cheap jump starter pack

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 16:21
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I am thinking of buying a cheap chinese made jump starter pack(600 amp/200cca)for running my 12 volt fluro light when im fishing . ($59.95) It says on the box a 12 volt fluro(4 watts) should last up to 50 hours. Has anyone else bought one of these rather than carring around a heavy car battery .
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Reply By: Patrick - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 17:41

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 17:41
I bought the 900amp ones from Supercheap for $79 and it has worked a treat. I use it for running 2 x 12 volt lights by using one of those chaep adaptors. It cetainly is better light and safer than the old gas bottle. I don't know why I waited so long to get one.

Cheers,

Patrick

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Follow Up By: Member - glenno (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 20:33

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 20:33
thanks for the info man
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Reply By: dp - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 18:05

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 18:05
Bought a cheap Dick Smith one for about $50. Weighs nothing can be charged on mains or off 12v and has enough kick to start an old diesel tractor in winter (which is what i bought it for) have also run a 12v water pump off it for a few hours without running it down. Though who knows how long something that cheap will last. Would probably think twice about heading anywhere remote with it but for what i use it for don't think you could spend a better 50 bucks
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Follow Up By: Member - glenno (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 20:33

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 20:33
thanks
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Follow Up By: flappan - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 22:51

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 22:51
I got nearly 18 months out of a Small Supercheap one.

I would do it again.

So handy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 07:26

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 07:26
WOW, charge it up again Flappa and see how long it goes next time :)
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Follow Up By: Patrick - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 07:56

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 07:56
Good one Moggs.....lateral thinking.

Cheers,

Patrick (Irish)
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 23:24

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 23:24
Go with the one with the most amp/hrs, as non of the info you have given has that info, probably 10amp or 17amp for that price. If your light draws 1 amp then a 10 amp batt should run your light for 10 hrs.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 23:32

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 23:32
True Pesty but remember if you flatten it too often it wont last very long so 5 or 6 hours would be better for longevity.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 11:26

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 11:26
Ray if a new 10 amp batt pack didnt last 10 hrs with a 1 amp draw, when it was new, then I would take it back and ask for one that did, otherwise it wouldnt be a 10 amp batt. !!
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 10:35

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 10:35
Got one from Ray's Outdoors, 17 amp battery, a built in compressor, light and jumper leads. $70.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 13:37

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 13:37
Jimbo, was that yellow in colour? It sounds similar to one Brawn are advetising "on special" for $85.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 14:43

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 14:43
Roh,

Yep, Yellow.

Ray's hold a 20% off sale at least once a month, brings it down to $56.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 14:48

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 14:48
That's a good price. I was interested in the larger 34 amp/hr version but Brawn want $145 (on sale). I wonder if Ray's sells the big one .....
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 13:47

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 13:47
glenno, a 4 watt fluro won't give you much light. Most of the 12v fluro lights everyone uses for camping are either 12 watt or 13 watt lights. That means they draw about 1 amp/hr.

If the battery would truly last about 50 hrs powering a 4 watt light, that indicates it is probably a 17 amp/hour battery. These are only std led-acid batteries so are not designed to be discharged more than 70 of capacity - or 11 to 12 amps. So with one 12 watt light, you'll get about 10 to 12 hours, depending on wiring, light efficiency etc. You can discharge further but will reduce the battery's overall life considerably.

Also, you mention above that it has 200 CCA. That won't start an electric scooter, let alone a 4x4, so if you want it as an emergency jump-start pack as well, you'll need something with at least 400 to 600 CCA.
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