When looking for the best jumper cables, the only option is quality. We can never predict when we will need them, but when we do, they better work. I've used different types of cables and unfortunately experienced a lack of quality in some sets. Having the clamp spring missing and trying to hold it tight while someone starts the car was all I needed to learn that quality is a priority in a set of cables. Blowing fuses, ruining batteries or damaging a vehicle's computer with bad or cheap cables is more common than you think. There are many different styles of cables and I tried to find the best ones out there today. Based on their safety features, ease of use and high quality, here are the best sets of cables on the market.
Taking out all the guesswork and possible hazards of jump starting, it can't get much better than Juice Performance Safe Guard cables. They are designed to work no matter which way the cables are connected. Equipped with ratcheting clamps they no longer use springs to keep the cables connected and allows for a more secure connection. With 6 gauge cables and heavy duty clamps they are suitable for small cars to SUVs. Based on what I have seen in my years in the industry this is a must have set. Read Full Review
The Juice Performance BC0880 SafeGuard 16' 6 Gauge Booster Cable is the safest way to jump start your vehicle. There's been a countless number of times I have seen vehicles towed due to an issue with jump starting. Whether it was due to being jumped backwards or a clamp slipped loose, cheap cables can result to problems costing into the thousands. No matter if you're experienced or not these cables can be a life saver. With the zinc plated clinch lock ratcheting clamps and quick release button, it eliminates loose connections caused by worn springs in traditional type clamps. You can be sure of the best connection possible. It comes with a built in computer chip to ensure a vehicle's sensitive electrical system will be protected by detecting the flow of electricity before it travels to the battery. With this technology it makes jumping backwards impossible. The cables are 16 feet in length, which will give you extra flexibility when jump starting, making them great for most situations. The quality is better than any other set of smart cables I've seen. Especially due to the clamps and the thicker gauge of cable. The Juice Performance BC0880 SafeGuard 16' 6 Gauge Booster Cable will meet most needs from a compact car to a midsize truck/SUV. They take out all the guesswork while preventing any hazards.
While still keeping traditional jump starting in mind, the Astro Smart Plug won't completely take out the guesswork. They have a safety feature to stop electrical currents if hooked up backwards. Which makes them a good set for anyone to own. They have a more slender compact design than other sets which allows for all types of situations with any type of battery design. They are a perfect match for small economical cars. Read Full Review
The ASTRO SP0616 Smart Plug is another great set of smart cables at a more affordable price. This set is aimed more towards cars and small trucks. They also come with 6 gauge cables but have a more compact design. They are smart cables but will not completely take the guess work out. The cables can be hooked up backwards but the built-in module will stop electrical currents and warn you with a red LED. If that happens just reverse the cables and all is good. There won't be any risk of damaged electrical components. The cables are 16 feet long which makes them great in most situations for front or rear mounted batteries. The clamps are less bulky than others which allows for flexibility when jumping from a jump start post, top or side mounted battery posts. The clamps may not be able to deliver enough amperage for full size trucks but it is a great set of jumper cables for cars and small pickups. At 16 feet in length these cables have the ability to do the job in most situations.
The best quality traditional set of jumper cables available. The DieHard Platinum Booster Cables are made of all high quality material. They are in no way Smart Cables so for those more experienced, you can't beat the price for what you get. The set includes gloves and safety glasses to prevent getting dirt all over your steering wheel when finished. The set comes with 20 foot cables so don't worry about not being able to reach another battery, no matter what set up. Not as cheap as a basic set, but these are meant to last many years to come. Read Full Review
DieHard Platinum Booster Cables are a best pick based on being an all-around great quality jumper cable. The cables come as a kit with gloves and safety glasses included. Which comes in handy since we all seem to end up with dirty hands when jump starting a car. It includes a case to keep all your items stored together. Made with 4 gauge copper wire these cables will give you the best conductivity and power transfer you could ask for. Jumping a full size truck would not be an issue while also flexible enough to be used in the tighter spaces of a compact car. A full 20 feet in length the DieHard Platinum Booster Cables give you a wide range of hookup possibilities, making highway jumping much safer. This also allows for jump starting from front or rear mounted batteries. Although they have a much higher price than your average set, the quality is well worth the price. Whether storing them in your trunk or laying in the bed of a pickup truck, the DieHard Platinum Booster Cables are definitely built to last.
The most basic cost efficient set on the list. When we think of jumper cables this is what comes to mind. They may not be able to handle a full size truck but for small cars they will get the job done. With a smaller gauge cable and 12 feet in length they won't take up much room. While still maintaining the quality of a higher end set. The AAA Booster Cables will meet your needs for experienced jumpers with small economical cars. Read Full Review
The AAA 4324AAA Medium Duty 12' 8 Gauge Booster Cable is the most straight forward basic set out there. What they lack in specialized features, it makes up for in quality. A set made to last many years. A great bargain set for those more experienced. Aimed towards small size cars. Corolla, Civic and Sentra drivers these are perfect jumper cables while staying on a budget. Backed by one of the most reputable companies today, you can't go wrong. They have solid red and black cables clearly visible to determine proper connection. The 8 gauge cable is great for all basic needs. The clamps are thin enough to fit both side and top mounted battery posts. The cables are 12 feet which is great for smaller cars and basic needs. There's not any impressive specifications on the AAA jumper cables but they will always get the job done.
Off Road enthusiasts, Truck Drivers, RV'ers, any extreme duty situation, Bavco Extreme Duty Cables are for you. The thickest gauge available, 25 feet in length, are too large to safely stow away in a small compartment in your trunk. This set is definitely not cheap but for those who have a use for them, they are worth it. With this set you will be able to jump start anything that comes along as long as you have enough power to get it going. Read Full Review
Taking extreme to the max Bayco's extreme duty cables will handle any job you throw at them. Off road enthusiasts, campers, Truck Drivers this is a must have set. At 25 feet in length there isn't a situation these can't handle. Whether jump starting a motor home or a tractor they won't let you down. Although these jumper cables are the highest priced on the list, they are well worth the investment for those who might need a high amperage jump. Built with the thickest gauge available they can handle any battery. This is not a set that can be stored easily so be sure you have the extra space for them. Having such large cables and clamps it might be difficult to connect to smaller compact batteries but with a little effort you can usually get them on. For me just knowing I have a set that could jump start any vehicle out there makes it all worth it. So if you are looking for a high quality high amperage set this is what you need.