Car battery dying is one of the most common problems faced by car owners. A car battery can die for a variety of reasons, but most commonly because it is old or has been completely drained of power. Other reasons include faulty alternators, idleness, leaving lights/accessories on, corroded terminals, extreme weather conditions, or malfunctioned electronics. A dead car battery is very annoying, especially when you are in a rush, on a long trip, and in the middle of traffic. To avoid this terrible experience, you will need a jump starter or a portable car booster cable to revive your battery.

What is a car booster cable? 
Car booster cables are a smart product that can save you from any situation where you need to jump-start. They are used to provide additional current from a car battery to another car battery. The cable provides up to 30 amps of current at 12 volts (or 240 watts).

What is a car jump starter? 
A car jump starter is a portable device used to start cars that have lost electrical power. The device starts the engine by recharging the battery and charging the alternator. Car booster cables and jump starters are two of the most essential gadgets for cars. They can be used to help you start your car and they can help you with other electrical problems that might arise while driving.

How to safely charge a car battery with car booster cables. 

▪ Equip yourself with the recommended safety gear (gloves and goggles). Visit our website or call us to get your safety gear at a discounted price. Unplug any accessories (like a phone charger) and turn off the headlights, radio, and any light signals (including hazard lights).

▪ Get the two cars close together, but not so close that they touch. Engage the parking brakes in both vehicles and shift them to "Park" or "Neutral." Shut off the ignition in both.

▪ Next, clean the battery with a dry rag before hooking things up. Locate the two metal terminals on the top of your car battery.

▪ Attach the cables in the proper order: Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of the dead battery. The terminal may say “POS” or “+”. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the WORKING car's battery.

▪ While still at the WORKING car's battery, attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal. The terminal may be labeled “NEG” or “-”.

▪ The last black cable should be attached to an unpainted metal surface as far from the dead battery as possible. This is to ground the circuit and prevent sparking.

▪ Time for the "jump!" If you are sure the cables are properly connected, run the working vehicle’s engine for a few minutes and then try to start the dead vehicle. If it doesn’t start, make sure your connections are correct and run for an additional five minutes.

▪ Once your battery has been brought back to life, keep the engine running. Remove the cables in the reverse order that you placed them: negatives (black) first and then positives (red). Drive your car for at least 15-30 minutes to ensure your battery charges. If your car won’t start the next time you take it out for a spin, the battery probably isn’t holding a charge and needs to be replaced. 

How to safely charge a car battery with a portable jump starter. 

▪ While both the jump starter and car are still off, connect the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal and the negative (black) cable to the negative terminal of the portable jump starter.

▪ Connect the clamp on the red jumper cable to the positive terminal on your car battery, and the black one to either an unpainted piece of metal in the engine or directly to your car’s chassis (the frame of the vehicle).

▪ Don’t attach the negative (black) clamp to the negative terminal of the dead battery. It is important to connect the cables in that order, and it is safest to connect the negative (black) clamp as far from the battery as possible, to reduce the risk of sparking that could cause a fire or explosion.

▪ Once the cables are properly connected, power on the jump starter. Then, attempt to start the vehicle. Turn the key in the ignition to start, and hold for a couple of seconds if necessary.

▪ If a couple of seconds doesn’t start the car, give the battery pack a few minutes to cool down and prepare itself before making another attempt. This increases the amount of energy that will be given to your battery in an attempt to start the vehicle. If the jump start is successful, you should hear your engine turn over and begin to run on its own. Congratulations! You can now disconnect the jump starter cables.

▪ First, remove the negative (black) cable from the car, then remove the positive (red) cable from the battery terminal. Depending on the cause of your dead battery, you may want to have the car immediately looked at. In other circumstances, your car may be okay after the jump start. Driving the car for a while will help to recharge the battery. If, however, your jump start doesn’t work, and you find yourself turning the key in the ignition over and over again without the engine turning on, you may have a larger problem at hand. In this case, it’s best to have a mechanic look at the car or to have it towed somewhere it can be serviced.