Jumper Leads & Booster Cables
Jumper leads & booster cables- Start me up!
Anyone who has driven a car for a long period of time has been through turning a key in the ignition and then silence! Instead of the engine bursting into life all you get is a click, sometimes the starter motor is making a half hearted effort of trying to turn the engine over. The more you try the worse it gets. A flat battery and you are going nowhere.
Don't get caught short, be prepared. Jump starting a car is a breeze when you have the right equipment at your fingertips. Repco's range of quality and reliable booster cables or jumper leads will ensure you are prepared for any battery emergency. Tuck them away in the back of your vehicle and you can get help or render assistance to anyone else in that predicament.
Jumper Cables - choosing the right one
When selecting jumper leads the amps (amperage) are an important guide. It is to do with engine size. The bigger the engine is the more power a battery needs to start it. Batteries are rated in CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) and the bigger the engine the greater the CCA number. Most quality jumper leads will give you a guide in the features on the packaging as to what size engine you can use the leads on.
Leads are made from copper as it is a great conductor of electricity. The thicker the lead the more electricity or Amps can flow through it. The bigger the cars engine, the more heavy duty the leads need to be to start it, which in turn means they cost more money to buy. Long leads create more resistance to the flow of electricity so most jumper leads are short which requires the vehicles to be parked close together. Note that due to their design a smaller diesel engine may need the same size leads to start it as a larger petrol engine.
There are a few simple rules to follow when using jumper cables on a car battery. Refer to the vehicle manual which should indicate the type of booster cables required and follow their instructions. Surge protected cables are the best ones to get, especially with modern vehicle electronics. Battery voltage is important. Make sure they are the same in both vehicles. It is usually 12V but trucks and some other large vehicles have 24V systems.
When using booster cables the there are no other tools required, just the leads and the details on how to connect them. There are only 2 cables which are colour coded red for Positive (+) and black for Negative (-). The cables have insulated clamps at both ends for your safety and protection and these are designed to clip onto the battery terminals and a part like an engine block. They have teeth on them to help make good electrical contact as a poor connection is not helpful. Always connect them up in accordance with the vehicle manufacturers instructions.
To shop leading brands including Repco, Mechpro and Projecta booster cables visit your local Repco store. With over 400 stores across Australia, we are bound to have one near you. Jump online and browse the Repco website where you can check the jumper leads and booster cable range for prices and stock availability. If you battery is to far gone, check out our batteries category. Your local Repco store can test the old battery to see if it is OK or needs to be replaced.