Car Jump Starter Booster Charger Power Bank

Submitted: Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 08:37
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"As Seen on TV" are these small usb charged battery jump start packs any good.

Not interested in a thumper start jump pack due to the size and potential cost, just something to keep in the glovebox in an emergency as it would be quicker than getting the RAA to jump start your car

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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:30

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:30
Hi Rojac I think best way is to get dead battery and test one out.As I have heard they only good if some charge left in battery will not start completely dead battery.Be good if I am wrong!!
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Reply By: Tony H15 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:31

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:31
After a recent call to RAC due to a flat battery, thanks to a 'Fridge Switch', I started looking at these, haven't bought one yet but my investigations revealed not many are suitable for diesels; unfortunately, not many actually carry that warning. If you have a diesel look for one that specifically states it is suitable for diesels of a similar cubic capacity to yours.
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Reply By: Member - johntoyo - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:33

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:33
Most of them have a disclaimer that they are no good for disel engines. Friend of mine bought one and then found that it was no good for his 6 cyl diesel.
Perhaps for 4 cyl units they might work.

John
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:56

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:56
Gooday,
If you wish to spend some money for this situation, just put the money you were going to spend on this Gimmick on a DECENT pair of Jumper leads, there is always someone who will come along who will give you a jump start.

Our Jumper leads are about 8-10 ft long, made from heavy duty welding cable with good solid clamps, don't buy the cheap and cheerful from Super Deals or such.
Had ours for over 40 years.
Cheers,
Boroma 604.,
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 10:03

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 10:03
Already have a decent set of jumpers, be quicker to actually call the RAA then wait for someone to actually help you out.

This is metro not bush
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 15:25

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 15:25
Boroma,

I was sceptical at first but I can assure you it ain't a gimmick.

Bob
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Follow Up By: MactrolPod - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 19:43

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 19:43
I though no way it would turn over my 4.2 oiler. It does say not totally flat, it certainly wouldnt turn it 1 mm. Put the starter pack on, preheated a cold engine and it started. Could not believe it. On sold a few through our club and they all have the same story. Its a whole lot lighter than my HD jumper leads too.
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Reply By: Jackolux - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 10:08

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 10:08
There has been a lot of discussion about them here before . I have one and deliberately flattened the battery in a 4lt EL Falcon , dead flat , started it 10 times , between each start , I disconnected the jump started , cranked the motor with the head lights on , to make sure the batt was still dead flat ,

It started instantly each time , even with the headlight switch in the on position
I stopped playing at 10 starts the jump started wasn't flat ,

The Falcon was going to the wreckers , so I wasn't worried about buggering the battery , I haven't tried it with my Dmax it's supposed to be able to start a Deisel .

I run my 12volt CPAP off it for 2 nights and have changed a phone , GoPro and Lap Top a few times off it .

I now have a second one , good thing I reckon
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Follow Up By: Member - rooster350 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:20

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:20
and the brand is ?
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 15:23

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 15:23
I've bought several of these now. One for each car in the family and one for the plane!

The last one was this one.

They are very effective, will start a five pot diesel easily, and are convenient to carry in the glove box. At $54 you can't go wrong.

Bob
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 20:10

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 20:10
hey Bob how good is for charging notebooks thanks
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Follow Up By: Craig H4 - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 01:39

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 01:39
Hi Jackolux, out of interest how do you run a Cpap from one of these? How do you connect the power up?
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 22:16

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 22:16
LL You just plu your charging cable (supplied) into the USB port on the unit and it works a treat.
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Follow Up By: Craig H4 - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 12:07

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 12:07
oh ok I didn't realize you could run a Cpap through a usb, haven't seen that before.
I power my S9 through a Cig socket.
Cheers
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:26

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:26
Battery world have a 400, 500 and 600 amp mimi starter packs. They are reputable, so you don't have to worry about whether a product off the net will do the job.
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 12:39

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 12:39
Dubious about products from Battery World, bought a HD yausa battery 18months ago and its already starting to struggle to start the car in that its cranks numerous times before it starts.

Starts first turn after charging and then its downhill from there onwards, expected a bit more than 18 months out of the battery, hence this emergency pack.

The last same sized AC Delco lasted me 4 years
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 17:26

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 17:26
I think you are being a bit harsh on them.

I wouldn't be dubious of the products they sell at all. Yausa is regarded as a pretty good product and is used right through out industry. Many batteries fail from different manufacturers and I would have thought the battery you bought would have had at least a 2 year warranty. I have had many batteries fail over the years and I have had many batteries last well past their use by date from different makers.

I bought a 18v genuine Hitachi battery about a month ago and it failed at the first charge.
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 18:14

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 18:14
Will have to check on the warranty, most that I have picked up have had only 12 months .

See how it pans out, if they reckon it's on the way out and not keeping charge of which I think it is and see if they honour the warranty or I just get fobbed off

One thing that I should have checked if its possible is how long the product has been sitting on the shelf with charge in it, as when I bought it, it was fitted straight from the shelf.

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Reply By: Craig H4 - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 01:29

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 01:29
I bought one on ebay for $100, 600CCA for 3 seconds then 300CCA.
I have used it twice to jump start my 2005 V6 petrol Hilux, the first time I disconnected the battery and started the hilux with the jump pack just to test it out, the second time I used it was just the other day when i jumped in the car at the airport long term parking and the battery was totally dead due to an unresolved electrical problem. It started the hilux as if it was the main starter battery, great product for the price and size(fits in glove box). I don't know about longevity yet but in my opinion they're well worth a look. Just do some research on brands/models etc, you might have to spend more dollars on a model that will start a 4.2 diesel, not sure about that?
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Follow Up By: Craig H4 - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 01:55

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 01:55
The instructions for a lot of these things seem to come in chinglish but don't let that put you off, they work great.
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Reply By: Member - Ian T6 - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 10:55

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 10:55
Slightly off topic but saw a batteryless jump starter in jaycay the other day. Uses ultracapacitors looks VERY interesting idea is that it uses tiny amount of energy left in "dead" battery to charge itself then delivers it in a big chunk to start engine. Or one looking same on youtube can charge from usb in 2 minutes or from any low current 5v or more source. Expensive though.
Was thinking you could use it and 4 aa cells to start engine
Havent tried it though
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