Jun 18 , 2020

How to Efficiently Charge a Car Battery

Watch this video to learn how to replace a car battery:

The Family HandymanHow to Replace a Car Battery If you car battery is five years old or older, you should do this soon. It only takes a few minutes and can save you from being stranded due to a dead battery. Learn more about car battery care and make sure you know how to manage a roadside emergency with these tips.

Turn Everything Off

  • Turn off your vehicle and make sure all interior and exterior lights and all other electrical components are off.
    • Leaving these on could drain the battery faster than you’re charging it.
  • Optionally, you could use a handheld volt meter to determine your battery’s state of charge. Touching the two prongs on the volt meter to their corresponding terminals on the battery will give a voltage reading.
    • A fully charged 12-volt car battery (standard voltage) will read between 12.4 and 12.7 volts.
      • Pro tip: Anything below 12 volts is low, and there’s a good chance your car won’t start.

Volt meter

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