THIS DEVICE COULD GET YOU GOING IN AN EMERGENCY WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS DEAD AND YOUR 200 MILES FROM HOME
I use a powergorilla for my lap top that goes everywhere and charges everything and last for ever it seems. Whilst my massive 30Kg battery jump start thing from halfords stays at home as it so unwieldy and needs a mains recharge every few months. Here's the answer...
Introducing the startmonkey200 - the world's smallest "jump start" system for car batteries.
In 2009, the RAC were called out a whopping 177,916 times to jumpstart cars! A flat battery was the number 1 reason they were called out for breakdown assistance during last year.
The startmonkey200 is suitable for use on batteries with up to a 650CCA (Cold Cranking Amps - you can check your cold cranking amp rating by checking the sticker on the top of your car's battery) and can restart this type of standard 12 volt car battery between 15 and 20 times on a full charge thanks to its High Energy Dynamic Polymer Battery. If your battery exceeds 650 CCA, you will require the startmonkey400 - coming 2011.
It's packed with high-tech features to give you total peace of mind. The startmonkey200 has 2 output channels: 1) a 12volt, 200Amp car jump start and 2) a 12volt, 100 watt max, 8Amp DC output for charging your portable gadgets.
startmonkey200 is easy to use. For the average car with a flat battery, firstly ensure the engine battery is 12 volts (if 5 or 24 volts - DO NOT USE with startmonkey200) and has a CCA rating of less than 650. Check the battery capacity level in the startmonkey200 and then simply attach the jump leads (red to red, black to black) to your car battery and the startmonkey200 will automatically start delivering 200 amps of continuous power. Leave the startmonkey200 for 5-8 seconds, then turn the ignition on your car and your car will start.
If the car fails to start, leave the startmonkey200 connected for between 10 and 15 minutes and then turn the ignition again.
Once your car starts, the startmonkey200 will automatically switch off. Disconnect the startmonkey200 and store in case provided.
On the front of the startmonkey200 is a 4-segment LED array. When the startmonkey200 is activated, the LED array will light up GREEN to visually confirm that the startmonkey200 is charging the flat battery. When the startmonkey200 is fully charged, all 4 segments of the array will be GREEN. When it is 3/4 charged, 3 segments will be GREEN and when it is 1/2 charged, 2 segments will be GREEN. When the startmonkey200 only has a 1/4 charge left, the LED turns RED. It is recommended that the startmonkey200 is recharged when it gets to 50%.
The startmonkey200 has an input socket so you can recharge it, this will take about 4 hours to charge a startmonkey200 with a 50% level of charge remaining. From empty, the startmonkey200 will be recharged via the in-car charger in 8 hours. The startmonkey200 can also be recharged via the solargorilla, the AC mains charge from the powergorilla and the forthcoming silverback-gorilla (not included). The input socket can even take voltages between 15 - 24 volts to recharge the startmonkey 200.
The DC output socket on the startmonkey200 means you can also charge your portable gadgets! Simply connect the included in-car charger socket to the DC output port, pop a motormonkey (not included) into that and using an approved USB cable (not supplied) and tips, you can recharge your phone, iPod, PDA, handheld games consoles and more! You can even use the in-car charger socket with your 12volt in-car chargers to operate your laptop, GPS system, etc.
The startmonkey200 has very low static wastage - meaning you can leave it unused for up to a year and it will still hold up to 75% of its power! It can also be recharged 500 times - so if your battery is still going flat after all that time - it may be time to get a new car!
You can also recharge the startmonkey200 via the mains. The charger is not included with the product as we wanted to keep the space and storage down to a minimum but is available to buy here.
jump-start current: 12V, 200A, 2,400 watts in 6-8 seconds
DC Output: 12V, 8A max
Battery: 3.5AH x 3, Lithium Polymer recharegable
Battery Capacity: 10,500 mAH
Dimesions: 174 x 65 x 52mm
Storage time: 1 year with 75% charge left
Working temperatureL 0-60 degrees
Ensure the startmonkey200 is placed on a stable, secure location i.e. outside edge wing of car, so that is cannot fall into the engine bay.
Do not leave startmonkey200 in engine bay once the car has started.
Do not connect startmonkey200 to a 5volt or 24volt battery as this will damage the startmonkey200.
2 output level protection features
cannot 100% drain itself - self-protects
balance charging and discharging
wrong polarity protection
integrated software to control charging procedure
low battery warning display
ONLY to be used with 12volt vehicle engine batteries e.g. cars, bikes, boats, lawnmowers, etc
If startmonkey200 is connected to a 6v or 24v battery, it will not activate. Startmonkey200 interrogates the battery it is connected to and confirms that the range is between 8 - 14v, before automatically switching on.