Flexible Cables – The Ultimate FAQ Guide

Welcome to today’s FAQ guideline for Flexible Cables.

Today’s FAQs will give you a full depth of information regarding Flexible Cable, their types, material, uses, advantages, etc., that shall answer all your queries regarding it.

So let’s dive into it:

1. What Is a Flexible Cable?

A flexible cable is a kind of electrical cable that can bend easily and endure any kind of physical stress.

They are also called “Continuous-flex cables,” “Flex cables,” or “Flexy Cables.”

There are some machines that are prone to continuous movements and stress.

Normal cables do not have the ability to survive these movements or stress.

For this, nothing is better than Flexible cables.

These cables consist of:

  • Conductor:

A copper conductor is used, which is the best conductor to provide a maximum flow of current.

  • Insulator:

Polyvinyl chloride is used for insulation.

This PVC insulation provides resistance against flame, chemicals, acids, alkalis, and oil et.

It has great longevity and endurance to fight off the harsh circumstances.

  • Sheath:

PVC or XLPE is used for armored protection.

Flexible Cable

Flexible Cable

HonestCables never compromise on its quality and uses top-notch material to provide its customers with the best kind of flexible cables, which are durable and flexible enough to survive in any kind of circumstances.

2. What Is a Flat Flexible Cable?

Flat flexible cables (FFC) are those cables that lie flat and are flexible at the same time.

These are extremely thin flat cables.

Flat flexible cables are made up of a thin layer of a plastic film (usually polyester, which is great for providing high tensile strength and longevity) and metallic conductors present on them.

We use gold or tin-plated copper conductors as gold and tin provide great protection against corrosion, resistance against heat and water, which can consequently increase its durability.

On the other hand, copper itself is the best conductor to provide an excellent amount of current to flow.

3. What Is a Round Flexible Cable?

Round Flexible Cable is that type of flexible cable which is round and flexible.

These cables are believed to be much more flexible than any other flex cable.

These cables are very thin and lightweight.

Round flexible cable

Round Flexible Cable

Round flex cable finds its application in the transmission of low voltage signals and power wiring of appliances.

Just like any other flex cable, this cable is also made up of copper insulated with PVC.

However, this cable has the edge over the other cables as it has:

  • High current carrying capacity
  • Water resistance
  • Longer life than any other flexible cable
  • Higher thermal insulation
  • Higher flexibility

4. What Is Flexible Cable Manufacturer?

There are many manufacturers of Flexible Cables.

However, we “MNA Cables” never compromises on its quality.

We manufacture our products with great precision and professionalism.

Our employers are given extensive training before putting them to work.

Being one of the great competitors in this line, our main focus is the durability of our cables and the satisfaction of our customers.

Our products are approved and made with the highest quality material using the latest technology.

The products are tested at every stage of manufacturing.

As far as Flexible Cables are concerned, like every other product, these cables are manufactured using the latest technology.

MNA Cables” uses optimum quality material to provide its customers with the best kind of flexible cables, which are durable and flexible enough to survive in any kind of circumstances.

5. What Is Single Core Flexible Cable?

Single-core cables are flexible cables.

The core of these cables has a single conductor.

Single core flexible cable

Single Core Flexible Cable

The copper conductor of Class 5 is used with the insulation in and sheath of PVC to withstand all kinds of abrasions as it provides thermal resistance, which minimizes the chances of fire or explosion.

These cables have resistance against temperature changes, corrosion, and heat.

These cables are used in:

  • Lighting
  • Electric motors
  • Wiring in the control panel
  • High heat materials
  • Low voltage signals
  • Transformer

These cables are manufactured according to IEC 60227 standard and are available in different colors, each color representing different features.

6. What Is 2 Core Flexible Cable?

2 core flexible cables are electrical continuous flex cables that are double insulated.

These cables have 2 layers of insulations:

  • Neutral
  • Live

The 2 core flexible cables are used to install dry appliances like hairdryers, radio, desk lamps, or other portable equipment.

The materials used in 2 core flexible cables:

  • Conductor: Copper
  • Insulator: PVC or XLPE
  • Sheath: PVC or Polyethylene

These are flat solid flexible cables that are resistant to fire, heat, and high temperature.

These cables are manufactured according to IEC 60227 standard and are available in different colors, each color representing different features.

7. What Is 3 Core Flexible Cable?

3 core flexible cables are electrical continuous flex cables that are triple insulated.

These cables have 3 layers of insulations:

  • Live
  • Neutral
  • Earth

3 core flexible cables are used in low voltage signals to connect electrical appliances to the switch, for example, table lamps, radio, television, washing machine, and two-way switching, etc.

The materials used in 3 core flexible cables:

  • Conductor: Copper
  • Insulator: PVC
  • Sheath: PVC or rubber

It is made up of high-quality copper with a double insulated PVC sheath.

These cables are manufactured according to IEC 60227 standard and are available in different colors, each color representing different features.

8. What Is 4 Core Flexible Cable?

4 core flexible cables are electrical continuous flex cables that are insulated with 4 layers.

This is also called “Three-phase and neutral cable.”

The 4 layers of insulations:

  • Neutral
  • Potentially live
  • Potentially live
  • Potentially live

These cables have applications in control and power.

It is used for indoor wiring, two-way switching, and as the main lead supply.

Moreover, like 2 core and 3 core flex cables, it has applications in lighting and other appliances.

he materials used in 4 core flexible cable are:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: PVC- For protection against corrosion
  • Sheath: Steel wire- For armored protection

These cables are manufactured according to IEC 60227 standard and are available in different colors, each color representing different features.

9. What Is Multicore Flexible Cable?

Multicore flexible cables are electrical continuous flex cables that have multiple layers of insulation.

Multicore flexible cable

Multicore Flexible Cable

Multicore combines multiple signals/power in a single cable.

The materials used in multicore flexible cables are:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: PVC- For protection against corrosion
  • Sheath: PVC/ XLPE/ Rubber/Steel wire- For armored protection

These cables are resistant to heat, high temperature, oxidation, and flame, etc.

Multicore cables are used in low voltage power products like washing machines, radio, vacuum cleaners, lighting, and other portable domestic tools.

These cables are manufactured according to IEC 60227 standard and are available in different colors, each color representing different features.

10. What Are Flexible Cable Specifications?

For several decades, these cables are recognized internationally because of their high-quality specifications.

Flexible Cables comes with great specifications. Some of these are as follows.

  • Flexible cables are electrical cables.
  • The flexibility of these cables allows it to bend easily so it can endure any kind of stress.
  • Flexible cables are heat resistant up to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Flexible cables have low-temperature resistant up to -50 degrees Celsius.
  • Flexible cables have resistance against oil and chemicals.
  • The colors available for flexible cables are black, brown, light blue, yellow, and green.
  • Flexible cables have pure copper (99.7%) coated with PVC/ XLPE/ Rubber/ Steel wire sheath, which is insulated with PVC or PE.
  • Flexible Cables are resistant to heat, fire, high temperature, corrosion, or any kind of abrasion.

11. What Is Flexible Shielded Cable?

Flexible shielded cables are electrical cables in which the insulating conductors are enclosed in another conductive layer.  These cables are used to:

  • Reduce the intensity of electrical noises
  • Reduce electromagnetic radiations
  • Reduce power

These cables are much more thick and tough than any other normal cable.

These are used in big machinery in industries where extra care is needed while working.

Shielded flexible cables are the safest cables as it ensures the safety of cable, machine it power and the people using it.

Flexible shielded cable

Flexible Shielded Cable

Shielded cables are basically used for the protection of data from electromagnetic interference.

There are two types of shielded cables:

  • Foil shielded cables: Copper or aluminum wires.
  • Braided shielded cables: Woven copper wires.

12. What Are Types of Flexible Cables?

There are 4 types of flexible cables:

  • Stationary Flex:

These cables have no movement and are usually installed in static appliances.

They are very rigid and tough. Moreover, these cables are common and reasonable.

They are used in audios, broadcast systems, etc.

Stationary flex

Stationary Flex

  • Bending Flex:

These flexible cables are easily bendable, so they can endure any kind of physical stress.

These are mostly used in ships or boats.

Bending flex

Bending Flex

  • Continuous Flex:

These are flexible cables that are continuously in motion.

Continuous flex

Continuous Flex

  • Torsional Flex:

These cables are meant to rotate 360 degrees around an axis.

They move back and forth in a rolling motion.

Torsional flex

Torsional Flex

13. What Are Sizes of Flexible Cable?

Flexible cables are available in different sizes, which are:

AREA

DIAMETER
Mm2

Mm

0.5 Mm2

2.3 Mm
0.75 Mm2

2.5 Mm

1 Mm2

2.7 Mm
1.5 Mm2

2.95 Mm

2.5 Mm2

3.65 Mm
4 Mm2

4.35 Mm

6 Mm2

5.65 Mm
10 Mm2

7.15 Mm

16 Mm2

8.95 Mm
25 Mm2

10.65 Mm

35 Mm2

11.75 Mm
50 Mm2

14 Mm

70 Mm2

16.15 Mm

95 Mm2

18.75 Mm

120 Mm2

21.25 Mm
150 Mm2

22.5 Mm

185 Mm2

25.5 Mm
240 Mm2

28.5 Mm

 

14. What Is High Flexible Cable?

High flex cables are electrical cables that are made extremely flexible, so these cables can withstand up to 10 million flex cycles.

The materials used in highly flexible cables are:

  • Conductor: Pure copper plated with Tin/ Steel/ Silver/ Nickel.
  • Insulator: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polyethylene (PE), nylon, rubber, XLPE, etc.

High flexible cable

High Flexible Cable

High flex cables are resistant to flame, sunlight, oil, chemicals, and other abrasions.

These cables have:

  • Lightweight
  • Greater reliability than normal cables
  • Greater durability
  • Higher tensile strength
  • Cost-efficient
  • Halogen-free

High flex cables are used in robotics, mechatronic puppets, measurement machinery, and equipment that require higher flexibility and continuity.

15. What Is Rubber Flexible Cable?

Rubber flexible cables are electrical cables that are insulated with rubber.

Rubber is used as an insulating and sheathing material.

All rubbers undergo Vulcanization to make them tough and resistant to heat.

These are called thermoset or cross-linked rubbers.

Rubber flexible cable

Rubber Flexible Cable

The flexible rubber cables have the edge over the other cables in terms of temperature tolerance.

Moreover, these cables have excellent resistance against abrasion, weather changes, oil, chemicals, and harsh environmental conditions.

These rubber flex cables are best for a damp environment.

They are usually used in generators, water pumps, washing machines, electrical motors, etc.

Some examples of rubber used in rubber flex cables are Silicon, Ethylene propylene rubber, Polychloroprene.

16. What Is PVC Flexible Cable?

PVC flexible cables are electrical cables that have a sheath of thermoplastic-PVC.

These are tough cables that can withstand all kinds of harsh mechanical conditions.

PVC flexible cable

PVC Flexible Cable

PVC flexible cables are resistant to UV, flame, fire, water, oil, grease, acids, etc.

These are soft and easily bendable. These cables are best for low voltage and low-frequency insulation.

These cables provide:

  • Durability
  • Toughness
  • Chemical stability
  • Recycling ability
  • Cost-efficient
  • Longevity

PVC flexible cables are used for domestic appliances like lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, lighting, house wiring, television.

Other than that, these cables are used for power supply in industries, submarines, ships, etc.

17. What Is Flexible Cable HS Code?

HS code is a Harmonized system code.

It is an international system of standard names or numbers for the trading of products.

This code is important for the government to identify the products and add the tax to them.

There are different HS codes for the import and export of the same item.

The HS Code for flexible cable is 8544. All kinds of flexible cables have different HS codes, but 8544 is common in all of the insulated flexible cables.

18. What Is Flex Electrical Wire?

Flex electric wire is a flexible wire used for electrical wiring.

These wires are used to transfer energy and power up the machine.

These cables consist of:

  • Conductor: Braided Copper conductor is used, which is the best conductor to provide a maximum flow of current. Moreover, it has improved weldability.
  • Insulator: Polyvinyl chloride is used for insulation. This PVC insulation provides resistance against flame, chemicals, acids, alkalis, and oil et. It has great longevity and endurance to fight off the harsh circumstances.
  • Sheath: PVC or XLPE is used for armored protection.

Electrical flex wire

Electrical Flex Wire

These wires are made to tolerate:

  • Mechanical abuse
  • Temperature changes
  • Speed changes

Electrical flex wires are used in single-core, 2 core, 3 core, and other multicore flexible cables.

They can be used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

19. What Are the Advantages of Flexible Cables?

Flexible cables are the most widely used cables. These cables are very versatile and beneficial.

  • Flexible Cables are made very bendable so they can endure any kind of physical and mechanical stress.
  • Flexible Cables are very reliable and durable because of the top-notch materials used in them.
  • Flexible Cables are very long-lasting and can work up to 80 years.
  • Flexible Cables are made with such efficiency and precision that they fit closely together and occupy sufficient space leaving no space for air or moisture.
  • Flexible Cables are resistant to flame, high temperature, oil, chemicals, grease, water, and acids, etc. This feature makes it very easy to work with them.
  • Flexible Cables are very lightweight, which makes it very easy to work with them. An appropriate quantity of material is used in these cables, not overloading it, and it performs its function perfectly.
  • Flexible Cables have high tensile strength.
  • Flexible Cables are very versatile. They can be used in residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

All of this is because of the right materials used to manufacture it.

The quality speaks for itself, which can be seen in the flawless functioning of the cable.

20. What Is Superflex Cable?

Superflex cables are medium-duty electrical cables that offer very high flexibility leaving no room for kinking.

These cables consist of:

  • Conductor: Pure copper plated with Tin/ Steel/ Silver/ Nickel.
  • Insulator: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polyethylene (PE), nylon, rubber, XLPE, etc.
  • Sheath: PVC or non-sheathed

Superflex cable

Superflex Cable

Superflex cables are very fast, along with being flexible.

They are pretty thin, having a small diameter. On the other hand, it is very cost-efficient.

But it delivers excellent performance every time.

Superflex cable can be used in dry, damp, or wet environments.

But these cables are not suitable for outside use.

They are best for use in robotics, computers, measurement equipment, power chains, and machine industries, etc.

21. What Is Armoured Flexible Cable?

Armored flexible cable is a very tough power cable that supplies main energy.

It is Steel Wired Armoured (SWA).

It is an electrical cable that provides flexibility at the same time.

Armoured flexible cable

Armoured Flexible Cable

The flexible armored cable consists of:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: Cross-linked XLPE- For water resistance
  • Sheath: PVC (black)- For protection against physical and mechanical stress
  • Armor: Steel wire- For mechanical protection

As the name suggests, the armored cable provides protection and durability.

It is very tough even without any electrical conduit.

It is a very hardwearing cable that can endure any kind of harsh environment.

These are halogen-free cables that are resistant to water and flam.

Armored flexible cables are found in underground systems, cable trays, raceways, etc.

22. What Is Flexible Power Cable?

Flexible power cables are electrical cables that supply power at low voltage and provide flexibility at the same time.

These cables have excellent current carrying capacity and are used for the transmission of energy.

Flexible power cable

Flexible Power Cable

Flexible power cable consists of:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: Tin- Plated over copper for protection against corrosion

Flexible copper cables are perfectly designed for areas where higher flexibility and power is needed.

It is very easy to install.

These cables are resistant to temperature changes, oils, grease, engine fluids, and abrasions.

They are not used for simple domestic appliances.

Rather they are used for tanks, robotics, radar system, electric cars, transport system, etc.

23. What Is the Current Rating Chart of Copper Flexible Cable?

Measured at 35-70 degrees’ Celsius room temperature, the current rating of the copper flexible cable is:

Area Of Cross Section

Maximum Current Rating
0.10 mm2

5 A

0.14 mm2

6 A
0.2 mm2

7 A

0.25 mm2

9 A
0.35 mm2

10 A

0.50 mm2

12.5 A
0.75 mm2

15 A

1.00 mm2

18 A
1.50 mm2

21 A

2.50 mm2

30 A
4.00 mm2

40 A

5.25 mm2

44 A
6.00 mm2

55 A

8.00 mm2

70 A
10.0 mm2

85 A

16.0 mm2

120 A
25.0 mm2

150 A

35.0 mm2

195 A
50.0 mm2

250 A

75.0 mm2

300 A
95.0 mm2

360 A

120 mm2

420 A
150 mm2

480 A

185 mm2

570 A
240 mm2

670 A

300 mm2

780 A
400 mm2

950 A

500 mm2

1100 A
625 mm2

1300 A

800 mm2

1500 A
1000 mm2

1800 A

 

24. What Is Flexible Welding Cable?

Flexible welding cables are electrical cables that provide excellent flexibility and bendability and are used in welding machines to power the electrode.

It is made very durable and tough.

Welding flex cable

Welding flex cable

It consists of:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: Neoprene or PVC- For providing resistance against weather changes, moisture, abrasions, and water.

Flexible welding cables are durable, long-lasting cables that are very cost-effective at the same time.

These cables are resistant to flame, spark, oil, and water, etc.

Flexible welding cables are used in arc welding, sound systems, lighting, battery cables in automobiles, inverter cables, etc.

25. What Is Continuous Flex Cable?

Continuous flex cables are bendable electrical cables that are always in constant motion during an operation.

Continuous flex cable

Continuous flex cable

It consists of:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: Polyurethane or PVC- For providing resistance against weather changes, moisture, abrasions, and water.

Continuous cables are halogen-free cables that are resistant to oil, engine fluid, water, chemicals, or other harsh circumstances.

These cables are very long-lasting and durable, which are reused for heavy-duty power.

These cables have high tensile strength, which provides them with sufficient stability.

They are used in electrical motors, generators, automobiles, industrial or commercial machinery, etc.

26. What Is Flexible Cable Price List?

The price of 2 core cables is:

Cable size

Registered (Yuan)

Unregistered(Yuan)

0.75 mm2

283.54 290.81
1.5 mm2 422.35

433.17

2.5 mm2

667.31 684.41
4 mm2 1016.99

1043.07

The price for 3 core cables is:

Cable size

Registered (Yuan)

Unregistered(Yuan)

0.75 mm2

359.07 368.29
1.5 mm2 583.20

598.15

2.5 mm2

924.11 947.78
4 mm2 1372.99

1408.18

The price of 4 core cables is:

Cable size

Registered (Yuan)

Unregistered(Yuan)

0.75 mm2

438.68 449.95
1.5 mm2 751.41

770.68

2.5 mm2

1167.84 1197.76
4 mm2 1890.67

1939.13

27. What Is Flex Cable Rack?

Flexible Cable Tray is an electrical cable used in cable trays.

These cables are very bendable and extremely long-lasting.

These cables can survive in all kinds of environments, be it wet or dry, indoor or outdoor.

Flex cable tray

Flex Cable Tray

It consists of:

  • Conductor: Copper- For the excellent flow of current
  • Insulator: Cross-linked XLPO or XLPE- Water-resistant and has excellent electrical properties
  • Sheath: PVC or Low smoke halogen- For external protection

These cables are very tough and durable. They are resistant to heat, sunlight, water, oils, chemicals, abrasions, etc.

Flex cable rack is used for heavy-duty work in industrial machinery, control, lighting, construction projects, etc.

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