Lightweight Gauge Jumper Cables Can’t Take the Heat

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When jumpstarting, use quality jumper cables. Smaller, inferior cables may be adequate to provide a simple boost to a dead battery but cannot withstand the intense current when cranking the vehicle. In some cases, smaller, lightweight gauge cables will overheat because of their higher electrical resistance than larger gauge cables.

For more jumpstarting tips, and possible hazards of jumpstarting, see the Tow Times February issue Safety Meeting department by Patrick Gratzianna.