Here is a question that we get quite often: Which is thicker 6 gauge or 8 gauge wire? To address this very easy question, we have created a full 6 gauge wire vs 8 gauge wire comparison in terms of diameter (mm), cross-section (mm2), and ampacity (amps wire can handle).
First of all, let’s clearly answer the question of which wire is bigger – 6 AWG or 8 AWG. Here is the screenshot from the AWG wire size chart for copper wires:
As you can see, 6 AWG wire is bigger than 8 AWG wire. In the AWG wire size scale, the smaller the AWG number, the thicker the wire.
Let’s compare the main characteristics of these two wires:
6 AWG Wire Vs 8 AWG Wire Comparison
|Wire Characteristic:||6 Gauge Wire||8 Gauge Wire|
|Diameter (in inches)||0.1620 inches||0.1285 inches|
|Diameter (in millimeters)||4.115 mm||3.264 mm|
|Cross-section (in mm2)||13.3 mm2||8.37 mm2|
|Ampacity at 60°C (140°F)||55 Amps||40 Amps|
|Ampacity at 75°C (167°F)||65 Amps||50 Amps|
|Ampacity at 90°C (194°F)||75 Amps||55 Amps|
The difference between 6 AWG and 8 AWG derives from a single fact: 6 AWG is thicker than 8 AWG. All the following differences in characteristics between 6 gauge wire and 8 gauge wire are the result of this:
- Diameter: 6 gauge wire is 26.1% thicker than 8 gauge wire.
- Cross-section: 6 gauge wire has a 58.9% larger cross-section than an 8 gauge wire.
- Ampacity at median 75°C (167°F) temperature: 6 gauge wire can handle 15 more amps than 8 gauge wire. Basically, 6 AWG wire has a 30% higher ampacity than 8 AWG wire.
This is the basic understanding you need to have when considering which wire to choose; 6 AWG or 8 AWG. If you have any questions regarding this comparison, you can use the comments below and we’ll help you out.