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Old April 21st, 2005, 11:04 AM   #1
 
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Nickel vs Gold vs Platinum

I noticed that the v6p.net ground kit battery terminal is made from nickel.

Is that more conducive than gold or platinum?
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Old April 21st, 2005, 11:59 AM   #2
 
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Generally, gold, silver, aluminum, and copper are the best conductors for transferring electricity. I've never heard about nickel being in the mix. However, it may be different when it comes to car battery terminals

What is our stock cable made from?
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Old April 21st, 2005, 01:05 PM   #3
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probably not, but if it were made of gold or platinum it would be so expensive i dont think anyone would buy it!
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Old April 21st, 2005, 05:05 PM   #4
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probably not, but if it were made of gold or platinum it would be so expensive i dont think anyone would buy it!
if i remember right from my materials course, most things that have gold contacts are really only gold-plated with a teeny tiny bit of gold to inhibit corrosion. there's no industry standard on how much gold to plate so manufacturers will get away with any amount.

Gold doesnt conduct electricity any better than copper, but it protects from oxidation, which can decrease conductance. and even if the material itself did conduct better, that 2 microns of improved conductance won't matter one bit when taking into account the 2 feet of wire behind it.
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