How to measure heatshrink tubing diameter


Many times our customer service department has received a call from a customer thinking they have been shipped the wrong sized heat shrink. When talking with the customer we find that they have incorrectly measured the heatshrink. In this post we will discuss the best way to measure your heatshrink to ensure that you are ordering the correct size.

To begin, flatten out the heat shrink. Measure the width of the flattened piece with a set of calipers, if you have one, and multiply that figure by 2. Divide this figure by 3.1416 (pi) and the result will be the diameter of your heat shrink tubing.

In the First example picture, below, the heat shrink is measured Flat at 1.57" (40mm). Take this number 1.57 (40mm), then multiple by 2. 1.57 (40mm) x 2 = 3.14" (80mm). Then divide it by 3.1416, which comes out to 0.9994" (25.38mm)). Allowing for rounding and measurement errors, this example turns out to be a 1" (25.4mm) nominal diameter piece of heat shrink tubing. This is the correct way to measure. :grinning:


The second example below is measured measured the same way. The flattened heat shrink’s width is 0.118" (3mm). The math breaks down as follows: 0.118(3mm) X 2 = 0.236 (6mm). Then, 0.236" (6mm) / 3.1416 = 0.075" (1.90mm). Nominal supplied diameter for this tubing is 0.075"


The third example below is showing the wrong way to measure the heat shrink tubing. Please don’t do this, it’s almost impossible to get an accurate measurement this way.

If you have any questions on heatshrink measurements or specifications please post a question on this thread and our team of techs and engineers will be happy to help.

Heat Shrink Supplied vs Recovered Diameter