The other day I haphazardly hooked both jumper cables to the positive terminal of the battery. Now the truck will not start, there are no lights. What happened?

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    depend on what the other end was hooked to..
    – agentp
    Apr 17, 2018 at 21:53
  • It was a portable charger that was plugged into an outlet on the outside of the house. THe charger started smoking. That is when nothing on the truck worked. Apr 17, 2018 at 22:41
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    nothing at all should have happened to the truck, you simply shorted (and probably ruined) the charger. Obviously the truck battery was bad to begin with if you were trying to jump it.
    – agentp
    Apr 17, 2018 at 22:53
  • It was a carcraft with 730 cold cranking amps that I got last year. I have recently bought a new battery with 800 cold cranking amps to see if that would work on starting the truck. No luck with that. Apr 17, 2018 at 22:59
  • Also the reason I went to jump the truck was it would only make one click. after the screw up with the charger it makes no noise, no lights, nothing at all. Apr 17, 2018 at 23:34

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Like agentp said you shorted out (and probably ruined) the charger. Nothing much should have happened to your battery except for the fact that it appears to be completely empty, just like it almost was before you tried to charge it.

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