Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jumper Cables

Not all jumper cables are created equal. Many people go to the store, see jumper cables and just buy the cheapest ones. It's just copper connecting 2 batteries, right? Wrong. A professional set of jumper cables (1-4 AWG wire) should be able to start the stranded vehicle directly from the donor vehicle. A cheap set like this 10 gauge set (remember that in American Wire Gauge, smaller number equals thicker wire) has to sit for a while and hopefully actually charge the dead battery enough to start the stranded vehicle. Unfortunately, I've seen this take as long as 5 minutes. On a car with a completely bad battery, I've seen it not work at all.
So don't just go buy the cheapest jumper cables you can find, take a look, do 5 minutes worth of research and buy a higher quality set. A high quality set of jumper cables should last at least the life of the vehicle, if not your entire life as a driver. I typically recommend this about $20 set from AAA, but even a professional quality set of 1-2 AWG jumper cables should only cost $50-60 as of the writing of this article.

As always, stay safe out there. I'll see you on the road.

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