CHALLENGE RECHARGEABLE CAR ENGINE STARTER £17.99 Delivered @ Ebay/Argos
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CHALLENGE RECHARGEABLE CAR ENGINE STARTER £17.99 Delivered @ Ebay/Argos

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Found 24th Feb 2014
I wouldn't buy it for PRP of £69 but for £17.99 delivered to your home it might come handy one day to jump start the car with a weak car battery.
Please remember it needs to be fully charged( 30 hrs) before it could be used to jump start and unfortunately it wouldn't start a car with completely flat/drained battery.

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Similar product has mixed reviews at Argos.

These are always around this price .... at Maplins and other places ...

good price. no good though if your car is above 1.8 though

These things are a waste of money. The batteries inside them are not very powerful, and they lose charge even when not used, then eventually get knackered from not being charged. You need to remember to keep charging this every so often.

If your car needs a jump start go with some decent jump leads and another car, and then get whatever issue (battery/alternator) causing the problem fixed. Another option is just to keep an old car battery that holds some charge, those jump leads, and a car battery mains charger like those often sold at Aldi and Lidl.

Antivenom

good price. no good though if your car is above 1.8 though



Valid point! Looks like it'll only start a 1.4 diesel as well....damn.

MrRee

These are always around this price .... at Maplins and other places ...



I was in the market for one of these and was thinking the same thing, but the cheap one at Maplins seems to have finally been discontinued. I didn't find anything below £25 that looked like it was worth using. I agree with most of the negative comments above about this type of product in general. If you understand their limitations, this is a good price.

Edit: Thanks for posting the review link Navid. It's definitely the same product as the catalogue numbers match.
Edited by: "alphamusic" 25th Feb 2014

I was going to buy this until I heard the negative points. Some people cry when people raise negative points and criticism (stop 'hating' and other childish crap) but I always like to hear it on here if it's genuine. Thanks, saved me some cash.

I have a 1.9 diesel btw. For a small engined run around, it's probably fine.
Edited by: "xenophon" 25th Feb 2014

anewman

These things are a waste of money. The batteries inside them are not very … These things are a waste of money. The batteries inside them are not very powerful, and they lose charge even when not used, then eventually get knackered from not being charged. You need to remember to keep charging this every so often.If your car needs a jump start go with some decent jump leads and another car, and then get whatever issue (battery/alternator) causing the problem fixed. Another option is just to keep an old car battery that holds some charge, those jump leads, and a car battery mains charger like those often sold at Aldi and Lidl.



This is a rather ignorant post. It's not always a fault that leads to a dead battery. I accidentally drained the battery on my 1.6 Civic by leaving my interior light on overnight. My portable charger got me up and running withing 10 minutes. Jump leads are great but you need someone else's car and a bunch of their time and that's not always going to be possible.

Beware that this is old OLD stock and was manufactured at least 2 years ago. Bought this from Argos store last year and the battery was near enough knackered. It doesnt even have a voltmeter.......better getting from maplin etc.

This is Argos Ebay so you cant take it back to a normal argos if you have any probs.

These can be useful when you're stranded - Its all well having a spare set of jump leads but what use are they if there isn't another car to jump start from?

The quality of these booster starters does vary quite a bit. For the price it might be worth a gamble - only one way to find out and there are positive as well as negative reviews.

As said above, you do need to keep the charge topped up otherwise the internal battery will fail permanently, and it doesn't mention if it can be charged from the cigarette socket whilst you drive?

I'm sure it'll start a larger engined car or a flat battery but you must remember to leave it connected for a while just don't expect it to start the car as soon as you connect it lol especially with a larger engine which I sure it can do - even the reviews say so.

Aldi had one of these a few weeks ago - for £49.99 oO

BlazeJohny

Beware that this is old OLD stock and was manufactured at least 2 years … Beware that this is old OLD stock and was manufactured at least 2 years ago. Bought this from Argos store last year and the battery was near enough knackered. It doesnt even have a voltmeter.......better getting from maplin etc.This is Argos Ebay so you cant take it back to a normal argos if you have any probs.


Send it back to Argos on the eBay site - their customer services is quite good but if they don't sell the product anymore all you can hope for is a refund - still good service if things go wrong

Bunglistik

These can be useful when you're stranded - Its all well having a spare … These can be useful when you're stranded - Its all well having a spare set of jump leads but what use are they if there isn't another car to jump start from?The quality of these booster starters does vary quite a bit. For the price it might be worth a gamble - only one way to find out and there are positive as well as negative reviews.As said above, you do need to keep the charge topped up otherwise the internal battery will fail permanently, and it doesn't mention if it can be charged from the cigarette socket whilst you drive?I'm sure it'll start a larger engined car or a flat battery but you must remember to leave it connected for a while just don't expect it to start the car as soon as you connect it lol especially with a larger engine which I sure it can do - even the reviews say so.Aldi had one of these a few weeks ago - for £49.99 oO



I bought one(this exact model), still got it but internal battery was already bust. Like I said this is very old stock but hey forewarned and all that.

It struggled to start a Ford ka even after 2 days solid days on the charge.
Edited by: "BlazeJohny" 25th Feb 2014

BlazeJohny

I bought one(this exact model), still got it but internal battery was … I bought one(this exact model), still got it but internal battery was already bust. Like I said this is very old stock but hey forewarned and all that.It struggled to start a Ford ka even after 2 days solid days on the charge.


You should definitely take that back oO

Thanks everyone to write reviews.

Tried return ebay but they said I must pay post

Why couldn't you of posted this last week prior to me buying off amazon for 34.99! Damn! Heat

Valid point! Looks like it'll only start a 1.4 diesel as well....damn.



I started a 2.0 hdi peugeot307 with this a few months ago. i had a weak not completely flat battery tho. It may help if your battery low/weak but not completely drained.

4 available....

Didn't start my diesel mondeo 2.0. As above, the battery can't be completely flat.

Don't bother with these, as said either get decent jump leads, AA cover or buy a decent pack.

I bought one charged it and jumped the car first time, then around 2 months later (charged inbetwen) would not do a thing.

Bought a Clarke model from Amazon warehouse for around £60 brand new just battered box.

Sold out... (_;)

Battery will not last unless you constantly keep it on charge or remember to charge at frequent intervals...

Rubbish

Don't buy cheap booster packs. Either but one twice this price at a minimum or buy some breakdown cover. I was in the breakdown industry for over 10 years, mine cost over £300.
Btw jump leads are the worst things to use with modern technology on cars these days.

Brought a big yellow one from B&M of all places for 29.99, Its been a life saver, Started our 1.6 Astra instantly for several days while working out what our problem was, Battery would not hold charge and was totally flat, it worked first time every time, also tested it on a 2.0 Audi and worked perfect.

In real terms, these things are not too bad. However you do need to make sure that you get the correct size of unit for your car, especially diesels which not only have larger starter motors, but which also generally have to preheat the glow plugs before / whilst cranking.

I have a Clarke unit, which I bought around 5 years ago for about £39, and even now it still cranks and starts a 2.0 Diesel, and has got me out of the brown stuff several times, along with various neighbours' cars, relatives cars etc. Common sense is the key to maintaining them, and I physically wired the 12v lighter charger into the Car's electrical system so that the pack constantly trickle charges whilst the engine is running - no ill effects to the batteries doing this so far, even on long journeys lasting several hours

Don't bother with these, as said either get decent jump leads, AA cover … Don't bother with these, as said either get decent jump leads, AA cover or buy a decent pack.



Seriously you would waste a call out and wait 35 mins to 1 hour for a recovery company to arrive for something as simple as a flat battery, which would take less than 2 minutes at the most for any competent person to do with one of these?. Wow. Personally i'd rather have one of these on stand by for those winter mornings when the car won't start and being late for work would come out of my wages. Time isn't a luxury which everybody has.

and they lose charge even when not used, then eventually get knackered … and they lose charge even when not used, then eventually get knackered from not being charged. You need to remember to keep charging this every so often.



Yet, people will happily charge their smart phone every 1 or 2 days without moaning. Hardly a big deal is it, remembering to top the booster pack up every month or so, in a world where we live our lives around plugging in chargers!.

Personally, I like the ability to be able to sort out my own basic car problems, and they don't come much more basic than starting a flat battery. Batteries can fail at any time, suddenly and without warning and inevitably its on a car park, or in the middle of nowhere, or early on an icy winter morning when you need to get to work or take the kids to school. Lift the bonnet and in 2 minutes you'll be started and on your way. Money well spent I think.

Edited by: "bargainhunter73" 25th Feb 2014
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