Cheap and Nasty Jumpstarters

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 15:06
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There are 1900 amp jumpstarters selling on sale for $149. Instructions on the box say they can start a diesel engine. Better quality jump starters for Land Cruisers seem to cost $400. Has anyone had any experience with these cheap ones?

I had a 900amp that starts my four cyclinder petrol car and it has been useful for other purposes.

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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 16:14

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 16:14
Mine is a cheap & nasty 1200amp jobby from Autocrap..paid about $90 for it..on sale..
It starts my V6 Jackaroo easily, & started a Troopy once..from the "click..click" stage.
Driving an auto, I never travel without one..has other uses..runs shower, lights etc.
Can recharge from 12v, but I generally use 240..
cheers...oldbaz.
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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 17:50

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 17:50
Hi Mick

I won a 'supacrap' 1900 for fathers day several years ago - price sounds around the same, works well on 4.8 Nissan Patrol and 3.2 Paj.

Only issue with it was when I stuffed the AC charging unit somehow - so took the back off, cut two holes in it and now charge it through the holes, directly to the battery posts. Works for me and covered a lot of territory.

If it dies and they are still available I shall line up for another.

The first unit I had (600 amp) was fine with the small petrol motors, but coughed when tried it on the Patrol - it was a 'no go' and had to break out the long leads.

Mind you, I now also know to let the flat unit absorb a bit of a boost from either the unit or another vehicle for a few minutes if it is really run down (left lights on or the c'van frig).

Cheers - Phil
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Reply By: duck - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 18:52

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 18:52
I've got a supercheap one & a real cheap aldi one both will start the patrol 4.2td
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Reply By: Big Woody - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 19:31

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 19:31
Repco had these on sale last week.
Got a repo branded 1900 amp one for $99.
Started my V8 F100 with a very flat battery in it easy on the weekend.
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Reply By: garrycol - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 20:23

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 20:23
Again - same Supercheap 1200amp and starts my V6 diesel no issues. I have it 5 years and it is still going well. Not sure why people are cutting holes in the casing if the charger has an issue - I have always charged mine at home with my smart charger connected to the clamps on the jump starter cables and the jump starter turned on - conditions the battery, charges it up and keeps it in good nick.

Garry
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Reply By: moamajohn - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 20:51

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 20:51
Yep ,Mines a supercheap 1900 job.4 years so far .I also use it for my backup for the waeco.It gives me another 24 hrs on freeze ! No probs !John
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Reply By: Steve - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 17:38

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 17:38
repco have those glovebox plug-in starter 30% off at $59. Anyone had a go at these? No detail in the catalogue - just says 4x4. Also one at $39.
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Reply By: Mick T3 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 13:08

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 13:08
I'm convinced. Jumpstarters are a bargain and work well. Maybe a simpler way, though not as heavy duty, of storing power than a duel battery set-up.

Thanks, everyone.

The question of those glove box chargers is interesting.
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