Is Jump Starting Your Vehicle Safe?
Jump-starting is when you use another person running vehicle to give your car enough power to start your engine using jumper cables. Jump-starting is a resolution when you find yourself with a drained battery and unable to start your car. But knowing the right method for jump-starting is very important.
But, when the battery is dead, PROPER jump starting is the way in most situations. Jump-starting is the one with the cables and another car, and a push start involves, well, pushing the car and some clutch work. Jump-starting can damage the alternator, either in the jumped car, or the one providing the jump.
Jump-starting is simply attaching cables to allow the “dead” car to use the electricity from the boosting car’s battery to engage the starter drive to start the engine on the dead vehicle.
It used to be that a set of jumper cables (and an obliging fellow motorist) or a call for roadside assistance was needed to jump-start a car, but a convenient alternative has recently hit the market: The mini jump starter. These micro-sized battery packs are small enough to fit in your glovebox and powerful enough to jolt your car back to life.
Battery jump starters are nothing new, but until now, ones that worked well in our tests were sized like a hardcover dictionary powered by heavy lead-acid batteries. While great for car dealers and auto recovery services, these traditional booster packs are too bulky to carry as part of a car emergency kit. But the new generation of mini jump starters tested here use compact lithium-ion batteries. Most weigh around a pound and are roughly the size of a paperback novel. The 10 units we tested had an average price of about $90, making them only slightly more expensive than traditional car battery boosters—and a heck of a lot easier to carry.
In addition to jump-starting, these units can also be used to recharge portable devices, such as mobile phones and tablets—a function that makes them a useful part of a home emergency kit, as well. All of the units we tested had at least one built-in USB port, as well as a flashlight, and some had connectors to charge certain types of laptops. Read more here.
Having battery troubles? Yeah, we hear you. Almost everyday, we receive calls and comments about batteries that “won’t hold a charge” any more. Maybe you’ve been in that boat before. To clear up a misconception: a battery isn’t like a water bottle. You can’t use up half now, and then wait and use half later. It’s not a tank of electricity. Also, batteries don’t “leak” power like water can. What we’re dealing with here with a lead acid battery is a plastic box that encases a delicate balance of chemicals which are ready to interact with each other to produce electricity when the load is applied.
If your battery is having trouble producing electricity, chances are, it’s a chemical issue.
Here are some ways to test your battery at home, and determine if it’s bad
1) Inspect the Battery
Sometimes you can tell if your battery is bad by simply taking a good look. There are a few things to inspect, such as: a broken terminal, bulge or bump in the case, crack or rupture of the plastic, excessive leaking, and discoloration. Broken or loose terminals are dangerous, and can cause a short circuit. If a short did occur, there would be some indication of burning or melting. When a battery short circuits, all of the power is unloaded in an instant.
That produces a lot of heat, and sometimes even causes the battery to explode (no joke). If the battery is still intact, but there is a bulge in the case, this is usually a result of being overcharged. Others signs such as physical openings in the case are often caused by mishandling. Cracks, splits, and holes will not cause a battery to stop working, but for safety reasons the battery should be labeled unsafe to use. See more here.
The problem with this method is that if the battery is completely dead, jump-starting can shorten the life or even damage the battery.
You’re walking out of your apartment and notice a good looking gal with the hood of her car open, looking at the engine with desperation. You go over and ask what’s wrong. The car battery is dead, and she’s late for class. She asks you if you can give her car a jump. You look down at the ground, kick some rocks, and offer to call AAA instead.
Every man should know how to jump start a dead car battery. You never know when you’ll need this knowledge to aid a stranded damsel in distress, or help yourself get out of a jam. While jumping a dead battery is super simple, you’d be surprised by the number of men who have no idea how to do it. And even if you have learned how to jump start a car before, it can be easy to forget what cables go where. Positive on negative? Ground the positive cable on the car with the good battery? Red cable is negative?
To Jump Start a Car With Cables, Follow These Steps:
1. Make sure both cars are turned off.
2. Connect one end of the red (positive) jumper cable to the positive terminal on the stalled battery.
3. Connect the other red (positive) cable to the positive terminal of the good battery. Check full article here.
Jump Starting Can Be Dangerous If Done Incorrectly
Jump-starting is when you use jumper cables from another car or battery. Learning about batteries, how to protect yourself, and your vehicle when jump starting is what this post is all about. Jump-starting can cause serious issues to the car if it’s not done properly.
But sometimes you are stuck in a situation where jump starting is your only option. The hazards of jump starting are very real, and many car owners don’t even realize the potential danger. If done incorrectly, jump starting can lead to a battery explosion, resulting in severe injury or death, call us here: (951) 245-8115.