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Best purchase in this price and even higher range...
on August 9, 2012
These are copper-clad aluminum construction, but then you aren't paying $200+ for them either. The questions in my mind are:
- are they otherwise well constructed (shielding and flexibiility, clamps design (and rating) and how well they are attached to the cables,
- will they stand up to fierce weather cold/heat
- will they deliver the amps
I have Jeep Grand Wagoneers, and live in the mountains. I need at least 25' length, and reliability in winter.
Important note: get the best clamps you can - makes a notable difference. More info in this post later.
Some considerations I have are:
- I want extra long cables without worrying about their performance, and without spending godzillian dollars
- Seek out parrot clamps with a good rating (500 amps or better). They are way more reliable. I think they are best in class compared to most all other clamps - and it makes a big difference if you have picky requirements (like I do).
- Get 2ga or 1ga for any cables longer than 12 feet - a must if you get copper-clad. you can get away with 4ga if solid copper.
- Get highest rating... seems 800amp is acheivable for copper-clad aluminum 2ga and 1ga boosters. Since I likely won't find cheap solid copper cables (as if), This keeps me from going to 4ga. allowance.
- Make certain the manuf claims temperature standards, run from others!
I have been looking at the following products:
- Coleman Cable 08862 25-Foot Ultra-Heavy-Duty Truck and Auto Battery Booster Cables, 2-Gauge, Hi/Lo temp, $140 shipped
Appear to be top quality for Copper-Clad Alums.
Love the Clamps and construction
- Motor Trend MTP125-CCA 25-Foot Jumper Cables, 800-AMP (1ga, 100% copper, hi/lo temps) $80 shpped
Clamp is considered "parrot" (high rated) in other ads I have seen
(This is sold at Walmart too)
I suspect these are a superior product at this price. If you don't want FJC copper-clad alums, then get this.
- FJC 45255 1 Gauge Commercial Duty 25' Booster Cable - 800 amp $71 shipped
Potential first pick, but...
Confusing pic of Clamps in the ad - one silver, one cooper??? I question their amp capacity of silver-looking (aluminum?) Clamps and how well they may be attached to the cable.
These seem to be the conterpart to the Motor Trend listed above.
For the sake of $10 I would definitely go with the MotorTrends.
- FJC (FJC45265) 2/0 Ga. Booster Cables with 800 Amp Commercial Grade Clamps $141 shipped
Same as the 45255 above, but 2ga
***my purchase** FJC 45245 2 Gauge 25' 600 Amp Parrot Clamp Professional Booster Cable, 2ga, Parrot Clamps, Hi/Lo temps $56 shipped
A superior construction FJC.
Meets all my bottomline requirements at a fraction of the cost. The purchase was a no brainer.
Arrived packaged well, and in original manuf. box. Clamps certainly are superior. The cable attachment to the clamps appears professional - not skanky. I have not used these yet, but I have no doubt as to what to expect.
Some notes on copper-clad aluminum wire vs pure copper:
- aluminium wire requires a 1.6-times larger cross sectional area than a copper wire to achieve comparable DC resistance
- aluminum is lighter weight and less expensive
- copper cladding provides protection against corrosion and makes this wire's connections more relilable
- If the diameter of the aluminum cables have been upgraded in size, to match the current carrying capacity of the normal copper cables, then the only remaining difference is that copper withstands much more bending and coiling before the metal begins to "work harden," and some of the individual wire strands begin to break. In other words, the copper stands up to use better than aluminum.
When buying booster cables, read the labels, and make sure that the maximum number of Amps, for which the aluminum cables are capable of carrying, is equal to or greater than the highest rated copper cables.
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Therefore, IF the copper clad aluminum cables are rated for the same current carrying capacity as copper cables, then there is NO difference in use between the two types.
(this last part is quoted from someone else in a professional forum online, and I agree with it.)
- For more permanent installation for dc application i would definitely seek out all copper (welder's wiring) for installation. For booster cables I am concerned about not spending too much money and being confident they will work, and last... and I think some copper-clad aluminum cables I have seen are constructed well enough.
The following was a really helpful post regarding one man's purchase of the FJC 45245 that helped sway my decision....
Hope this helps others ;^)