Allied Encyclopedia: Alpha Xtra Guard 1 / Xtra Guard HP

What is Xtra Guard Cable?

Xtra-Guard Performance Cable, manufactured by Alpha Wire, is built to perform in extreme conditions. These cables offer reliable performance in many applications, from automotive to wind power. The Xtra-Guard Cable series features six installments, each offering a customized solution for different applications.

Xtra Guard 1 is Alpha Wire’s High Performance Cable, also known as Xtra-Guard HP. Alpha Xtra-Guard 1 is best known for its high performance in general purpose applications and offers many features and applications special to its construction.


Alpha Xtra Guard 1 Cable is manufactured in several performance grades, offering the option to customize each cable to your needs. These cables are generally available with 2-80 conductors configured as single conductors or in pairs, in sizes 28-14 AWG. All conductors are stranded for extra flexibility.

Alpha Xtra Guard 1 Cable

Alpha Xtra-Guard 1 Cable

Features of the cable’s construction:

  • Premium grade PVC insulation and jacket for easier cable routing in small spaces
  • Insulation and jacket can be easily stripped (thanks to a nylon ripcord)
  • Jackets are available in a range of long-lasting colors for easy identification, safety measures, and for matching a system
  • Stranded, Tinned Copper Conductors are color coded
  • Shielding options consist of unshielded, foil shielded, or a Supra-Shield foil/braid
    • Supra-Shield is exclusive to Alpha and features a combination of aluminum, polyester, and aluminum foil and a tinned copper braid shield with tight 75% coverage
    • Cable has exceptional protections against EMI interference when Supra-Shield is specified


This high performance cable is designed for general purpose applications, including high temperature, low temperature, UV light, oil/water/chemical, and abrasion resistant applications. This cable provides resistance to oils per UL Oil Res I and Class 43.

More specific applications include:

  • High technology applications in controlled environments
  • Medical electronics
  • Point-of-sale equipment
  • Computer peripherals
  • Industrial process controls

Xtra Guard 1 is designed for use in ambient temperatures up to 105°C, with voltage dependent on the conductor and shield. The cable passes the UL-VW-1, UL 1685 and CSA FT-4 Flame Tests.

For more information, and to see full specs on the Alpha Xtra Guard 1 cable, you can visit our Alpha Xtra-Guard 1 Cable page.

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

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