How To Jump Start Car Without Another Car? If your car just died on you, do not sit and worry. As long as you pack and carry automotive essentials for just such emergencies, you will be alright. All the better if you have a battery charger that you can use to jump start your car.
- Not just any charger will do. We are talking about a starter charger, one version of a battery charger (could be fully automatic based on type and brand).
- Generally, these chargers come with 2, 10 and 50 amp settings. These too will vary based on brand; we are merely considering the most common charger for the time being.
- Open the hood of your car, bring the battery starter charger over, place it securely on the bonnet area just where the hood opens; this way you leave little room for it to tilt or fall over.
- Always remember, red is positive and black is negative. These are the same colors for each terminal on the battery charger and that you need to clamp to the non-functioning car battery.
- Connect them firmly. Since the battery is still inside the car waiting for you to jump start it, attach the terminals so they stand vertically atop each appropriate node.
- You will need to have an extension line leading from a residence or other building to which you can plug in the AC and power the charger.
- It is advisable to begin with a 10 amp charge and leave it be for about two minutes.
- Why not 2 amps? Because it is too low to help jump start the car battery. Bear in mind you are jump starting not actual battery charging.
- Why not 50 amps? That could prove a heavy first-load for a jump start and might fry your car battery. Not a good idea.
- There are two types of car batteries usually compatible with battery starter chargers. One is a low maintenance one where you do not need to put water in it. The other is a deep cycle (high maintenance) one where you need to heat the water before putting it in. We are focusing on the former, because low maintenance batteries are more common these days and come with water already inside.
- After a few minutes are up, shift the amp setting to 50 and attempt to jump start. Sit in the driver’s seat, turn on the ignition, and see if the battery comes to life.
Leave the car running, go back to the charger, reduce its amperage to 10, and follow that up with an unplugging of the starter charger. Leaving it on and attempting to extricate the terminals can be a disastrous idea. If the red-black (positive-negative) touch, it will result in a short circuit or worse. That is all there is to jump starting a car with a starter battery charger.