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Old 20 Sep 2017, 03:49 am
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Hereís the thing, most people donít think too much about booster cables until you need them. Very few spend time thinking what are the best jumper cables for a vehicle? In fact, what makes one set of cables better than another? Arenít they all just the same. The thing is, they arenít.

Jumper cables are one of those things that you probably are fairly sure that you own a pair. When you first got a car perhaps your parents put a set in the trunk. Perhaps youíve picked up a set of cables because you saw them in the store and wanted to make sure that you had some. Worst still, maybe you needed a jump and realized that you donít have a pair.

If finding the best car battery cables has been a challenge for you so far, this post by our Garage Chief experts should be a great help. Not only weíll go over some of the best options on the market but also give you some ideas as to what makes these the best and the things that you need to look for a high-quality set of booster cables
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You get what you pay for with jumper cables. The cheap ones won't work worth a crap because of the thin wiring used in them. The thicker the gauge wire, the better off you are. And, the more you'll pay.
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I think the poster is Spam. I usually report his posts but he never gets deleted so that being said, I'll play along


I bought cables from Walgreens in a pinch. 16' long, fit in an included small pouch, and work great. Better quality than I expected

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/li...258183-product
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 07:15 am
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I would have never thought of Walgreens, Rob. And 6 gauge wire! Not bad. I figured you'd have a pair of 20 footers made from welding cable.
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I took my girlfriend's 2015 Civic to the carwash and I left the blower motor on so the car would smell soapy and clean inside. The battery died, in half an hour nobody I asked had cables, and it was the closest place to walk.
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 01:04 pm
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The very best jumper cables are the home-made type made from heavy copper welding lead. Back in the day, you couldn't buy anything that good. But with the welding lead cables, you could jump anything from a big diesel truck to a D9 Caterpillar bulldozer. While considerably thicker (000 or 0000 gauge) they were surprisingly flexible.

I've still got a very old set of these. The rubber insulation is all eat up and they are mostly wrapped in black electrical tap. Also, I need to go a welding store and find some new clamps for them.

The problem with store-bought cables is often the clamps. A stranded 4 gauge copper cable set can carry a 1000 amps if not too long. But the clamps on the store bought cables are usually not rated that high. Thus you can buy 1 gauge jumper cables but they are often only rated to 600 or 800 amps.

It should be noted that you don't need these kinds of heavy jumper cables for most cars. A good 4 gauge 500 amp set will work great most of the time. Higher amps usually better. 16 feet is a good length. The longer the jumper cables get, the weaker they are per the wire gauge. For the money here's some I'd buy:

2 gauge 16 ft.
https://www.amazon.com/Energizer-1-G...%2Bcables&th=1

1 gauge 25 ft.
https://www.amazon.com/Energizer-1-G...%2Bcables&th=1
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I have some cheapies and they have always worked fine. The only issues I have had were when the insulation on one set cracked when they were coiled up in the freezing car one February and we put something heavy on top of the bag. A car battery in a 5 gallon pail, ironically enough. They still work, but they best be handled with care.
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A bit old thread, but I'm curious if anyone has personal experience with Rescue booster jumper cables? -- batterystuff.com/emergency/industrial-jumper-cables/602260-001.html
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A bit old thread, but I'm curious if anyone has personal experience with Rescue booster jumper cables? -- batterystuff.com/emergency/industrial-jumper-cables/602260-001.html
There are many sets Amazon with better amp ratings and great feedback for much less money. One of the problems with jump cables is that looks can be deceiving. This is where Amazon or other online feedback can be extremely valuable. You are much more likely to get a good set buying it online where you can look at hundreds or thousands of feedback reports.

The ones in your add appear to a fairly low amp rating compared to the advertised wire gauge. I suspect the wire is not truly 2 gauge copper and/or the clamps are too lightly made as I described above. You should be able to get a set with 4 gauge wire that has a 500 amp rating.
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My advise is get a set made from a local RV Dealership that has their own service shop.

Don't get caught up in what you should get as posted by a few members which is good information, just tell the service manager at the RV Center you want the best they can make for you. It will cost around 75-150 bucks well spent!

There is no question that you will get the best set of cable you will ever see!!

I managed an RV Dealership Parts department at one time and we often got requests for a premium set of jumper cables. The premium components used to make them are standard parts used for servicing many RV's.
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