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Choosing Irrigation Cable

Irrigation cable comes in either single or multiple cores and in different mm2 sizes. The cores inside the cable relate to the number of stations you may want to connect to.

5 Core Cable has 5 individual wires that can connect your controller to the valves. Bear in mind that 1 wire will always need to be the Common Wire, so in a 5 core cable that leaves 4 core left to wire into the stations.

The Irrigation Cores we sell are 1, 2, 3 5, and 7 cores, with 9 and 13 cores available upon request. If your system has 8 valves then you can use a 7 core cable with a single core as the common wire.

Below is a chart indicating the maximum wire run between the controller and the Hunter AC solenoid valves

Valve Wire Sizing (Metric)

Ground/Common Control Wire
  0.5 mm2 1 mm2 1.5 mm2 2.5 mm2 4 mm2 6 mm2
0.5 mm2 140 190 210 235 250 260
1.0 mm2 190 290 335 415 465 495
1.5 mm2 208 335 397 515 595 647
2.5 mm2 235 415 515 730 900 1030
4.0 mm2 250 465 595 900 1175 1405
6.0 mm2 260 495 647 1030 1405 1745

 

Notes: Maximum one-way distance in meters between controller and valve Heavy-duty solenoid: 24 VAC,
350 mA inrush current, 190 mA holding current, 60 Hz; 370 mA inrush current, 210 mA holding current, 50 Hz

Source: https://support.hydrawise.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000193894-HCC-Wire-Distance-to-Valves

 

Hunter PGV Solenoid Valve

Below is a chart indicating the maximum wire runs that can be used when operating Hunter DC Latching solenoids with the XC Hybrid.

 

XC Hybrid Wire Length (Controller to Valve)
Wire Size Maximum Distance*
Meters
0.75mm2
168
1.5mm2
265
2.5mm2
420
4.0mm2
670
* Using Hunter DC Latching Solenoids

 

Source: https://www.hunterindustries.com/en-metric/support/what-maximum-distance-i-can-run-wire-between-controller-and-valves

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