Q&A: Preset for fused Clapton coil in the Wire Wizard

in the wire builder, could there be an additional area for a fused clapton? the clapton is there of course as is the staggered clapton but not the fused so its tough for new wire builders to figure out

Yes, learning to use the Wire Wizard does require a bit of thought. In this particular case, ask yourself: What is a fused Clapton coil? If I’m not mistaken, the answer is: Two core wires with a thinner wire wound around it, right?

So in the Wire Wizard, you choose a Clapton coil. Then you choose a parallel core with two wires. And that is all.

This flexibility admittedly makes the Wire Wizard a bit challenging to get started with, but the flexibility is also one of the main reasons for this calculator to exist to begin with.

Shortcuts may seem practical, but in reality they’re going to mask the flexibility. This will make the learning curve less steep to begin with, but it will also make the learning curve much longer, and that’s not a tradeoff that I’m willing to make at this point in time.

The old Coil Calculator is designed to be easy to use, so if you just want a low threshold tool that you can churn out coils with without having to engage your brain, the old calculator is the right tool for the job. In contrast, the Wire Wizard is designed to be powerful, and will not be equipped with training wheels any time soon.

8 responses to “Q&A: Preset for fused Clapton coil in the Wire Wizard”

    • If you want to parallel up more than one wire in each core, nothing stops you from doing that. But if you have some more elaborate variation in mind, I’m not sure what you mean. You’ll have to describe it in detail.

  1. I’d really appreciate it if there was something to the effect of copy/pasting cores. I do a lot of framed staples and other things that have up to 12 cores and it’s quite time consuming to edit each core when I want to change gauge or material to see different results. This would be incredible.

  2. Hello I would really apriciat some help . I’am trying use wire wizard to calculate a clapton Coil .And everytime I fill in the info clapton nothing seems to happen . Tried this over and over it’s imposibble to do anything . Is it because I use a mac ? I really tried everything . Really hoping you can help me .
    Best regards from Greece .

  3. Hello!

    Thanks for an awsome site that you guys have. It’s been realy helpful. I’m realy intressed in how the calculation work, I know how to calculate on a standard irl calculator the correct resistance when I’m using a single core coil or a parallel core coil. But how does a calculation on a fused clapton n80 look like?

    Example 2 cores of n80 with 26 AWG and
    Outer wrap of n80 with 36 AWG

    2 +26 +36 AWG.

    Cheers Alexander Anderson

    • Hi. The Wire Wizard is a bit complicated, but in short, first the length of the core wire is calculated based on its thickness, and the thickness of the wires that wrap around it, and how they all wrap around the wrapping tool. Then the length of the wrapping wires is calculated in a similar way. Then the resistance of each wire is calculated based on their length and thickness. Then the total resistance of all the parallel wires is calculated. The temperature factors for each wire is calculated using TFR tables for each material, or a TCR value depending on what’s available. Lastly, the total TCR (or rather TFR table) is calculated based on the TFR table and resistance of each wire.

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