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folivier

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Or look at ebay or amazon. Just be aware there is lots of wire out there that is copper clad aluminum!

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wa8yxm wrote:

4 Gauge. go to a welding supply shop any length you want and they can put the ends on too (Crimped on)


exactly. and if they only have black, just use colored heat shrink on the ends for whatever color you want for reference.


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Zip cord
Looks heat and tidy, until the day you have to replace only one end of one side
Or you get a battery problem and draw too much current and melt the poly vynl and short the two conductors together


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I like those ferrules, but I find that the #4 set-screw terminals in some cases won't quite take all the strands, which need trimming and twisting real tight. So concern would be if the ferrules actually fit. At least a ferrule would be easier to get the set-screw to hold tight to and not have the wire slip out.

It would not matter for voltage drop if you used a thinner ferrule and got as many strands as possible in that. Be like having a short but thinner pigtail where it is so short it does not make for a high R.

I had to use a strain relief trick with one of my set-ups (photo to be found maybe) because of that and no ferrules, with a 100 amp charger that needed fat gauge wires. (In that case it was a cut off set of #2 cu-al jumper cables. The cu-al was ok as long as you oversize it compared with cu.) With ferrules, I would not have needed that strain relief I think.

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In this case, I would just go to the auto store and get two 3 ft long #4s with lugs on them, cut off one end, and use the next size down ferrules to be sure they fit in the set-screw terminals.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motom........rter-battery-cable-4-gauge-0110961p.html

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Never used them, but I bookmarked this place after a similar question a few years ago. They don't seem to have a minimum length.
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opnspaces wrote:

Never used them, but I bookmarked this place after a similar question a few years ago. They don't seem to have a minimum length.
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2X. I have used the above supplier (Genuine DealZ) for battery & inverter cables a couple of times. Fast shipping, cables to order.


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quickcable.com

1 foot, 2 feet..whatever you want.

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Added four more 6v batteries and a 2000 watt inverter. I made all the cables myself using the correct gauge cable, lug ends and an impact cable crimper.
https://www.amazon.com/TEMCo-Hammer-Crimper-Tool-Warranty/dp/B00E1UUVT0


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I get my cables made at a truck Fleet Supply Store. They can make any size gauge or length then I need. They have a sticking tools to stake the ferrules to the cables and will also put heat shrink tubing on the ends sealing the ends of the cables making them waterproof.

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opnspaces wrote:

Never used them, but I bookmarked this place after a similar question a few years ago. They don't seem to have a minimum length.
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+1 for genuinedealz.com
I have purchased many items from them.


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