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Electrical Tape 101: Buying Guide

Posted by Tape Jungle on 02/26/2021

Electrical Tape 101: Buying Guide

Electrical Tape: Buying Guide

Before diving into an electrical tape buying guide, here are some basic facts to remind us about what makes electrical tape unique and useful. Manufacturers make electrical tapes with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) backing and a non-corrosive rubber-based adhesive.

This backing is what gives the tape the superior ability to stretch and conform to cables and wiring. A critical characteristic of electrical tape is its ability to mold itself tightly to cables and wires, providing insulation.

At Tape Jungle, we carry various electrical tapes in different widths and colors for whatever project you need. Shop electrical tapes from Tape Jungle or continue reading to understand what kind of electrical tape you need.

What is the purpose of electrical tape?

Electrical tapes can stand up to specific tasks that other tapes cannot do; for example, cable insulation, phasing, and splicing jobs can only be done right with quality electrical-grade tape. The market is continually innovating to make electrical tapes more versatile, longer-lasting, corrosion-resistant, more insulating, and stronger adhesion.

Kinds of Electrical Tape

Anyone from construction workers to electricians and hobbyists can need electrical tape to make wires safe, secure, or color-coded. Electrical tapes can be useful for more than just high voltage insulation. There are several low voltage application scenarios where electrical tape is the best option. Select the right tape for your project:

Vinyl-backed Electrical Tapes Vinyl-backed tapes have strong, flexible, abrasion-resistant PVC backing, which provides a barrier from moisture and corrosive elements, making it an economic and insulating option. Mastic Electrical Tapes Mastic tapes offer excellent adhesion and sealing to metals, rubbers, synthetic cable insulations, and jackets. They are UV resistant, ideal for outdoor conditions since they efficiently seal out moisture. Primary Insulating Electrical Tapes Primary insulating tapes are best for medium to high voltage applications where safety and labeling are of higher importance.

Self-Fusing Silicone Rubber Electrical Tapes Self-fusing silicone rubber tape has a thin profile and high operating temperature. These are best in medium voltage applications and ideal for extra padding and moisture protection.

Cable Jacket Repair and Mining Electrical Tapes Cable jacket repair and mining electrical tapes are best for on-site repairs in rough environments like construction sites, steel mills, petrochemical plants, and industrial manufacturing.

Varnish Cambric ElectricalTapes Varnish cambric electrical tape creates a strong, insulating shell when wrapped around a cable, splice, or bus bar, so this is ideal for extreme temperatures.

Electrical Tape Buying Guide

Now that you have a better understanding of the different types and uses for electrical tape, choose from our selection below. Don’t hesitate to contact us for bulk orders or any other assistance.

Black Electrical Tape 3/4 in (62018)

Black Electrical Tape is flame-retardant and cold weather resistant used generally for insulating, protection, and color-coding of electrical wires; for wire harnessing in the automotive industry.

Colored Electrical Tape

Colored Electrical Tape is used generally for insulating, protecting, and color-coding electrical wires. Rolls are individually cello-wrapped and labeled with a custom slit and bulked packed.

Colored Electrical Tape 3/4 in (62018B)

Colored Electrical Tape 3/4 in - 10 Color Sub pack (62018-D)

Colored Electrical Tape - Other Widths (62018-C)

Friction Tape (63040)

You can use friction tape with a black cotton cloth backing coated with a non-corrosive rubber-resin adhesive for general electrical maintenance and industrial repairs jobs. Other uses include: Insulate and protect industrial harnesses and electrical wires from physical damage caused by friction. Friction tape protects hanging electric crane wires, pneumatic hoses and covers lift trucks. Friction tape can wrap low voltage splices and insulate cables.