Perfect for Emergencies
It’s always a good idea to have a set of car battery jumper cables in your trunk. You never know when – or where – you’re going to have battery issues, but with a quality set of booster cables, all you need is another car or compatible power source and you’ll be back on the road in no time. Even if you never have issues of your own, you’ll still be ready to help anyone else who’s stuck on the road, whether it’s a friend or just a stranger in need of a helping hand.
What If The Car Still Doesn’t Start?
Jumper cables can give a dead battery the jolt it needs to get running again, but it won’t fix every issue with your car or its battery. If you tried jump-starting the battery, but still can’t get the vehicle moving, you may have non-battery-related issues or the battery itself might need replacing. Unfortunately, you’ll need to call a tow truck in these situations.
If you do need a replacement battery for your car, Batteries Plus Bulbs can help! We’ve also got car chargers that can help prevent your battery from dying in the first place.
How to Use Booster Cables
Many people are nervous the first time they have to jump-start a car. Booster cables can be intimidating, but using them is actually quite simple. Here’s a quick guide:
- Move a car with a healthy battery close enough to the dead car so that the jumper cables can reach both batteries. Ideally, you’ll want to be headlight-to-headlight, but this will depend on the length of your cables.
- Cut the engine on the working vehicle.
- Make sure both batteries, their terminals, and the cables are free of corrosion, cracks, frays or any other damage that might make jumping the battery dangerous.
- Attach the positive clamp (usually red) to the positive terminal on the functional battery. Then do the same with the other end of the jumper cables with the dead vehicle’s battery.
- Attach the negative clamp (usually black) to the negative terminal on the functional battery, Then do the same with the other end of the jumper cables with the dead vehicle’s battery.
- Start the good car and let it idle for a few minutes (at least two).
- Start the dead car and let it idle for a few minutes.
- Remove all cables in the opposite order that you attached them (your car’s negative, their car’s negative, your car’s positive, their car’s positive).
For specific instructions on jump-starting your battery, see your car’s owner manual.