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Battery Posts & Boots
What are Battery posts & boots?
Battery posts are electrical connectors that are used to connect a load to a battery. They can be used with a single cell or multi-celled batteries. They ensure a proper connection from the battery to an electrical system. All Pacer battery terminals are cast with 131 contact copper which is almost 95% copper. Each of our battery post terminals is electro-plated with a bright tin finish. Better yet, they have raised letters indicating wire size and post type. Our electrical connector types are built for harsh marine applications.
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Battery boots are protective covers that are applied to the battery post connection point in an electrical system. In this way, they cover both the battery post and the terminal on the battery itself. This, in turn, offers a higher level of protection than some of the other protection methods. Battery boots are used to protect the battery from shorts, shocks, and corrosion making them essential in a marine environment as well as other hazardous situations. Each type of battery boot we offer is designed for a particular type of battery post. Below we will take a more in depth look at the different types we carry and where they are most useful.
Where are battery posts and boots implemented?
Battery posts and boots offer high level conductivity and protection
Battery posts and boots are implemented all across the marine industry. They offer high level conductivity and added protection to battery connections. These electrical connector types are perfect for marine use. They are designed for both new installations as well as replacement parts. If you have corroded terminals or damaged battery posts, then these are the perfect solution for you. All you will need are the proper tools, and heat shrink. Now that we have covered where they are implemented, let us look at what types of battery posts are available.
What types of battery posts are available?
Pacer offers straight posts, left side posts, right side posts, flag posts, and marine posts in a range of polarities. Each of these is ideal for a given application. Knowing which electrical wire connectors are suited for your job makes the task easier. Below we will take a look a where you might want to use each of these types of battery posts.
Straight post terminals are designed for use when you want to run your battery cable directly into the battery in a straight path. Think of it as when the cable abruptly stops at the battery itself. These are the most commonly used type of battery posts that you will find.
Side posts come in two varieties, left-facing and right-facing. You may think that one would work for both applications however, the lettering indicating the polarity is only on one side. This is why it is so essential to know exactly which type of battery post that you need.
Flag posts have two entry points for cable and are designed for use when you need a battery cable to continue on to another location, but you need power at a certain point along the way. The flag post is a style of crimp connectors designed so that it fits right in line with a battery cable's direction.
Marine Type Top Post Terminals are ideal when connecting more than one cable to a battery post. They are set up so that you can add several ring connections to the post. They are often used just to convert the top terminal battery post to accept ring terminals.
Where would I use battery posts?
Battery posts would be used anywhere that you need to connect a large battery to an electrical system. These crimp connectors can be used in an automotive, marine, commercial, or even an industrial setting. Various types of crimp connectors allow you the most freedom to design your own solution. Oftentimes, if you look under the hood of your automobile, you will see battery posts used to connect your battery and help distribute power throughout your automobile's electrical system. This goes to show just how important battery posts are. Without them, you would likely need to rely on permanent connection methods which would make changing out a battery a much more difficult task.
What makes them advantageous?
Battery posts are advantageous for a variety of reasons including their durability and longevity in harsh conditions. Additionally, they have the ability to be replaced rather easily meaning that they make maintenance and replacement a much simpler task. These wire connectors are top-notch. They are also corrosion-resistant making them the ideal choice for applications where moisture is an issue.
What types of boots are available?
Pacer carries several types of battery boots in order to give you the option to find the exact type that suits your application. We offer battery boots in alternator type, marine type, as well as straight type. Below we will take a more in-depth look at each of these types of battery boots and discuss why you may want to use each.
Alternator boots are one of the most common styles of battery boots that you will run into. They are often used for battery cables that end in a lug or ring terminal and are attached to a stud or screw. Most commonly, you will find this type of battery boot on a power or ground connection on a starter or alternator. Alternator battery boots protect the connection point of the battery cable and the terminal on the cable itself.
Marine-type battery boots are most commonly used to cover a secondary power connection point or a ground connection point. Like other battery boots, marine-type boots, offer protection for continuously energized parts in harsh environments. The deep body of the marine type of battery boot fully covers a connection point and offers a very high level of protection. They are most often used with the marine type top post terminal which you will find here.
Straight-type battery boots are the most common type of battery boot that you are likely to run into. They are the kind that you will find on automotive and marine battery posts. If you pop open the hood on your car or truck, these are the type of battery boots you are most likely going to find. They fully cover the battery post and terminal and offer high levels of protection from a range of environmental hazards which explains why they are so common.
What benefits do battery boots offer?
Battery boots offer a range of benefits including high-level protection to fully energized parts, helping to prevent electrical shocks, and even helping to eliminate the risk of electrical shorts. Since they are made from polyvinyl chloride, they are flexible and durable while retaining a high degree of longevity. This is why you will find battery boots in use in some of the harshest environmental conditions. They are easy to install, offer high levels of protection, and are built to last. What more could you ask for?
Why choose Pacer?
Pacer has over forty years in the marine industry and has used that time to build a reputation as an industry leader and trusted source. Some of the world’s largest boat builders turn to Pacer for their electrical solutions. We provide electrical solutions to OEMs, boating enthusiasts, and everyday boaters. When you see Pacer on your products, you know that you have quality.
*This page was updated on 2/08/2023*