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Walmart.com has 16' Everstart 6-Gauge Booster Cables (WMBC1606B) on sale for $9.98. Select in-store pickup where available to save on shipping, otherwise shipping is free on orders $35+. Thanks strucksylver

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These cables are rated to resist oil, gas, and acid and remain flexible at -40% F. -Corwin

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Regular and in-store price: $15.87

Online price, either shipping or pickup: $9.98

just picked a set yesterday at the $9.98 price using online pickup order.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Everst.../135366713
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What makes good jumper cables? Other than straight-up build quality/clamp quality?

- Gauge of wire. Lower the gauge, the larger the wire. BUT there's no police in this. It's not uncommon for a company to say X gauge and then it's actually smaller wire surrounded by larger insulation to make the exterior look X gauge. Dare I say lying about it is more common than being truthful.

- Copper content of wire. More copper is better. Penny pinching companies use aluminum, then spray it with a thin layer of copper over top. Commonly known as "copper-clad aluminum". Current carrying capacity is roughly 70% of comparable 100% OFC. There's no way to determine this without the manufacturer specifying....until you buy the wires. Then you could hit the wires with a bench grinder to scrape off that top coating and see the silver aluminum underneath.

- Length of wire. The longer the wires, the more power is dropped across them. So shorter wires are able to carry more amperage without voltage drop. The downsides are obvious. If the wires are too short, you won't be able to reach car-to-car to even connect them. Your call on that, but 16ft would be the absolute limit I'd even bother looking at. I'd only consider 16ft if all the above mentioned specs were known and in order.

So with all that said, you can see how two companies may both advertise 16ft 6-gauge cables, but one company is actually using 8 gauge wire in a 6 gauge insulation AND it's made from mostly aluminum. The price will obviously be more attractive, but the performance will be 50% at best. And when you need jumper cables, the last thing you need is crappy quality ones. Read reviews. Inspect what your friend's use. Arm yourself with knowledge, do the research and you'll be DAMN glad you did when the need arises.
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I would look into those lithium battery packs as jump starters. They are around $30-50 on sale depending on the engine size and have worked flawlessly on my cars and friends car. Started in the first turn every time even totally dead battery's in the dead of winter. My fiends car even ran for about 4-5 blocks using only my battery pack (dead alternator). I use one made by Aukey but everyone makes them just check reviews. No hassles with getting two cars hooked up like finding a spot to align them, or physically having to push them out from parking spots. The lithium packs are way better in portability and power than the old large lead acid battery pack by miles as I had one of those too.
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I just came back home after jump starting my car. Trust me, you wouldn't want to be in a situation where you're in an almost empty parking lot and you find that the battery is dead. Do this one favor for yourself if you haven't yet already and get a good portable jump starter. Having just booster cables will do no good if you can't find anyone to help you out (Worse if you're phone battery is low or you can't get a signal). Man what a night this has been for me. I'm definitely ordering a portable starter .
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I've always bought 4-gauge because my first set was 10-gauge and they were crap. I imagine 6-gauge would work decent though. Good deal seeing as how 4-gauge run about $20 or more.
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I would say the gauge is more dependent on the application. 4 Gauge would be the choice for 8 cylinder vehicles and large trucks, but you could get by with 6 gauge for most passenger vehicles. 10 gauge beats nothing, but definitely suited for 4 cylinder compact vehicles at best.
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I would look into those lithium battery packs as jump starters. They are around $30-50 on sale depending on the engine size and have worked flawlessly on my cars and friends car. Started in the first turn every time even totally dead battery's in the dead of winter. My fiends car even ran for about 4-5 blocks using only my battery pack (dead alternator). I use one made by Aukey but everyone makes them just check reviews. No hassles with getting two cars hooked up like finding a spot to align them, or physically having to push them out from parking spots. The lithium packs are way better in portability and power than the old large lead acid battery pack by miles as I had one of those too.
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Probably aluminum or copper-clad aluminum cables. Solid copper would cost much more.
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These would be okay for small compact vehicles. Personally, I have purchased a few of the Husky 20ft 4-Gauge for $19.97 at Home Depot to keep one in every family vehicle and even some for friends and relatives. The 4-gauge work quick and easy on my work trucks.
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Consider what happens if a car can't pull up in front of you or next to you. 16 foot cables aren't going to reach in that case unless you've got a Smart car.
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6 gauge at 16ft will work well for 4cy engines but should do the job on a smal block V8 and all other engines you might have to sit and wait a while before starting.
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What makes good jumper cables? Other than straight-up build quality/clamp quality?

- Gauge of wire. Lower the gauge, the larger the wire. BUT there's no police in this. It's not uncommon for a company to say X gauge and then it's actually smaller wire surrounded by larger insulation to make the exterior look X gauge. Dare I say lying about it is more common than being truthful.

- Copper content of wire. More copper is better. Penny pinching companies use aluminum, then spray it with a thin layer of copper over top. Commonly known as "copper-clad aluminum". Current carrying capacity is roughly 70% of comparable 100% OFC. There's no way to determine this without the manufacturer specifying....until you buy the wires. Then you could hit the wires with a bench grinder to scrape off that top coating and see the silver aluminum underneath.

- Length of wire. The longer the wires, the more power is dropped across them. So shorter wires are able to carry more amperage without voltage drop. The downsides are obvious. If the wires are too short, you won't be able to reach car-to-car to even connect them. Your call on that, but 16ft would be the absolute limit I'd even bother looking at. I'd only consider 16ft if all the above mentioned specs were known and in order.

So with all that said, you can see how two companies may both advertise 16ft 6-gauge cables, but one company is actually using 8 gauge wire in a 6 gauge insulation AND it's made from mostly aluminum. The price will obviously be more attractive, but the performance will be 50% at best. And when you need jumper cables, the last thing you need is crappy quality ones. Read reviews. Inspect what your friend's use. Arm yourself with knowledge, do the research and you'll be DAMN glad you did when the need arises.
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4 gauge for $14.95
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I just came back home after jump starting my car. Trust me, you wouldn't want to be in a situation where you're in an almost empty parking lot and you find that the battery is dead. Do this one favor for yourself if you haven't yet already and get a good portable jump starter. Having just booster cables will do no good if you can't find anyone to help you out (Worse if you're phone battery is low or you can't get a signal). Man what a night this has been for me. I'm definitely ordering a portable starter .
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eBay 12' 4gauge cc au $12
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I just came back home after jump starting my car. Trust me, you wouldn't want to be in a situation where you're in an almost empty parking lot and you find that the battery is dead. Do this one favor for yourself if you haven't yet already and get a good portable jump starter. Having just booster cables will do no good if you can't find anyone to help you out (Worse if you're phone battery is low or you can't get a signal). Man what a night this has been for me. I'm definitely ordering a portable starter .
While those are great, they are quite limited to their applications. For instance, my spouse can not utilized this on a 6.0L Diesel Excursion. Leaving a set of these in a vehicle for sure couldn't hurt, even for those times you run across someone needing a jump.

With the portable starter, just make sure you check the charge on it at least once a month. It'd never fail the time you actually need it, it'd be dead. Ha
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While those are great, they are quite limited to their applications. For instance, my spouse can not utilized this on a 6.0L Diesel Excursion. Leaving a set of these in a vehicle for sure couldn't hurt, even for those times you run across someone needing a jump.

With the portable starter, just make sure you check the charge on it at least once a month. It'd never fail the time you actually need it, it'd be dead. Ha
In my experience with attempting to jump off diesel trucks, these cables are near worthless. If you're looking for a good set of jumper cables, go to Tractor Supply or a welding supply store and get you a couple of welding leads. They're expensive, but they work very well. We jump off our semi trucks no issues.
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