The obvious thing that most car owners tend to forget is that, although you should always have a set of jumper cables in the car, you are probably not going to get to use them more than once every couple of years. For that reason, when choosing a good set of heavy duty jumper cables you need to look at the way they were put together more than anything else. Of course, you need a good, big gouge jumper cable that will allow you to quickly start a car with a dead battery, but you also need to be wary not to carry around extra thick, heavy cables, or cables that are too short for your needs. So keeping that in mind we have come up with the following list of the best heavy duty jumper cables on the market. Right after the list you can find our in depth reviews for each product, as well as our reasons for choosing those particular products over anything else out there. We are also going to touch a little bit on the kind of car each cable is used for and how long you should wait to start the car.
|Cal-Hawk Heavy Duty 2 Gauge Wire||excellent||$$||Click Here!|
|Coleman Cable Heavy-Duty 4-Gauge Battery Booster Cables||very good||$$||Click Here!|
|Unique Imports Professional Booster Cable||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Capri Tools Heavy-Duty Auto Jumper Cables||very good||$||Click Here!|
|DLUX Super Heavy Duty Jumper Cables||excellent||$||Click Here!|
1. Cal-Hawk Heavy Duty 2 Gauge Wire
We have decided to start our list with the jumper cables that we believe would fit most cars and most needs. The thing about jumper cables is that the thicker they are, the more electrical current they are going to allow through, but they are also going to be heavier, more difficult to maneuver, and the parrot jaw will have a more difficult time staying attached. So a 2 gouge wire is the optimal choice because, with most light cars, that is anything weighing less than a ton and a half, they will allow enough current to pass from the donor car that you should be able to start the dead battery car within a couple of minutes. The Cal-Hawk wires use a special type of branding and extra slick rubber insulation so they do not get tangled and they were designed to stay flexible even in -67 degrees Fahrenheit. And the good news is that, even with big, heavy trucks, as long as the dead battery is not completely gone and can still hold its charge, you can use a donor car to bring back to life the battery by running the engine for about 15 minutes, and then you should be able to start it, while the 2 cars are still connected without any worries.
2. Coleman Cable Heavy-Duty 4-Gauge Battery Booster Cables
If you do own a heavy duty truck, and you know you have battery problems, in the sense that you will come to find your car’s battery dead at least 3 or 4 times a winter, you probably will not want to wait for 15 minutes every day just to start your truck. So what you will need are a set of jumper cables with a 4 gauge like the Coleman Cables. As long as you connect your truck to another powerful engine, you should be able to start in less than 5 minutes, or you may be able to start right off the bat. There is another interesting feature that attracted us to the Coleman Cables which is the fact that the handles glow in the dark so, it is very easy to get the polarity right even in complete darkness.
3. Unique Imports Professional Booster Cable
Now that we have talked about the big, heavy trucks, we can address the smaller, city type cars. That is to say if your car ways just at about the 1 tone mark, and it has a smaller, less than 90 horse power engine, you can actually get it started with a 1 gauge cable. Enter the Unique Imports Professional Booster Cables which are incredibly light despite the fact that they are 25 feet long. The extra length, coupled with the fact that you will probably be using them with relatively small cars, means that you do not have to do any special maneuvers to get the two batteries within reach of each other. However, despite the light weight appearance of the cables, the clamps are very well made and strong, so they will stay very well attached to the battery poles no matter its position on the car.
4. Capri Tools Heavy-Duty Auto Jumper Cables
Having given you our top 3 best heavy duty jumper cables selection, we decided to look into some cheaper alternatives that some of our readers would appreciate. We stand by the fact that, if money are not a problem, you should make your choice from the top 3, but, if you need to go down in price, the best choice for truck owners would be the Capri Tools Heavy-Duty Auto Jumper Cables. These are 4 gouge cables, measuring 20 feet, so, although the core is aluminum, they are still quite heavy. The jaws are PVC coated so they are very safe, and their grip is quite good although not as good as others we have looked at.
5. DLUX Super Heavy Duty Jumper Cables
Finally, our last choice for the best heavy duty jumper cables on the market are the DLUX Super Heavy Duty ones. These are extra thick 6 gauge ones, and relatively short at 12 feet so you may have to do some tricky maneuvering with the car in order to get the two batteries within range. The upshot, though, is that you can connect almost any size car to another powerful car, and get it started within seconds. Still there is another problem you should take into considerations which is that the thicker the cable is, the more rigid it will become in extra cold weather. So besides the fact that they are heavy, they may be very difficult to setup. In all honesty we do like these cables because they will let you get your car started so fast, but they can be a very difficult to use, especially with a big truck.