That is absolute total bullshit. The number of strands in a cable has absolutely NOTHING to do with its resistance or the amount of current it can handle. Circular mils of copper is circular mils of copper. Period.
Originally posted by kicker
<snip>Also, some people believe that welding cable offers higher-performance in terms of current flow. Actually, just the opposite is true. Welding cable is made from a great number of fine wire strands, while dedicated battery cable features fewer but thicker wire strands. Battery cable will outperform welding cable in terms of current flow. The other reason to stay away from welding cable is that it isn't designed for automotive use, and does not offer the correct type of insulation. The cable may get hotter, leading to problems with hot-starts
Welding cable is usually Neoprene covered because Neoprene remains flexible in cold weather and it resists chemicals and gasoline better than any other rubber. It's rated for higher temperatures than you'll ever find in automotive service. #2 welding cable is fantastic for jumper cables for your car, and if you have the money to spend for battery cables, by all means go for it.
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