Jumpstart Battery Pack
A portable jumpstart battery pack is the easiest way to jumpstart your car. These self-contained units include the cables you need to hook up along with the battery power needed to start your vehicle. Many also include a variety of other helpful roadside devices, such as a DC power outlet, bright work light, and maybe even an air compressor. Remember that bigger vehicles require more power, so choose a model with higher cranking amps (CA).
To connect your battery pack to your car battery, simply hook the positive clamp (normally red) to the positive terminal on your battery. Then hook the negative clamp (usually black) to a metal point on your car’s engine or chassis. Turn on the battery pack and let it charge for a few minutes, and then try to start the car. You might need to try a few times, but be sure not to exceed the maximum charge time recommended by the battery pack manufacturer. Disconnect the negative clamp, then the positive clamp. Drive around for a few minutes to fully recharge the battery.
Jumper cables are the tried and true method of jumpstarting a dead car battery. This requires a set of cables and a willing participant with a running car. It’s a bit more complicated than using a battery pack, but is not inherently difficult. Here are the steps:
If the battery drain had an obvious cause, such as leaving the lights on, then it may still be a good battery. However, if there was no obvious reason for the battery to drain, or if you need to jumpstart your car more than every once in a great while, it is important to have the battery checked. Batteries wear out over time, and eventually you will find that it can no longer be charged. Rather than risking this happening at an inopportune moment, it is better to simply have the battery replaced as soon as you know it is dying.
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