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How to Charge an ATV Battery with Car Charger?

How to Charge an ATV Battery with Car Charger?

When you own ATV, you must be prepared to face some unwanted circumstances at unwanted times. Most of the motor vehicle owners have experienced some great issues like running out of gas, punctured tire or even engine issues at most unlikely times.

A similar issue was highlighted by one of our viewers who had his ATVs battery gone down because he didn’t use it for quite a long time, and unluckily, he didn’t have an ATV battery charger at that time.

The only option there was left was a car battery at that time. So our team assisted him in charging the ATV’s battery. 

Yes, you can charge the ATV’s battery with a car battery with some simple steps. You just have to connect the battery of your ATV to the car’s battery with the help of jumper cables. Just give it a jump start without turning on your car and your ATV will be ready.

How to Charge an ATV Battery with Car Charger?

There are some safety precautions you need to follow as well in order to avoid any mishap. It is best if you can hire a local mechanic or electrician if you are hesitant in doing so.

Tools required:

  • Jumper cables
  • Socket wrench set
  • Protective glasses
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • High-duty electrician boots

Steps to charge your ATV’s battery with a car charger

So let’s start with these easy steps.

Wear safety items

First of all, be prepared and put on your gloves and boots. This procedure might give you an electrical shock so it’s best to be safe.

There is another possibility of sparks that can damage your eyes as well so please wear some protective glasses or goggles as well.

It is best if you are wearing dry clothes and be sure to not wear anything made of metal on your hands as it can attract the electric charge towards it.

Remove the seat

Now, most of the ATV’s have their batteries present underneath their seats so you have to remove those seats first.

By using the socket wrench, you can remove the bolts from the seat and then easily lift it up by sliding it slightly backward.

Place your car near the ATV

Now you would place your car near the ATV so that the batteries can be plugged. Make sure that you carry out this process in a dry area.

Do not; in any case, turn on your car while doing this process otherwise it might roast your ATV’s battery as the car’s battery already has a high voltage even when it is idle.

So if you ignite your car it can cause more high voltage which will burn your ATV’s battery leaving it permanently damaged.

Connect the jumper wires

Now that the car and ATV are nearby, take the jumper cables and connect them.

The car’s battery: connect the red cable to the positive terminal of the car’s battery. There will be a ‘+’ sign on the positive terminal.

Then, connect the black cable to the negative terminal of the car’s battery. There will be a (-) sign or a flag at the negative end.

The ATV’s battery: now take the black cable and move it a bit far from the battery and connect it to the frame of the ATV.

The purpose of this is connecting it to the negative terminal of ATV can cause a serious shock due to the excess of hydrogen around emitted from the battery, so it’s better to ground the cable.

After connecting the black cable, now take the red cable and carefully connect it to the positive terminal of your ATV’s battery.

Do not let these cables collide with each other because that will give you a good electric shock and may burn the batteries.

Charge the ATV

As mentioned before, do not turn on your car because your ATV’s battery does not have the capacity to handle that big a charge.

The car battery alone has a good charge that can give your ATV’s battery a good boost and a jump start. Let it charge for a few minutes before starting the ignition.

Ignite your ATV

Now is the time to start your ATV to check if the battery is ready to start, just push the start button of your ATV, if it starts then the problem solved.

But if it doesn’t start, then let it charge for another few minutes and then again try to start it. Hopefully, this time it will be successful. Let it stay turn on for a few minutes.

Remove the cables

The last and most important step is to carefully remove the cables from both sides. Now, this is a technical part so you need to be careful about this.

Firstly, remove the black cable from the negative side of the car battery then the black cable from the frame of your ATV.

Then do the same procedure for the red positive cables too, firstly remove from the car’s battery and then from your ATV’s battery.

So finally your ATV is charged and ready to go.

Prepare to go

Now slide back the seat of the ATV and screw it back tight. Do not turn off your ATV in any case. Do check your gas before leaving.

Tips and precautions while charging your ATV Battery

Please follow these tips and protections to avoid any mishap and ensure maximum battery performance.

Be cool and patient

Working with electricity and batteries is quite a risky and serious work; you need to be calm, calculated and patient to do things the right way.

If you think you are not good with these wirings and cables, better contact a nearby electrician.

Maintain the water levels of battery

It is very much necessary for your battery to maintain its water levels in order to keep properly working. Before doing the jump start, make sure to check the water level of your ATV’s battery.

It is recommended to use only “Distilled water” to fill the battery.

Use a spacious spot

Always carry out these types of procedures in a spacious and well-ventilated area. Do not congest yourself in a small area.

Smaller space will make the cables collide with each other that can cause a serious shock to you. Also, make sure that the area you are working is dry

Wear proper protection

Electric work can be fatal. Wear proper protection to avoid any danger. Use heavy-duty gloves and boots to protect your hands and feet from any shock.

Also, wear your protective glasses to avoid any spark or acid spills getting in contact with your eyes.

Sort out the wires

Sort out the jumper cables so that they do not cross or collide with each other. Make sure that they are not damaged from anywhere.

Also do check the connectors, clean them well and then connect.

Do not use open flame nearby

It is really important that you must not use any open flame nearby, do not smoke near the cables and battery.

Smoking or open flame nearby can ignite sparks on the cable.

Do not use metal items

Do not use anything made out of metal during this charging process. Free your hands out of any metallic ornament that can attract electric charge towards it.

Do not overcharge your battery

This procedure is not the most efficient way to charge your ATV’s battery so it makes no sense to leave it for a longer time to charge.

Overcharging the battery will cause permanent damage to both the car and ATV’s batteries.

Do not charge a damaged battery

If you think that your battery has been damaged then it is useless to charge it over. Simply replace a newer battery to the old one.

A frozen battery must not be charged

You must never try to jumpstart a frozen battery as it can cause a serious explosion due to its content and water being frozen inside.

If you have no other option left then take the battery out, unfreeze it and let it dry, then try the jumpstart experiment.

Keep the battery clean

Before starting the procedure, make sure that your batteries are clean. If they are not clean, make a solution of water and baking soda and clean the batteries thoroughly.

Cleaning will provide more efficient current flow while charging the terminals.

Final words

So you know now how to jump-start an ATV with the help of a car battery. The steps are easy and simple but you must always keep your safety first.

Do not abandon your ATV for a longer time as the batteries may die or become weak staying idle; let it out some time so that battery might get heated at regular intervals.

Be safe and have fun rides with your ATV. Good day!

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