When a car has a dead battery, the process of jump-starting the car is used to revive it. The process of jump-starting a car involves connecting the dead battery to a live battery with jumper cables in order to provide enough power to start the engine. Once the engine is started, the alternator will take over and provide power to the car.
It’s happened to the best of us – we go to start our car and it’s completely dead. Or, we’re out and about and our phone dies and we have no way to charge it. In these situations, it’s handy to have a battery pack. Here’s a quick guide on how to jump-start your car with a battery pack.
Portable Jump Starter/ Battery Booster Pack
A Portable Jump Starter also called “Battery Booster Pack”, “Power Bank”, “Emergency Booster”, “Battery Jumper”, or “Jump Box” is a compact portable battery that provides 12 volts back up power to boost the car’s dead battery for jump-starting.
It is safely used to jump-start the manual and automatic transmission car by yourself without needing another car’s help. There are various types of portable jump starters. Lead-acid and lithium-ion are the common types of jump starters. The lead-acid jump starter is very heavy and bigger but, could start the car a few times before goes down.
Conversely, the newer lithium jump starter is made up of lithium-ion or lithium-polymer and is a pocket-size small, and light jump starter that can provide up to more than ten starts when fully charged.
The portable jump starter comes with many features such as an emergency light, a USB charger for charging cell phones and tablets, a radio, and even a built-in compressor to fill your car’s tire in an emergency. The jump starter is rechargeable and can be plugged into a household outlet.
How To Jump Start A Car With A Battery Pack
If your car won’t start, you may need to jump-start it. You can do this by using a battery pack. Jump starting a car without another car through a battery pack (portable jump starter) is the easy and fast method of jump-starting the car by yourself. All you need is a portable jump starter.
Below is the step-by-step procedure for jump-starting a car without another car through a portable jump starter yourself.
Step By Step Procedure On How To Jump Start A Car With Portable Jump Start
Step 1. Be Ready
- First, make sure that the battery pack is fully charged.
- Open the hood, locate the battery and remove the battery terminal covers.
- Identify the negative and positive posts of the battery.
- Identify the positive and negative leads on the jump starter. Usually, the red lead is considered a positive, and the black lead is considered a negative power source.
- Set the parking brake.
This is a Danger
Do not smoke near the battery. Make sure the car is away from flammable material.
This is a Danger
Keep the dangling clothes, jewelry, bracelet, and face away from the battery.
Step 2. Make The Connections
- Put the positive (red) lead on the battery’s positive post and the negative (black) lead on an unpainted clean car frame or engine block (not a moving part).
- Make sure the jump starter leads are firmly connected.
- Turn on the jump starter.
This is an Info
You can connect the jump starter negative lead to the car’s dead battery negative terminal, but engineers don’t recommend it. The chances are it could spark and cause a fire.
Step 3. Power The Ignition
Now crank the engine for a short time. It should start on the first attempt. If it doesn’t start, then wait for a few minutes to try again.
This is a Tip
You do not need to crank the engine for a long period of time, it could damage the starter motor and also rapidly discharge the portable jump starter.
This is an Info
The portable jump starter does not charge your car’s battery but rather provides the necessary amperage to the starter motor to crank the engine and start it.
What To Do After Jump Starting
After the engine starts, turn off and remove the jump starter. Let the car run for 15-20 minutes to charge the battery.
Remove jump starter leads in reverse order, the way it was connected. First, remove the black lead, then the red one. Recharge the jump starter for 3-4 hours for the next usage.