How To: Jumpstart Your Car With No Cables (The Ol' Battery-To-Battery Method)

September 5, 2018


This is a video of some guys demonstrating how to jumpstart a car (or a cah if you're the man filming the clip) when you don't have jumper cables, but can take the battery out of another vehicle. It shouldn't come as any surprise that this works, since jumper cables are just the vessels through which electricity flows from one battery to the other when jumping a car using the traditional method. This is just cutting out the middle man. Is it safe? I wouldn't do it. Would I watch a friend do it while I sip a beer and scream 'BE CAREFUL' whenever he gets close to the other battery? I would actually pay to get to do that.

Keep going for the video while I miss Car Talk, where I first heard about people doing this. Also, I listened to the whole thing at 1/4 speed and I'm fairly certain I just unlocked the key to the universe.

Thanks to Tim M, who agrees if you really want a car to start you just have to threaten that you're going to push it into a lake if it doesn't start acting right.

  • Jenness

    Is that a trailer park they are in, because that explains a lot. Though - that might just be a small shed. Anywho, this is actually a pretty good hack though I'd be worried how safe it is to hold that thing in your hands. idk

  • GeneralDisorder

    Lead-acid batteries are heavy but mostly that's the only issue. A sealed lead-acid batter would have been better. Or a gel-packed battery.

    But if you were stranded, had two batteries, and needed to GTFO, then yeah, do this. Otherwise cobble some jumper cables. Or get a handful of capacitors and build super-capacitor starter kit.

  • Eric Ord

    Vid is Meh trying to restart his Geekologie message boards career by stealing some of my shine

  • TheQiwiMan

    Good to know!

  • ward00

    Note: for those less technically inclined, vessels means wires.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    and electricity means the Holy Spirit

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