When looking for a jump pack, there are additional features you can look for such as a radio, emergency lights, 12 volt outlet, usb charger outlet, tire inflator and more. Once you purchase your portable jumper, make sure to charge it prior to putting it in your vehicle for later use.
For safety tips, information and more please read below before jump starting your vehicle.
Here are the basic steps for using a portable jump pack to start your vehicle.
Identify the positive (+) post on your battery along with the negative (-) post. The positive post often has a red cover and cable while the negative is black.
Make sure that your jump pack is off and never allow the positive and negative jumper clips to touch.
With both the jump pack and the vehicle off, first connect the red jumper clip to the positive (+) battery post. Ensure the black clip is not laying on a metal surface or touching the negative post.
Once the positive cable is connected, connect the black (-) jumper clip to the negative post or any clean unpainted metal away from the battery and other moving parts (vehicles may have different locations for easily accessible negative terminals and/or unpainted bolts for a good ground).
After the clips are firmly in place turn on the jump pack.
Turn on your car; don't crank for more than 5 seconds. (If the vehicle will not start on the first try, wait 2-3 minutes before trying again)
(If your car will not start after 4-5 tries, you might need a new battery)
Once you have your car started, turn off your jump pack.
Next remove the black (negative) jumper clip and then remove the red (positive) jumper clip. While removing the negative cables, again ensure that the negative clip is not laying on an unpainted surface or touching the negative post which could create a ground connection.
Safely store the portable jump pack and remember to recharge it so it is ready for the next time.
Benefits of a portable jumper over traditional cables:
They are less bulky and easier to store, easy to recharge and most importantly you do not have to rely on strangers to help you (or worry about who that person may be). It creates independence of being able to help yourself while stuck on the side of the road and is also often faster than waiting for someone to drive by and stop to assist.
Portable jump packs come in a variety of options, some that also offer multiple uses including charging phones and other USB devices, inflating a tire, flashlight features and even safety features. They now often also feature spark proof technology and reverse polarity protection in case you accidentally put the cables on backwards the first time such as the jump starter we are using here. For these photos, we used our NOCO Boost Plus GB40.
For safety purposes:
It is always recommended that you read the manual that comes with your jump starter as well as review your vehicle owner's manual. Always watch out for any jewelry dangling or any other tools/objects that could interfere with your work space. Never allow tools or any other item to cross both the positive and negative terminal. Never let the loose cable ends touch the vehicle as you are installing or uninstalling the jumper cables. Always let the dead battery charge for several minutes before shutting it off once you have it started. Never jump start a frozen battery, smoke while jump starting or attempt to jump start a battery that is cracked or leaking. It is not recommended to lean over the battery while using a battery jump starter or using traditional jumper cables.