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VOLTAGE DROP CALCULATOR FOR INSTRUMENT CABLE

This spreadsheet calculates the approximate voltage drop at 20 mA, 350 mA, and 1/2A for
various sized instrument cables. The only user input in in cell f5.

Set Cable Length 250 meters

mm2 AWG Ω/meter Length R (Ω) ΔE (V) for ΔE (V) for ΔE (V) for
(approx) (m) I=20mA I=350mA I=500mA

1.650 15 0.010 250 2.5 0.05 V 0.88 V 1.25 V


1.310 16 0.013 250 3.3 0.07 V 1.17 V 1.67 V
1.040 17 0.017 250 4.2 0.08 V 1.46 V 2.08 V
0.823 18 0.020 250 5.0 0.10 V 1.75 V 2.50 V
0.653 19 0.027 250 6.7 0.13 V 2.33 V 3.33 V
0.518 20 0.033 250 8.3 0.17 V 2.92 V 4.17 V
0.410 21 0.040 250 10.0 0.20 V 3.50 V 5.00 V
0.326 22 0.053 250 13.3 0.27 V 4.67 V 6.67 V
0.258 23 0.067 250 16.7 0.33 V 5.83 V 8.33 V
0.205 24 0.080 250 20.0 0.40 V 7.00 V 10.00 V
0.162 25 0.107 250 26.7 0.53 V 9.33 V 13.33 V
0.129 26 0.133 250 33.3 0.67 V 11.67 V 16.67 V
0.102 27 0.160 250 40.0 0.80 V 14.00 V 20.00 V
0.081 28 0.213 250 53.3 1.07 V 18.67 V 26.67 V