Buy high quality jumper cables for emergency jump-starting a car. They're more dependable in adverse conditions.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:February 2012
Cheap jumper cables have light-weight clamps and thinner wire which don't work as well as stronger, heavier cables when jump starting a car.
Buy more expensive jumper cables for this simple reason: You want the
other car to start. Cheap
jumper cables are a bad investment.
made with thin
want a thick
(4- or 6-gauge)
wire to move
the most juice when you jump start a car.
High-quality cables (such as the
Hopkins BC0860 shown; about $40; available through our affiliation with
amazon.com) have professional-grade
clamps that won’t pop off.
High-quality cables are a once-in-a-lifetime investment. They’re
priced according to wire gauge,
length, clamp quality and the ability
of the insulation to flex at
minus 30 degrees F.
Get step-by-step instructions on how to jump start your car.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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