In case your battery is drained, one of the things you can do is to jump-start your car. We highly don’t advise anyone to try the jumpstarting procedure without prior experience or knowledge because it can be dangerous. It is better to leave that in the hands of professionals or those with prior experience.
One of the things that must be considered when jumpstarting a car is the jumper cables that you are going to use. If you’d really want to jumpstart your vehicle, at least get some decent jumper cables. Here are a few of our tips on what to look for in a jumper cable.
Tip 1: Select The Proper Gauge
When it comes to wire gauges in jumper cables, the higher the number, the thinner the wire is. Those made with thicker cables are preferred because they are more capable of transmitting more electric current.
Although you don’t necessarily need the thickest gauge, jumper cables that are too thin may not be able to carry enough electric current to successfully jumpstart the vehicle. Usually, those at gauge 5 or 4 are universally used for cars while those that are gauge 2 are for trucks.
Tip 2: 100% Copper Cables Are Best
The jumper cables are made of different materials. Check to make sure you know what they are made of before you buy them. Those that are made of 100% copper cables are best because they are the best conductor. Some may be made of “copper clad” aluminum or aluminum cables.
These have more resistance and are therefore less efficient than 100% copper cables.
Tip 3: Make Sure They Are Properly Insulated
Surrounding the copper wires are two more components. Directly touching the copper wire is what is referred to as the insulation material. This prevents the flow of the electric current in other directions or when the wire touches other conductors.
A well-insulated jumper cable will be safer and more efficient to use. The outer sheath will only protect the insulation and wires from the outside. This is usually oil resistant, chemical resistant, and fire redundant as well.
Tip 4: Select Those With Heavy Duty Clamps
As you would expect, heavy-duty jumper cables will also come with bigger and stronger clamps. The clamps make sure that the connection is secure.
This avoids the clamps from jiggling and causing sparks. A heavy-duty cable should always be partnered with heavy-duty clamps to make sure that the electric current will efficiently pass through them.