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Question on wire size for Holley electric choke

1. I am wiring an electric choke for a Holley carb. What size wire typically comes with their installation kit?

2. Went to their website, no information on wire size. They did say wire to a 10 amp fuse. Does this really require that large a fuse for the electric choke coil?

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I suspect a 12 gage wire is more than sufficient.

More on hooking it up: Electric Choke Wire
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1. I am wiring an electric choke for a Holley carb. What size wire typically comes with their installation kit?
Not sure what comes in a Holley kit, but it is typical to see 18-20 gauge.

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2. Went to their website, no information on wire size. They did say wire to a 10 amp fuse. Does this really require that large a fuse for the electric choke coil?
I use 16 gauge whenever I wire up an electric choke.

Out of curiosity, I just tested the current draw on an electric choke I had sitting around. For the first 1/4 second, it spiked at 6.5 amps and dropped to 1.3 amps. After that, as the coil heats up, it steadily dropped from 1.3 and leveled out at about .75 amps. So that explains the need for a 10A fuse when the device only draws an average of less than an amp.

Based on that data, 18 gauge would be sufficient.

Hope this helps.

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12 is way overkill, 16 is sufficient.

As a general rule.
30 amp is #10
20 amp is #12
15 amp is #14

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Had to bust out the schoolbooks to verify this one... 20 AWG is capable of carrying the 10A necessary, I would use 16. I just rewired the Galaxie and the choke was a 10A fuse with 16AWG wire (My carb has the choke milled off, so I used it for something else).
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Use 16 gauge for an automatic choke

Anytime I wired one up I used 16 gauge, same as a majority of the responders in this thread. There are some really good replies in this thread.

Good job, Guys!
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