Everybody’s been there before. You get behind the wheel, put the key in the ignition, turn it and hear the engine turn over agonizingly slowly, followed by a puny clicking sound. It could be for any number of reasons – you left a light on, the car’s been sitting long enough to drain the battery, or the battery is just getting to the end of its service life. But right now, it doesn’t make much difference, because your car’s not going to start, and that’s a problem. A highly irritating problem.
The good news is, you no longer have to carry jumper cables and try to find some kind soul to give you a jump start. There are plenty of car jump starters
out on the market, and they’re compact enough to fit easily in the trunk or behind a truck seat. The best
jump starters include features like a work light, a compressor for inflating tires, a short-circuit alarm (making it impossible to damage a battery by reversing the polarity) and can deliver as much as 900 amps of cranking power for quick, positive starts.
It’s a fact, though, that any battery, whether it’s for a cell phone, a computer or a car, can only go through so many charge/discharge cycles before it starts to weaken and can’t hold a charge. There are things you can do for car battery maintenance, though, that will help extend battery life. A battery charger
is a great idea for a car that’s going to be stored for a considerable period of time, delivering a trickle charge but never overcharging the battery. To prevent battery drain (and head off potential car thieves), The Green Knob
is an ingenious idea – mounted on the battery’s positive terminal, a turn of the knob disconnects the battery until you return. There are plenty of other choices for battery maintainers
as well, all of which can save you potential headaches.
, the car battery
is one of those things we just more or less take for granted until something goes wrong. A dead battery, however, doesn’t have to mean you’re stranded!
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