Best Jumper Cables 2019 – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

4 Responses

  1. Richard Newcomb says:

    This information is largely useless! Nothing is mentioned in reference to the number of strands in a given wire gauge.
    You show a 7-strand 0-gauge cable in your chart which cannot compare to the current carrying capacity of a 990 strand 0-gauge cable.
    This is extremely valuable information to know when shopping for jumper cables!
    One should always seek to purchase cables with the largest number of strands in a given gauge that they can afford.
    Yet you offer nothing in regard to number of strands in any of your listings.
    What Gives?!

    • Hi Richard,

      Strand count is an interesting factor which we should expand upon in the Guide above.

      The current carrying capacity of a wire, regardless of strand count, is directly proportional to the cross-sectional area of the conductor.

      Highly stranded cables will provide increased flexibility and increased efficiency at high frequencies (skin effect), but are more expensive to produce. Lower strand count cables are more durable and cost-effective.

      Both will perform the same, from an electrical perspective, assuming they actually meet the AWG Standard that they advertise. Flexibility isn’t a major concern with jumper cables and most people will hopefully use them once a year or less.

      Most consumers want the best product for the price. So we sacrifice a little bit of flexibility with a lower strand count, but we gain durability and save money. We don’t list strand count because it is of little concern to the average consumer.

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