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    Default How To Jump Start the Volt

    See the PDF linked below for jump starting the Volt. Print out for your glove box and/or download to your cell phone. Of course, this is an overview only. See the Owners Manual, for complete details.


    Volt-Jump-Start-Overview.pdf

    I updated the PDF to include both jump starting the Volt as well as using the Volt to jump start another vehicle.
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    Another VERY IMPORTANT note is that the above instructions are only to jump start the Volt. If you are jump starting another car FROM the Volt DO NOT CONNECT THE JUMPER CABLES TO THE TERMINALS IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT!

    Here is a quote from the 2012 manual:

    When using the Volt to jump start another vehicle with a run‐down battery, jumper cables are connected directly to the positive (+) and negative (−) terminals on the 12‐volt battery in the rear cargo area. Do not use the remote terminals under the hood. This could cause a fuse to overload in the Volt.
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    I decided a few years back when I bought a Prius that I would no longer jump start a vehicle from another vehicle. I started placing a combination jump start, air compressor, work light, usb port, and inverter in each vehicle.

    I keep them charged using a 12V accessory port. I have had to replace the SLA battery in each unit every couple of years, but I rotate those into game feeders.

    I would like to find one with a form factor for the Volt's storage compartment under the rear carpet. Ideally it would have a 5 minute timed switch to allow energizing the Volt's electronics system itself through the 12V connection, and then return itself to a charging state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Hatchett View Post
    I decided a few years back when I bought a Prius that I would no longer jump start a vehicle from another vehicle. I started placing a combination jump start, air compressor, work light, usb port, and inverter in each vehicle.
    I do the same thing. Most of the portable boosters have built in circuitry to prevent you from connecting them incorrectly as well. It's surprising how often people do it wrong... And it can be very dangerous to you, and it is very easy to damage the computer in the car as well.
    Nowadays you can practically buy one for the price of a decent set of jumper cables anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Hatchett View Post
    I decided a few years back when I bought a Prius that I would no longer jump start a vehicle from another vehicle. I started placing a combination jump start, air compressor, work light, usb port, and inverter in each vehicle.
    Jumping seems to be in he air today. With the Volt you don't need the usb port or the air compressor since you have these. The Volt doesn't need much power since you're only powering the computer not cranking the engine, so any of the small battery booster products should work and fit easily into the available space. Like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s00_i00 or this http://www.amazon.com/Wagan-EA2045-S...=pd_sim_auto_2 You'll probably need to attach them to the battery with something like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonC View Post
    The Volt doesn't need much power since you're only powering the computer not cranking the engine, so any of the small battery booster products should work and fit easily into the available space.
    Given that the 12v battery does not need to crank an engine (just boot the electronics), perhaps a $13, 12v lantern battery would work just fine as an emergency jumper for the Volt? Ace Hardware, $13.
    Then again, a jump from another car works too.


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    Hi folks,

    If you have a Menards store near you, starting tomorrow 12/9/2012 they have the Stanley SSLION battery booster device DonC mentioned (link) on sale for $30 with a $10 Menards credit check rebate.

    The deal is on the cover of the "Stuff Your Stockings With Savings" advert, which you can see here.

    Hope this helps somebody. If you can get your hands on one, your net cost will be less than half what this item usually goes for.

    Also, don't forget you will need to get a cig-socket-to-ally-clips adapter, since you won't be able to use a 12V accessory socket to boot your Volt's computers this way. I've got to cobble together one of those myself.

    Cheers,
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    PS. I hope this doesn't qualify as Spam... methinks not, as I have nothing to gain from it.
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    Default Another little tid-bit

    An addendum to my post about the Stanley SSLION booster...

    Stanley doesn't go out of their way to make this known, but many of their automotive products are manufactured for them by Baccus Global. The applicable website is here. And, the manual for the SSLION is here.

    I know it was a bit of a PITA to track this down for my own purposes, so there ya go!
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    I have resolved the question from this source. After reading this, I got the solution. wiki. answers. com /Q/ How_do_you_jump_start_a_24_volt_lorry_with_12volt_ car [/url]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
    See the PDF linked below for jump starting the Volt. Print out for your glove box and/or download to your cell phone. Of course, this is an overview only. See the Owners Manual, for complete details.


    Attachment 8155

    I updated the PDF to include both jump starting the Volt as well as using the Volt to jump start another vehicle.
    Thanks for sharing this. Will keep with owners manual.
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