Why you Should Never Use Jumper Cables
I’m sure you’ve all been there before. You’re out and about, minding your own business, when suddenly your car won’t start. Or maybe you’re at home and the truck wont’ start. In either case, you need to get some juice flowing back into your system, stat.
So what do you do? If you’re like most people, you break out the jumper cables. But here’s the thing: jumper cables are kind of outdated. They’re not as efficient as they used to be, and in some cases, they can actually damage your car.
Here’s why you shouldn’t use jumper cables anymore:
1. Jumper cables are inefficient
They just don’t work as well as they used to. The current doesn’t flow as smoothly, so it takes longer to get your car started. And in some cases, the current can actually damage your car’s battery or electrical system.
2. Jumper cables are hard to use.
Unless you’re a mechanic, chances are you don’t know how to use jumper cables properly. And even if you do know how to use them, they’re not exactly easy to maneuver. You have to position the cars just right, make sure the clamps are secure, and hope that everything works correctly.
3. Jumper cables can damage your car.
If you don’t know how to use jumper cables properly, you could easily damage your car’s battery or electrical system. Even if you do know what you’re doing, there’s always a risk of damaging your car when you use jumper cables.
4. Jumper cables are dangerous.
If you don’t know how to use jumper cables properly, you could seriously injure yourself or someone else. The current from the batteries can be very powerful, and if it’s not handled correctly, it can cause burns or even electrocution.
What should you use instead of jumper cables?
A better option is to use a portable jump starter. These devices are small, easy to use, and much safer than jumper cables. They work by sending a powerful burst of current to your car’s battery, jump starting it quickly and easily.
So if you’re ever in a situation where you need to jump start your car, don’t reach for the jumper cables. Grab a portable jump starter instead. It’s a better, safer option for you and your car.
If you’re looking for a portable jump starter, we recommend the NOCO Genius Boost. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and it’s less likely to damage your car than jumper cables. We weren’t paid by NOCO to say that – we just use these personally and love them.
No matter what you use to jump start your car, make sure you know how to do it properly. And always exercise caution when working with electricity. It can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
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Changing a battery isn’t like it used to be. New cars and especially electric cars have computers that “learn” about the battery and how it works with the car. You can no longer just put in a new battery and have everything work like before. In some cases, you might not even have to replace the battery at all. Just reconnecting it may reset the computer and make things work again.
If you do need to replace the battery, it’s important to take it to a dealership, mechanic or an auto parts store to replace it. Usually they will install it for free!
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