Portable Jump Starters

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 18:40
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Hi all, I am looking for a reasonably priced jump starter around the 40 to 60 amp hr, is there anything around but the super s*** ones and the likes of the Thumpers and the Performance Portable Battery Packs. my budget is around the $300 - $350 area.
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Reply By: equinox - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 18:45

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 18:45
Howdy,

I just bought a new Projector 2000A 44ah jumpstarter off Ebay for $370.

Last Saturday the same thing was in Conventrys for almost $1000.

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 18:57

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 18:57
That is ridiculous!

You can buy a 75 Ah Thumper with jump start capability and an in-car charging kit for $849.


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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 19:00

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 19:00
Hi Bill.

That's why I went the Ebay option - still I could've shopped around a bit more I guess.

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Reply By: Cruiser 2091 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 19:04

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 19:04
I have a projecta, only a small one of 17AH that I brought simply for recharging my camera and phone battery. One day though I had a flat battery on my Landcruiser and thought I would try it out and it started it with ease.
I am convinced now that even the cheapies are a very handy accessory.
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Follow Up By: Outbacktourer - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 08:13

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 08:13
I have had one of these for 10 years, it's a bit battered now having been carried around with race car spares for all that time. Jump strated a neighbour's Kluger with it yesterday. Projecta makes good gear.

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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 19:35

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 19:35
Why not buy a 60ah battery,
put it into a $25 battery box
you will have change in your pocket

A battery of 60ah is a battery of 60ah
only the name changes and you have to pay for a few extra bells an whistles.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: Battery Value Pty Ltd - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 20:21

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 20:21
Wilco318,

what usage pattern do you have in mind for your jump starter?

Occasional jump starting only, or everyday cyclic use?

The answer to this question will determine the all important charging method.

Best regards, Peter
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Follow Up By: wilco318 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 20:32

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 20:32
Hi

I intend to use it for Occasional jump starting and also as a secondary power supply when using the camper trailer. I had many years ago a GME jump starter which was made in Canada, when that died I purchased over a period of time a couple of the supers***, which were of poor quality.
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Follow Up By: Battery Value Pty Ltd - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 20:40

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 20:40
...a couple of the supers***, which were of poor quality...

Pls elaborate. I presume the 'poor quality' pertains to the batteries dying prematurely?
How were they recharged?

What charger do you have in mind for your next jump starter?

Best, Peter
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Reply By: R&J Batteries - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 13:06

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 13:06
Where in the country are you?

Dave
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Reply By: Barra-2 - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 15:26

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 15:26
I have just bought an ARK Powerpack from BCF on special for $139 and dropped my Cruisers old cranking battery in it, and when it packs it in, I can drop a deep cycle one it it. Charge it at home or as we are driving via the 12 volt plug.


FEATURES:

¦BUILT IN CHARGER
Designed to charge, condition and prolong battery life

¦CHARGE CYCLE LED MONITOR
cycle continuously displayed

'BATTERY CONDITION LED MONITOR
displays battery condition at the touch of a button

¦KEYED BATTERY ISOLATOR
For maximum safety & security

¦INPUT/OUTPUT 12V DC ACCESSORY PORT
10 amp fuse protected

¦TOUGH WEATHER RESISTANT CASE
Safer and cleaner surrounding environment

¦PORTABLE CARRY HANDLE
For easy handling

¦VENTILATION FAN
prevents any build up of gases

¦MOUNTING BRACKETS
quick release for easy installation & removal

http://www.arkcorp.com.au/
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Reply By: wilco318 - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 18:23

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 18:23
Thank you to all that have replied and left there opinions. I have purchased a 44 amp hr projecta jump starter off ebay for $325 inc post. I must also say the Ark battery box looks good but its not quite what I was looking for.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 20:43

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 20:43
44 Ah is a pretty minimal secondary power supply for a camper trailer, especially if running a fridge.

Be sure you have a means of recharging it, probably each day.


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Follow Up By: wilco318 - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 21:24

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 21:24
Yeh, I realise this but my budget did not allow anything else of greater capacity. And it was a must that it had jumper leads as part of the setup.
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