Car battery chargers are quite affordable these days and you can get them easily. If you ever had a mishap with your car and didn’t want to start, chances are you left your lights or radio on, which has sucked out all electricity out of the battery. Since the car’s engine requires quite a significant boost of electricity, starting a car in such event isn’t possible, even though your lights might work as well as some other less power demanding components. One solution for this is to try and kick-start the car. However, make sure that your car has a chain running on its side; otherwise you can cause severe damage to the engine, possibly even complete. This is because chains have a fixed ratio which remains the same throughout the entire length, and can’t slip by any chance. A belt mechanism almost all new cars use is easier to replace and service but it can slip during an event of a kick-start, which can mess up your valve timings, directly causing irreparable damage to your car’s engine.
A much more reliable solution to this is to use an auto battery charger. There are some specific guidelines to this which I will mention here, so it’s best to start with safety. I recommend you to use safety equipment, such as gloves as well as eye protection; just to be sure you don’t get splashed with acid or struck by an electric current. Once you’ve taken care of this you can open your car’s bonnet and locate the battery. It is usually neatly packed below the windshield, possibly under some protective plastic casing so you might need a few screws to see the actual battery. If you’re having troubles with this, look it up in your car’s user manual or post a query online. Once you’ve located your battery, make sure you differentiate the positive and the negative terminal of your battery. This need to match the positive and negative terminals of the battery charger, and you should connect the positive terminal first, followed by the negative one. Go back to your battery charger; plug it into a wall socket. Make sure that you’ve flipped any on/off switches on the battery charger itself, as well as the voltage switch. Some chargers have the option to charge either 6V or 12V, so choose this according to your battery’s voltage output.
These are very durable devices and should last you for a long time. I’ve been using mine for almost 20 years and it’s still working reliably. If you need some help with servicing your battery charger, I advise you to look up online for companies that can take your battery charger in for repairs.
If you’re looking into purchasing a new battery charger, it’s a good idea to buy a high quality one as it will last you longer, providing you with more reliability and efficiency.