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Re: Good mail order place for battery cables?

BTW, is it considered good practice to run + battery cables through plastic conduit? About half of my cables are, and half aren't.

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It makes for a cleaner run, makes it easier to replace them, and may cut down on chaffing.

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It makes for a cleaner run, makes it easier to replace them, and may cut down on chaffing.

Ditto.. Not a requirement but a nice to have feature.

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Re: Good mail order place for battery cables?

Just finished installing 2/0 cables from genuinedealz.com, a new Blue Sea Systems battery switch, and fuses at the battery. Looks good and the engine starts nicely.

I put the + cable through Ancor conduit, and cable tied the -ve cable to that.

One odd thing I found : someone had installed a battery meter, and ran the wires to the battery switch. They used 18 gauge untinned wires, and had to cut open the rings on the crimps to make them fit. No fuses, so two unfused 6ft runs of not-to-code wire through the engine compartment.

I can't think of any reason not to connect the voltmeter at the battery charger terminals. It is permanently connected to both batteries, and only 1ft away from the voltmeter!

I plan to add inline fuses, this time.

Can anyone else think of a reason this won't work?

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Re: Good mail order place for battery cables?

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Since you asked about "mail order" - For the very best prices, service and FREE shipping, I exclusively use Marine Wiring, Boat Cable and Electrical Genuinedealz.com. They use only high-grade marine tinned cable, and will properly crimp end connectors (they also sell all the necessary bits and bobs) for only $1 per crimp. This includes installing adhesive-lined heat shrink (which you have to buy also, but it's cheap).
No affiliation - I have used these folks for years and they are GREAT! Good luck with your project!
In addition, the wire they sell is made in the USA. I always receive the order on the West Coast within 3 days, usually 2. Very satisfied!

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