Thermocouple & Extension Wire

Thermocouples are sensors that measure temperature across a wide range of applications in most industrial environments, and thermocouple extension wires used to create a hardwearing connection between the thermocouple probe to a readout instrument. These extension wires are used to extend a thermocouple signal back to the instrument and cannot be used in a thermocouple probe. At RS Components, we have a curated range of thermocouple extension wires suitable for J, K, L, N, R/S, RTD, S and T thermocouples from leading brands in the industry, including Jumo, Keysight Technologies, Reckmann and our own RS PRO.

What is thermocouple extension wire made from?

Thermocouple extension wire is made from a lower grade of wire than that used in thermocouple probes, so is more economical when used at length. It's typically made with colour-coded (usually PVC) insulation applied to each wire leg. The negative lead is usually insulated in red and the positive lead is the colour of the thermocouple. For added durability and flexibility, a metal overbraid is applied to the insulated wire. For PVC wire this is a tinned copper overbraid, and for PFA it's stainless steel. This added layer protects the wire against abrasion.

Why use thermocouple extension wire?

Thermocouple extension wire is only used to extend the distance between a thermocouple probe and the instrument reading the signal and cannot be used as part of the probe itself. Thermocouple grade wire is used instead to make the sensing point of the thermocouple, as extension wire has a lower ambient temperature limit, which means may return a signal representing higher temperature readings than those that would be returned by a proper thermocouple probe, and therefore extension wire can't be used in a thermocouple's sensing point. Thermocouple wire can be used as an extension if necessary.


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Description Price Thermocouple Type Length Maximum Operating Temperature Screened/Unscreened Core Strands Insulation Material Cable Shape Number of Strands American Wire Gauge Series Standards Met Voltage Rating
RS Stock No. 607-8699
Mfr. Part No.909723/0001
BrandJumo
HK$431.90
Each
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L 10m +350°C Unscreened - Fibreglass Multicore - - - - -
RS Stock No. 762-1152
BrandRS PRO
HK$930.21
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
K 25m +105°C Unscreened 13/0.2mm PVC Twisted Pair 13 - - - -
RS Stock No. 607-8611
Mfr. Part No.909723/0001
BrandJumo
HK$350.06
Each
units
K 10m +180°C Unscreened - PTFE Multicore - - - - -
RS Stock No. 611-7996
BrandRS PRO
HK$350.94
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
N 25m +250°C Unscreened 1/0.2mm PFA Twisted Pair 1 - - - -
RS Stock No. 433-4155
BrandRS PRO
HK$539.08
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
T 20m +600°C Unscreened - Glass Fibre Single Core - - - - -
RS Stock No. 827-5621
BrandRS PRO
HK$141.05
Each
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K 10m +105°C - 13/0.2mm PVC Flat Pair 13 - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 215-4869
BrandRS PRO
HK$71.96
Each
units
J 10m +105°C Unscreened - PVC - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 185-3014
BrandRS PRO
HK$188.84
Each
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RTD 5m +200°C - - - - 7 - - - -
RS Stock No. 236-3892
BrandRS PRO
HK$781.77
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
T 25m +250°C Unscreened 7/0.2mm PTFE Flat 7 - - - -
RS Stock No. 611-8062
BrandRS PRO
HK$854.49
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
N 25m +260°C Unscreened 7/0.2mm PFA Multicore 7 - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 215-4870
BrandRS PRO
HK$359.56
Each
units
J 50m +105°C Unscreened - PVC - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 827-5993
BrandRS PRO
HK$385.01
Each
units
J 25m +260°C - 1/0.315mm PTFE Twisted 1 - - - -
RS Stock No. 433-4183
BrandRS PRO
HK$1,279.32
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
S 25m +200°C Unscreened 7/0.2mm PTFE Single Core 7 - - RoHS Compliant -
RS Stock No. 827-5766
BrandRS PRO
HK$161.78
Each
units
K 20m +260°C - 1/0.2mm PFA Teflon Twin Twisted 1 - - - -
RS Stock No. 827-5713
BrandRS PRO
HK$1,656.19
Each
units
K 50m +350°C - 7/0.2mm Glass Fibre Flat Pair 7 - - - -
RS Stock No. 827-5996
BrandRS PRO
HK$736.06
Each
units
J 50m +260°C - 1/0.315mm PTFE Twisted 1 - - - -
RS Stock No. 185-3004
BrandRS PRO
HK$950.40
Each
units
- - +105°C - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 407-1450
BrandRS PRO
HK$1,828.87
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
RTD 25m +80°C Screened 7/0.2mm PTFE Multicore 7 - - - -
RS Stock No. 492-9753
BrandRS PRO
HK$176.82
Each
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RTD 10m +105°C Screened 7/0.2mm PVC Multicore 7 - - - -
RS Stock No. 219-4753
BrandRS PRO
HK$70.35
1 Reel of 10 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
J 10m +105°C Unscreened 7/0.2mm PVC Multicore 7 - - - -