Different types of battery cables

Battery cable is large automotive cable. Like smaller types of automotive wire, it is available in PVC and cross-linked forms. Click here to read an earlier post explaining the differences between PVC and cross-linked wire insulation.

One type of PVC battery cable is SGT cable. It is rated to 80°C and therefore can be used in starters or battery grounds.  Cross-linked battery cables can also be used in starter and battery ground applications, and they are more resistant to heat, abrasion, and aging than PVC cable.

Two types of cross-linked battery cable are SGX and STX. They are rated to 125°C. Of the three types of battery cable (SGT, SGX, amd STX), STX has the thinnest wall, making it a popular choice for automotive applications with limited space.