Choosing the Right Jump Starter
Imagine this scene: you're stuck in the middle of the road. Your battery has just given up on you, and you patiently wait for another motorist to pass by so you can ask for help. You wait for hours and hours, and you feel the slightest pang of regret because just last week, you laughed at your friend's advice: get your own jump starter. It's an agonizing thought, and it seems like the stuff of horror movies, but it's actually something that happens all too frequently to a car owner. Getting your own jump starter is a very easy task, made easier by this guide that we have put together to help you choose a reliable product wisely.
Compatibility, portability, and durability
Jump starters are rated by their cranking amp and peak amp values. Look in your car's manual for the CCA rating (cold crank amps). Match this with the ampere rating of the jump starter you're planning to buy. Remember that the bigger the vehicle, the more power it will need. A standard jump starter is enough for a regular four-cylinder car, but a larger truck will need a jump starter with higher cranking or peak amps.
Portability is something that you should consider when buying a jump starter. You will be carrying it in the event of battery failure, so weighty ones will be a problem. Before buying a jump starter, consider the size and find out if you're comfortable with how much it weighs. You don't want to be injured or be unable to carry the jump starter in an emergency situation.
Consider the convenience of being able to charge the jump starter through a standard household socket. Not all jump starters have this feature. Overload protection is another great feature to look for. It keeps your car safe from damage in case you forget to unplug the jump starter. Look for a jump starter that is enclosed in a polypropylene case, as they are proven to be very durable. The length of the crocodile clips also varies from product to product, and as with everything else, the longer, the better.
Other features to look for
Modern jump starters sound off an alarm or have LED indicators that warn against reversed connections. We also recommend plastic-coated crocodile clips that resist annoying sparks. Along with a jump starter, some kits also include an air compressor you can use to inflate your tires. Some even have a power inverter and sockets you can use to power your car accessories.
Jump Starting Your Car Safely and Easily
There's a saying that we need to rely more on the kindness of strangers. Although that may be true in some situations, it's not always applicable when you have a dead battery. You might be stranded with a battery that just gave up on you with no motorists passing by to offer help. This is when a portable jump starter comes in handy. You might think you have no need for one, but being caught in a parking lot or a deserted road with a drained battery is more common than you think. The instructions below will be very helpful in these kinds of situations. We will show you how to jump start your car using a portable jump starter.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools you'll need:
- Portable battery jump starter
- Safety glasses
Caution: You will be taking care of a car part that can possibly injure you. In jump starting a dead battery, you are prone to sparks or even an explosion. Wear safety gloves and goggles, and follow the instructions listed below carefully to come out unscathed.
Step 1: Pop the hood of your car and put the hood prop in place. Locate the battery, and remove the plastic jump post caps by hand.
Step 2: Make sure the portable jump starter's power is off. Attach the red crocodile clip from the jump starter's cable to the red positive battery terminal. You will also see a + insignia on one of terminals, signifying it's the positive one. Next, attach the black crocodile clip from the jump starter to the black negative jump post on the battery.
Step 3: For safety, turn your head away from the jump starter pack and battery and then turn the jump starter on. Batteries have flammable hydrogen gas and lead acid inside them, which can explode.
Step 4: Turn the ignition on and try to start the car. If it starts, go immediately to the jump starter and switch it off. Disconnect the negative clamp first, followed by the positive. If the vehicle does not start, switch the jump starter off and check your connections. Try again until your battery restarts successfully.