Battery Jump Starter

 Jump Starter Information

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Michael Mears
I.M. Wisezenheimer
August 6, 2013

A jump starter is a wise and handy thing to carry in your vehicle. It can be a lifesaver, a time saver, and a money saver. When your battery is low, your car won’t start. This can happen at the most inopportune times––when you are on your way to work, when you’re driving the kids to school, when you’re out on the highway late at night and there are no cars around, when it’s freezing cold and you need to get your vehicle up and running. Here is helpful information on jumpers.

What is a jump starter?

It is a small rechargeable battery. It has two alligator clips similar to jumper cables. The cables connect to your vehicle’s battery. When your vehicle’s battery is low the jump starter sends a boost of amperage to the battery, which then has enough power to start the engine.

A jumper can only store so much power. From the moment you unplug it, it slowly loses power and has to be recharged. It’s easy to recharge. Just plug it into an electricity outlet. It has sufficient amp power to boost most batteries, unless the battery is dead.  There are some that can deliver up to 1,700 amps, which might be enough to boost a dead battery.

These are handy gadgets to have, but they can give you false hope if you they’re not maintained. Leave on in the trunk of your car for a long time and it will lose its charge.  When you need the jump starter it won’t be able to do the job. So make certain you keep it fully charged.

Types of Jump Starters

There is a wide assortment of jump starters, different types, different sizes, and different brands. There’s also a wide range of prices. Like so much else in life, you get what you pay for. An inexpensive generic brand will do the job when called upon as long as it’s properly charged. You’ll find models with handy gadgets and accessories––a portable air compressor and flashlight are two such accessories. Obviously, these additions add to the price, but they don’t add to the quality or functionality of the purpose, which is to start a low or dead battery.

So when you’re shopping around for a jump starter, be clear at the outset what you want it for. The bigger it is the longer it will hold its charge. The extra accessories may or may not be of use to you. Also consider your wallet. A top of the line starter will cost around $200. A small 300-amp jump starter can be bought for less than $50.

Maintaining Your Jump Starter

Don’t leave the charger in your vehicle for extended periods of time without recharging it. This is especially true if you live in a cold winter climate. Cold weather will drain your charger much quicker. A wise rule of thumb is to keep your jump starter stored in your trunk so you will have access when you need it. There’s not much point of it being in the garage when you’re stranded in the snow twenty miles away.  A second rule of thumb, also keep a pair of jumper cables in the vehicle in case the jump starter is out of juice. Most people will gladly give your battery a boost from their battery.  

You can find a whole lot more information on jump starters by typing ‘jump starters’ into your search engine.