Whether it’s because you left the dome lights on, the keys in the ignition, door ajar, hatchback open, or your battery is old, most car owners will be faced with a dead battery sooner or later. Fortunately, there’s a portable mini jump starter available in the market.
Here’s how to use the portable mini jump starter to get your car started and back on the road.
Parts of the POD-X5 Mini Jump Starter
How to use the POD Mini Jump Starters
Find out if the battery is the culprit by turning your key in the ignition. If you hear clicks or nothing at all, your battery is likely dead.
Before attempting to jump start your car, check that the lights, radio, air-conditioner, etc. of the vehicle are turned off – remove the keys from the ignition entirely to be sure.
Do not attempt to jump start your vehicle near flammable liquids or other combustibles.
- Make sure the battery capacity of the device is above 30% (At least three solid indicator lights are ON).
- Plug the jumper cables into the barrel socket of the device and connect the jumper cable clamps to the drained battery of the vehicle. Ensure that the jump starter is off before attempting to connect the jumper leads to the unit and the vehicle’s battery.
- Connect the BLACK clamp to the negative ( – ) terminal of the car battery first, then connect the RED clamp to the positive ( + ) terminal of the car battery to prevent damage to the device and/or the car battery.
Do not touch the RED and BLACK cable clamps together or connect both cable clamps to the same piece of metal to prevent personal physical injury and damage to the device and/or the vehicle.
- Turn ON the POD-X5 Mini Jump Starter once the jumper cables are firmly connected to the vehicle’s battery.
- Crank start the engine.
If the engine does not start immediately on the first try, disconnect the jumper cables from the car battery and wait at least 10 seconds before reconnecting the jumper cables to the car battery and attempting to start the engine again to prevent damage to the device and/or the car battery.
The jump starter is forced to deliver its maximum current while attempting to start your engine, and it is only designed to do so in short bursts. Pushing the jump starter to crank your engine for longer periods of time can cause overheating and seriously damage the battery of the device. Allow a good 2-3 minutes between 5-second attempts to allow the battery bank of the jump starter to cool and also for the voltage to recover. This will ensure it can deliver its peak current again when trying to crank the engine and of course ensure maximum life out of your jump starter.
- Once the engine has successfully started, switch OFF the jump starter and disconnect the jumper cable clamps immediately by removing the negative jumper clamp first, followed by the positive clamp.
Disconnect the jumper cables from the device within 30 seconds after the engine has been successfully started to prevent damage to the device and/or the car battery.
It is advisable to recharge the mini jump starter as soon as the unit cools down even if there is still plenty of charge left in the device. Generally, you do not want your batteries , including the modern lithium-ion batteries, to be discharged too much. The batteries will reach its maximum battery life if they can be kept as close to fully charged as often as possible.
The POD-X5 Mini Jump Starter can jump start gasoline engines approximately 20 times, and 5 times for diesel engines.
Check out the video below on how to use the POD-X5 Mini Jump Starter for diesel engine:
You may also check out POD-X’s different varieties of mini jump starters by visiting www.thepodx.com.