Battery Cable

Battery cable is larger gauge automotive wire. It ranges in size from 6 AWG to 4/0.

Battery Cable Applications

It may be used as battery ground cable or starter cable in cars, trucks, tractors, and off-road vehicles where heat, oil and acid resistance are necessary. Battery cable may also be used for the connection of batteries and cells within the battery enclosure. For these applications, the battery cable should be listed as "hard service" and identified as both moisture and acid resistant.

Battery Cable Construction

Conductors in battery cable are typically stranded bare copper, but other conductor types exist. The most well-liked battery cable types are factory-crimped for electrical performance and feature insulation over the copper to provide added protection against environmental hazards.

Battery Cable Characteristics

Battery cable possesses great resistance to high temperatures, oil, ozone, acid and other chemicals. It also exhibits great abrasion and cut-through resistance with excellent low temperature flexibility.

Tips for Selecting Battery Cable Types of Battery Cable

Like automotive primary wire, battery cable is available in PVC and cross-linked versions. Both may be used in starter or battery ground circuits, but differences in temperature range and types of resistance can help you choose which is appropriate for your application.

PVC Battery Cable

SGTType SGT battery cable may be used in starter or battery ground circuits in accordance with SAE J-1127. It has a temperature range of -40°C to 80°C. Type SGT cable may be manufactured to meet Ford and Chrysler specifications.

Cross-Linked Battery Cable

SGXType SGX battery cable may be used in starter and battery ground circuits that require high heat, abrasion, and aging resistance. It is designed to fit into tight spaces, making it a convenient choice for many automotive applications. This battery cable has a temperature range of -40°C to 125°C. It meets both SAE J-1127 and RVIA specifications.

STXType STX cable can be used in starter and battery ground circuit applications with high temperatures, tight spaces, and where aging and abrasion resistance are necessary. STX battery cable meets SAE J-1127 and RVIA specifications. It has a recommended temperature range of -40°C to 125°C. Type STX battery cable has a thinner wall, and therefore takes up less space than SGX cable.

Customizing Battery Cable

Customize battery cable to make identification and installation easier. It is typically available in red or black, but it can be found in additional colors. Color can also be added through dying, and striping. Adding up to three stripes, also known as tracers, to the cable makes identification quick and simple. Battery cable may also be printed with black or white ink. Print jackets with text, numbers, or even a company logo.