How to Charge Your Car Battery

Car Battery

Knowing how to charge your car battery is some handy knowledge to have. Even if your battery is in working condition, sometimes it can still have some trouble turning over. Charging it will help get you back on the roads of Atlantic City and Egg Harbor seamlessly.

To show you how, Boardwalk Honda has created this handy guide showing two ways to charge your car battery: jumper cables or a portable charger. We have also included some useful information on when you need to replace your battery, allowing you to be prepared if that time comes.

How to Charge Your Vehicle’s Battery Using Jumper Cables

Jumper cables are a crucial piece of equipment to keep in your car. If you have them, all you need is someone with a running vehicle to get your batter started again. Once you have located a friendly stranger or a buddy, conduct the following steps:

  1. Make sure both vehicles’ engines are off and the cars are parked (or in neutral). Putting the e-brake on is also a smart idea.
  2. Take your jumper cables and attach one of the red positive clips to the positive terminal on your battery. These should be labeled with a positive sign (+) or POS written on them.
  3. Now, take the other positive clamp on the cables and clip it to the working vehicle’s positive battery terminal.
  4. Attach the black negative clip to the negative post on your battery by taking careful note of ensuring they both read NEG or have (-) symbol.
  5. Take the remaining black negative clamp and attach it to a metal surface on your vehicle, like the strut that hold your hood open. Make sure this surface is unpainted.
  6. Start the engine of the running vehicle and let it run for a few minutes.
  7. Now, try and start your vehicle. If it starts, make sure to drive around for at least 15 minutes to recharge your battery. If it doesn’t start, make sure all of the cables are connected in the right way. If nothing still happens, it’s time for a battery upgrade.

Charge Your Battery with a Portable Charger

Using a portable jump starter is an easy way to charge your battery while alone. The process is pretty much the same with some small differences. Let’s go over the steps now:

  1. Make sure your vehicle and the jump starter are both turned off.
  2. Connect the charger to your battery like you would if using jumper cables. Place the red clamp on the positive terminal and the back on the negative.
  3. Set the voltage and amperage on your portable charger. For better results, set them lower and leave the charger on for longer. However, if you’re in a hurry, higher amps can charge your battery quickly.
  4. Let the charger do its magic. After a while, see if your vehicle starts and follow step 7 above.

Warning Signs You May Need a New Battery

Car Battery

One of the biggest warning signs it’s time for a batter upgrade is when your vehicle doesn’t start after charging it or if you have to jump start it every time you get behind the wheel. Additionally, there are more warning signs to watch for. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms of an old, broken battery, schedule an appointment with a certified technician to install a new as soon as possible.

  • Your Battery Light or Check Engine Light is Illuminated
  • You Continually Have Low Battery Fluid
  • There is Swelling or Bloating on the Battery Case
  • Your Battery is Three or Four Years Old

Fix Your Car Battery Issues at Boardwalk Honda Today!

Whether you having issues starting your vehicle or you suspect it is time for a new battery, come visit our service center for assistance. Our professionals can give you the help you need and get you back on the Atlantic City and Egg Harbor roads in no time. Make your appointment today!