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Voltage Drop Calculator

We understanding how difficult it can be to track down specific information when you are ready to complete a project. Here you will find links to a wide range of topics used to educate and inform. Are you looking for ABYC standards? You'll find it here. Want to know the simplest way to order on this site? We have a guide for that as well. Interested in learning more about the wire and cable color codes? You came to the right place.

We added this information here in an effort to provide the most solutions in the easiest way possible in order to serve you better. All you need to do is simply click the image of the section you are interested in to be taken to a corresponding page that will further investigate the topic. As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to us and we will make sure you walk away with the answers you were looking for. Additionally, let us know what you want to learn about. Looking for information about crimp connectors, wire connectors, or even electrical connector types? We can add that type of information, so let us know what you need.


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VIDEO LIBRARY

We offer a range of videos that cover marine and electrical topics. From product and tool reviews, to "how-to" videos showing the proper way to strip a cable or use a terminal, you will find it here. We cover Pacer capabilities and give you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite wire manufacturer.

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TECHNICAL DATABASE

Finding the information that you are looking for can be difficult. This is why we created a technical database. Click on the product or topic that you are interested in, and you will have the ability to easily search for a specific item based on one of many variables. In this way, you can find what you need, faster than before.

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VOLTAGE DROP CALCULATOR

Wire has a finite resistance to current flow. Voltage drops across the length of a current carrying conductor. The intended load is robbed of the full potential of it's battery source. Determine voltage drop at either 12/24 volt and can be used to calculate 3% or 10% drop.

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ABYC COLOR CODES

Color codes are used to easily identify the intent of a wire by glancing at the insulation color. Is the wire blue? That's used for cabin and instrument lights. What about tan wire? That is commonly used for connecting water temperature gauges. Go on, click the link.

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REEL MEASUREMENT TABLE

Knowing just how big a reel of wire or cable is going to be can help you to plan accordingly. Here you will find a chart explaining the different spool sizes in depth. This way, when your order of wire and cable from Pacer arrives, you can know exactly what to expect.

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GLOSSARY OF ELECTRICAL TERMS

Ever run across an electrical term that you weren't familiar with?  Well, worry no more. Here you will find a glossary of some of the most common terms in the marine electrician vernacular. All wrapped up and bundled in one nice, easy to find spot. If you have a suggestion for terms that should be added, let us know.

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PDF OF CATALOG

Pacer's Catalog has been built from the ground up to be easy to navigate and understand. With deep explanations on each product, technical diagrams, in depth charts breaking down a products characteristics and a technical reference section, this is the book that no boating enthusiast should be without. Our digital version of the book makes finding that product you're looking for even easier.

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ORDERING GUIDE

Pacer takes every opportunity to make the shopping experience an easy, quick and convenient one. You are probably aware that you can check out as a guest, but let me assure you, that is not the best option. By creating an account and logging in, you have access to benefits that you wouldn't otherwise get. Take a second and check out our guide, you'll be glad you did.

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How to guides
HOW-TO GUIDES

Quickly learn the proper way to build a part number, place an order, use a resource table, even download a spec sheet. These guides are simple to follow and offer a visual guide. Remember that we want our customers satisfied, so if you want a specific how-to that can benefit everyone, let one of our associates know.

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THE RIGHT SWITCHES

When it comes to electrical systems, there are a wide variety of components from terminals and connectors to wire management equipment and switches. All those pieces are essential but the ones most taken for granted are likely the switches. Just how much do you know about the switches on your boat?

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CHOOSING SWITCH COVERS

Switch covers are any number of devices that fit over an existing switch to assist in indicating its function and enhance its overall visual appearance. Switch covers come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes in order to meet the needs and designs of just about any boater out there.

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UNDERSTANDING IP CERTIFICATION

Have you heard anyone say something like: “This switch is IP68 certified” or “This phone is certified to IP67”? No? Don’t feel bad. Not a lot of people know about IP certification. So, what is it? Glad you asked. This article covers everything you need to know about Ingress Protection.

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UNDERSTANDING PACER ICONS

Icons are simple graphics that are used to easily identify the properties of a given product. You will gain a clearer understanding of a product's features or resistances. At Pacer, we understand how important your time is.

HOW TO BUILD A PANEL OR REPAIR AN EXISTING ONE
HOW TO BUILD A PANEL OR REPAIR AN EXISTING ONE

Whether this is your first panel project or you're a seasoned veteran, this guide will cover some things you may have not considered. We're going to look at some of the more important aspects of a panel project in a step by step process.

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DIFFERENT CONNECTORS & WHERE THEY ARE USED

Learn about the many various styles of terminals and connectors as well as when and where to use each of them. We'll take a look at rings, forks, splices, disconnects, ferrules, lugs, battery posts, coax connectors, and more. This way you'll know the best suited connectors for just about any marine application.

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TYPES OF TERMINALS

When designing, building, maintaining, repairing, or replacing parts of an electrical system, one crucial component is terminals. Terminals do more than just help transport the current throughout the electrical system. Terminals connect your runs of wire and cable to various pieces of equipment.

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UNDERSTANDING TERMINAL INSULATION

Each type of terminal is built to handle a specific function and the same goes for the insulation that they carry. Just as ring terminals are vastly different from butt splices, so too is a nylon insulation different from an epoxy lined heat shrink insulation. There are a wide variety insulation types, so we will only focus on the most common type.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF WIRE AND CABLE

Wire and cable are designed to be used for certain applications in certain conditions. Change one of those factors and you may need to change the style or type of wire and cable you are using. This specificity of wire and cable means that any job you can think of, there’s a wire or a cable out there designed with that job in mind.

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COMMON NAMES OF WIRES AND CABLES - Coming soon

Wire and cables come in a variety of styles and each of those styles and types can be referred to by multiple names. Enjoy the ride as we look at some of the most common types of wire and cable, you’re likely to find, as well as the various names they can be called.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOLS

So just how important is it to use the proper tool? Extremely important. Regardless of the task at hand, having the proper tools will help ensure that the job is done correctly. Tools also make getting the job done easier. What happens when you use the wrong tool for a job?

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FLORIDA BOATING EQUIPMENT GUIDELINE

Boating safety is something that everyone on board a vessel should be aware of. Having the proper equipment can save lives. Florida has set forth guidelines pertaining to the items needed for a vessel. You will find a checklist here. We offer a downloadable sheet making finding the items you need even easier.

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SIX SIMPLE BOATING TIPS

When it comes to boating, one thing to keep is mind is that you never stop learning. There is always new information and tricks out there to learn and to share. After considering some of the most important aspects for boaters to take note of, we developed this quick list to share with you.

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10 ESSENTIAL ELECTRICAL QUESTIONS

When dealing with any electrical system, there is a wide range of things that need to be considered. Things that too often go overlooked, or, in some cases, are taken for granted. Your biggest concern should always be the safety of yourself and your passengers.

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MARITIME LIGHTING EXPLAINED - Coming soon

Navigating any vessel becomes more difficult at night and this holds true for boats. Any motorized boat is required to have navigation lighting for use between sunset and sunrise. The lights indicate various sides of the boat and once mastered make passing other vessels safely at night a much easier task.

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TOP REASONS BOATS FAIL AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

There’s nothing worse than enjoying a day of boating only to have a mechanical or electrical issue pop up. Seriously, It’s worse than unexpected rain at a picnic. Much worse. Boat repairs can cost in the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and the total can escalate quickly. We’re going to take a look at some of the more common mechanical issues as well as some electrical issues boaters face.

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