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Description: An assortment of colored wires: you know it’s a beautiful thing. Six different colors of solid core wire in a cardboard dispenser box. Sit this on your workbench and stop worrying about having a piece of wire around!


  • 22 AWG
  • 25 ft / Spool
  • 6 Spools in Six Different Colors
  • Colors are Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Black, and White
  • Dispenser Box!

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Customer Comments

  • I have a question - what color is the wire? The photo shows different colors than the description…

  • Big plus - the wires are tinned, as shown in last photo. Protects from corrosion, tarnishing, and makes soldering a LOT easier than bare copper, esp. when it’s a bit old.

  • One thing they didn’t mention, is this size is great for making your own breadboard jumper wires. 22AWG is perfect for this. I bought some of this from a guy on eBay a few years ago, and have used it every since. Great to have around the shop.

  • See part number 27WK22SLD25 at Electronix Express… $11.95

    • Yeah, they may be cheaper, but there’s also something to supporting a company you like. Particularly a company that I’ve gotten things free from, twice.

      • Their servers were not kind to me on both Free Days, but I don’t hold a grudge because of it. I wasn’t entirely persistent, either.

        I will say that this is a handy thing to have around. I bought both stranded and solid sets from ELEXP because each kind of wire is appropriate in different situations. 20-24 AWG is a good range, with 22 AWG being ideal for general use.

        • Regardless of the price, among other things, Sparkfun has a better website. I have been on electronix express and there is no comparison! If Sparkfun has the part, you will find it and know everything you need to know about it faster than the propagation time delay of a schottky diode! I think I might still try ordering from electronix express, but only for exclusive items. Sparkfun, excellent job with the website!

  • For those living in the civilized world: 22 AWG is about 0.6 mm diameter. 25 ft = 7.5 m :-)

  • i wish this was 24 awg solid. it’s my choice for working with breadboards 22 (which is larger than 24) is ok if you want a perm connection but 24 is easier to move around and re-use.

    good idea to have a kit like this. wire colors help a lot!

  • good wire, not too hard to strip. Works really well

  • I’m currently adding a USB charging port to my alarm clock. There’s a 10V section where I will tap off to my 5V regulator circuit. I strongly believe my iPod/iPhone 5 will use any where between 500mA to 1.5A MAX. Can anyone give insight into if these wires are capable of carrying that amount of current safely? I’m searching online and I can’t really find a concrete source of information… (it’s all almost brand-specific)

    Also, the fact that SparkFun doesn’t really carry any other gauge makes me believe that these are really a general purpose wire that can be used for anything from breadboarding to small electronics mods like what I’m doing. I do know that ratings are important however so that is why I am asking before I purchase a bulk pack like this. Thank you! Loving this site!!

  • Great kit but I have one suggestion. The plastic wrap was really tough for me to remove. Here at work we use one piece of tape to hold the loose end to the spool.

  • I am a little CDO (OCD in alphabetical order) about my wires, and SFE has changed the wire insulation and spool. Will SFE continue to sell the spools of wire as depicted in their individual hook-up wire products?

    • It doesn’t matter if they still carry the individual spools because SFE has an incomplete selection as they don’t offer blue - you have to find a different supplier and that really messes with your wire feng shui. (As an CDO you should know that).

      I get the red thing but what’s with the no-blue thing? The SPE buyer(s) are colorists! COLORISTS!


      • We hear you :) Blue wire. And many others. We’ll see what we can do.

        • Can you please either fix the picture (Colours) or fix the list of Colours, as they don’t match (as advised by Miria above) - Oh, sorry, it’s ‘Colors’ in the US.

      • Well, I have been amassing a collection of bent wires, and I don’t like to see some pale-ish yellow jumpers next to mustard yellow wires. Also, the pale-ish insulation is easier to remove and then put back on. (I like this because to save wire, when I make more bent wires, I strip about 2 feet of insulation off of the wire, cut my bare wire into about 20-30 1-inch long wires, cut my insulation into about 20-30 slightly shorter lengths, put the insulation back on, and then bend the bare ends 90 degrees.

        SFE really shouldn’t mind crazy nerds like myself. Sparkfun is awesome either way, but I just wanted to know. That’s all.

  • Is this wire suitable for wire wrap? I was concerned that the gauge might me a problem.

    • This might be a big big for wirewrap…depending on what kind of rework you want to do. Usually,people will use AWG 30 for wire wrap. Gage 22 is perfect for general hook up (solid core for breadboard, multi braided for everything else)

      E.G. :

      Have a nice holiday!

    • You’ll see 22AWG bits around, for use in the high-torque wire-wrap guns of the telecommunications industry. It’s quite common there, used for DS1 wiring among other things, but the posts in telecom are considerably beefier than the leads found on electronics sockets.

      As a hobbyist, I’ve done 22AWG wrap in projects, mostly for power connections. I wouldn’t recommend it. Get the gun cocked just a little bit sideways, and the socket post will twist right off. Electronics wire-wrap is really a different animal, and everything’s sized around 26-28-30AWG wire. Solid 22 is for breadboards. :)

    • Follow CRC’s advice: definitely do not use this for wire-wrap nor the kind of fine PCB repair work that one might also use 30 AWG wire for.

  • ……….and I just got my hook up wire I had to buy…..this would have been so useful LAST week!!! Gah!!! So many color options!!! :-)

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 found this helpful:

Good wire assortment

Can’t find any bad about this product, spool/case size is good to keep in drawer: doesn’t take much space, like if you’d keep say 100m reel, where you’d keep it? ‘prolly in some storage area where you must actually go and grab wire, with this, just take box out and take what colours you need (unless you need more wire than there is in spool, hehe….) Perfect size to use as in breadboard-prototyping, insulation doesn’t melt too easily when soldering And, as bonus, case is made of carton so environment-friendly :)

2 of 2 found this helpful:

Great product

Works exactly as expected. Good, durable wire. The dispensing box is nice :-)

3 of 4 found this helpful:

It's wire!

It’s wire! It’s on a spool! Most. Amazing. Product. Ever.

My only regret is that it’s only six colors. I’d be happy to order the 10-pack or the 16-pack if they existed. You can never have too many colors of hook-up wire.

this is good stuff.

It’s nice to have a bunch of variously-colored spools of hook-up wire held together in one place, and grab more out whenever needed.

Wire, in a box.

I advise having both solid and stranded. Solid for when stiffness of wires is important (such as breadboarding), and stranded whenever it moves, personally I prefer stranded. unless I’m prototyping.

Convenient supply of wires

Having all the wire colors in one compact place is very convenient. The one I received has a darker blue wire instead of the light blue shown in photo, all other colors are perfect.

Nice quality. Convenient. Exactly as specified.

One small negative: do they need to wrap each spool in so much shrink wrap? I ordered a bunch of these for a college electronics lab, and it took a while to unwrap all five spools in each one; time that could have been spent sorting resistors :)

It's Good, But...

The only thing to make it better is more colors and bigger rolls, they are big but when you are making multiple projects one right after the other, make sure you have extra.

Very convenient dispenser!

I love the fact that I have all my hook-up wires in one convenient space. Instead of having to look through a drawer to find the right color or a bunch of spools cluttering my workspace, the dispenser makes it easy to pull out the color I need. I leave it on my work bench and am able to stack other things such as a wire stripper and pliers on the box for easy storage and accessibility so I don’t have everything just scattered on my workbench. The wire works great when connecting pins on my breadboard for my projects.


Not sure why I didn’t buy this a couple years ago!

It's fine!

It’s wire! Hard to get too excited, really. However the dispenser is nice and clever and helps keep my desk neat.

Good wire, great box/holder

Makes it really easy to work with various wires without having spools roll off onto the floor or otherwise flip around when you’re pulling on them.

Wire is good. Dispenser concept is great but needs some work.

The wire pulls back into the box ocaisionally. Requires opening the box to reinsert the wire.

Suggest the box wire openings be smaller so as to provide some friction that restricts the retraction effect.

The wire spools are snug in the box, so the retraction occurs from the wire loosening rather than the spool turning.

Solid Product

It is exactly as described. 25ft of each color is perfect for my prototyping needs. I didn’t think I would keep the box as a dispenser, but it convenient. Price was reasonable as well.

Works Great

Perfect thing to use for hookups to an Arduino.

Yet another solid practical prototyping idea from the wizards of SFE.

Haven’t really used this yet but….

I did take an initial look at it.

pros - the wire exits the box freely without moving the box. - the wire is easily stripped. - has all the colors of wire that I will most likely use. - will help me keep track of where I put the d**n wire while building a project. - The box fits tightly into itself so it should last.

cons - Can’t see any so far. (The wire didn’t fit quite as snugly into the first hole in a prototyping board similar to sfe PRT-12002. But it did fit snugly into all subsequent holes on the same board and other prototyping boards.)

some suggestions - It’d be nice to have a hole at each end filled by a hard plastic “grommet” so that the whole box could be hung up and restrained. - SFE might want to make extra boxes available so that if the box becomes unusable, it can be replaced.

I’ll update this when I have used it.