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Family Dollar has jumper cables for 6 bucks. Are they probably crap?

mynameismolotov 14 November 28, 2011 at 07:01 AM in Request
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Just wondering if it's even worth it to pick them up or if I should spring for a better pair. Just want some to keep in the back of the car as I don't have any now and with winter coming up it would be nice to have some just in case. I _believe_ the package said 10 gauge but I'm not positive. Seemed pretty cheap so I was wondering if this is a case of "you get what you pay for" or if they would be alright to rely on if need be. Other recommendations would be appreciated.

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#2
for 6 bucks, give crap to everyone on your christmas list! I guess it's probably better than nothing, but not much better.
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Quote from mynameismolotov View Post :
Just wondering if it's even worth it to pick them up or if I should spring for a better pair. Just want some to keep in the back of the car as I don't have any now and with winter coming up it would be nice to have some just in case. I _believe_ the package said 10 gauge but I'm not positive. Seemed pretty cheap so I was wondering if this is a case of "you get what you pay for" or if they would be alright to rely on if need be. Other recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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I highly recommend a set sold at Sears for $22.99 ( 4 gauge cable and 20 feet long) Your lighter gauge jumper cables (10 gauge) can get very hot when jumping another battery. The extra lenght of these can be very handy as well. SEARS always has a set of these heavy duty cables on sale around Christmas . I have purchased three sets. They make great gifts for young drivers.

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Essential safety and security tool for every car and truck
This set of jumper cable lasts 67% longer than regular sets for easier & safer reach between vehicles.
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Ehh... jumper cables are one of those things you don't want to get at the dollar store. Like fire extinguishers and fire alarms.
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#5
It's pretty hard to fark up jumper cables. Give it a shot, but only while wearing rubber boots.
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If you are like most people you will be careless with your cables and at six bucks you won't be to upset when your family member/friend/hot blonde on roadside doesn't return them.
Personally I have the Craftsman in a carry case but then I am a car professional and use them often and never loan them out.
Those $6 cables will jump many dead vehicles before they succumb to overheated wires breaking.
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here are my two cents worth.
make sure that the wires are COPPER and not aluminum.
also make sure that they are thicker copper wires...im told that the skinny ones maynot make a good connection...you can find REAL jumper cables at Sears, Kragen/oreillys, pep boys, autozone or any place that sells automotive products and expect to pay at least 15 dollars and probably 20 something which is probably not unreasonable.

HORNETMAN has it down.....i vote for what he has to say....well done!
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#8
Dont cheap out on jumper cables. Pass on it
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At the end of the day you get what you pay for!
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#10
Thicker is better for car jumper cables. The thinner ones get hot, which means they are wasting energy. The thinner ones also usually have small connectors. Depending on your battery terminal, they may be too small to connect properly.
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