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Old 01-01-2013, 03:15 PM
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I'm looking to add a Jump Starter/Powerstation to my preps. Any suggestions?

Currently the best thing I have found with the most positive feedback is the Energizer 84020 12V All-In-One Jump-Start System with Built-In Air Compressor and Power Inverter
Looking for something like this, that is durable, but most importantly, versatile in its ability to be charged. I was looking at the Wagan Power Dome EX 400-Watt Jump Starter with Built-In Air Compressor because of its ability to be charged in a vehicle while driving, however its reviews are hit and miss with some people absolutely loving them to others saying that the unit almost caught on fire, blew up, etc. lol.

Love to hear any feedback...

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as a rule, the more things they add onto what these will do, the less likely they are to do any of them well.
jump starter with 12 volt power socket, fine. a separate small 12 volt air compressor, fine. a separate 12v-120v power inverter, fine. yes, 3 things to carry, but you will stand a much better chance of each of them doing their intended job, imho and experience.
and, yes, i do have all three myself after wasting too much money on combination power/starting units.
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I have two Diehard portable power 1150 stations, got one in a trade for something that had no value to me (powered subwoofer speaker from an old surround sound system). They have a jumper, two AC receptacles inverter, DC receptacle, lights in front (I replaced them with LEDs), compressor, inflater, USB charger. They work great, I have used the jumper several times and worked just like it should, lights work great especially with the LED bulbs I installed, battery last great I have been using one for about 3 years and it still shows full 100% charge when charged. Got mine for $89 on sale, I'm not sure they make them anymore but I still see some online. I have used the AC for a laptop and printer and worked better than my inverter. The inverter is only 300 w but worked great for the laptop and printer. I have not used the compressor yet.

http://www.sears.com/diehard-platinu...p-02871988000P

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/...power-source-1
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These kind of things are the difference between being stuck in the middle of nowhere or being able to get going. I think these things are the coolest!
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Mine has saved me on several occasions, IMO it is a MUST HAVE in your car.
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I use a Schumacher from Wally World. It has everything and works well. It and a 75 watt 2meter mobile ham radio are about the coolest combo in the world.
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I've got a PowerStation PSX from Costco. Same one is here:


400 starting amps. Worked fine on my little Ford Ranger, but wouldn't jump a F150. His battery was jumped by someone else later with a booster pack that must've had a little more "oomph" than mine.

It does have a cigarette lighter charger/adapter as well as one for your 120v receptacle at home.
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Massive "BA-HUMP!"

It seems like not a lot has changed in this market, in terms of customer satisfaction (i.e., it seems rather low...), but I need to find a good jump box, that will inflate a tire here and there, with an inverter, etc....

Oh-and here's an article on them, discussing various ones;

Best Jump Starter and Best Portable Jump Starter
http://jumpstarterlab.com/


This "Power Dome EX," below, is not cheap, and the lone, customer review is a "1" rating--but at least it didn't catch fire, as has been discussed, anecdotally, in web forums, of more than one brand (and not necessarily this one--I can't remember). But it is feature-rich:

Power Dome EX, for $169.97
https://www.genuinehotrod.com/itemgroup/power-dome-ex


Anybody found one they like?

There's one on Northern, with a replaceable battery (you actually buy it without a battery in it). It looks like a very similar may have been reviewed in this thread. But again, there are some unhappy consumers out there, understandably:

npower flex powerpack xl, 6 in 1, for $99.99 ($84.99, "member price")
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...k+XL%2C+6-in-1

It's got 4ga. cables, which not all do (and some have 2ga or even 1ga).


And then this one (with, I believe, some negative reviews):

NPower Dominator 1,000 Powerpack System — 30 Ah Battery, for for $39.99 ($33.99, "member price")
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...rch=27941-4752


Some Observations on A Variety of Brands--None Singled Out:
I did read where a 400amp box was not capable of starting a V-8 engine, but that was just one report. I found an article, somewhere, that outlined how many cranking amps were recommended per liter of engine and/or, possibly number of cylinders.

So amperage and wire size are important to keep an eye on,
as is inverter size--I've seen them range from 200, to 450-500watts, with either one or two A/C plugs.

Oh--and some charge in the car--but there, I believe there's no "float" charge, and they can overheat (I believe one of those types almost caught fire, per one report). And at least one only allows 30 min. of DC charging per session--and I don't think the meter/lights are accurate when it's in that mode, as I believe it's showing the output of the running car...but I could be wrong abou that.


So...I'd love to hear from anyone with experience--especially those that can make any positive recommendations.

Thanks,

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My neighbor has a really nice, homemade set up.
He has a handcart with two 900 ccw group 31 batteries, the terminals are 3/8" studs. He has a cheap power inverter zip tied up by the handle.
The batteries are wired together parallel, it lasts a long time.

He can jump start with it, but I see him use it a lot running the buffer for detailing his car, looks like a cool way to run electric tools without using extension cords
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I like the little Lithium battery jump starters they have now. The dang things hold a charge, are light weight and compact, and they work.
https://www.amazon.com/Decker-P2G7B-...tery+jump+pack


For tie inflating, I bought the Ryobi tire inflater and love it. uses the same One + battery all their other stuff uses. So I carry both those plus a Ryobi Lantern.
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