Welding Cable - How Does If Differ From Battery Cable?


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Username: Batterycable

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Registered: Jun-17
There are many different types of wire and 4 gauge battery wire that have different types of insulation and different strand counts. Some have rubber insulation and are made for flexibility and some are specifically made to not flex as much so they can be pushed through conduit easier.

Welding cable is made with a rubber insulation and comes in black or red. Rubber insulation cables are very difficult to make in colors so it doesn't happen very often. Welding cable is also made with 30 awg flexible copper strands for added flexibility. The rubber jacket is also more flexible than most types of insulation because it's a lot less stiff than PVC insulation.

Battery cable is made slightly different because it was made for a different, but similar, application. Battery cable doesn't need to be as flexible because it stays in one spot for it's life. Welding cable is wound up in a coil every time it's not being used and also dragged around cement and tight corners. The rubber also protects it against rips and tares from its rough environment. Battery wires only have 19 strands of copper to make the awg size needed compared to the minimum of 300 strands for welding wire.

Even though a lot of wire and cables are very similar they have differences that need to be addressed. You can use the welding cable for a battery application but not the other way around. It is a much better cable with added flexibility which makes it more expensive. Always make sure to ask your sales person if you could use something cheaper to get the same job done or also if you might need a little something more with the cable based on your situation.

You can get battery cable and Welding cable at Wesbell Electronics. We are a Wire And Cable distributor specializing in all types of wire including Flexible Welding Cable. Please call with any questions you might have. We offer free shipping on order over $250 on our website!
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