# Quick Answer: Why Do You Connect The Positive Terminal First?

## Why do you connect positive to positive?

A battery’s positive terminal does have a positive potential.

ie, a test positive charge will repel it and a test negative charge will attract it.

Given ‘point 1’, above, connecting the positive terminal of battery A to negative terminal of battery B will lead to current flow in the conductor..

## What happens if you connect a positive wire to a positive wire?

You certainly can make a short circuit if you connect a wire (without a light bulb) from the positive end of your two-battery series combination back around to the negative end of the other battery.

## How can you tell which wire is positive and negative when black?

If the multi-colored wire is black and red, the black wire is the negative wire, while the red one is positive. If both wires are black but one has a white stripe, the striped wire is negative, while the plain black wire is positive.

## What happens if battery polarity is reversed?

This is the theory: if reverse polarity occurs, the designed diode will then conduct and short the power supply in order to ground and trigger the fuse to blow up. This protects your equipment. This should work well if the equipment has been designed properly.

## Do you put positive to negative?

Each battery has two metal terminals. One is marked positive (+), the other negative (-). … Never connect the red cable to the negative battery terminal or a vehicle with a dead battery.

## Do you connect positive to positive?

All voltage is relative, so your reasoning is correct. If you connect two positive but non-equal voltage nodes together, current will flow between them. Calling something “positive” only means that it has a higher voltage potential than something else which you are using as a ground reference.

## What happens if you connect the negative terminal first?

If you first connect the negative cable, then when you connect the positive cable there is a chance the wrench will complete a circuit between the battery and the chassis of the car. … If the battery is offgassing, the spark could ignite those gases causing an explosion.

## Why do you connect positive terminal first?

Connect positive first, negative having less potential won’t arc. The higher the voltage, the greater the chance of arcing and fusion. On a car if negative first and you are touching any metal part of car, when attaching positive there is possibility of arcing through you. Your body becomes part of the circuit.

## Can reverse polarity damage electronics?

This can damage the battery and other electrical components. Any battery-powered product you use while it’s plugged in will be energized through its full circuit and thus a potential source of electrical shock. Reverse polarity can cause PCB damage and even PCB failure, yet the damage can be hard to see.

## What happens if positive and negative wires touch?

Current flow from positive to negative no matter whatever load you put there will be flow of current. In this case the wire acts as load, as no work or charge is required for the wire heavy current flows. … If you hold both wire together firmly then you can notice the wire and battery will heat up.

## What happens if I connect positive to negative?

Connecting the positive terminal of each battery to the negative terminal of the other battery will result in a huge surge of electrical current between the two batteries. … The heat can melt internal and external battery parts, while the pressure from the hydrogen gas can crack the battery casing.

## Do you hook up the positive or negative first?

“Positive first, then negative. When disconnecting the cables from the old battery, disconnect the negative first, then the positive. Connect the new battery in the reverse order, positive then negative.”