Comparing cables to cables

Welding Cable VS Battery Cable

Today in our comparing segment, we will be taking a look at two comparable types of cables, in some cases alternatives to each other. Like it is the case with most wires and cables, at the first sight they may seem the same, but even the slightest differences can affect the performance of your application in a good or bad way. This segment will aim to serve the function of comparing and contrasting these cables so that next time you are deciding on which cable to use, it can be a piece of cake! 

Welding Cables, what are they composed of? 

The best way to describe welding cables is a sole bare copper stranded conductor that is heated to have malleability. Greater gauge diameters are frequently accessible, 6 gauge – 500 MCM being the most prevalent. Welding cables are commonly utilized due to their malleability as well as their versatility, due to the structures of thinner copper strands and ethylene propylene diene monomers (epdm)/neoprene rubber jackets/insulations which in turn is much malleable than standard electric cable and wire. 

Not only do welding cables’ temperature typically range from –50 degrees Celsius to 105 degrees Celsius and are proof against moisture presence, oily substances, abrasive settings but are also malleable and in turn are utilized for lower temperature settings.  

Welding Cables, what applications are they utilized for? 

Frequently utilized in challenging situations, secondary voltage-resistance cables are used for welding equipment and may be hooked to generating units as well as industrial equipment just like a power cord. As an illustration, welding equipment are often powered by two distinct cables, one of which serves the function of the applications’ main energy supply while the other cable serves the function of a backup energy supply. Although welding cable doesn’t supply energy to the generator, it’s required for electrode conduction. 

Welding cables are authorized to be utilized in energy source settings where currents aren’t higher than 600V. Furthermore, not only are welding cables best suited for compact settings where batteries are required, due to the neoprene or ethylene propylene diene monomers exterior insulation material but also can be utilized in maritime/watercraft and boat applications where the insulation is chosen to be proof against oil substances and moisture to prevent cables from being soaked. 

Welding Cables Protection 

To avoid any harm, precautionary procedures must be followed while utilizing welding cables. Welding cables must be inspected for any and all flaws as well as be cleansed of any greasy and oily residues constantly. Welding cables with existing harm, that is 2.5 to 3 feet away from electrodes, is recommended to be substituted for a new welding cable. While welding cable has an advantage to battery cables under the weather elements, they also are flame resistant under UL-1581 requirements. 

Battery Cables, what are they composed of? 

The best way to describe battery cables is a cable with a sole bare copper conductor with Polyvinylchloride (PVC) or Cross-Link Polyethylene (XLPE). Due to the larger copper strand diameters and larger nature, battery cables are frequently less malleable than other cable variations such as ethylene propylene diene monomers (epdm), and become very rigid and tough to handle with in low temperatures. In the same manner, large diameter cable is available in many sizes as well as colors ranging from 4 AWG to 2 AWG cables, and upon petition, larger gauges. In addition, if a basic link and safeguard are required, battery cables are ideal alternatives.               

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Battery Cables, what applications are they utilized for?                                 

Battery cables are typically utilized in a wide range of sectors and applications but are only suitable for 60 volt max. applications such as in circumstances when easy connection among starters and batteries are required. Furthermore, battery cables are the best choice for situations where abrupt slopes are not present as well as in situations where there is an uninterrupted energy supply. Example of battery cables that Z-Tronix stocks are SGR, SGT and SGX. 

SGT STX OR SGX
UTILIZED FOR AUTOMOTIVE STARTERS AND BATTERY GROUNDS UTILIZED FOR AUTOBILE STARTERS AND BATTERY GROUNDS, PROOF AGAINST HIGH TEMPERATURES & WEAR
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC) INSULATION CROSS-LINK POLYETHYLENE INSULATION
CABLE RESISTANT TO TEMPERATURES OF 105C CABLE RESISTANT TO TEMPERATURES OF 125C

 

Battery Cables Protection 

While operating a battery cable, precautions must at all times be followed in order to avoid potential harm. If you are looking for automotive battery cables that not only meet SAE J-1127, Ford or Chrysler regulations but satisfy UL-553 as well as UL-558 fire-resistance requirements, consider clicking the link below to see our wide range of batter cable.                  

Are welding cables a good alternative to battery cables? 

Lastly, wondering whether welding cables can be used to substitute battery cables? The answer is, Yes! They can be used as an alternative due to the fact that both cables share identical amp capacities, identical gauge sizes and identical performance. The sole difference though, as presented earlier, is the malleability between both cables, as welding is more flexible, in high or low temperatures, while also withstanding greater volt capacity situations.     

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