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Portable Jump Starters
#1290498 Mon Dec 10 2018 04:49 AM
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J Lucas Offline OP
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Had to jump my daughters car today, and was thinking maybe a portable jump starter might be more handy than jumper cables. The up side would be not having to worry about damaging the electrical system on the vehicle supplying the power (or possibly both vehicles) if using jumper cables. So far, I have never had a problem, but it does cross my mind once in awhile. Especially with the complicated electrical systems on the newer vehicles.

What is the consensus, anybody have one and if so, are you happy with it?

John


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Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290500 Mon Dec 10 2018 05:00 AM
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Short answer, great to have. But... be sure it's adequately sized, and not used on something with a very heavy draw. Friend melted the cables off his trying to jump a diesel with twin DEAD (bad) batteries.


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Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290515 Mon Dec 10 2018 01:55 PM
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The Auto Auctions swear by them. 2-3 running around on golf carts jumping dead batteries all day long.


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Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290520 Mon Dec 10 2018 02:22 PM
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We've had everything from the small pocket sized deal to a truck cross box sized deal. For heavy trucks, I use the big box all day. For passenger cars, We've used the pocket size until we melted it trying to work on a medium sized diesel. For the most part, we use the small carry boxes.

Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290530 Mon Dec 10 2018 04:05 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,561
ace skiver
I bought a very big DeWalt “power station”
It will jump-start just about anything, and will crank for a long time compared to many others.

It also has a tire pump, and 120v power outerlets, and USB power outlets
2800 “peak” amps
1000W Inverter, 120 PSI Air Compressor
It is heavy.

Overkill, maybe, but it has come in handy for me and my neighbors.


Tim
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1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290615 Tue Dec 11 2018 03:07 AM
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I have used them and they work. I left my headlights on in my '69 1/2 ton for 8 hours. I hooked up the magic box and left it on for about 5 minutes I guess and it started!
I have found that you need to leave them on for a while before you try to start the engine.
They are kind of like chiropractic care and acupuncture. Don't ask how they work. They just do.
Carl

Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290620 Tue Dec 11 2018 03:36 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,561
ace skiver
What brand/part-number, Carl?

How dead was your battery?
Did lights still work?

It looks to be useful (in your situation).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1290771 Wed Dec 12 2018 12:54 PM
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Posts: 4,678
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Unrepentant VW Lover
some small portable generators feature a battery charging capability (and cables for it). This Yamaha 2KW portable can charge 12V at 8 amps. Maybe not great for a quick jump start, but still a pretty cool feature.

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Re: Portable Jump Starters
tclederman #1290878 Thu Dec 13 2018 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
What brand/part-number, Carl?

How dead was your battery?
Did lights still work?

It looks to be useful (in your situation).

I don't recall the part number. I don't have it any longer.
The battery was so dead that the headlights would not shine.
I drove home once it started (30 minutes) and shut it off, then started it right back up.Work fine, last long time.

Re: Portable Jump Starters
J Lucas #1291224 Sat Dec 15 2018 06:49 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,685
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Shop Shark
I got a small cheap one from NAPA that's adequate for boosting a Corolla, a RAV, and even a Chevy V6.
About 9" long, 3" wide, and 7 or 8" high.
For a truck - a bigger and heavier one, weight-wise and amp-wise, with a lot more oomph.

BTW, don't try and boost a completely dead battery, you're askin for trouble.
Leave a charger or booster pack on it for half an hour or so, then check it with a meter. If it shows even a little its OK to boost.
If it still shows "0" the battery's toast just like a frozen one, so chuck it....uh....I mean take it to the recyclers.

I sure like tc's idea so I'll check the prices.





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