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Battery sparks badly when trying to attach a battery charger

Battery sparks badly when attaching a battery charger. battery is still in car with battery cables attached. lights were left on & ran it down

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As long as your attaching red to + and black to - you'll be fine. If you don't want sparks don't turn on your charger until after you connect the wires. Be sure to remove the negative cable to your car before charging or you can damage the computer in the vehicle.

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