Expert tip: why you should choose premium electrical tape.

November 2, 2018 Mario DeAgazio

electrical tape close up

Electrical tape is second nature to you – used so frequently it’s often something that you don’t think twice about.

But is the electrical tape you’re picking up strong enough for your job?

Choosing a premium electrical tape can make a difference in efficiency, quality, workmanship – and overall safety.

Here’s what you need to know about choosing electrical tape for long-lasting performance.

What is the difference between premium and general use electrical tape?

Premium tapes like Scotch® Professional Grade Heavy Duty Vinyl Electrical Tape Super 88 and Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape can help improve performance versus a mid-grade or general use electrical tape that is designed for bundling and pulling wire and cable.

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Did you know? 3M invented vinyl electrical tape in 1946!

What makes premium electrical tape “premium”?

The elongation (high-stretch), elasticity (memory), and adhesion (bond) capabilities contributes to an overall better underlying seal aiding in weather and corrosion resistance. It also acts as an outer layer for extra UV and abrasion resistance.

What should you look for when choosing a premium electrical tape?

For me it comes down to efficiency, performance, and elasticity.

That’s why I recommend Scotch® Professional Grade Heavy Duty Vinyl Electrical Tape Super 88 and Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape.

Key benefits of these premium electrical tapes include:

  • excellent cold weather performance
  • water resistance
  • mechanical protection
  • stretch and memory for easier taping of irregular objects

Another added bonus is that Scotch® Professional Grade Heavy Duty Vinyl Electrical Tape Super 88 is available in various widths.

Oftentimes, when talking electrical tape with electricians I reinforce a “decision-making trifecta”, which really means factoring in application(s), weather, and environmental/field conditions when it’s time for them to restock on electrical tape.

For a quick reference, here are scenarios I recommend using Scotch® Professional Grade Heavy Duty Vinyl Electrical Tape Super 88 and Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape:

  • Application temperature: -18oC to 38oC
  • Operating temperature: -40oC to 105oC
  • Primary electrical insulation for all wire and cable splices rated up to 600 volts
  • Protective jacketing for high voltage cable splices and repairs
  • Harnessing of wires and cables
  • Terminating and splicing

Have a question?

To learn more about how 3M can help answer your project questions: contact a specialist.

About the Author

Mario DeAgazio

[enBio=Mario is always looking for new and innovative ways to help solve customer challenges. With over 10 years of experience, Mario has seen the impact of scientific advances on making safer and more reliable products. He helps to drive these changes from the centre, working to identify gaps, trends, and new product or application opportunities.],[enJob=Electrical Engineer, 3M Canada],[frBio=Mario cherche toujours de nouvelles manières d’aider à résoudre les problèmes des clients. Avec plus de dix ans d’expérience, Mario a été témoin de l’impact des progrès scientifiques sur la fabrication de produits plus sécuritaires et plus fiables. Il aide à concrétiser ces changements depuis le cœur de l’action, s’efforçant de cerner les lacunes, les tendances ainsi que les possibilités de nouveaux produits et de nouvelles applications.],[frJob=Ingénieur électricien, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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