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Old 10-12-2019, 10:36 PM   #1
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Batt hookup Money saving tip

Figured out lately that since i need a very long #4 battery lead, that the cheapest way to get the number of feet i need is to buy a set of Jumper cables

at my local Rural King store.

#4 Hobart welding cable is $3.49 PER FOOT

#4 (16) Foot Jumper cables $11.99 (32) Feet total feet!!
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:51 PM   #2
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I would be skeptical. Actually test the resistance against known-good wire.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:21 PM   #3
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My digital Ohm meter comes up with nothing but Zeros.........

BUT I admit I was taken.

ALUMINUM Core wire.

I'm out $11.99 in the grand scale of things, Its not the end of the world.


To ADMIN here I wish i could edit my original Post to warn people.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:26 PM   #4
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Any lower-cost options in the electronics / DC electrics world need to approach by default assuming it's a scam.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:47 PM   #5
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Figured out lately that since i need a very long #4 battery lead, that the cheapest way to get the number of feet i need is to buy a set of Jumper cables

at my local Rural King store.

#4 Hobart welding cable is $3.49 PER FOOT

#4 (16) Foot Jumper cables $11.99 (32) Feet total feet!!
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What you have is 4AWG, not 4/0 (0000). Huge difference. You couldn't buy 2' of 4/0 jumper cable for $12.
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Old 10-13-2019, 04:31 PM   #6
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My digital Ohm meter comes up with nothing but Zeros.........

BUT I admit I was taken.

ALUMINUM Core wire.

I'm out $11.99 in the grand scale of things, Its not the end of the world.


To ADMIN here I wish i could edit my original Post to warn people.
The gear that you would use to measure DC resistance in relatively short lengths of wire is way beyond your typical $49 VOM.

I almost fell into the aluminum cored wire mistake. Some eBay and Amazon sellers are not very straightforward about the composition of the wire they are selling.

I found some all copper 1/0 "superflex" cable on a solar job last year. It was kind of expensive but was SOOOOOO much easier to work with than typical 1/0 copper.
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