If you’re unfamiliar with what blinker fluid is or an exhaust belt is, then you’re probably unaware with how a car battery charger differs from a jump starter. No problem, not everybody is a car enthusiast, but if there’s one thing you need to know about your vehicle, it’s how to take care of the battery. In this guide, we’re going to discuss what a battery charger is and how it differs from a jump starter.
Car Battery Charger
To understand what a car battery charger is, just refer to any charger used to fill the battery of any device you might have. When the device’s battery runs low, you just need to plug it in and give it some time to reach max capacity. Car battery chargers are really no different.
They plug into any standard wall outlet and convert electricity to 12V DC. The charging output varies from model to model, and higher charging output equals quicker recharging cycles. It’s important to know that the price of a battery charger scales as its output power increases, but it can be worth the investment if you don’t want to spend more than a day waiting around.
To find out how long it will take to charge your car’s battery from completely dead to max capacity, simply divide the battery’s amp/hours rating by the amp power output of the charger.
The most popular type of battery chargers is automatic. An automatic charger shuts off as soon as the recharge cycle has completed (the battery is at max capacity). This not only saves energy costs but also protects the battery from damage caused by overcharging.
If you’re in search of a battery charger, we wholeheartedly recommend looking for a fully automatic charger instead of manual models.
Jumper starters are a lot like batteries with transferable power. In fact, if you know what a smart device power bank, you should have a good idea of what a jump starter is. These devices are able to instantly deliver a power signal to dead car batteries to kick-start them to life.
Jump starters have a set of dedicated batteries. In fact, other than starting a car battery, they can come with bonus features such as USB and micro-USB ports to charge smart devices, LED lights to help you see in the dark, radios, and so on.
These devices are also highly portable. They easily fit in trunk of your car, but depending on the model, they can be a bit on the heavy side. However, as an emergency source of power, weight isn’t probably the biggest concern. Jump starters are must-have devices for those who spend days at a time on the open road.
The most important thing to note about jump starters is their “peak” rating or the highest amp output power. Also, they aren’t particularly consistent in terms of maximum output power delivery, and it can take multiple cranks to transfer enough power to jump-start a car. A new or high-quality jump starter, however, shouldn’t have any issues.