Follow the repair of a pair of jump leads along with one of the volunteer repairers from Repair Cafe Gosport. By effecting a repair he was able to save them from waste for the cost of a £5 part rather than binning them and having to buy a new set for around £20.
This repair story is provided for information only. We are not repair professionals and Repair Cafe Gosport is a community self-repair event. You take responsibility for your own repair.
This set of jump leads had got broken, the crocodile clip on the had snapped:
Turns out you can buy replacement crocodile clips from various places including eBay. However the best deal was the following: https://www.lsengineers.co.uk/heavy-duty-crocodile-clip-red-booster-cable-clip-400amp-peak-rating.html
Most people sell them by the pair but this allowed me to buy one individually for ~£5 including shipping
First I cut the wire out of the old crocodile clip, then stripped it back to have a clean section of the right length.
I didn’t own the crimp tool for this size but was able to use a vice to achieve the same effect. Using the body of a screw to ensure the central part was folded in like the real crimp was also useful.
You should always be aware that improvised solutions are undertaken at your own risk. Once finished the crimp was tested by applying a firm pull.
The finished repair
Repair Cafe Gosport is the Second Saturday of the month (except August), between 10:30am and 1pm at the community maker space.
Residents of Gosport bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of voluntary repairers.