RAC 4 Function Rechargeable Power Station Jump Starter £32.99 @ Argos
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RAC 4 Function Rechargeable Power Station Jump Starter £32.99 @ Argos

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Found 5th Sep 2014
Just bought this in my local Argos available for click and collect was £99.99 now £32.99 probably a more realistic price is does come with a USB adapter accessory so you can charge you phone on the go

Description below

Battery Boost gives your engine a jolt of up to 300 Amps for Jump Starting batteries. The Sealed Spiral battery is designed for long life power retention, meaning you don't have to worry about being left stranded when you're running late.

Charge time to charge up internal battery is up to 12 hours.
Suitable for petrol engines up to 2200cc and diesel engines up to 1900cc.
LED status indicators.
Heavy duty booster cable length of 1m.
Built-in light.
Requires full charge before use.
Protective rubber casing.
Maintenance free sealed lead acid battery.
Accessories included:

12V DC rechargeable portable power station.
12V DC accessory socket (DC charger included).
12V power lead.
AC adaptor.
USB power socket.
EAN: 7406236.

41 Comments

Looks to be a good price compared with other offerings
Dont forget Quid co or Top Cash back for additional discounts
Edited by: "arachnoid" 5th Sep 2014

Bought something very similar 18 month ago from maplin n that also has a compressor for £29.99.

great deal for me as my car doesn't make any noise when the lights are on and you open the door. I've flattened the battery a good few times this way.....

Annoyingly the most useful spec information they don't tell you, what capacity is the battery in the device?

A lot of modern cars can't be jump-started. Just in case it's yours!

Love the Argos second image for it. I can see that going up with a bang! Lol. Do not use that as the instructions!

allenkj

A lot of modern cars can't be jump-started. Just in case it's yours!



I know a lot of modern cars should not be used to jump start a second car, the extra current can kill the charging circuitry of the car providing the good battery. I cannot see why any car with a 12v battery cannot use one of these, it makes no difference when connected in parallel to the cars own battery , the cars circuit still only sees 12v and takes as many amps as it needs?

cheers

probably 17ah battery inside

Out of stock
Edited by: "hairball" 6th Sep 2014

brookysm

Bought something very similar 18 month ago from maplin n that also has a … Bought something very similar 18 month ago from maplin n that also has a compressor for £29.99.



Was that a branded one or generic? A lot of the generic ones with compressors in are utter crap. My dad has been through a few cheap ones with and without compressors, the ones with compressors were all worse but the cheap ones without weren't much better. Not saying yours is rubbish but I bought a generic one for about £25 with built in compressor from QD a few years back expecting that even the cheaper market must have improved with time, it started a car a couple of times that was a little low on battery, something was draining it, but often it would have trouble to start it. Ended up buying an entry level Sealey branded one at a car boot sale, started the same car first time after it had been sitting for a month and the battery was completely drained.

I don't know if the RAC one is any good in comparison either, but there is a world of difference between the available devices here and throwing in an air compressor is no deal maker.

Edited by: "nige182" 6th Sep 2014

So would this have no hope in jumping a 3.0L petrol engine?

Daves_mate

So would this have no hope in jumping a 3.0L petrol engine?


I was wondering something similar as my car is a 2.0d

I assume you need to recharge this every few weeks to ensure it would work when you actually need it in an emergency?

Doubt they sold much or if any when it was £99.

I had a very good one of these ( not Rac) and it worked fine on my 2.0l petrol not a chance through when I switched to a 1.9 diesel

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Slash

I assume you need to recharge this every few weeks to ensure it would … I assume you need to recharge this every few weeks to ensure it would work when you actually need it in an emergency?



No

These batteries hold a charge for months.

I've had one a couple of years and had to use a good few months after it was fully charged and it started straight away.

Cold....Comes free with Dacia..

Out of stock everywhere i tried

Just got one.!

I have a basis generic bought from QD at £19.99. It varys from £29 to £19.99 when in the sale. The battery inside keeps fully charged for 6 Months or longer . Obviously if you use it to jump start you need to recharge it. It has a gauge and button to test the charge state.
The cheap version like mine has a useful light and a 12 v cigar lighter socket. the booster cable length is very short, but not a problem , if you open the bonnet!.

The RAC one has a longer booster cable , an ac adapter and a usb socket. Any one who pays £99 is off their rocker but £ 32.99 is not bad for piece of mind . Like with all these things as soon as you lug the item around with you the car never goes wrong, it is when you forget it and its raining you have to worry!

Nb. You can buy a usb socket that plugs into the 12 v "cigar lighter " ( I am from the old school ) socket , in the Pound shop and sometimes the 99p shop so you can charge your phone easier from that. .

The manual states: Internal battery 12v 8ah Spiral
Looks a good unit [it has LED light,USB and 12v sockets] compared with the other more basic RAC model
The instructions clearly state to leave connected to the affected battery for 5 minutes before starting the engine.
As with most of these things its a relabelled unit made abroad i.e. like this one

Edited by: "arachnoid" 6th Sep 2014

Supersid

NoThese batteries hold a charge for months.I've had one a couple of years … NoThese batteries hold a charge for months.I've had one a couple of years and had to use a good few months after it was fully charged and it started straight away.



I have a professional Powerstart (Same as AA, Greenflag and RAC use) and thee instructions say to keep it on charge when not in use. They all use SLA batteries that require a constant charge ideally.

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Why do you have such a powerful battery starter. Very expensive as well. Why?

All these discussions and there doesn't even seem to be any stock.

Nearest stock 80 mile round trip
Good deal to anyone who can get one.

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I have ordered three within five miles of me. I just got in early.

I've used this type of unit to start 3.0 diesels so not sure why they are rated so lowly. You just have to be sure you put them away fully charged and they last a long time.

My last one has lasted 20 years and it's now just the cables that are fraying.

This latest version seems a similar if updated spec.

There were loads available in NW England yesterday. I've just picked mine up now. Never worth £99 but you will thank yourself for spending this amount when you need it.

In stock in Colchester, they have loads

OOS -
None around Sheffield, Rotherham or Aberdeen or the Wirral

Daves_mate

So would this have no hope in jumping a 3.0L petrol engine?



Looking for 2 of these kinda handy kits to keep standby in both cars, For 3.2/4.3 petrol cars..

Supersid

Why do you have such a powerful battery starter. Very expensive as well. … Why do you have such a powerful battery starter. Very expensive as well. Why?



I have a few cars, one of them is a Classic, also do autoelectrical as a hobby, wanted something that would last and not let me down.

Just convinced my neighbour that it could charge itself up by putting the 12v power socket into the 12v socket on the side.

Eagerbeaver

Just convinced my neighbour that it could charge itself up by putting the … Just convinced my neighbour that it could charge itself up by putting the 12v power socket into the 12v socket on the side.

oO hahahah!
Edited by: "RustySpoons" 7th Sep 2014

Self perpetuating power eh

arachnoid

The manual states: Internal battery 12v 8ah SpiralLooks a good unit [it … The manual states: Internal battery 12v 8ah SpiralLooks a good unit [it has LED light,USB and 12v sockets] compared with the other more basic RAC modelThe instructions clearly state to leave connected to the affected battery for 5 minutes before starting the engine.As with most of these things its a relabelled unit made abroad i.e. like this one



8ah is very low, I have had a few as I use them as a portable 12v supply come with 17ah which is why I asked in an earlier post. All of these devices seem to use lead jelly batteries which cannot produce amps required to turn over an engine by itself. By connecting it to the cars battery for 5 mins all you are doing is quick charging the cars battery enough so hopefully it can produce the amps to turn the engine over. At 8 ah you wont get much of a charge into a car battery.

Granted it will be useless on a completely dead battery or of you are trying to clear a flooded petrol engine but most modern cars just need a little boost to get them going.

It is also one hell of a portable charger for phones and will even run an inverter for charging my laptop.

Let's not forget, we are talking about a £33 device.

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Are the batteries in the RAC 4 function power station replaceable please?.
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