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Yesterday the battery on my vehicle died. I had to call my daughter to drive over so I could jump start my vehicle. After I got my vehicle started, she reminded me that I had been looking at portable jump starters. If I had one, it would have been convenient to use since I would need to rely on another person's car to jump start mine. Anyone have a portable jump starter? What do you think of it?

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Many battery chargers these days have a setting that will start your car. Or charge your battery enough to get the job done. I got mine long ago but you will often find them in the auto parts section of discount stores like Walmart or K-Mart. They used to be about $40.

I've seen filling stations bring out a battery in a shoulder carrier for use in remote locations. I don't think many individuals have those but apparently they are available.

Here is a typical battery charger (but mine is less fancy and cheaper)--

https://www.walmart.com/ip/STANLEY-15-Amp-Battery-Charger-wi...
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That charger plugs into the wall. I could have one of those jump starters in the garage but it would be limited to home use. I'm looking at the portable jump starters. If I have it in my vehicle, I could use it anywhere. Here is one example:
https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GB40-UltraSafe-Lithium-Starter/d...

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I've seen filling stations bring out a battery in a shoulder carrier...............................



OTOH, I've noticed a lot of the tow truck guys using a portable jump start rig rather than hooking cables up to the truck/


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Honestly, how often does your car not start? For me, maybe once every four years or so. And if I'm not home and can't switch cars, I'll call AAA and they will be out in about 30 minutes then its off to Costco to get a new battery.

I don't have a need or a want for such a device for around town, day to day driving activities.

But to answer your question, this is the one I would buy. It is by far the most dependable...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-1400-Peak-Amp-Jump-Starte...
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As a DeWalt collector/user, I'm glad to see this, added it to my Amazon Prime Cart!

Same price.
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And if I'm not home and can't switch cars, I'll call AAA and they will be out in about 30 minutes then its off to Costco to get a new battery.

You have a better AAA than we do. A recent call to them was a 1.5 hours wait to change a flat tire. A nice person can by and changed the tire before they got there.

I don't have a need or a want for such a device for around town, day to day driving activities.

But to answer your question, this is the one I would buy. It is by far the most dependable...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-1400-Peak-Amp-Jump-Starte......


I sometimes work late where my vehicle is parked in a limited access lot. I would have to find someone else onsite with jumper cables unless I carry my own. I do have jumper cables but they are more bulky than these compact portable batteries. A side benefit of these compact batteries is that if there is a power loss in the house, they have USB ports which can be used to power electronic devices. The one that you linked is to bulky to carry around all the time in the vehicle and I do not have any need for a tire compressor.

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I keep one of these on my boat. Never needed it myself, but I've jumped some others on the water. I take it out and charge it every six months or so but it never really needs much of a charge. They have something similar at Costco stores but not online.

https://no.co/gb40
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Check out this video on the GB40.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKVH0CcWeMo
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I do have jumper cables but they are more bulky than these compact portable batteries. A side benefit of these compact batteries is that if there is a power loss in the house, they have USB ports which can be used to power electronic devices...

Late to the party, but... saw this in local Costco warehouse today...
https://www.costco.com/Type-S-Lithium-Jump-Starter-Portable-...

George
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If not used or discharged in any way, how often does it have to be "topped up", ie; how long does a full charge last?
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If not used or discharged in any way, how often does it have to be "topped up", ie; how long does a full charge last?

There was a Youtube video where one sat for a few years and still could jump a car. It's a lithium battery so it should not discharge significantly just sitting unused. I would probably top it off every 3 to 4 months.

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If not used or discharged in any way, how often does it have to be "topped up", ie; how long does a full charge last?


I check mine every 6 months or so. It has always been full...maybe 10 mins or so to top off, but sometimes it goes to green as soon as I plug it in.
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PSU:

How old is the battery? Surprised at you of all people!

Do you keep the terminals clean so there's good contact to the cables when you need it?

Vermonter
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