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Old 04-02-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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is car battery jumper the same as car battery charger?

1. if i left my car for a month without using it, do i need a jumper or a charger or both?

2. if i left my car lights on and my car wont start, do i need a jumper or a charger or both?
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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1. One month should not be a problem for a good battery.
2. You will need to get jumper cables and another vehicle for this.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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am i right with my understanding?

i need a car jumper if i need to start my car right away?
otherwise, i can charge the battery for some hours then start the car?
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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am i right with my understanding?

i need a car jumper if i need to start my car right away?
otherwise, i can charge the battery for some hours then start the car?
That is correct.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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There is a jump box which is really just a battery that is in a plastic case and has dedicated cables.

And, there is a charger that you plug into 110V and hook the cables up to your battery and it recharges the battery.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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Do check your car owner's manual re jump starting procedures.

There are a number of cars in the marketplace today which advise against jump starting the cars due to potential damage to the electronics in the car.

If this is the case, then you would be better off to re-charge the car battery in accordance with the owner's manual and then start the car.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Some chargers do have jump start abilities, though. If you own a few vehicles (specifically ones that are not driven all that often), it's not a bad investment. They typically cost $100-$200.

Mike
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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is car battery jumper the same as car battery charger?

1. if i left my car for a month without using it, do i need a jumper or a charger or both?

2. if i left my car lights on and my car wont start, do i need a jumper or a charger or both?
1. If you leave your car set for a month, it should start fine.
2. If you leave your lights on and drain the battery, the best way to get it started is using jumper cables to connect it to another car.

A battery charger is plugged into a wall outlet, and charges the battery at (usually) a fairly slow rate.

Jumper cables connect the battery of one car with the battery of another car.


Battery charger:


Jumper cables:
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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Some chargers do have jump start abilities, though. If you own a few vehicles (specifically ones that are not driven all that often), it's not a bad investment. They typically cost $100-$200.

Mike

I had one of the combination charger/jump from Sam's Club for about $60 but it wouldn't turn my Van motor over. My buddy was mocking me saying it was a great product if I ever need to jump my lawnmower, blah, blah, blah. I got P.O.'d and went out to see how much I could spend on one and I have this monster that they claim you can jump a Greyhound Bus with. 1550 CCA. Weighs about 40 pounds and it will start anything. I carry it everywhere and usually jump 10-20 cars every winter. I also carry a few welding rods in case I have to spot weld something with it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I had one of the combination charger/jump from Sam's Club for about $60 but it wouldn't turn my Van motor over. My buddy was mocking me saying it was a great product if I ever need to jump my lawnmower, blah, blah, blah. I got P.O.'d and went out to see how much I could spend on one and I have this monster that they claim you can jump a Greyhound Bus with. 1550 CCA. Weighs about 40 pounds and it will start anything. I carry it everywhere and usually jump 10-20 cars every winter. I also carry a few welding rods in case I have to spot weld something with it.
I need to pick up something like that. If my diesel ever needs jumped, I'm SOL.

Mike
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