How to Charge a Car battery?

By Krunal Gandhi
  | Published: 28 September 2021

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An average car battery can deliver power to run your engine’s component for at least 2 years. It converts the chemical energy into electric energy to start your car and provides stable energy to keep your car engine running smoothly. Let us say that one day you switch on your car, but it makes a neighing sound and does not start. Besides, there is a red light on the dashboard indicating that your car’s battery is low. This means that it’s time to take your car to the nearest garage and charge your car’s battery.

Steps to Charge Car Battery:

You can follow these steps to charge the car battery.

Step 1: Preparation

Before charging your car battery, it is extremely important to make the necessary preparations to avoid any life-changing accident.

  • Wear protective eyeglasses
  • Gloves
  • Ensure that there are no children around

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Step 2: Find out the type of battery

You should check the type of battery to cautiously charge your car’s battery. Usually, the type of battery is specified on the battery. However, if the label is worn or missing, check with the manufacturer online or offline.

Step 3: Plug out the battery

To ensure maximum safety, you are advised to disconnect the battery from your car and plug it out. This will ensure that no harm is caused to your vehicle in case of a wiring problem.

Step 4: Clean the battery terminals

Dirt in terminals can prevent the battery from receiving the electric charge. You should clean the terminals of your battery before plugging in the charger.

Step 5: Use a car battery charger

Choose the charger that is compatible with your car. Most car chargers are compatible with all car batteries except Gel Cell Batteries. There are two types of chargers that you may use: quick chargers and trickle chargers. As the name suggests, a quick charger will charge your car battery quickly. Usually, it is more suitable for jumpstarting exhausted batteries. On the other hand, a trickle charger provides a slow but long-lasting charge.

  • Plug the charger into the battery after reading the manual carefully.
  • Once the charger is connected, monitor it to avoid any mishaps.

Step 6: Connecting a charger

You should follow these steps while connecting the charger:

  • Connect the black cable of the charger to the negative terminal of the battery and connect the red cable of the charger to the positive terminal.
  • Set the charger voltage as per the battery’s requirement.
  • Check the percentage of charging by looking at the battery or using a voltmeter.
  • Compare the readings on the voltmeter with your battery’s voltage. If the two are the same, then the charging process is working fine or else the battery will remain with an inadequate charge to start.

You can also take your car battery to a garage for charging. You can also charge one car’s battery from the other car’s battery.

In case the battery does not start, you may require jumpstarting it using the quick charger.

If nothing works, it is time to change your car’s battery.

Changing a car’s battery can cost you up to AED 300. You can save AED 300 on changing your car battery by purchasing car insurance. Some car insurance companies provide the facility of changing car batteries at their network garage. Each car insurance company has a network garage list that provides the service at no cost since the car insurance provider will bear the cost of it. Besides, if there is any problem with the battery or your car after changing the battery, the car insurance company will take care of it for free.

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Krunal Gandhi
Krunal Gandhi

Hi there, myself Krunal Gandhi. I have five years of experience in the content industry and have worked in diverse fields such as sports, technology and education. I'm a sports enthusiast who loves watching Cricket and Tennis. I also like to watch web series and movies having good content – after all, 'Content is King' and it's applicable everywhere.