Banana to IC Hook Cables

These are various leaded cables for attaching to multimeters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, etc. Cables come in red/black pairs.

  • 36" Long

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  • Member #82931 / about 10 years ago / 3

    These are the first sparkfun products I've been less than entirely satisfied with. The grabbers don't work at first (at least the 4 I got didn't), had to really put a lot of pressure on the backs to pop the hooks out the first time, like putting them on a table and pressing down as hard as I could, and I'm a big guy. 3 of the four work well now, but one looks like it had some plastic in the grabber coupling and twisted internally, and sort of works, it's hard to get the hook out. Still a good buy for the price, 3/5 stars and all, but not perfect, as Sparkfun merch usually is, and I suspect a fraction them will break in the process of getting the hooks out

  • Blueblast88 / about 13 years ago / 3

    when will these be back in stock?

  • Member #117852 / about 10 years ago / 2

    I don't recommend this, banana jacks are way too loose. I can remove them from my meter with a light tug on the wire without holding the meter down. Hook part was adequate.

  • alanwj / about 10 years ago / 1

    The manufacturing tolerance and/or testing on these appears to be poor. The banana plug on the red wire in the set I purchased is too big to fit into any jack, including the piggy-back jack on the black wire.

    • M-Short / about 10 years ago * / 1

      Sorry about that, email and they should be able to gt that straightened out for you.

  • Member #120598 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Can someone please post a pic of the back of these banana plugs, or confirm whether or not another set of banana plugs will piggyback onto these?

Customer Reviews

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Cheap & flimsy

After only a few uses, the hook became stuck inside the black probe. The plastic nest for the hook tore off in the process of pushing on the hook. There's almost nothing left of the tip of the black probe now. It's usable, but barely. These aren't any better than Radio Shack's. Plugs are too thin to fit my voltmeter's sockets snugly. Inexpensive, but still not a good buy.

Jumpers worked better than expected...

Jumpers worked better than expected... Recommend you add additional colors...

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Banana to IC Hook Cables

Says one accountant (who was using Banana to IC Hook Cables) to another accountant: Accountant #1: How's it going today? Accountant #2: Not good. I'm in the red today--how about you? Accountant #1: I'm always in the black.

Q. What happens when you plug a black banana jack into a red banana plug? A. Cute kids.

Q. Why are these cables only 36 inches long? A. If they were any longer I would not be able to connect two of them together so that I always have my safety glasses with me.

These jokes are making me go bananas. But the more I read them, the more I'm hooked.

Sorry, but I have to get back to work. ; ( -TS.


My bench power-supply now has both alagator clips (which were included) and IC clips thanks to their passthrough design. I now have both always available! Woohoo! The bana-clip shuffle has ended! Thanks!

Works as expected

The set works as expected. I haven't used them extensively so I don't know about the longevity of the hooks and things like that, but it does a nice job of freeing up my hands to push buttons and flip switches while watching the meter. I'm using them with a small, entry-level Gardner Bender meter.

Works as intended

I’ve use these a few times now since I purchased them and they hang on well.the spring tension could be a tad stronger to ensure they don’t slide off when jockeying components.

Review for Banana to IC Hook Cables. Thums Up!

Like having an extra set of hands. They work great. I am sure their are better quality cables out their but for the price I can't complain. They get the job done.