We have been writing articles on how to use different brands of jump starters, and this particular article is for those who want to know how to use a Peak jump starter to jumpstart their car. Peak jump starter offers other features in addition to the jumpstarting function.
It has two DC outlets for you to plug in your laptops and other smaller devices. You can also charge your smartphone through its USB port. So, it is more than a jump starter. It is a complete power station. Furthermore, its air compressor can fill up a flat tire to your preferred capacity within a few minutes.
When activated, it has a low charge alert that tells you when to charge it. However, we will advise you to ignore the low charge alert. Instead, charge it after every jumpstarting session. The jump starter usually comes pre-charged, but you need to charge it fully before using it. It takes about 24 to 36 hours to charge the device from zero to 100%. When it’s full, you’ll see “FL” on its display unit.
We confirmed that if you store this jump starter properly, it can hold a charge for up to six months. There’s one more feature that we must mention. It has a reverse polarity alarm. If you connect the red clamp to the negative battery terminal instead of the positive one, the reverse polarity alarm will go off.
Here’s our personal experience. We used it to jumpstart a car, an SUV, and a truck. It started the car at the first attempt, and the truck also started at the first attempt, but the SUV was jumpstarted at the fourth attempt, when we had already lost hope.
We used the device to power a laptop, plugged into one of its 12V DC outlets. Finally, it was able to fill one flat tire of the SUV. So, based on our experience, we’ll recommend the jump starter. It is a great product.
How To Use A Peak Jump Starter? 7 Easy Steps
Before you use the jump starter, we will advise you to study the user manual thoroughly. There may be a function of the unit that we have not talked about. Also, reading the manual helps you avoid making a costly mistake. Now, let’s talk about the steps required to use the jump starter to start your car.
Step 1 – Open The Hood Of Your Car
Turn off the ignition and open the hood of your car. Locate the battery and check that the terminals are not corroded. If they are, you need to wash off the corrosion.
Step 2 – Identify The Positive Terminal
Find out the positive terminal between the two of them. It usually comes with any of the following signs – POS, P, or +. If you’re still not sure, you can take a wild guess. That’s because the reverse polarity alarm gives you a safety net. When you mistakenly plug the red clamp to the negative terminal instead of the positive terminal, the reverse polarity alarm will go off.
When it does, you’ll just connect the clamp to the other terminal.
Step 3 – Connect The Clamps
Like all other jump starters, the Peak jump starter comes with two jumper cables. One ends with a red clamp, while the other ends with a black clamp. Connect the red clamp to the positive battery terminal, and connect the black clamp to a metal frame for grounding.
Step 4 – Turn The Jump Starter On
You can now turn the jump starter on through its knob. Turn the knob 90 degrees clockwise.
Step 5 – Start Your Car
Now, you can go and start your car. Crank the engine for only 3 seconds. If your car does not start, wait for another 5 seconds before you crank it for another 3 seconds. After a couple of attempts, your car should start. If the jump starter isn’t able to start your car, it means there’s another underlying problem. You must get to the root of the problem.
Step 6 – Disconnect The Jump Starter
When you’re through with the jump starter, turn it off by turning the power knob 90 degrees counterclockwise. After that, you can remove the black clamp before removing the red clamp. Finally, remove the unit and close the hood of your car. Wait for about 15 minutes and let the alternator of your car charge the battery before you move.
Step 7 – Charge The Unit
Don’t forget to charge the device when you get home. When you charge it after every jumpstarting session, it will always be ready for you. Normally, it takes about 24 – 36 hours to charge the jump starter from zero to 100%, but if you charge it after every use, it won’t take that long to charge.
That’s all about using a Peak jump starter to jumpstart a car.
How To Use A Peak Jump Starter 600?
To use this model of Peak jump starter, follow the steps listed above. The steps apply to all the Peak jump starter models. First off, you’ll open the hood of your car and place the jump starter somewhere on your engine. Connect the red clamp to the positive battery terminal.
Connect the black terminal to a metal frame for grounding. The next step is to turn the jump starter on. Go and start your car. If it does not start at the first attempt, make more attempts. And if the car starts, disconnect the two clamps, starting with the black one.
Remove the jump starter and close your hood. Let the car idle for some minutes. Most importantly, charge the device when you get home.
How To Charge A Peak Jump Starter 600?
Charging this device is very easy. It comes with a charger that needs to be plugged into a power outlet. Connect the other end of the charger cord to the jump starter. Turn the outlet on and let it begin to charge. Since it takes a long time to charge, you might need to charge it overnight. The device can’t overcharge. And when it is fully charged, FL will appear on its display unit.
How Long Does It Take To Charge A Peak Jump Starter 600?
This depends on the battery level. When the battery level is high, it will take only a few hours to charge. On the other hand, when the battery level is low or when you wait until its low charge alert comes up before you charge it, the unit will take a longer period to charge.
In fact, if the battery becomes very low before charging it, the device will take about 24 – 36 hours to charge. When it is fully charged, it can hold up its charge for up to six months if you store it where the temperature is conducive. Remember, the best temperature for jump starters is between 50 degrees to 70 degrees F.
Nevertheless, if you don’t use your jump starter, don’t wait until six months before you charge it. We suggest you charge it every three months.
How Do You Use The Peak Jump Starter 750?
You can use its air compressor to fill up your flat tires, you can power your laptop through its DC outlets, you can charge your phone through its USB port, and you can jumpstart your car with it. To jumpstart your car with it, open the hood of your car and place the jump starter somewhere on your engine. Connect the red clamp to the positive battery terminal.
Connect the black terminal to a metal frame for grounding. The next step is to turn the jump starter on. Go and start your car. If it does not start at the first attempt, make more attempts. And if the car starts, disconnect the two clamps, starting with the black one. Make sure you charge the jump starter later.
Why Does The Battery Suddenly Drop To 30% After Charging It To 100%?
It is possible to charge the jump starter to 100%, and when you check the battery level a few minutes after unplugging it, you realize that the battery level has dropped to 40% or even 30%. And at that level, it can’t jumpstart a car.
The answer is simple. When you notice this anomaly, be certain that the battery of the jump starter is going bad, or it has gone bad. The only way out is to replace the bad battery. So, what can make a battery pack up so soon? Unbearable temperature.
If you keep your jump starter where the temperature is either too high or too low, it will quickly lose its charge. When you continuously store it in the same unfavorable condition, the battery will get damaged, and it will no longer be able to hold a charge.
There have been numerous negative reviews about this product. Some users say it doesn’t jumpstart their cars, while others complain of the battery of the device packing up too soon. These complaints are due to two common mistakes. First, you must plug the black clamp into a metal frame while jumpstarting your car and not to the negative battery terminal. Secondly, the jump starter is very sensitive to the temperature around. You must keep it where the temperature is between 50 degrees F and 70 degrees F.