A good set of jumper cables are so important and so guaranteed to be useful at one point or another, that they should be mandatory present in any car. Even if you are sure that your battery is of the best quality, and even if you change it regularly, there will come a time when someone else will need you to give them a jump start. There is, however, a more important point to be made, which is that not every product on the market today that is labeled as jumper cables, is actually up to the task of starting a car whose battery has died. The problem is that the jumper cable is like a road driving power from one car to another. The narrower the road, the less power will be able to pass through it, and there is a point where there is so little power trickling through that you simply cannot jump start another car. Of course, it all depends on the engine size, because the bigger the engine, the more power it will need to start. And there are other aspects to consider, like the position of the battery in the car, the quality and age of the cables and the power of the donor car. So we decided to create the following list with the best jumper cables on the market. The thing is that different people will need different cables, so we choose several options that will meet any type of needs. For that reason you should make sure to scroll past the following list where we are only highlighting the most interesting features of each product, and check out the in depth reviews we have created for each one.
|AAA 4326AAA Heavy Duty 16' 6 Gauge Booster Cable||excellent||$||Click Here!|
|AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit||very good||$||Click Here!|
|Capri Tools Heavy-Duty Auto Jumper Cables||very good||$||Click Here!|
AAA Heavy Duty 16′ 6 Gauge Booster Cable (4326AAA)
If you own a big, heavy SUV or anyone of the powerful American muscle cars, you can be sure that your engine requires a lot of power to get started. For those types of cars you need a big gauge cable like the AAA Heavy Duty 16′ 6 Gauge Booster Cable. In fact it has several features that make it an excellent choice for almost any type of car. For one, that 6 gauge cable is big enough to allow enough power to start any car. Second of all, it is double the length of your average jumper cables, at 16 feet, which means you can easily connect it to any other car even if the donor car or your own has the battery hidden in the trunk or under the passenger seat, or in any other place around the car. Finally, the cables themselves have a heavy duty rubber insulation, that will keep them from rusting over and thus lose their conductivity over time.
AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit
There are several other essentials that you should always have in your car, so our second choice is actually a tool kit built around the booster cable. It contains an 8 gouge jumper cable that is 8 feet long. That is a sufficient length for most situations although there will clearly come at time where you will have to maneuver your car very carefully to get the cable to reach from one battery to another. However, being an 8 gauge cable, the fact that it is a bit shorter can actually be an advantage because the extra thickness makes it a heavy cable, and being shorter you take away some of that weight. Besides the cable you also get a flash light, first aid kit, a poncho, a safety vest, and basically everything you need to keep you safe in case your car gives out for one reason or another.
Capri Tools Heavy-Duty Auto Jumper Cables
Interestingly enough, the biggest problem people who have never used jumper cables before have, is not with actually connecting the cables or with getting the car to start up again, but to actually aligning the 2 cars so that the cables will reach. So the Capri Tools Heavy-Duty Auto Jumper Cables is the longest jumper cable on our list, at 20 feet long. It is only a 4 gauge, so it is still very light despite its length, but does not allow for a whole lot of power to be transferred through it. You will be able to start a small to medium size car without any problems, but if you will need to start something like an SUV or something even bigger, you will need to connect the 2 cars and give the dead battery about 10 minutes to charge before you actually try to start the second car. Provided the battery is not completely dead, you should be able to start any type of car within 10 to 20 minutes even using these lighter jumper cables.
DLUX 6 Gauge No Tangle Battery Booster Cables
As we have stated in the beginning of this talk, there are enough excellent options on the market to satisfy any taste. Say, you have a big engine that take a lot of space in the front of the car and you need a set of cables that is both long enough to span the entire engine, and reach the donor car, and you need them to be thick enough to start your engine on the first go. Well, in that case your best option is the 6 gauge No Tangle Battery Booster cables. They are a set of 12 feet cables with a 6 gauge, so a little on the heavy side, but they will get the job done without any problems.
Cartman Heavy Duty Booster Cables
Our final choice is also the lightest and most versatile set of jumper cables, the Cartman Heavy Duty Booster Cables. They are rightly called booster cables because, at 2 gauge these cables could not jump start a Peugeot 106 connected to a Humvee from the first try. However, they are light, and at 20 feet they are also long enough that you will not risk hitting the other car while you are positioning them. The only thing is that the dead car’s battery needs to be able to hold a charge and you will need to let the engine run in the donor car, with the cables connected for at least 15 minutes before you try to start the other car. However, if you are willing to do that, the Cartman Heavy Duty Booster Cables do make for excellent jumper cables.