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    Hi folks,

    Having needed jump leads last weekend, I wonder if anyone can recommend a set that's heavy duty and long enough ( leisure battery is under the drivers seat and battery at the same side) Just had a look on e bay and they seem a tad cheap. The ones we used were way too heavy to carry in the van but started it immediately. Thanks.

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    Don't waste your money on cheap thin ones, get some thick cables with proper heavy clamps on them. Cheap leads are just false economy. Any decent set will be on the heavy side but could get you out of a mess so still worth carrying them.
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    We got this set from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Metre-2000a...42643407&psc=1

    Only used them on my nippl........EDIT: not had a use for them yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkslass View Post
    Hi folks,

    Having needed jump leads last weekend, I wonder if anyone can recommend a set that's heavy duty and long enough ( leisure battery is under the drivers seat and battery at the same side) Just had a look on e bay and they seem a tad cheap. The ones we used were way too heavy to carry in the van but started it immediately. Thanks.
    Its horses for courses, if the batteries are side by side a short set will do but a longer set of cables will cover more eventualities.

    Arc welding cable is nice and flexible if you want to tailor make some to size/length.

    The last ones I bought for my car came in a nice carry bag and they will stay in the car boot.

    I have about 3 more sets I keep in the garage at home, including a set that will start anything.
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    The cheaper sets are made from copper coated aluminium cable, ok but not as good as copper. As has been suggested welding flexible is an ideal choice for jump leads.
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    I have a few sets here you are more than welcome to a set foc
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    Light ones are ok to transfair power from one battery or running engine,but you will have to sit for about 15 mins before trying to start using a couple of short bursts.
    Heavy ones for diesel are best as you can crank over in about 5 mins without overheating the cables,mine came in a clear zip bag.
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    Most things automotive shouldn’t be jump started any more if you read the owners manuals. I have jump started our van a few times when I first got it using a cheapo (thin) set of leads. I keep them under passenger seat. If you are going to Wellington I can show you them. They are copper stranded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabsim View Post
    Most things automotive shouldn’t be jump started any more if you read the owners manuals. I have jump started our van a few times when I first got it using a cheapo (thin) set of leads. I keep them under passenger seat. If you are going to Wellington I can show you them. They are copper stranded.
    Are you talking about really modern vehicles Neil as my 08 Transit has dedicated terminals in the engine bay for jump leads?
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