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When booster cables are used

  1. When jump starting, always wear proper eye protection
  2. Never lean over the battery
  3. Do not jump start a damaged battery
  4. Do not jump start a frozen battery
  5. Inspect both batteries before connecting booster cables. Be sure vent caps are tight and level, place a damp cloth over the vents of both batteries
  6. Make sure the vehicles are not touching
  7. Make sure both ignition switches are turned to the off position
  8. Connect positive (+) booster cable lead to the (+) terminal of the discharged battery
  9. Connect the other end of the positive (+) booster cable to the positive (+) terminal of the boosting battery
  10. Connect the negative (-) cable to the negative (-) terminal of the boosting battery
  11. Make the final connection of the Negative (-) cable to the engine block of the stalled vehicle, away from the battery. If this is not possible be careful when connecting the negative (-) cable to the discharged battery as the electrical current may jump at the discharged terminal creating a spark
  12. Start vehicle and remove cables in the reverse order of there connection
General Lead Acid Battery Description
General Lead Acid Battery Applications
General Lead Acid Battery Types
General Lead Acid Battery Chemistry
Discover® Sealed Valve Regulated Lead Acid Batteries
Discover® Deep Cycle AGM Battery
Discover®700 Series Dry Cell Battery
Discover® EV Traction Dry Cell Battery
General Benefits and Features of Discover Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) Technology
Sales Channels for Discover Battery Technologies
Things to question when making a battery buying decision
What to consider when buying a deep cycle battery
Information gathering before buying batteries
Calculating cost to own when purchasing batteries
Safety First
Safety and Productivity
When working with batteries
When handling battery acid
When installing or replacing batteries
When booster cables are used
Danger of exploding batteries
Warning and warning labels
Parallel connections for sophisticated users and installers
Parallel connections for unsophisticated users and installers
Charging
When charging batteries
Selecting a charger
General charging information for AGM and GEL batteries
GEL battery charging
AGM battery charging
Equalizing (Flooded batteries only)
Discharging
Typical self-discharge of VRLA batteries at different temperatures
Typical self-discharge of high quality deep cycle flooded batteries at different temperatures
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