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Potentially Dangerous
Injury may result if this procedure is not followed properly. Use caution and follow all warnings.
Danger

Introduction

Battery charging cables can become damaged and rendered inoperable because of a loose or faulty connection to the alligator clamps. This damage could be caused by wear and tear or corrosion. This guide will help you remedy this problem.

Determine which handle of the alligator clamp originally secured the charging cable. (The tabs will be pressed down and there will most likely be remnants of copper strands) Slide the rubber grip off of the handle which did NOT originally secure the charging cable.
  • Determine which handle of the alligator clamp originally secured the charging cable. (The tabs will be pressed down and there will most likely be remnants of copper strands)

  • Slide the rubber grip off of the handle which did NOT originally secure the charging cable.

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If you use a knife, be wary of slicing your thumb if the sharp edge is faced towards you. (Use Wire Strippers if you have them)
  • If you use a knife, be wary of slicing your thumb if the sharp edge is faced towards you. (Use Wire Strippers if you have them)

  • Remove about an inch of insulation from the cable using a knife, a razor blade, or wire strippers.

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Broken doesn't stand a chance.
Clip the excess frayed copper strands from the cable using the wire cutters.
  • Clip the excess frayed copper strands from the cable using the wire cutters.

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Place the cable in the unused side of the alligator clamp. Place the exposed copper strands in between these two tabs. Make sure that the insulation covers the full area between these two tabs.
  • Place the cable in the unused side of the alligator clamp.

  • Place the exposed copper strands in between these two tabs.

  • Make sure that the insulation covers the full area between these two tabs.

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The harder the tabs are pressed onto the cable, the more secure the connection will be.
  • The harder the tabs are pressed onto the cable, the more secure the connection will be.

  • Use the vice grips to press down all four tabs onto the cable.

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Slide the rubber grip back onto the handle.
  • Slide the rubber grip back onto the handle.

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Conclusion

Now plug in the Battery Charger to test for continuity from the cable to the clamp, by charging a battery.

Derek Moore

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