How-To: Safely Jump Start a Vehicle the Right Way

Posted on 4/11/2016 by Justin G. (Consumer Marketing)

WARNING: Before attempting to Jumpstart a vehicle, be sure that you are doing so with safety being the priority. You are working with high voltage electricity and batteries that emit explosive fumes We are presenting these directions as a guideline and should be used in addition to actual training and by a trained professional. These Instructions are provided merely as a guideline, follow manufacturer’s specifications when jump starting your vehicle!

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR 12V NEGATIVE GROUND SYSTEMS ONLY


DO NOT:

DO NOT wear loose clothing

DO NOT attempt if you don’t understand any part of the directions          

DO NOT risk your or other people’s safety

DO NOT attempt in wet or unsafe conditions

DO:

     Wear Eye Protection

     Be Safe

     Understand the Risks

     Use Caution

     Read the Manual and fully comprehend before attempting any procedure

 

Contents (Click link to go directly to your device):

Using a Power Supply/Jumper Pack
Using an iOnBoost V6 (Blue Control Module)
Using an iOnBoost V6 w/Smart Cables (Black Control Module)
Using an iOnBoost V8 w/Smart Cables
Using an iOnBoost V10
Using an Easy Quick Jumper
Using an Self-Charge Auto Jumper
Using Traditional Jumper Cables with 2 vehicles

 

 

Using a Power Supply Jumper Pack (Power Dome EX/NX/NX2/400/LT or 300A, 600A, 900A):

Power-Dome

1- Place the Vehicle in “PARK” and ensure that the Parking Brake is active.

2- Turn off ALL vehicle electronics including: Headlights, Radio, DC Accessories, etc.

3- Make sure the Jumper Pack Battery switch is in the OFF position (where applicable).

4- Place the Jumper Pack’s RED (+) Positive Clamp on the battery Positive (+) post/terminal.

5- Place the Jumper Pack’s BLACK (-) Negative Clamp on an UNPAINTED (Bare) metal part of the vehicle (bolt, frame, body, etc.)*

6- Ensure all of the connections are correct and firmly connected

7- Ensure that the Jumper Pack is safely placed so it will not fall into the engine compartment.

8- Turn the Jumper Pack Battery Switch to the “ON” position (where applicable).

CAUTION: JUMPER CLAMPS ARE NOW LIVE – DO NOT TOUCH THEM TOGETHER!

9- Make sure the status indicator is GREEN and that the RED Reverse Polarity Indicator is NOT lit (where applicable).

10- Wait for approximately 1-3 minutes and then attempt to start the vehicle.

11- Once vehicle starts, turn the Battery Safety Switch to the “OFF” position and remove Jumper Clamps in reverse order.

12- Be sure to re-charge Power Supply/Jumper Pack when convenient.

 

 

Using an iOnBoost V6 w/Blue Control Module

ionboost V6

1- Place the Vehicle in “PARK” and ensure that the Parking Brake is active.

2- Turn off ALL vehicle electronics including: Headlights, Radio, DC Accessories, etc.

3- Insert the Jumper Cables into the Jumper Terminal.

CAUTION: JUMPER CLAMPS ARE NOW LIVE – DO NOT TOUCH THEM TOGETHER!

4- Place the iOnBoost’s RED (+) Positive Clamp on the battery Positive (+) post/terminal.

5- Place the iOnBoost’s BLACK (-) Negative Clamp on an UNPAINTED (Bare) metal part of the vehicle (bolt, frame, body, etc.)*

6- Ensure all of the connections are correct and firmly connected

7- Ensure that the iOnBoost unit is safely placed so it will not fall into the engine compartment.

8- If the LED status light on the blue control module is a steady red color, the device is ready to use. If there is no light or it is flashing, refer to the user manual.

9- If it is safe to do so, start the vehicle.

10- Once vehicle starts, remove Jumper Clamps in reverse order and disconnect from the iOnBoost.

11- Be sure to re-charge iOnBoost unit when convenient.

 

 

Using an iOnBoost V8/V6 with Smart Cables

ionboost V8

1- Place the Vehicle in “PARK” and ensure that the Parking Brake is active.

2- Turn off ALL vehicle electronics including: Headlights, Radio, DC Accessories, etc.

3- Insert the Jumper Cables into the Jumper Terminal.

CAUTION: JUMPER CLAMPS ARE NOW LIVE – DO NOT TOUCH THEM TOGETHER!

4- Place the iOnBoost’s RED (+) Positive Clamp on the battery Positive (+) post/terminal.

5- Place the iOnBoost’s BLACK (-) Negative Clamp on an UNPAINTED (Bare) metal part of the vehicle (bolt, frame, body, etc.)*

6- Ensure all of the connections are correct and firmly connected

7- Ensure that the iOnBoost unit is safely placed so it will not fall into the engine compartment.

8- Make sure the status indicator is solid GREEN and that the RED Reverse Polarity/Fault Indicator is NOT lit (V8 with SMART CABLES).

9- If it is safe to do so, start the vehicle.

10- Once vehicle starts, remove Jumper Clamps in reverse order and disconnect from the iOnBoost.

11- Be sure to re-charge iOnBoost unit when convenient.

 

 

Using an iOnBoost V10

ionboost V10

1- Place the Vehicle in “PARK” and ensure that the Parking Brake is active.

2- Turn off ALL vehicle electronics including: Headlights, Radio, DC Accessories, etc.

3- Place the iOnBoost’s RED (+) Positive Clamp on the battery Positive (+) post/terminal.

4- Place the iOnBoost’s BLACK (-) Negative Clamp on an UNPAINTED (Bare) metal part of the vehicle (bolt, frame, body, etc.)*

5- Ensure all of the connections are correct and firmly connected

6- Turn the Power Switch to the “ON” (Jumpstart Clamp) position

CAUTION: JUMPER CLAMPS ARE NOW LIVE – DO NOT TOUCH THEM TOGETHER!

7- When the Status Light is a steady red, the device is connected and the vehicle is ready to be jumpstarted.

8- Ensure that the iOnBoost unit is safely placed so it will not fall into the engine compartment.

9- If it is safe to do so, start the vehicle.

10- Once vehicle starts, turn the iOnBoost Power Switch to the “O” (OFF) position and remove Jumper Clamps in reverse order.

11- Be sure to re-charge iOnBoost V10 when convenient.

 

 

Using an Easy Quick Jumper

Easy Quick Jumper Wagan Tech

1- Make sure the headlights, internal lights, stereo, air conditioning, and all other accessories on both vehicles are turned off.

2- Connect the short, black plug to the “live” vehicle with the functioning battery.

3- Connect the red plug with the longer power cord to the vehicle with the dead battery. Switch the ignition lock of the dead vehicle to the “ACCESSORY” position.

4- Then start the engine of the vehicle with the functioning battery; the red LED will turn on.

5- About 10 minutes later, when the red LED turns to green, start the engine of the dead vehicle.

6- Once the engine on the dead vehicle starts, remove the plugs from the cigarette lighter sockets on both vehicles.

7- Allow the engine on the “just-started” vehicle to warm up to operating temperature before driving.

 


Using an Self-Charge Auto Jumper

Self Charge Auto Jumper Wagan Tech

1- Turn off lights and all other electrical accessories (e.g. fan, radio, windshield wipers, etc.) Turn on the small interior light to use as an indicator that the battery is charging.

2- If you have a car alarm, the car alarm must be put into “Valet Mode”. Many popular car alarms will cut off power to the vehicles electrical system. If you have this type of alarm, the Self Charge Auto Jumper will not work if the alarm is engaged.

3- Make sure your cigarette lighter socket is clean and free of debris.

4- Plug the Self Charge Auto Jumper into the cigarette lighter socket.

5- Push the “On/Off” button to the “On” Position.

6- The light on the 12 Volt cigarette connector will illuminate to show charging has begun. The interior light will also illuminate.

7- If the light or dial does not brighten, turn on the ignition key to the “Accessories” position (see vehicle owner’s manual). If your vehicle’s 12 Volt cigarette lighter or power source is off when the ignition is off, be sure the ignition key is set to the “Accessories” position during the recharging process.

8- If the interior light does not brighten, turn off the interior light. Allow the unit to remain in the cigarette lighter for at least 35 minutes.

9- Attempt to start the vehicle. If the vehicle does not start, DO NOT attempt to start the engine more than twice. Call a service center or tow truck.

10- Be sure to re-charge Self Charge Auto Jumper when convenient.

 

 

Using Traditional Jumper Cables with 2 vehicles:

Traditional Jumper Cables Wagan Tech

1- Place the Vehicle in “PARK” and ensure that the Parking Brake is active.

2- Turn off ALL vehicle electronics including: Headlights, Radio, DC Accessories, etc.

3- Make sure the vehicles are NOT touching.

4- Place the Jumper Cable RED (+) Positive Clamp on the battery Positive (+) post/terminal of the “dead” battery.

5- Place the other Jumper Cable RED (+) Positive Clamp on the battery Positive (+) post/terminal of the “good” battery.

6- Place the Jumper Cable BLACK (-) Negative Clamp on the battery Negative (-) post/terminal of the “good” battery.

CAUTION: JUMPER CLAMPS ARE NOW LIVE – DO NOT TOUCH THEM TOGETHER!

7- Place the other Jumper Cable BLACK (-) Negative Clamp on an unpainted Metal surface (bolt, body, frame) of the “dead” vehicle.

8- Ensure all of the connections are correct and firmly connected

9- Ensure that the Jumper Cables are safely placed and will not fall inside the engine compartment.

10- If safe to proceed, start the engine of the “good” vehicle and let run for approximately 2-3 minutes.

11- Start the engine of the “dead” vehicle.

12- Once “dead” vehicle starts, let run for a moment then remove Jumper Clamps in reverse order while being careful not to touch the clamps together.

 

*In certain instances, the vehicle may not start when the BLACK (-) Negative Clamp is placed on a frame bolt, body panel, or the frame itself. In these cases, attach the BLACK (-) Negative Clamp directly to the battery’s NEGATIVE (-) post/terminal and USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN DOING SO as there is a greater chance of FIRE or EXPLOSION when using this method.

 

 

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