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DIY quick-connect jumpers

Bruce Smith November 18, 2011

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Quick-disconnect jumper cables

Easy do-it-yourself setup saves money, brings convenience to the jobsite

By Bruce W. Smith

Having the ability to quickly grab a set of jumper cables from the tool box and hook them up to a another vehicle, a piece of equipment, or provide 12-volt power to some piece of equipment from your pickup’s battery system without lifting the hood is a great convenience on and off a jobsite.

That’s why quick-disconnect (Q-D) jumper cables are popular accessories on construction professionals’ pikcups and fleet equipment.

Most kits cost in the neighborhood of $130-$200, depending on brand and length of the jumper cable.

But if you are running a lean ship and want to keep costs down, 20 minutes of shop time can drop the cost of a Q-D set to about $75 – even less if you already purchase battery cable in bulk or get a volume discount from your friendly automotive parts supplier.

How? Build your own using bulk battery cable and Anderson connectors.

If you want to shorten that process another step, purchase traditional battery jumpers cables, like those sold at the autoparts stores, and convert them into a Q-Ds by changing out one end’s cable clamps for Anderson plugs.

Booster cable and Anderson connectors make a quick-disconnect jumper setup easy.

Here’s a shopping list to get that process started:

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