Booster PAC jump starters are portable devices you can use to start your vehicle if the battery has died. In basic terms, it’s a battery pack that is able to deliver a strong surge of electricity to help jump-start your vehicle’s engine.
You can purchase a Booster PAC jump starter in a range of sizes and power ratings. They’re available as small units that you can squeeze into your glove box or large units that are more suitable for large vehicles, like trucks and vans. Generally, smaller Booster PAC jump starters will have lower power ratings, although this isn’t always the case.
Most Booster PAC jump starters come with built-in batteries with short-circuit protectors or fuses that prevent them from supplying too much energy to your vehicle’s battery.
Many also have reverse-polarity protection that protects the device and its components from damage caused by reversed connections or incorrect polarity. For example, if you connect the clamps to the wrong terminals on your car’s battery, the reverse-polarity protector will detect this and stop the device from delivering any power.
How to use a Booster PAC jump starter
If you’ve recently invested in a Booster PAC jump starter, you might be curious as to how you can use it properly. Keep your device inside your vehicle so you can use it if your car battery dies before or during one of your journeys.
Here are some simple steps to follow when using your Booster PAC jump starter.
Charge your Booster PAC jump starter
Most Booster PAC jump starters use a charging cable that you simply plug into a standard mainline wall socket. The total charging time will depend on the size of the device, but it may take a few hours to charge fully.
Find the battery terminal in your vehicle
Now you need to find the terminals on your car’s battery. Generally, jump starters are not recommended for electric vehicles and are best used for petrol or diesel cars.
You’ll find the battery under the hood, and it should have two terminals labelled + and -. It’s essential that the Booster PAC is connected to the right terminals, with the red clamp attached to the + terminal and the black clamp connected to the – terminal) and only when your vehicle is turned off.
Switch the Booster PAC jump starter on
Next, you need to turn on the Booster PAC using the power button or switch. Once turned on, the device will detect the necessary battery voltage and supply the appropriate amount of energy.
Try to start your vehicle
Once the Booster PAC is turned on, you can attempt to turn on the ignition and start your vehicle. If the engine does not start on the first attempt, wait a few minutes and try for a second time.
If your engine doesn’t switch on after several attempts, you might need to replace the battery altogether.
Remove the clamps
Once you’ve managed to turn your vehicle on, you can remove the clamps. Do so in the reverse order that they were attached by first removing the black clamp from the negative terminal and the red clamp from the positive terminal. Make sure that the clamps do not touch each other or any other metal parts of the vehicle.