Using a Battery Charger Safely

A car battery charger is a great tool to have in your garage for emergencies. Despite their compact size, chargers are capable of replenishing large automotive batteries in just a few hours. Our team at Acura of Laurel wants you to be an informed owner and know how to take care of your vehicle. Check out these tips to make sure that you're using the charger safely and efficiently.

Whether you're in a garage or on your driveway in Laurel, MD, you need to have plenty of space to be safe. The charger should be placed on a solid surface away from the car. Measure the cables to ensure that you can reach the battery terminals without the risk of the clamps becoming dislodged. Keep the charger off and unplugged until the clamps are attached.

The red clamp goes around the positive battery terminal. The black one goes on the negative. Check to make sure that the clamps are tight and secure before you turn on the charger. Give it a few hours to do its job. Many chargers are programmed to turn off automatically, making the process simple and safe.

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