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