jump start pack batterys

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 21:50
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hi all,
i have one of those jump start packs that i got from big w about 3 years ago, and the battery has packed it in. won't charge up. so i went to super cheap and you can buy replacment batterys, $49 and a new jump pack $39 so why bother fixing them if you can buy a new one cheaper. just my bit for the day.
peter d
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Reply By: bouncer - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 22:23

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 22:23
:) Yep that's the same for those rechargeable drills etc. I went to buy a 15v battery for mine the other day and it was about $20 dearer than buying a new drill so I bought a new one LOL go figure huh
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Reply By: jon p qld - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 22:28

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 22:28
G'day Peter
I've also just bought one of the $39 ones from supacheap, haven't had a chance to use it yet, I just wanted it for running lights etc around the camp and at that price it was worth taking a chance on it.
regard Jon
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Follow Up By: peter d - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 20:08

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 20:08
hi Jon,
thats what i got it for also. i tryed out today and works great, runs all the lights in my caravan and the fluro as well. not that i will have them all on at the same time. i pluged my shower into it and it blow the fuse and when i checked the it was puting out 13 amps instead of 12, would say that is the problem with that so will try again when i flatten it a bit more. but it does what i want it for thats what matters.
peter d
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 01:51

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 01:51
Mate! thats life in the fast lane for you.

Mine cost approx $200 three years ago (900CCA)

Same thing in Super Thief the other day was $67.00

I just luv these Chinese cootas.
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 04:23

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 04:23
its a disposable world these days.

Just a word of warning with these back up systems. Dont carry 1 in your car for when ur miles away from nowhere without testing it under load before you leave home. Some of the battery's are faulty under load.

I carried mine with me on trips for 2 years, never had to use it though, one day at home , my other car battery died so i used it to jump start it, well the battery buggered up while under load.

My point here is, they are great to have, but test them out before you head off into the unknown, just so you know it will work under load.

Ange
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Follow Up By: gramps - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:46

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:46
Cokeaddict,

Thanks for the headsup. Had mine for nearly two years now and have'nt really tested it at all. Will do now.

Regards
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 10:01

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 10:01
I've had one for about 4 years. Used it to jump start a tractor a few times and regularly to start a ride on mower for about a year while I was too lousy to buy a new battery for the mower. I put it on charge occasionally when I think of it, but it holds charge surprisingly well.

Works great, and handy to have in the workshop, but not sure that I'd want to rely on it to start the 4B in the middle of nowhere.
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Reply By: pathfinder - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:43

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:43
make sure the jump-pack has sufficient grunt before you need it - particularly if you drive a diesel. Same goes for jumper leads - make sure they can carry sufficient current for diesels - mine couldn't, so I made up some 400-amp leads from jaycar supplies...
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