What is a Slave Cable?

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Slave cables are used to jump start military vehicles with dead batteries. Outside of military use, they are more commonly referred to as jumper cables, and provide a fast, easy, vehicle-to-vehicle boost of power to get back on the road. A majority of US military vehicles are outfitted with a NATO receptacle, meaning that that specialized NATO slave cables are required for this service.

How to Use Slave Cables

In order to make jump starting easier, military trucks and vehicles are standardized with 24-volt electrical systems, including slave receptacles for quick and easy connection. After plugging in a slave cable between each vehicle, the dead battery is restarted with the live vehicle’s running engine.

Additional Uses

In addition to jumps, slave cables can be used to access power directly from a vehicle’s battery. When combined with NATO slave cable plugs and power inverters, users can produce power for a variety of uses safely and easily.

Where to Buy Slave Cables

Due to the specialized nature of these cables, they are not as readily available as standard jumper cables. Military slave cables are custom-built and shipped directly from the manufacturer. Gateway Cable Company has been building military electrical connectors and cable assemblies in the United States since 1979, and creates built-to-last products that help support the troops. To request a quote for anything from shielded cables to a NATO slave cable, plug, or power inverter, contact us today.