What is a Jump Starter?
A jump starter wok as a booster. Basically, it is a method of starting a vehicle with a discharged or dead battery. In this process, a temporary connection is made to the battery of another vehicle, or to some other external power source. This external supply of the electricity recharges the disabled & dead vehicle’s battery & provides some of the power needed to crank the engine. Once the vehicle starts, its normal charging system began to recharge the battery, so the auxiliary source can be removed afterward.
Clamp Quality of a Jump Starter
Always look for clamps that are either soldered or screwed to the cables versus crimped. Clamps should be wide enough to fit almost any size terminal post without any bending or extra twisting. Also, make sure that the clamping quality is good enough to conduct electricity. Cheap & fewer quality clamps won’t be able to deliver a better charge to the dead battery. So, the quality of clamps really matters. Also, make sure to choose rust-free clamps. Clamps with a silver coating not only works better also stay rust-free.
Jump Starter types
There are two types, 1- Jump boxes & the second one is called 2- plug-in units.
Plug-in Jump Starters & Chargers
Plug-in Jump starters provide between 2 & 10 amps. It also allows for multiple settings. This is because it is typically better for battery life to provide some of the charges at a slower rate through a lower amperage, but it’s not always acceptable to wait for a 2-amp trickle charger to do its job. Few battery chargers have a start setting which delivers a much bigger amperage. Depending on how dead the battery is, you may even be able to turn the charger on, select the “start” setting, and immediately crank the engine.
Jump Boxes and Portable Power Packs
Battery-in-a-box, this is how this unit comes in which exits of a sealed & maintenance-free battery, permanently attached to a set of heavy-duty jumper cables. The whole thing is contained in a blow-molded plastic package & can be used anywhere in case of emergency.
Suing jumpers, Stay Focused
While connecting the terminals of your battery & the terminals of another car battery which is charged, it’s strongly advised for the second car owner to let the engine running when giving a boost from their battery. Because, when you are using booster cables you have to be extra careful. You will be making 2 sets of connections, this means that you are doubling the chance of problems occurring. Now you must be thinking how? If the booster connections get reversed mistakenly or for any reason, this can hazardous to the cars & the people involved. Also, reverse connections using jumping cables can cause electronic components in both vehicles to fail & these can be really expensive to replace. Connecting battery terminals can produce sparking, which could cause an explosion if there is a presence of battery gases. So, be always careful while using these jumpers for a dead battery.
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