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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.
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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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