Can the CTs be extended?

CTs may also be extended without splices or soldering using the eGauge Sensorhub as a CT extension kit.

Do not use wire nuts to connect CT extensions. Wire nuts will degrade and interfere with the low-voltage CT signals.

Split core CTs can be extended with twisted pair wire to cover much longer distances. STP (shielded twisted pair) is recommended, as it will reduce noise and interference. If you need to extend a CT wire farther than approximately 100 ft (30m), voltage drop must be taken into account and a larger gauge wire should be used.

Note that CT leads longer than approximately 100ft (30m) can cause a decrease in accuracy. This is especially true of CTs with high maximum amperage ratings which are reading extremely low amperages. 

eGauge typically recommends 22 AWG to 18 AWG 600V rated CAT5 Ethernet cable, as it is generally easy to obtain and can be used to extend up to 4 CTs. However, any shielded twisted pair wire with appropriate insulation and wire gauge can be used. Be certain to use twisted pair wire that is appropriately rated for the location and panels it will be run in.

Connections should be made with solder and heat shrink tubing, or butt connectors. Wire nuts must not be used to extend CT leads.

Please see the CT selection guide for full details regarding CTs.

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