When getting power cables for servers, there are are various AWG (American Wire Gauge) choices to make. The ones I have noticed are 18 and 14. 14 is thicker so will be a little more stiff. But I am also wondering how I determine if I really need the heavy duty or thicker 14 AWG cables, or if 18 would be fine.
In my particular chase, this is for 6 foot runs from a power strip to servers. The power will be run at 208v single phase. Using the calculator at (http://www.csgnetwork.com/voltagedropcalc.html) it looks like maybe at most .1 volts would be dropped which sounds negligible (assuming copper).
Other there other concerns here, for instance:
- Maximum rating
- Bundled temperature (I have vertical PDUs, so doesn't apply to me, but still is this a concern?)
How do I know which AWG I actually need for my server's power cables?