BVR, RV, and BV Cable: What Are The Differences? 

BV, BVR, and RV cables are the most commonly used electrical cables in residential wiring. However, most people tend to hesitate between BVR, RV and BV cable options and are not sure which type to choose when purchasing cables for their electrical projects. We will now compare each type in detail to help you choose the right type for your needs. Follow along to gain a comprehensive understanding of these essential electrical components.

What does BV, BVR, RV cable mean?

BV CableBV cable


BV cable refers to a single core PVC insulated wire, which is a commonly used and highly sought-after single-core solid conductor without sheathing cable. It features an inner conductor crafted from high-quality, oxygen-free copper and is insulated with eco-friendly PVC.




BVR CableBVR cable

BVR cable is a specialized type of building wire characterized by its copper core and PVC insulation. The acronym BVR stands for “B” denoting its flat structure, “V” indicating the PVC material, and “R” signifying its soft, flexible nature. Typically, BVR cables consist of several flexible copper strands bundled together and wrapped in a sturdy PVC jacket. Therefore, it is highly suitable for applications that require both flexibility and reliable performance. 



RV cable

RV Cable

RV cable is a single-conductor cable specifically designed for connecting photovoltaic power system panels. The RV cable shares a similar appearance with the BVR cable, but it is notably more flexible. This type of cable is extensively utilized in the industrial production and power distribution equipment sectors due to its reliability and efficiency.

Differences Between BVR, RV, and BV Cables

1. Different conductor structures


With the visual comparison chart above we can clearly see the difference in structure between the three types:

  • The BV conductor consists of a single solid copper core.
  • The BVR conductor features a single multi-strand flexible copper core.
  • Similarly, the RV conductor also comprises a single multi-strand flexible copper core.

In addition, BV cable uses the first type of conductor, BVR uses the second type of conductor, and RV uses the fifth type of conductor.

Variations in bare conductor types cater to specific requirements, making certain that optimal performance and efficiency in electrical systems.

2. Different thickness of cable conductors

BV cable consists of a single solid conductor, which makes its copper cable conductor the thickest when compared to other cables of the same cross-sectional size. While both BVR and RV cables are composed of multiple strands of flexible copper wire, there are notable differences between them. RV cables are thinner and more pliable than BVR cables, offering greater flexibility.

3. Different applications

BV cable is used more in home decoration wires, mostly as the main line in the wall.

RV power cable is mainly used for household lighting appliances and equipment connection wire.

BVR flexible wire is generally used for the power connection wire of the equipment. It is widely used in power distribution cabinets, motors, and electrical control systems.

4. Different voltage levels

BVR cable is rated at 450/750V for many standard electrical applications. However, RV copper wire adheres to more stringent voltage requirements and is rated at 450/750V or 600/1000V for greater versatility and reliability in high voltage applications.

How to choose to use BV cable and wire?

The choice of electrical wires for home decoration will directly affect our daily electricity consumption. Among the various wire and cable products, BV cable is the most common choice. So the following we will get together to understand how to choose the home decoration wire?

  • At the outset, what are the advantages of BV cables?
  1. Safe and reliable

The insulation layer of BV cable is made of high quality PVC material. It has excellent electrical insulation and moisture resistance. The construction of the cable greatly reduces the risk of leakage and short-circuit accidents, thus assuring maximum safety for residential electrical systems.

  1. Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency

BV electric wire and cable are free of lead and other hazardous substances. Their use helps reduce environmental pollution and improves energy efficiency by effectively reducing energy consumption during use.

  1. Cost-effectiveness

BV wires and cables offer a cost-effective solution compared to other types of wires and cables. Its reasonable price makes it an ideal choice for most households.

  • What are the precautions we need to pay attention to in purchasing and using it?
  1. Purchase Quality: We must choose reputable brands and manufacturers to avoid counterfeits. For example, ZW cable is ranked among the top 10 manufacturers in China. Be sure that the specifications of BV cable meet the intended use and load requirements.
  2. Correct use: Secondly, we also need to follow the correct installation method to make certain that the bending radius of bv cable is correct and the terminals are adequately tightened. Pay attention to the installation environment to avoid high temperature and humidity, which may damage the wire and cause circuit failure.
  3. Storage and Maintenance: Finally, during the storage, we need to store the bv cables in a dry and clean environment without direct sunlight and humidity. Monitor the storage period and lifespan of cords and replace cords that show signs of deterioration.

By focusing on these areas – quality purchasing, proper use and proper storage – you can secure the safety and reliability of your home’s electrical system.


As we have learned about the differences between BV, BVR & RV cables and how to choose bv cables, we can make informed decisions by evaluating their specific characteristics and applications to help maximize the performance and safety of your electrical installations. Feel free to leave a comment or send an email with any questions you may have, we would be willing to share any information about our products with you.


What are the disadvantages of bv cable and wire?

It is quite difficult to straighten steel wire after bending and the process of repeated bending and straightening may lead to injuries.

What is voltage for BV Cable?

The voltage for bv cable is ac rated 450/750v. We can produce NH-BV and ZR-BV.

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