What is the procedure for jumping a car?
Please be sure to perform the following steps in the listed order.
BEFORE YOU START
- Turn off all accessories on the vehicle (headlights, etc.).
- Look at the car battery and identify the positive (+) terminal. The red cable is typically the positive terminal, but it is good practice to look for the ‘+’ sign on the battery next to the battery post.
JUMP START PROCEDURE
- The jumper cables should be unplugged from the JumPack.
- Attach the jumper cables directly to the battery: red clamp to the positive (+) terminal and black clamp to the negative (–) terminal.
- Now plug the jumper cables into the JumPack. The connector will fit only one way.
- Set the JumPack in a location where it will not fall. Make sure that the JumPack and the jumper cables will be clear of any moving parts (radiator fan, pulleys, etc.).
- You may now try starting the engine.
WARNING: Do not crank the engine for more than 3 seconds. Doing so can cause the JumPack to overheat. Allow a 1-minute cooling time between starting attempts.
AFTER THE ENGINE STARTS
- Immediately after the engine starts, unplug the jumper cables from the JumPack.
- Disconnect the jumper cables from the battery.
Don’t forget to recharge your JumPack so that it will be ready when needed.
My car won’t start.
Please check the following if your car does not start:
- The JumPack might not be fully charged. Press the button on the JumPack to test the battery condition. All four LEDs should illuminate.
- There might be a bad connection with the battery cables. Try the following:
- Unplug the jumper cables from the JumPAck.
- Wiggle the battery clamps to help make good contact.
- Plug the jumper cables back into the JumPack.
- Try starting the engine.
- If the battery in your car is near 100 percent dead, or if the battery is defective, then it can suck too much power from the jump starter so that there is not enough power to start the engine. Do the dash lights come on? Does the radio work? If everything is dead then you may need something bigger than a portable jump starter.
- If the engine cranks but refuses to start, then there might be a mechanical problem with your car that requires servicing.
- There is a non-replaceable fuse in the jumper cables for your JumPack. If the fuse is blown then the JumPack will not work. The fuse can blow if the cables are accidentally shorted together, or if your car draws too much power from the JumPack. It is easy to check for a blown fuse using a voltmeter. Simply plug the jumper cables into the JumPack and check the voltage at the battery clamps. If you do not get any voltage then most likely the fuse is blown and the jumper cable assembly will need to be replaced.
How often should I charge my JumPack?
To maintain a full charge on your JumPack, it is recommended to charge it every few months.
If you keep the JumPack in your home, leave the charger plugged in all the time. The internal charging circuit will maintain a full charge on the battery without any risk of overcharging.
Operating the button on the JumPack
TO CHECK THE STATUYS OF THE INTERNAL BATTERY
Press and release the button. If the battery is fully charged then all four LEDs will illuminate.
TO TURN ON THE LIGHT
Press and hold the button. After a few seconds the light should turn on.
After the light is on:
- Pressing the button will cause the light to strobe.
- Pressing the button a second time will cause the light to flash an S-O-S signal.
- Pressing the button a third time will turn off the light.
The light does not work.
To turn on the light, press and hold the button on the JumPack. After a few seconds the light should illuminate. If the light does not turn on, then the battery might be dead. Try charging the JumPack.