“I hate to bother you, but do can you jump start my car? I don’t have any jumper cables…”
That’s an embarrassing moment, and chances are it’s happened to you at some point (or at least, you’ve been approached by someone in the same predicament).
But if you own a car, it’s going to happen sooner or later – you take off and leave the lights or the dome light on, and when you come back hours later…dead battery. That’s exactly why you need to keep a pair of car jumper cables in the trunk. Jump starters
are a great idea, and a great thing to have in your emergency kit. A quality jump starter might also feature lighted clamps to free up both hands and eliminate the need for a flashlight
, as well as heavy-duty cables, a power outlet, a reverse connection alarm, a work light, or even a tiny compressor for inflating flat tires. Better still, it eliminates the need for bothering a complete stranger and hoping that he’s generous enough to help you out with your dead battery!
If you decide to go with jumper cables instead, try to get the best quality
jumper cables you can afford. Lower quality cables will not only not last as long, they won’t do as good a job of delivering amperage from the donor vehicle’s battery to your electrical system. And remember that copper cable is always more conductive, and the number used to indicate wire gauge is in reverse proportion – in other words, the lower the number, the heavier the gauge.
Don’t get caught out with a dead battery – invest in either a jump starter or jumper cables, just for your own peace of mind!