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3 top features of the best battery jump starter

3 top features of the best battery jump starter

When you are in a hurry and want to leave for some meeting or pick up the kids or an appointment and you just rush to your car and turn on the ignition – but your car doesn’t start. Urghh!!! How frustrating is that! I know I have faced this so many times that I finally asked my mechanic what I should do. He told me to get a battery jump starter.

I had no clue what it was, so I told him: I will but what is it? He told me it is a simple solution to my problem that I face frequently especially in cold weather.

What is a battery jump starter?

Well if you like me don’t know what it is, here is a simple explanation. It is a device you can attach to your car when it is not igniting and your battery can be charged and you are good to go. I know it is as simple as that. I would recommend everyone to keep a battery jump starter in their car booth or garage.

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Can anyone use the jump starter?

Well if I can then anyone can. At first, when I bought it, I was a bit afraid to even try it but then I learned it and it’s pretty easy. You don’t have to be a car expert to know what to do.

You need to just know the basics of the car engine like for example which one is the battery and where to connect the jump wires. But if you have good knowledge about the engine using it will be very easy for you. All you have to do is the following:

  • Connect the jump cables to the portable charger.
  • Now connect the positive jump wire to the positive terminal of the car battery.
  • Now connect the negative jump wire to the negative terminal of the car battery.
  • Check to make sure the wires are firm.
  • Turn on the jump starter charger.
  • Try the ignition of the car and keep it started for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the jump starter charger.
  • Disconnect and pack the kit and make sure you charge it for the next time.

See it is so simple and convenient that it solves all your ignition problems at least pertaining to the battery.

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What to look for in a good jump starter?

You need to be sure that whenever you would need it and wherever you would need it, your battery jump starter kit will help you out in the tough time. If it is not durable or functional then there is no point of keeping it in my opinion.

So what makes it good, efficient and durable are the following qualities:

1. Reliability

You need to be sure that you can rely on your jump starter, that it will always bail you out of a tough situation. So a good portable jump starter should also have a charger. Every jump starter has a battery with enough ability to start your car but the one with a built-in charger is more dependable as it can be used anytime.

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Reliability is especially an issue with the portable jump starters because they are more prone to extreme weather.

2. Power

Another important feature that a good jump starter should have is the power. You would ask, if it does have the power to start the car, why do we need more power? Well, you are right for some situations but for others, you will need more power. In situations where your battery is completely drained, a regular powered starter won’t help you out. You would need a powerful jump starter to revive that dead battery of yours.

3. Safe and easy to use

Well safety comes first in everything, so it should be safe. The wires should be properly insulated and the cover should be intact and it should have complete instructions with it so if you forget something you can consult it.

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It should be easy to use so anyone can use it, even people like me who have no knowledge about engines or cars or electronics.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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