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Re: Jumper Cables - Good, heavy, reasonably priced?
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2019, 08:28:19 PM »
Great link Magicman!  Looks like a fantastic price for 0 gauge cables and the reviews are positive too.

I built my own set years ago from 2/0 welding cable.  They are 26' long, which allows me to park in front of a vehicle jump it off.

For clamps, I used two different sets on each end.  One end has these 500A rated clamps:

https://www.delcity.net/store/Standard-Battery-Clamps/p_1046.h_105440

The other end has these premium rated clamps:

https://www.delcity.net/store/Premium-Battery-Clamps/p_1045.h_105149

The reason that I used different clamps on each end is because the premium clamps are better for connecting to a side terminal battery (such as what GM used for years).  The standard ones work easier on top terminal batteries.

Wire gauge really makes a difference.  There are many times that I can jump off a vehicle or piece of equipment with my 2/0 cables w/o having to wait to charge up the dead battery; whereas with the cheaper, thinner cables I might have to let it charge for 10 minutes or longer.
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Re: Jumper Cables - Good, heavy, reasonably priced?
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2019, 08:31:27 PM »
My diesel has two batteries, and I get the interstate with both side terminals and top posts.  good for accessories and jumper cables.
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« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2019, 08:38:26 PM »
Those look pretty tasty, MM.  How long have you been using them?

I'd say they are the leader in the clubhouse, with a just a few players still out on the course.  If nobody posts a better score in the next 3hr 24min, I'm pulling the trigger.

The 0 ga. and 25 ft will give me some good options since I only use these for odd, irritating things around here.  The routine stuff gets handled by the trusty jump box, but it has its limitations for gnarly farm work.
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Re: Jumper Cables - Good, heavy, reasonably priced?
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2019, 09:14:34 PM »
How long have you been using them
I don't have any, just a Google search, but here is something that I just read that is concerning:  "copper-clad aluminum (CCA) conductors".

If they are seldom used that may not be a concern, but aluminum is not as flexible as copper and with constant use the conductors might fail/break.  Not good.  That explains the price.

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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2019, 09:29:11 PM »
Add 100% copper to your search and the horizon changes.  :P

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« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2019, 09:31:01 PM »
Hmmmmm. Hmmmmmmmmm.

I kinda thought theyd been through vigorous usage and testing at Magicman World Headquarters. Glad I asked.

Thanks for the update.
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« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2019, 09:53:00 PM »
The sketchiest jumper 'cables' I ever used was two pieces of rebar. Held another battery up, and bridged the terminals with rebar. Heavy duty and cheap  :^P

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« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2019, 10:27:42 PM »
1000 amp jumper cables..... @MagicMan are you trying to jump your Caterpillar D11 again, so you can level out your flower beds ?
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« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2019, 06:25:23 AM »
For me when It comes to tools. I try to get the best I can. They last forever and only have to get them one time. 
Get what you pay for most times. But that's just me. Good luck.
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« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2019, 07:30:24 AM »
I have two or three sets made from #2 welding cables ,20 feet long .The cables were salvaged , the heavy duty clamps from flea bay .I also have  a set made from 4 conductor # 6 cable ,two conductors in parallel each . I probably have enough cable  and clamps to make 4 or 5 more sets < junk yard dawg ya know  ;D

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« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2019, 07:33:52 AM »
I have two or three sets made from #2 welding cables ,20 feet long .The cables were salvaged , the heavy duty clamps from flea bay .I also have  a set made from 4 conductor # 6 cable ,two conductors in parallel each . I probably have enough cable  and clamps to make 4 or 5 more sets < junk yard dawg ya know  ;D
Sounds like a sales opportunity. I've recently heard there's a buyer looking  ;^)

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« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2019, 07:38:07 AM »
Let me interject a thought here .Be very careful on a jump start .I've had two batteries explode on me .Make the first connection on the dead battery and the last to disconnect to avoid a spark .Dang dead battery can really gas up with hydrogen and turn itself into a bomb . :o 

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« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2019, 08:39:11 AM »
Good discussion.  Thanks for all the replies.

All things considered, I'm going to make a tour of the auto parts stores today since it's too hot to do much.  They are all on a stretch of road within 2 miles of each other, so I can hit all six or seven without much trouble.  I think it will be better to see and touch them, although I'd be comfortable buying some that had been used and validated by somebody here.  I don't really want another project right now and there's something out there that's good enough for my purpose.  I'll know when I see them.
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« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2019, 09:02:15 AM »
That's kind of expensive for aluminum cables

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Woops....disregard my previous post. You already noticed

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« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2019, 09:12:40 AM »
That plus I did not find "copper-clad aluminum (CCA) conductors" anywhere in the product description.  It was only mentioned in a review.  :-\  That also explains the heavy gauge and heavy amp rating.

Using 100% copper in the search finds the "good stuff".  I guess that you get what you ask for, or maybe what you don't ask for.
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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2019, 11:21:31 AM »
Let me interject a thought here .Be very careful on a jump start .I've had two batteries explode on me .Make the first connection on the dead battery and the last to disconnect to avoid a spark .Dang dead battery can really gas up with hydrogen and turn itself into a bomb . :o

True dat. Hopefully most people know that. Probably not the younger generation though.

Gassing usually shows up on your positive post connection pretty quick. Space fungus. Good sign something has gone too long without attention.
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« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2019, 12:38:08 PM »
x3 on welding cable, make your own. Quality clamps with strong springs, color coded came from Car quest. I keep mine as separate cables-easier to coil up and store.

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« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2019, 01:34:03 PM »
For high quality cables, welding cable looks to be the way to go.  I have a couple 50+ footers I picked up for almost nothing at little roadside flea market a few years ago.  20 - 25 ft is the sweet spot for my needs.  I'll pick up some good clamps when the opportunity comes along.  For me, separate cables will be a good thing.  Or I'll tape 'em together.  It's now on the list, but I'll be moving forward for now with something else.  

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« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2019, 02:32:03 PM »
I used 2 inch pieces heavy duty shrink tube installed BEFORE you attach the clamps on the welding cable. I put one every 12 inches on 24 foot cables. It works well and I have had those cables for about 20 years.
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