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indigoth

(147 posts)
1. As a car guy ...
Mon May 27, 2024, 12:07 PM
May 27

I’ve been highly suspicious. However. Two friends have them and rely on them, heavily. I’ve seen one start a Toyota with a totally dead battery in -10F temperatures. After seeing that, I do think, if sized reasonably well, they’d serve their intended purpose acceptably.

Shellback Squid

(8,991 posts)
2. Yes, they work and are much easier to use, check reviews as some are cheaply built
Mon May 27, 2024, 12:14 PM
May 27

I bought this one:

Schumacher Electric SL1639 Lithium Portable Power Pack and Jump Starter for Car, Motorcycle, Truck, and Boat Batteries, 1000 Amps, 12 Volt, Red and Black, 1 Unit

QED

(2,793 posts)
3. My battery died and the tow truck guy used one of those to jump my car.
Mon May 27, 2024, 12:17 PM
May 27

I have cables but no one in the neighborhood was home. The tow truck guy said cables were becoming obsolete because the small hand held devices were more convenient.

I found a device at Costco that is a combo air compressor and jump starter for about $100. The two truck charged $65.

https://www.costco.com/UltraPro-Elite-1200A-Jump-Starter,-Air-Compressor,-LED-Light.product.1701431.html

keithbvadu2

(37,933 posts)
6. I bought that battery jumper from Amazon. Works great! Thanks.
Wed May 29, 2024, 08:06 PM
May 29

I bought that battery jumper from Amazon. Works great! Small wires. You can only use it for a short time and then let it cool off.
It came with 75% charge and started the engine three times I think.
The one from Costco looked good but would get it around June 4th.
Amazon was one day.

JohnnyRingo

(18,891 posts)
7. Everyone should have a jump box in heir trunk.
Sat Jun 1, 2024, 09:34 AM
Jun 1

The general rule applies: Don't buy the cheapest one or the most expensive one.
One that says it will start full size trucks is a good idea. Probably talking about $125 at the most.

3Hotdogs

(12,782 posts)
8. They work. But remember to charge them every 6 weeks or so.
Sat Jun 22, 2024, 01:41 PM
Jun 22

I have one to help other peeps in parking lots. I have a hybrid so I can't use it on my car. My car has its on internal jump start mechanism. It too, works.


I also carry an electric jack, full array of lug sockets and 1`8" brakes bar to help people on the road. I also carry a tire patching kit for my car and other people.

usonian

(10,874 posts)
10. I have a DieHard that didn't turn over a guy's truck engine, but
Sat Jun 22, 2024, 08:59 PM
Jun 22

I had let the charge run down to 80%. Oops.

Cables did the job.

Check everything!

Audew rated well in a comparison I did a few years ago.

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