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PACER FAQs and WIRE FACTS
What makes Pacer Wire and Cable so Flexible?
What makes Pacer’s Duplex Cable (2 Conductor Cable) better than other duplex cables on the market?
Why does Triplex Cable (3 Conductor Cable) come in different color schemes?
Should I buy Pre Made Battery Cable Assemblies or make them myself?
Is Pacer’s UL 1015 Primary Wire the same as machine tool wire?
What is the main application for Pacer’s SAE tinned wire?
What are the most important features of Pacer’s SAE battery cable?
Why does Pacer offer Round Boat Cable in addition to Flat Boat Cable?
Does Pacer sell to individuals for personal use?
I already have a business account with Pacer. Is my company’s special pricing available if I order online?
Can I contact someone to place my order directly?
Can I Get an Even Better Price?
How will my order ship?
Can I save shipping costs by picking up my order?
Does Pacer manufacture its own wire?
What types of Industries are served by Pacer?
Why does Pacer make both tinned battery cables and bare copper battery cables?
What if I don’t find the Pacer product I’m looking for on the website?
If I have a question not listed here, who can I ask for help?

What makes Pacer Wire and Cable so Flexible?

Rope stranding and high quality outer PVC jacket combine to give our cables outstanding flexibility.  Multiple bundles of fine stranded tinned copper wire allow the cable to bend and flex without fear of damaging the copper or reducing its conductivity. 

Our PVC outer jacket is made from 100% virgin PVC material, never PVC regrind.  When PVC regrind is melted and extruded, the effect of the heat history of the regrind can materialize in ways which affect extrusion quality, such as its heat stability, toughness, and surface appearance. 

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What makes Pacer’s Duplex Cable (2 Conductor Cable) better than other duplex cables on the market?

Our UL Duplex is one of the highest quality cables you can find.  Many other duplex cables on the market have an outside jacket that is just a tube holding the two conductors.  Pacer's outside jacket is extruded onto the conductors for more stability and better protection.  Our cables are very flexible because each of the conducting wires is highly stranded, and we use virgin PVC which allows for bending with out creating the micro-cracks which occur when regrind PVC is used.   

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Why does Triplex Cable (3 Conductor Cable) come in different color schemes?

The white jacket is typical of 120V US wiring, the blue jacket is typical of 240V US wiring, and the tan jacket is typical for 120V European wiring.  Choose the color combinations you are looking for with our three different Triplex Cable styles.  Whether you need the cable for a brand new build or repairing an existing vehicle or vessel, Pacer has the combination you need. 

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Should I buy Pre Made Battery Cable Assemblies or make them myself?
Pacer's Pre Made Battery Cable Assemblies, are made using a hydraulic-pneumatic crimper to create a superior gas tight crimp.  We combine this process with epoxy filled heat shrink to give you a moisture and air tight connection stocking.  Battery cable can be expensive, but by purchasing pre-assembled cables, you can get what you need, when you need it, with no minimums, or scrap, which will reduce your inventory cost.  Our pre-made battery cables are designed to last for decades – much longer than your battery’s lifetime.  However, if all you need is the cable alone, Pacer also offers battery cable cut to any length.  

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Is Pacer’s UL 1015 Primary Wire the same as machine tool wire?
Machine Tool Wire (MTW) is rated at 90°C and is typically used for internal wiring of machine tools, appliances, and control cabinets.  UL 1015 was introduced to improve the safety of hook-up wire and has become increasingly popular over the past 15 years.  UL 1015 calls for a voltage rating of 600V and a temperature rating of 105°C.  Pacer has multiple UL rating approvals, which can be printed on its wire to cover a wide range of applications.  For orders requiring colored striping, we have a custom spiral striping machine which can add one or two stripes to the solid color wire.  For drum pack orders, we can apply a linear stripe during extrusion. 

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What is the main application for Pacer’s SAE tinned wire?

Our Tinned SAE Wire is an excellent alternative to traditional automotive wire.  It’s a higher quality wire because of the tin coating which reduces corrosion and its fine stranding makes it more flexible than standard automotive wire. 

 

Our unique configuration of tinned copper conductors manufactured to meet the J1128 & J378 standards with a 60V rating offers you the best solution for DC power in harsh environments as well as conditions involving heavy vibrations. 

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What are the most important features of Pacer’s SAE battery cable?
As with all Pacer wire, SAE Battery Cables are stranded for flexibility.  SAE cables comply with J1127 SGT and J378 with a 60V rating.  These cables are commonly used in many types of vehicles including automotive, bus, motorcycle, truck and tractor, as well as generators and battery packs.  We recommend using tinned closed end lugs with adhesive lined heat shrink for maximum life span of your assemblies or you can let Pacer make them.  See our pre-made battery cable assemblies as well.

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Why does Pacer offer Round Boat Cable in addition to Flat Boat Cable?
Pacer’s Round Boat Cable can bundle 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, or 12 conductors where flat cable can only accommodate two or three conductors.  The round shape is easier to fit through tight spaces because it is more flexible in all bending directions. 

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Does Pacer sell to individuals for personal use?

Absolutely!  Although most of Pacer’s customers are distributors or manufacturers, you don’t need a business account or tax ID number to place an order.   Pacer sells most items with no minimum order requirements, and our wire and cable products can be cut to any length you need.

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I already have a business account with Pacer. Is my company’s special pricing available if I order online?

Yes.  Give us a call so we can make sure that your existing account can be linked to your online account.  Then simply Log In and the prices will automatically be updated to reflect your business prices.

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Can I contact someone to place my order directly?

Yes!  Pacer is proud to say we've had wire experts helping customers since 1979.  If you prefer to speak with a live person, Pacer Group representative are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).  Please call us at 800-424-9549 and a real person will be happy to help you with any of your electrical component needs.  See our contact us page for locations and e-mail addresses. 

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Can I Get an Even Better Price?

Pacer gives reduced pricing to all customers who create an account.  You might also benefit from our quantity breaks with a high volume purchase.  Some of our quantity breaks are shown on the website, but you can also speak with one of our sales specialist by calling 800-424-9549, to determine if you can qualify for additional discounts.  Follow us on Facebook to find weekly promotions available exclusively for online purchases.

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How will my order ship?

At pacer, we try to keep prices down, so when selecting a shipping method, we consider the size and weight of the package before deciding on a shipping method.  We usually send shipments out UPS Ground.  However, you may also choose FedEx, US Mail, or Common Carrier for large shipments.  Expedited shipping options are also available for rush deliveries.    Please see our Shipping Standards page for more details. 

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Can I save shipping costs by picking up my order?

Yes.  You can pick up you order at either our corporate office Sarasota, FL or our Ft. Lauderale, FL location (see contact us page for address).  Both locations are open from 8am until 5pm Monday through Friday.  In addition to pick up for pre ordered merchandise, our Ft Lauderdale location has many items on display to make it easier for customers to find just the part they need.   

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Does Pacer manufacture its own wire?
Yes!  Pacer wire is made in the USA at our facilities located in Sarasota Florida.  We ensure top quality products by monitoring the wire during every phase of the manufacturing process.  To guarantee a consistent diameter, Pacer wire is monitored by a four beam laser micrometer system just after the outer jacket is extruded onto the conductor.  The print on the outer jacket can be customized, as our line applies it directly during the manufacturing process using a one foot circumference print wheel.  The entire length of the finished wire passes through a high voltage spark tester to ensure 100% insulation integrity.  After the wire is spooled onto a master reel from the extrusion line, Pacer packs smaller reels or drum packs per each customer’s order. 

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What types of Industries are served by Pacer?

Historically, Pacer has been heavily involved in serving the marine, automotive, and equipment manufacturing (or repair) industries.  Additionally, many of Pacer’s customers are involved in the performance racing, golf cart, photovoltaic solar and battery back up power and electrical equipment (heavy equipment, construction equipment, or material handling) fields.  Essentially, we can serve any industry that makes or repairs machinery that is mobile and or has a battery. 

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Why does Pacer make both tinned battery cables and bare copper battery cables?
Tinned copper provides an extra level of protection against corrosion and improves solder ability.  If corrosion protection and soldering are not a concern for your application, bare copper stranding is less costly.  Pacer recommends that all battery cables be terminated with closed end lugs and sealed with epoxy lined heat shrink for maximum lifespan. 

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What if I don’t find the Pacer product I’m looking for on the website?

Most of Pacer’s products are listed on the website, but there are a few exceptions.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for online, give one of our sales representatives a call at 800-424-9549 and they might be able to find you what you need.

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If I have a question not listed here, who can I ask for help?

One of our knowledgeable associates would be happy to help you find what you need.  Please give us a call at 800-424-9549 or fill out the contact form.

 

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