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Here are the different types of cable ends to help you choose exactly what will work best for you:
Straight Top Post. This is the most common battery terminal and probably what you think of when you think of when we talk about battery cable ends.
Elbow Top Post Battery Terminal. These are available in Right or Left. They are useful in certain applications where space is a concern or if you want a different look. (Right elbow shown). Elbow terminals are a little more expensive. We charge an extra 1 dollar.
Side Post or Stud Top Terminal. These are the heavy duty replacement for the cable ends used by some OEMs on new cars and for stud top industrial batteries. Some folks use them on a second set of battery cables on a dual terminal battery for a high amp accessory like a winch or competition stereo.
Flag Terminal. This style is used for dual battery setups where two or more batteries will be connected in parallel on a single cable. Please note that because these require 2 connections and 2 heat shrink, the labor for these is double. I stock these in 1/0 thru 4/0 positive. Sometimes I have negative flags but often they are special order
Battery Terminal with extra wire capability. Use this end when you want to run an extra wire for fuse block or high amp accessory. Flag terminal is shown but I have these ends available for top and side post. Click picture to see other styles. These terminals are a little more expensive. We charge an extra 1 dollar. They only come in 2/0 for top or side post and 2/0 and 3/0 flag terminals.
|Not every hole size is available with every wire gauge. For example 4/0 gauge lug with 1/4 holes is not something we stock and can be hard to find. Here is a table with what we normally stock ("yes") and what we can order ("special order") and what is hard to find ("No").|
|Wire Size|| Top Post Straight||Top Post with extra wire||Elbow Top Post||Side Mount or Stud Top||Flag|
(For dual top post batteries)
|Flag with extra wire||Double barrel (For dual stud top batterues)|
|4ga||Pos & Neg||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|1-2 (1 or 2 ga)||Pos & Neg||No||R & L Univ only||Yes||No||No||No|
|1/0 or 0 or "one-aught"||Pos & Neg||No||Pos & Neg in Left and Right ||Yes||Pos and Neg||No||Special Order|
|2/0 or 00 or "two-aught"||Pos & Neg||Positive Only||Pos & Neg in Left and Right ||Yes||Pos and Neg||Positive Only||Special Order|
|3/0 or 000 or "three-aught"||Pos & Neg||No||Pos & Neg in Left and Right ||Yes||Pos Only||Positive Only||Special Order|
|4/0 or 000 or "four-aught"||Pos & Neg||No||Special Order||Yes||Pos Only||No||Special Order|
Ring Terminal or Lug. This is what you need to connect to the starter, solenoid, alternator or deep cycle battery. A heavy duty end is shown. The metal used in the heavy duty ends is twice as thick. The HD ends are also wider and more expensive.
Heavy duty ring terminals are also available with a 45 degree or 90 degree bend. Not all sizes are available. These terminals are more expensive than the "normal" heavy duty lugs. I do not recommend trying to make your own bent ends. Odds are the ends will crack.
|"Double Barrel" lugs are available but I do not normally stock them. Use the double barrel lug for a ground in the middle of a ground cable or in place of "flag" battery terminals on marine, stud top or golf cart batteries. Double barrel lugs are only available in 1/0 and larger with 3/8 hole. These require 2 connections and 2 heat shrink so the labor for these is double. They also tend to make the cable much stiffer. Personally, I think just using 2 normal heavy duty lugs is a better setup because you can change the angle of the cables and you can just replace 1 when needed.|
Not every hole size is available with every wire gauge. For example 4/0 gauge lug with 1/4 holes is not something we stock and can be hard to find. Here is a table with what we normally stock ("yes") and what we can order ("special order") and what is hard to find ("n/a").
|Wire Size||1/4 std lug||5/16 std lug||3/8 std lug||1/2 std lug||1/4 HD lug||5/16 HD lug||3/8 HD lug||1/2 HD lug||5/16 HD w/45||3/8 HD w/45||1/2 HD w/45||5/16 HD w/90||3/8 HD w/90||1/2 HD w/90|
|1-2 (1 or 2 ga)||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1/0 or 0 or "one-aught"||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2/0 or 00 or "two-aught"||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3/0 or 000 or "three-aught"||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Yes||special order |
|4/0 or 0000 or "four-aught"||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||special order ||special order ||special order ||special order ||special order ||special order |
|As the battery terminals and lugs get larger, more copper is required to make them and therefore they cost more. |
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