Duplex Boat Cable
What is Duplex boat cable?
Duplex boat cable is a two-conductor cable designed with corrosion-resistant conductors and durable insulation to withstand the harsh marine environment. It is commonly used in internal boat wiring or for connecting transformers in an AC system. It can also be used in multiple other electrical marine applications. Pacer Group duplex boat cable is designed with flexibility and longevity in mind. We know that wiring in a boat often occurs in areas with little space to maneuver. That is why we focused on creating a highly flexible boat cable without compromising its durability. In fact, we strengthened our duplex boat cables durability so that it will stand up, not only to some serious punishment but to the test of time as well.
"We focused on creating a highly flexible boat cable without compromising its durability."
What makes it superior to the competition?
Pacer Group’s duplex boat cable is superior to the competitions in several ways. First, we only use the highest quality materials such as Type III class K tinned copper. By using the highest quality materials available, we are able to create a durable and long-lasting product that outlives the competitions boat cable. It is specifically built for flexibility, durability and longevity. Our duplex boat cable so flexible that you can literally tie it into a knot and then undo that knot with no damage to your insulation or conductors. Can the competition make that claim? When we make our duplex cable, we know it has to be built to last. As you keep reading, you find out more about our proprietary insulation and just how resistant it actually is. The bottom line is that we take extra steps to make our duplex cable, and all our products the highest level of quality possible.
Another important fact that makes Pacer Group duplex boat cable superior to the competition is that we pay attention to the little details. Did you know that if you look at your Pacer Group duplex boat cable, you’ll see the word “Pacer” appears over and over again? That’s not us just putting our name out there. It’s actually a functional part of the cable. If you look at the distance from “Pacer” to “Pacer”, you’ll see it is exactly one foot. This was done to make measuring your length off a spool an easier task. Do you need fifteen feet? Ok, count fifteen “Pacer’s” and you’ll have fifteen feet. The competition doesn’t consider little aspects such as this like we do. We look at our products, not as salesmen, but as consumers. We use our products in our own boats so that we can figure out the best ways to improve them.
So, just how is it manufactured?
In order to get the highest-quality duplex boat cable, you have to use the highest quality materials and methods. We start by using Type III class K tinned copper. This copper is chosen for its high conductivity. Sure, we could use a cheaper metal, but then you’d need a bigger cable to carry the same current. We tin our copper or order to reduce the risk of corrosion. In a marine environment, there is constant exposure to elements and as such, a higher level of protection is required. One important note to make is the fact that all our duplex boat cable is made from stranded wire, never solid. This allows for greater flexibility, greater vibration resistance, and reduced damage to the conductors due to flux. Once we have our cable, we extrude the proprietary insulation over the conductors. As stated above, the outer jacket is extruded in such a way that it leaves no space for air or moisture to accumulate. This greatly reduces the risk of corrosion and increases the lifespan of the cable itself.
Why does it carry print color variations?
The print color on the insulation identifies the colors of the internal conductors. The color of the internal conductors indicates the intended usage of the cable itself. Allow me to explain. There are three different types of duplex boat cable; DC, Safety, and standard. DC duplex boat cable has silver print on the outer jacket and carries one red and one black conductor. Safety duplex boat cable has a blueprint on the jacket and carries one red and one yellow conductor. Standard duplex boat cable has black print on the insulation and carries one white and one black conductor. So, you see, the color of the print on the jacket clearly informs you of the type of duplex cable it is and the color of its conductors. To be clear, the color of the print on the insulation is not the only difference between these types of cable. The conductor stranding, as well as the conductor’s diameters, may vary depending on the type of duplex boat cable you select. Take a look at this chart if you’re interested in the subtle differences between these cables.
DC Duplex Boat Cable
Safety Duplex Boat Cable
Standard Duplex Boat Cable
What is each style used for?
As we just discussed above, there are three available styles of duplex boat cable; DC, safety, and standard. Each style is designed to handle a specific application. Knowing where to use each type is something that comes with experience and usage. Below we’ll take a quick look at some of the more common uses for each style of duplex boat cable.
DC duplex boat cable – this type of duplex boat cable is used to directly connect an electrical system to a battery making this cable the ideal choice when working with 12-volt systems. The red wire is the hot wire whereas the black wire is the ground wire. This makes installation a simple and direct process. Like all Pacer Group duplex boat cable, this cable offers a multitude of resistances.
Safety duplex boat cable –this specific type of duplex boat cable is commonly used as a DC ground in 120-volt applications. It is often used with the standard cable that is listed below. It gets the name "safety" as it is intended to be a safe guard since it is used as a DC ground. For this cable, the red wire is the hot wire and the yellow wire is the ground. This cable, just like all Pacer Group duplex boat cable, is extremely flexible.
Standard duplex boat cable –this type of duplex boat cable is used in 120 volt alternating current applications where a separate ground is needed. For this cable, the black wire is hot, and the white wire is the neutral. Like all of Pacer Group's duplex boat cable, this cable, is ideal for routing in tight spaces due to its flexibility and durability.
What resistances does it offer?
In order to survive in the harshest marine conditions, a cable must be built to be durable, flexible, and highly resistant. All Pacer Group duplex boat cable is built to be resistant to; acid, alkali, oil, flame, moisture, abrasion, and gasoline. This ensures that the cable can withstand elemental exposure that comes with the marine environment. Many manufacturers focus on making their boat cable resistant to one or two hazards, and that may be fine for them, but not for us. We make our duplex boat cable resistant to seven different types of environmental hazards. The more resistances a cable can offer, the longer it will last and the less you need to worry.
What compliances does it meet?
Pacer Group’s duplex boat cable carries multiple compliances in order to certify that it meets the standards of governing bodies. Our duplex boat cable is manufactured to such high standards that in some cases, it actually exceeds those compliances. By meeting or exceeds the standards set by governing bodies, we aim to make the highest quality duplex boat cable available on the market. Below you will find a list of the compliances our duplex boat cable meets or exceeds. Click on a link for more information about a particular compliance.
Why choose Pacer Group?
Pacer Group is a premier wire and cable manufacturer that is trusted by some of the world’s largest boat builders. Think about that for a second. If a multi-billion-dollar industry, some of the biggest players turn to Pacer Group for their electrical solutions. If that doesn’t speak to quality, I don’t know what does. With nearly forty years in the wire and cable industry, Pacer Group has built a reputation around trust. When you see Pacer Group on your duplex boat cable, you know you’ve got quality.