What are welding cables used for?

by Chirag
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welding cables

Like a solar cable, a welding cable is a type of electric cable. A welding cable is a portable cord featuring a single annealed conductor, which in most cases, is made out of copper. A welding cable usually is stranded finely to enhance flexibility. They come in varying sizes ranging from 6 AWG to 500 MCM. Many are times when a welding cable is referred to as a grounding cable. Welding cables are famous for their flexibility and versatility owing to the mode of its construction. Additionally, welding cables are considered the most flexible form of electric wires in the market. Welding cables are constructed in such a way that they can withstand grease, oil and water, cuts, tears, and other forms of abrasions.

The uses of welding cables

  • Welding cables are used to supply power to secondary circuits used by electric welders. The electricity provided is used to control the electrode. The electrodes are used to release the amount of charge that is needed for the process of welding.
  • Welding cables are also used in the manufacturing industry. In such places, they are used to power resistance welding as well as arc welding devices.
  • In manufacturing industries, welding cables can also be used in the place of damaged wires.
  • Welding cables can also be attached to generators and other machines in industries
  • Welding cables can also be applied in power supply applications that involve less than 600 volts of electricity
  • This type of electric cables can also be used in tight batteries
  • Welding cables are a better alternative to battery cables due to their efficiency
  • These cables are also used in marine situations, in which case they have to be coated with further insulating materials as they are not designed to be resistant to oil and water. Exposure of regular welding cables to oil or water may result in saturation of the cables.

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Features of welding cables 

Insulating jacket

Welding cables consist of a fine insulating coat that helps the cable withstand abrasions from rough surfaces.

Copper strands

The beautiful copper strands allow for the flexibility of the welding cables. Copper is also an excellent conductor that ensures that the welding cable is resistant to heat, burns, sparks, and abrasions that may arise during industrial works or welding duties.

Welding cables are used for heavy duties hence are prone to damages. This, therefore, means that care should be taken when using the wires to ensure that they last long. Such cables should also be cleaned with grease and oil. This helps to keep them functioning correctly. In case there are damages to the welding cable, especially the part of the cable that is nearest to the electrode, it is essential to replace the wires as soon as possible to prevent such issues as fire outbreaks.  


There have been several comparisons between welding cables and battery cables. The difference between these two types of electrical cables is that welding cables have slightly less thick copper strands as opposed to the latter. Battery cables are also more tightly compacted.



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