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Durable Low-Voltage Insulation with 3M PVC Electrical Tapes

  • 3M PVC electrical tapes are used for providing a tough insulating layer for low-voltage cables in industrial environments. Besides providing excellent insulation, 3M PVC tapes have high elasticity, which create a tight bond that contains electrical currents.

    The first vinyl electrical tape was invented by 3M scientists in 1946. Innovation continued over the years and today, 3M has a range of PVC electrical tapes that do more than low-voltage insulation. Each tape has a unique function, from colour coding to cable protection. In medium voltage applications, they form a puncture-resistant layer over rubber and mastic tapes.

    Discover which 3M PVC electrical tape to use for each application.

Economy Grade, General Purpose & Premium: Choose the Right PVC Electrical Tapes

3M PVC electrical tapes come in three grades: economy, general use and premium. For temporary applications and mild indoor environments, use economy and general-purpose grade electrical tapes.

For heavy-duty performance in tough conditions, use premium grade 3M electrical tapes. They have better elongation and won’t melt or crack in extreme temperatures.

Here's a quick comparison between economy, general purpose, and premium electrical tapes from 3M.

Economy

General Use

Premium

economy electrical tapes
general use electrical tapes
premium electrical tapes

Thickness

7 mil thickness

Up to 7 mil

7 mil thickness

Up to 7 mil

10 mil thickness

Up to 10 mil

Elongation

150% elongation

Up to 150%

150% elongation

Up to 150%

250% elongation

Up to 250%

Breaking Strength

15 lb/in breaking strength

Up to 15 lb/in

15 lb/in breaking strength
Up to 15 lb/in

20 lb/in breaking strength

Up to 20 lb/in

Heat Resistance

heat resistance 80°C

Up to 80°C

heat resistance 80°C

Up to 80°C

heat resistance 105°C

Up to 105°C

Adhesion to Steel

Adhesion to steel 18 oz/in

Up to 18 oz/in

Adhesion to steel 18 oz/in

Up to 18 oz/in

Adhesion to steel 28 oz/in

Up to 28 oz/in

Certification

-

Certification UL, CSA

UL, CSA

Certification UL, CSA

UL, CSA


When to Use PVC Electrical Tapes

3M PVC electrical tapes are designed for the applications below.

Primary Insulation

Explore all 3M electrical tapes for insulation

3M PVC electrical tapes are UL 510-listed to insulate wires up to 600V without breaking. The thickness of premium vinyl tapes go up to 10 mil without compromising on elongation and elasticity. This allows you to build more layers and strengthen insulation.

Explore the most widely used 3M PVC insulating electrical tapes.


Protective Outer Jacketing

Explore all 3M electrical tapes for cable protection

Medium-voltage splices and repairs wrapped with rubber and mastic tapes must be jacketed with vinyl tapes to protect against punctures and abrasions. 3M PVC electrical tapes adhere well to rubber and mastic and allow for non-sticky rework because of their low-residue adhesive.

Here are the toughest 3M vinyl electrical tapes for cable jacketing and sealing.


Colour Coding

Explore all 3M colour coding electrical tapes

Electrical engineers rely on colour codes to mark and identify wire phases. 3M colour coding PVC electrical tapes have fade-resistant vinyl backing available in up to 9 vibrant colours. They retain phase identification details well after the electrical installation is complete.

View the range of 3M colour coding tapes.

  • Scotch® 35 Vinyl Color Coding Electrical Tape
    • Long term, indoor and outdoor use
    • 7 mil thickness
    • Operating temperature range 0°C to 105°C
    • Available in 9 fade-resistant colours: Blue, Brown, Grey, Green, Orange, Red, Violet, White, Yellow
  • เทป PVC พันสายไฟ 3M Temflex™ Plus 
    • Economy grade, short-term indoor use
    • 5 mil thickness
    • Operating temperature range 0°C to 80°C
    • Available in 8 fade-resistant colours: Black, Blue, Brown, Grey, Green, Red, White, Yellow

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