Marine Battery Cable
*This page was updated on 11/11/2021*
What is marine battery cable?
Marine battery cable is a durable, high-quality cable designed to handle the harshest marine environments. To survive in a marine environment, battery cable needs to be able to withstand the constant vibration that a boat is subject to, as well as survive a wide range of other environmental conditions. Additionally, an essential quality that this type of cable needs to possess is flexibility. In a boat, wires will often need to run through tight spaces and make frequent bends and turns. A standard cable may not be able to handle the turns and bends without compromising the integrity of the cable itself. It is for reasons such as this that Pacer developed a unique line of marine battery cable that carries a proprietary insulating jacket. This cable is designed for durability, flexibility, and longevity. We make our cable so durable, that it is designed to out-live the battery
"This cable is designed for durability, flexibility, and longevity. We make our cable so durable, that it is designed to out-live the battery itself."
What makes Pacer Group cable superior to the competition?
With a focus on things like flexibility and longevity, Pacer Group worked out how to make high-quality marine battery cable. Fast forward 40 years and add the idea of continual refinement and you have the process that created superior marine battery cable that the competition cannot compete with. With nearly four decades of refining, testing, and further refining the processes and methods, Pacer Group has created a marine cable that is unparalleled in the wire and cable industries. Take a look at just a few of the more obvious reasons Pacer Group marine battery cable surpasses any test thrown its way.
Where are these products implemented?
Marine battery cable is ideal for multiple applications.
Pacer marine battery cable is implemented in some of the biggest boats on the water. They are also used in everyday boats around the world. Our battery cable is commonly used to replace existing older cables when not going into new boats. As boats age so do the wires and cables that power them. Often times when a boater finds that they have faded battery cables, cracking battery cables, or damaged battery cables, they turn to us for replacements. If you are looking to make your own assemblies, you will need the proper tools, battery posts, lugs, and heat shrink. Lucky you came to the right place. Once you know what you need to get, make sure you pay careful attention to the insulation color.
How do I know which color of insulation to choose?
In order to choose the right color cable, you should have a basic idea of what the colors represent. The whole concept of coloring the insulation is to make its intended usage obvious for anyone working on a boat. This, in turn, makes the process of maintaining, repairing, and replacing wires and parts easier as you can visually identify the wire. For example, let's say you want to replace the positive battery cable. Well, knowing that the cable is red is going to make this task much easier. That is the logic behind the color chart. Below you will find a basic chart that explains the color code. Now you'll understand why having such a method in place is important.
|Black||Negative||Negative connection||6AWG - 4/0AWG|
|Red||Battery Power||Power distribution from battery||6AWG - 4/0AWG|
|Orange||Accessory Feed||Ammeter to alternator or generator
Distribution panel to accessory switch
|Yellow||Ground||Ground line||6AWG - 4/0AWG|
|Green||General Usage||General Usage||6AWG - 2AWG|
|White||General Usage||General Usage||6AWG - 2AWG|
What is the manufacturing process like?
The manufacturing process starts by selecting the highest-quality materials possible. Class K copper is chosen for its resistance to corrosion and its high conductivity. This copper is annealed and fine stranded to offer unparalleled flexibility and resistance to vibration. The next step involves tinning the copper. The tinning process serves two functions. First, it creates an additional layer of protection that helps prevent corrosion from taking hold. Second, tinning increases conductivity. These factors work together to make the cable more durable and more effective. The final step is adding proprietary insulation that was designed in-house and focuses on long-term usage and flexibility. All Pacer Group marine battery cable is manufactured in-house in Sarasota FL USA. Each step of the manufacturing process is designed and refined to make the highest-quality marine battery cable possible. This way, when you see “Pacer Group” on your marine battery cable, you know you have quality.
How is the insulation proprietary, and what makes it better?
When dealing with electrical wiring in just about any kind of boat, there can be a lot of bends and turns that the wire and cable will be subject to. You absolutely need to use a marine wire or battery cable that is built for just that task. The last thing you want is a cable with inferior insulation that will not bend easily or will crack under stress. You will end up spending more time fighting with the cable than necessary and in the end, may need to replace that new cable as well. This is why we focused on developing insulation that can bend and curve in all directions and is even flexible enough so that it won't crack or split. It is so flexible in fact that you can literally tie it in a knot and then untie it with no damage to the conductors or the insulation. Seriously, how many wire and cable manufacturers say that about their wire and cable? The installation will always go much easier when you use a marine battery cable that was designed to be installed in tight spaces with bends and turns. Not only is the insulation designed to be flexible and durable, but it is also made to be highly resistant to a host of environmental conditions.
What resistances does Pacer Group marine battery cable offer?
In order for marine battery cable to survive in harsh conditions, it has to be built tough. Tough enough to handle conditions that it might not be subject to very often, if ever. Marine battery cable can easily be exposed to moisture, oil, acid, gasoline, abrasion, and more. The point is to make it resilient enough so that, in the event, it is exposed to a certain condition, it will have a better chance at outlasting the environmental hazard. Below you will see a list of resistances that can occur in a marine electrical environment. Pacer Group marine cable’s proprietary insulation is designed to handle all these environmental hazards making it superior to much of the competition.
What compliances does Pacer Group cable exceed?
Pacer Group's marine battery cable meets and exceeds multiple compliances set in place by governing bodies. The point of compliances is to create a baseline of quality that manufacturers should live up to. Pacer Group has designed and refined its processes to the point that they actually exceed several of the compliances that have become industry standards. What does that mean? It means that Pacer Group marine battery cable surpasses the standards that have been set in place making the cable superior when compared to many of the competition’s cables. Below you will find a list of the compliances that Pacer Group marine battery cable meets or exceeds. Click on the link to be taken to the corresponding compliance.
What are some advantages of using our cable?
The advantages of using Pacer Group cable include; its durability, flexibility, and longevity as well as it’s high-conductivity and resistance to corrosion. Additionally, we went over the resistances this cable offers and the compliances it meets. With Pacer Group marine battery cable you're getting the culmination of nearly forty years experience and the highest quality marine cable available. Again, this cable is so tough, it is designed to outlive the battery itself.
Which industries use Pacer Group cable?
Pacer Group’s marine battery cable is so versatile that it is utilized by a wide range of industries. It is chosen for its durability, flexibility, ease of use, and longevity. Seriously, how could this cable be found in so many different industries if it was not made to be the highest quality possible? You can find it in the power management industry, automotive industry, RV industry, data management industry, marine industry, and multiple others. Take a look at the list below to see just some of the industries where you will find Pacer Group marine battery cable.