How To Safely Use A Power Bank Jump Starter To Jump A Car  

Using A Power Bank To Jump Start Your Vehicle

Jump starting your car can be dangerous, and it is crucial that it is done properly in order to avoid injury and/or damage to your vehicle. We always recommend that you read your car's manual as well as the manual of your power bank starter and follow all of the guidelines and instructions from the manufacturer on how to properly jump-start your car.


  • Read the owners' manual on how to jump-start your car
  • Turn OFF the ignition and set the parking brake.
  • Place automatic transmissions in "Park" and standard transmissions in "Neutral".
  • Wear safety glasses and gloves while using the portable jump starter.
  •  Locate the battery. Check the manual if necessary.
  • Keep the red and black ends of the cables from touching each other.
  • You may need to remove a plastic covering to expose the battery posts. Check manual if necessary.
  • Identify the positive (+) and negative battery posts of the battery
  • Make sure the battery posts are clear of dirt or grime. Gently clean if necessary.
  • Make sure the power bank jump starter is OFF prior to making any connections.
  • Make sure the car is OFF prior to making any connections.

Our Favorite Car Accessory for 2024

The Micro-Start XP-1-G2 Portable Jump Starter is incredibly simple to use. It comes in a durable zippered Carry Case with everything you need to Jump-Start your Vehicles and Charge your Electronics no matter where you are.

The second generation XP-1 has an all new design and is upgraded with super fast USB-C PD30w Charging and other great features. The XP-1 was one of the first mini lithium jump-starters on the market and is considered the industry standard in its class.



Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Connect the positive (red) clamp to the positive(+)post of the battery
  2. Connect the negative (black) clamp to an unpainted metal part of the engine block away from the battery, fuel lines, and the carburetor
  3. With the jumper cable clamps are in place, you can turn the power of the portable jump starter ON
  4. Try turning your car on

If your car starts, then that is a great sign!

If it does not start right away, do not crank it for a period longer than 5 seconds. Give it 2-3 minutes before trying again. If it still will not start then your battery may be completely dead, and you may simply need a new battery. You can get your battery tested at most O'Reilly automotive stores for free.

Diagram depicting how to use a powerbank jump started to jump your cars battery
Starting your car after using a portable jump-starter

Final Steps

  1. Turn OFF the portable power bank jump starter
  2. Remove the cable clamps in REVERSE ORDER: 1st remove the negative (black) clamp, 2nd remove the positive (red) clamp - Make sure the clamps DO NOT touch
  3. Store your power bank
  4. Drive your car for at least 20 minutes to allow the battery to recharge
  5. Be sure to recharge your portable jump starter once you get home

Jump Starting Newer Vehicles

In fact, if your car is a 2000 or newer model, it most likely has a lot of electric components such as computers in it that make jump starting a car the old fashioned way a bigger risk. It is possible that using booster cables on the two cars could cause damage to one or both of the vehicle's computer systems. That is why is crucial that you always read your car's manual before attempting a jump.

This is where the newer portable jump starters come to the rescue. They have specifically been designed to help protect your car's electronics while providing the power to jump-start your vehicle's battery. It is still advisable that you read the manual of the power bank in addition to your car's manual before jumping.

Benefits Of Having the Micro-Start XP1-G2 Jump Starter In Your Car

The Micro Start XP-1-G2 Portable Jump Starter is extremely lightweight and compact making it easy to take everywhere. So small it fits in your hand yet so powerful it can jump-start Motorcycles, Powersports Vehicles, even V8 Trucks!



  • LED Flashlight built-in with 3 beam modes (steady, strobe, SOS beacon).
  • Automatic Power-Off when not in use.
  • Built-in Protections for over-charge, over-discharge and more. Long battery life.
  • Rechargeable Lithium Battery. Recharge the XP-1-G2 with the provided USB
  • Cable (or another) from any USB output such as your phone charger, wall adapter or car charger.
  • Top Quality Design, build-quality and safety features. UL listed battery cells.
  • Jump-Start cars, trucks, motorcycles, powersports vehicles and more
  • Charge Phones, Tablets, Laptops and other USB devices (Apple or Windows)
  • Type-C USB IN/OUT and Type A QC USB Out
  • Type-C PD 30w Super Fast Charging (2 hr recharge)
  • 400A starting current / 2000A peak
  • 12,000 mAh capacity (44.4 Wh)
  • 6.9 x 3.7 x 1.4 inches (176x95x35 mm)
  • Carry Case and Accessories included


More Ways To Be Prepared On The Road


While owning a portable booster power bank is always a great idea, we do suggest that you have a set-up jumper cables in your car as well as an extra precaution. You never know when your battery is going to need a jump, and if your portable kit isn't charged or working, you sure will be glad you have the booster cables.

Now that you are prepared to jump your car with a power bank jump starter, it is time that you consider investing in a car emergency kit.