How to charge a car battery without a charger
Sometimes, there can be nothing as disappointing as having your car battery die when you have no charger nearby. The situation puts your schedule to a complete halt, and you could end up missing your deadlines, an interview or even your child’s basketball game. Clearly, your dead battery could be the beginning of quite a number of your problems. Fortunately, there are different ways you can charge your car battery even when you do not have a charger. We look at them below.
1. One of the two solutions to your dead car battery is charging your car using jumper cables. For this method, you need to have another running car on standby and a pair of cables. You will need to park the cars right next to each other and connect your jumper cables to link both batteries. Once you have connected both cells appropriately, start the functional car. Its charging system will begin working and provide current to charge your dead car’s battery. After around five minutes, you can start the car whose battery had died, and it should start. In case it fails to do so, give it some more time to charge from the second car’s running motor. Once your car successfully starts, you can drive it around for half an hour, and its alternator will charge the rest of the battery.
Unfortunately, however, this method requires you to open up the hoods of both vehicles. It also puts you at risk of an explosion or the damage of batteries if you incorrectly connect the batteries. Since you have to handle the batteries for both cars, you could come into contact with sulfuric acid that would cause you injury. In case your battery is dead at a remote place such as a campsite, there is also the possibility you might not have access to a second car.
2. The second method, fortunately, does not require you to open up your car’s hood, neither does it require a second car. All it requires is two or more people and some flat or gently sloping land. You will need to get someone to push your car as you start it. Here are the steps you need to follow.
Once you have gotten a willing person to push your car, get into the driver’s seat and put your car into second gear. Putting it in first gear will cause your automobile to make too many revolutions per minute and could cause the engine damage. Some people have also experienced success by setting their cars in reverse mode, for example, if you parked your car midway up a hill only to have problems restarting it. Once the car is in second gear, ensure the clutch is all the way in and turn your ignition to the on position.
Afterward, your helper can begin pushing the car. Depending on the size of the automobile, you may need one or more people to push it. Once the car is in motion, let them push it harder and harder until it gains enough momentum. Let the clutch out and step on the gas pedal immediately after. The car should start, and you would thus be able to turn on the charging system. The running alternator would then be able to charge your car battery for some time. Do not let the car stop for more than half an hour.
Use these two ways to charge your car battery when you do not have a charger nearby.