How to Charge Your Car Battery - It Only Takes About 10 Mins
Left your lights on over night again? Don't worry. A dead car battery can soon be brought back to life. Assuming you have a battery charger, of course.
- If possible, remove the battery leads.
- Consult your charger's instructions to make sure it's suitable for your car's battery and that it's set correctly.
- Fit the charger's red clip to the battery's positive (+) terminal and the black clip to the negative (-) terminal.
- Connect the charger to the mains and switch on. A green light should show. If nothing happens, switch off the charger at the mains and check that the leads are correctly attached to the battery.
- Once charging is complete, a second light or (change in colour) will tell you. Disconnect the charger from the mains and remove the cables, starting with the black lead. Reinstall and / or reconnect the battery.
And off you go. In the process of driving around (for a minimum of 20 mins with the radio and other non-essential electricals off) you'll fully recharge the battery so you won't have to repeat the process all over again when you stop.
If you don't have a battery charger to put life back in your battery, then humble jump leads can do the job just as effectively.