How to use a jump starter pack

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How to use a jump starter pack
Portable jump starter packs are available with a variety of options, including lights, compressors and emergency flashers. (battery charger image by Albert Lozano from

Learn how to use a jump starter pack and claim your independence the next time you get stuck with a dead battery. This convenient and portable device is available at most automotive supply and department stores. A jump starter pack provides a safe and reliable method for jump-starting a dead battery without the need for roadside assistance or a donor car. Proper polarity and safety precautions of traditional boosts still apply.

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Jump starter pack

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  1. 1

    Ensure that your car is turned off and the transmission is in "Park" for automatics or in gear for manual transmissions with the parking brake on.

  2. 2

    Raise the bonnet and secure it with the prop rod.

  3. 3

    Place the jump starter pack on a flat surface where the cables will reach the battery. Ensure that there are no moving parts in the way and that the jump starter pack won't fall over.

  4. 4

    Clamp the red (positive) jump starter cable to the red (positive) side of the battery. The battery top posts, side terminals, cables and clamps are distinctly identified in red with a "+" sign for positive. Negative is marked in black with a "-" sign.

  5. 5

    Clamp the black (negative) jump starter cable to a clean, shiny, metal part in the engine compartment. The negative clamp must have good contact with bare metal for proper grounding. Do not clamp it on or near moving parts.

  6. 6

    Turn the jump starter pack power switch to "On."

  7. 7

    Start the car and leave the engine running.

  8. 8

    Shut off the power to the jump starter pack. Disconnect the black (negative) cable from its ground first, then the red (positive) cable from the battery.

  9. 9

    Remove the jump starter pack and close the bonnet.

Tips and warnings

  • Carry the jump starter pack in your car in case of emergency.
  • Keep your jump starter pack fully charged when not in use.
  • Jump starter packs are equipped for accessories that plug into the cigarette lighter.
  • Consult the starter pack manufacturer instructions and warnings.
  • Avoid loose hair and clothing when working near moving parts.
  • Batteries are explosive. Do not connect both cables to the battery. Always use a metal part of the car for negative cable connections.

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