The Mississippi Industries for the Blind (MIB)— a non-funded agency in Mississippi with a mission to train and employ those who are legally blind or visually impaired to promote independence and self-reliance in all aspects of their lives—has released its heavy-duty military-spec booster cables to the public.
Developed by MIB for the U.S. Military since 1984, MIB’s MIL-SPEC booster cables combine 1-gauge stranded copper welding type cable with solid copper clamps for enhanced electrical conductivity and an efficient jump start. These cables are significantly thicker than standard 6-gauge jumper cables, and each clamp and cable has a 600 amp minimum current rating.
For enhanced electrical conductivity, MIB also constructs each clamp from a solid copper sheet. In addition, the clamp jaws are serrated, and the clamps are assembled with a heavy duty, high tension spring to ensure a good connection to the battery terminal. MIB says the clamps are tested to hold 500 lb.
To optimize use of the booster cables on the road or at jobsites, the oil and abrasion resistant booster cables maintain flexibility in a wide range of temperatures from -94° to +198° F, and are available in up to 25 ft. lengths for ease of vehicle positioning.
MIB says there are many misconceptions about the capabilities of the blind/visually impaired. As a result, the unemployment rate for this population is very high. Mississippi Industries for the Blind is a leading employer of the blind and at least 75 percent of its employees are blind and/or visually impaired.
The company, which is ISO 9000 certified, has manufactured products for the Department of Defense, USPS, the General Services Administration (GSA) and others. As an ISO 9000 certified agency, MIB adheres to strict government regulations regarding quality standards and practices.