Jump pads were pads which boosted the user's jump strength allowing them to reach greater heights. While all jump pads essentially worked in the same fashion, they varied greatly on their design and jump boosting power.
There are two kinds of jump pads. The first one is a circular pad, which, when used, allows Ratchet to control where to go and land. The second one is a triangular one. When used, it sends Ratchet to a particular place.