Bare Nickel Chromium Resistance Wire
Shipping: If you require faster or alternate shipping, contact me and I will give you the shipping costs for other methods. USPS is almost always cheapest which is why I use them as the default shipping method. FedEx and UPS will ship the next day, not day of order. USPS Priority can ship same day if order is received before 3:30 p.m. Pacific time. International rates for 1/8 lb, 1/4 lb, and 1 lb spool orders are limited to the number of items that will fit in one flat rate box.
Packaging: My first experience with buying nichrome wire several years ago was 100 feet of 40 AWG (gauge) in a loose coil (not wound on anything). I did my best to keep it in order but it soon was a rats nest of tangled loops that I ended up having to throw away. I wind smaller gauges on plastic cards. Why cards rather than spools? Because spools have to be sent in a box which costs a minimum of $5.00 for postage. If they are sent in an envelope, they are easily broken. The cards cannot be broken and still keep the wire neat and tangle free.
Larger size wire wound as open coils does not have nearly the same issue with tangling as smaller wire sizes. Also, smaller wire wrapped on a card can be easily straightened but as the size increases, the kinks going around the corners are more of a nuisance so smaller quantities of sizes larger than 28 gauge are shipped as neatly coiled open coils and bound together with plastic covered wire ties and larger wire also has one plastic tie wrap to insure it doesn't uncoil in transit. Larger lengths of larger sizes are supplied on spools and shipped by flat rate USPS Priority mail.
Each order is also sealed in one or more plastic bags (except for spools).
About Jacobs Online: Jacobs Online is new to eBay but not new to selling Nichrome wire. I have been selling on line for more than three years and have sold thousands of individual Nichrome wire items as the number one on line source.
I buy in large quantities directly from the mill that makes the wire and carry every size they manufacture.
Questions? Feel free to contact me.
Common Usages: Nichrome has two specific characteristics that make it the choice for specific applications. It's high resistance compared to other metals and its high melting point. Uses include heat sealers, poly cutters, foam cutting, heaters of all kinds, ovens, hair dryers, resistors, rheostats, current-temperature controls, model and high power rocket motor and recovery ejection charge ignition, pyrotechnic ignition, electronic cigarettes, laboratory inoculating loops, release mechanisms, kiln heating coils, ceramic support in kilns, and many others. When used for heating, it is often coiled both to save room and to increase the temperature with the same current.
Other Names: Nichrome is actually a trade name but just as Kleenex has become a common name for tissues, Nichrome has become a common name for any alloy with the same composition. Nichrome is more specifically the 60% nickel alloy while Nichrome V is the 80% nickel alloy. There are many other trade names for the same material but eBay policy prevents the listing of them.
AWG? What does AWG stand for? American Wire Gauge. It is the standard set of sizes for non ferrous (iron) wire. Wire sizes are normally specified by the term AWG rather than gauge but they mean the same thing. Because there are various gauge standards around the world, it is becoming more common to list wire sizes by their actual diameter rather than by AWG or gauge. Diameters are specified in inches in the USA and mm in most other countries.