We've all been there - stuck on the side of the road or in a parking lot with a dead battery, hoping that the next person who passes by has a set of jumper cables and knows how to use them. Well, with a little bit of preparation and know-how, you can take care of this problem yourself and be on your way in no time.
The first step is learning how to jump your vehicle.
Before jump-starting your vehicle, check the dead battery to make sure that it isn't cracked or frozen. If it is, do not attempt a jump-start. If there is no obvious damage to the battery, continue with the following:
Now that you know how to perform a jump start, the only thing left to do is determine which cables are best for you. Remember, booster cables are among the most important emergency supplies to have in your vehicle. Even if you're lucky enough not to need a jump yourself, having cables with you means that you will be able to lend assistance to someone else in need.
Standard cables are perfect for those of you who simply want to be prepared. If you rarely find yourself in need of a jump and just want to be certain that you have the tools necessary to perform one if needed, then standard booster cables will suffice.
These cables feature:
If you're willing to upgrade a bit, Hopkins Juice jumper cables are the way to go.
All Hopkins Juice booster cables have the easy-to-use ratcheting clamps, superior construction and a limited lifetime warranty, but some specialty Juice cables offer even more...
SafeGaurd Extreme Weather jumper cables are perfect for novice users as well as anyone in cold climates.
Ultimate-Power, Copper jumper cables are ideal for individuals working with large farm or industrial equipment.
If you live in a more rural environment where you may be concerned that no one will happen by to assist you, or if you simply don't want to have to rely on others to supply the power for a jump, then the Wagan Power Domes are for you.
And finally, if you still don't feel comfortable performing a manual jump-start, Wagan offers the Easy Auto Quick Jumper. This simple system plugs into the 12 volt outlet in your vehicle, and that of the vehicle provding the jump. Battery charging typically takes 5 to 10 minutes with this device.
As important as a good set of jumper cables is, and as necessary as it is to know how to use them should you need to, it is just as important to practice proper maintenance in the hopes of keeping your vehicle's battery operating at its best. If you don't want to get caught in a situation where you are in need of a jump-start, use a CTEK battery charger to monitor and maintain your battery's charge.
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