How To Jump Start Your Car Without Another Car

How To Jump Start Your Car Without Another Car

It’s one of the worst feelings in the world. You get into your car. You put the key in the ignition, turn. And nothing. Dead.

What do you do? If you’re alone you might have to chase down some stranger and beg for a jump start. That’s if you even have jump leads. This handy new piece of gear allows you to jump start on your lonesome.

And the above video gives you a fairly definitive tutorial on how to use self-starting battery thing. Think of it like one of those portable battery chargers you get for your phone, only bigger.

As someone who has frequently been stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery, I need to get me one of these.


    • FUD from the NRMA to get people to be too scared and have to pay for road-side assistance.
      All the NRMA goose does is put the negative jump lead to an unpainted chassis earth point and connect the positive leads together, and then be careful during the disconnect.

      • NRMA shouldn’t need FUD to sell roadside memberships, I’ve always been with RACV, saved my butt a few times only a few of them were for flat battery, very handy and reasonably priced for peace of mind. Its also

        In the 6 or so years of my first car i went through
        – 4 batteries
        – 2 alternators
        – 1 drivers seat, seat rail snapped in half while at a red light had to drive to nearest place i could pull over with no backrest (harder than it sounds), ended up propping it up with a steering wheel lock
        – 1 power steering assembly (part the belt attaches to came clean off)

        i was also very unlucky with tires, had to change a tire a dozen times (almost always foreign objects embedded in it, there were always lots of loose screws near where i used to live.

        RACV helped me with the batteries (replacements and jumps) and alternators (2nd alternator was just a few months after the previous one was replaced). Glad i got rid of it instead of fixing the power steering.


        Having said that some further research suggests the best way it charging the battery for 5+ minutes first, the spike is caused by the alternator trying to charge a fully flat battery when you remove the leads. If your the cautious type, you can be double safe, disconnect the car battery use the device/jumper to charge the battery enough, reconnect and start using the cars battery.

        There may well be FUD, but its on both sides, the manufacturers should just solve it by having marked safe jump points even if hooked directly to the battery with nothing special it would cost like $10 in parts if that for them if nothing special is required, and if something special is required, even more reason to do it.

  • What ‘Tim’ said above, however…

    Keep in mind that there are a number of these units on the market, not just the one plugged by the video.

    Personally, I’d go for one from a reputable dealer as some of the Chinese (ie: eBay) ones I’ve seen are a bit dodgy when it comes to the component side of things.

    Most (all?) use a Lithium Ion battery and should NEVER be sent by air.

    • What a load of tripe, Lithium Ion Batteries are a Dangerous Goods like any other Dangerous Good, so long as it’s labelled and packed correctly it’s no more Dangerous than any other which is why they are legal to be carried as long as the IATA DG Procedures are followed correctly. The problems you see with Lithium Ion Batteries are ones incorrectly packaged or carried by muppets who don’t follow safety precautions, or Boeing who skimp on the design 😛

      • So, you mean to say that they aren’t dangerous because they only explode if:
        -There’s a design or manufacturing flaw.
        -Damage occurs.
        -They are over-charged.
        -They are under-charged.

        I love my electric longboard, but I don’t kid myself it’s safe.

        • No, as I said they are a Dangerous Goods, just like aerosols, perfume, other batteries etc… Etc… But just like any other DG they’re safe to be carried if done properly, ie, disconnected, terminals covered so they can’t make contact and arc, packaged so they have adequate ventilation and don’t get subjected to sources of high heat etc… Etc..

          If it’s in flight being transported it shouldn’t be getting charged, if it’s damaged it shouldn’t be accepted or taken and if there is a manufacturing flaw it very likely won’t be evident as it won’t be in use or able to complete an electrical circuit.

  • I’m a qualilified mechanic and worked at holden dealerships for 7 years and have been working on trucks for the last 6. I have jumpstarted lots of new cars with fancy electrics (even saabs which can have over 30 modules) with standard jumper leads straight to the battery without an issue. I have never seen anyone at holden do it differently. If you take your time and put the leads on properly there shouldn’t be an issue.

    That jump pack is great as long as it has power most people would get it and forget to make sure it was charged. I have seen it happen with the bigger jump packs.

  • Two things:

    These devices are generally not capable of jump starting a completely dead battery. They don’t have the capacity or power available. Instead they fast-charge the main battery and then give the car a boost when you turn the key. That’s why you need to leave them on for a minute or so. If you battery is completely toast these may not work.

    Lithium batteries can become dangerous if improperly charged. With all the furor over unbranded chinese ‘hoverboards’ catching fire, you should remember that the same thing could happen to an unbranded eBay-special lithium jumpstarter. Especially if it sits in a hot car for months.

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