batery jump packs? what is best
Posted September 16, 2015 - 05:35 AM
- Jazz said thank you
Posted September 16, 2015 - 05:42 AM
this should be interesting as there is always a large pile of various brands at scrap yard. I generally have a extra deep cycle in garage.
Posted September 16, 2015 - 05:44 AM
it will be interesting to see what members are using . We have them at work and I'll get the brand for you , they are the professional types ( read $$$ ) I don't have one at home myself . I do have an old truck group 31 battery that I took from work when we changed out a set of 3 , one battery was bad so we replaced all since they were already almost 3 years old , I kept the best for myself and that's my make shift jump start ox but would like one but I'm soooo cheap lol
- HANKG said thank you
Posted September 16, 2015 - 06:12 AM
Like JAZZ said, there are a lot of various brands in the scrap pile. They usually have a bunch of other stuff tied in to them that you don't need, like cigarette lighter output, lights, air compressor that take forever to pump a bicycle tire. Get a quality deep cycle battery and a decent pair of jumper cables and you have it. I have had 4 different brands and that only lasted 3 years max and that was a B&D. Others were the cheaper Traveling Tool brand and they lasted about a year. All my equipment with batteries are kept in a building with power, so a couple battery chargers around will keep everything going. I don't have one now and don't intend to buy another one.
- KennyP and TomLGT195 have said thanks
Posted September 16, 2015 - 06:50 AM
Before that, we had bought one that lasted15 years. Company seemed to be unavailable locally anymore.
They are ow available at TSC again, so I bought one. It's already surpassing my expectations for both power and runtime.
I hope it lasts 15 years like the last one.
I am looking for the product on their site
- Alc and Talntedmrgreen have said thanks
Posted September 16, 2015 - 07:02 AM
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What I like about it...rugged, slim for storage in trailer toolbox or truck...I even set it beside my foot on a tractor running board to run into the field and use. It has fallen from my tailgate more than once and suffers no failure. It has more power than you really need, which is always great. Long, heavy cables and clamps. No frills like a pump etc...I have used the light, which is protected nicely from damage. It has a male prong charging port so you can charge it using any old extension cord, vs some silly charger and proprietary cord that you would no doubt leave at home when you need it. Charge indicator is 'analog' vs some fancy digital or light indicator display. I rarely plug it in...it carries a charge forever, and spends winters out in the cold. If it died or was destroyed, I would re-buy this unit. A good deep cycle costs much more than this.
- Alc, Cvans, CRFarnsworth and 6 others have said thanks
Posted September 16, 2015 - 09:18 AM
- MH81, Alc, Cvans and 1 other said thanks
Posted September 16, 2015 - 01:09 PM
I bought a Good Die Hard and paid like $65 for it, thinking a little better case and clamps. BUT, one day rolling around in truck to show, had a cord stuck into it and broke the charge ears off. figured get parts from Sears. Well, they showed unit, parts diagram and all, but offered NO parts for it at all! Epay had none like it. One said was right, bought, was totally wrong. I ripped out all the guts, direct hooked up batt to switch and now can charge it with reg battery charger. Is pretty good for awhile. They have lots of power for a little battery and seem to last on charge. Darn thing was Still made in China and no support. Won't spend big money on one made there in future. Think they are a Chinese throw-away tool like the others. Bet there isn't a US made one available. Anyone ever see one?
Posted September 16, 2015 - 02:45 PM
I had one that wasnt charging right. I hooked it to a charged battery then hooked the charger to that. It worked until I had a chance to find out why it wasnt charging. The socket on the charger was rusty and I just happened to have a few extra 12v adapters that fit. I have had it for over 3 years. The lighter power socket is handy for running radios, phone charger and spot lights on the boat.
Posted September 17, 2015 - 08:07 AM
never tried one. I like the "antigravity battery" part. I need one of those for the boat, I get tendinitis from lifting the heavy deepcycle batteries.
Posted September 17, 2015 - 12:52 PM
I can't find much in the way of 3rd party reviews on the antigravity battery. Interesting for sure. I will continue to cart my deep cycle around until i see some glowing reports from real people,,,not sales staff..