, which wire can carry a higher current stranded or solid?
Stranded wire is a larger diameter: Stranded wire has a bigger overall diameter than solid wire due to the air trapped between strands and a correspondingly larger insulation diameter needed to cover the wire.
If you hold the ends of solid and stranded wire even with each other while you screw on the wire nut connector, the stranded wire will often wrap loosely around the solid wires, resulting in a loose connection. The problem is easy to prevent by extending the ends of all stranded wires about 1/8 in.