Halifax Battery & Electrical System Maintenance - Quality Booster (Jumper) Cables



Your car owner's manual (as well as the top of your battery) tells how to connect jumper cables safely to prevent shock, sparks and a possible explosion. You should also be careful about using substandard quality jumper cables. These usually combine thick insulation & plastic around a thin wire. The wire could quickly overheat, melt the insulation and cause a short circuit. In household wiring, a fuse or circuit breaker could prevent a fire, but with jumper cables, where there is no such circuit breaker protection, so a real hazard can exist

Among other shortcomings of inferior booster cables include:

Here are some features to look for in a quality booster cable

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