Best Car Jump Start Battery Kit

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Found 9th Dec 2016
Looking to get one of the small jump start kits as a backup for my aging car. I run a 1.9cdti Vectra with quite a big battery on it so I guess I need some oomph to start it with one of these. Any experience / advice would be appreciated as the price range of these items seems quite wide.

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a long time ago I bought a mains starter/ charger - it was one of my best purchases - 100 amps boost , started all my old banger's with this - ok if the battery is totally flat then you have to wait a couple of minutes before turning it over. best buy for me yet - they battery ones are rubbish you would be better to get a cheap battery and some jump leads!
mine is like this
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Hi Mark, I bought this one for myself.

amazon.co.uk/gp/…_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1481273641&sr=8-15π=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=jump+starter

It starts my 1 litre car up straight away but it does say that it can start up a up to 5 litre petrol and 3 litre diesel so it might be okay for your needs. Has all the extras with it so you can charge your phone and laptop too. I bought mine for a little under £50 but I guess as it's the season for cars not to start, the price has gone up. There are plenty of options but I think the main thing to look for is its ability to start a car with a larger engine size than you have. I hope that somewhat helped.

storm_queen

Hi Mark, I bought this one for … Hi Mark, I bought this one for myself.https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00YDZR3ZI/ref=mp_s_a_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1481273641&sr=8-15&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=jump+starterIt starts my 1 litre car up straight away but it does say that it can start up a up to 5 litre petrol and 3 litre diesel so it might be okay for your needs. Has all the extras with it so you can charge your phone and laptop too. I bought mine for a little under £50 but I guess as it's the season for cars not to start, the price has gone up. There are plenty of options but I think the main thing to look for is its ability to start a car with a larger engine size than you have. I hope that somewhat helped.



I second that.

Would you not be better off just buying a better battery? Unless you have an electrical fault which is draining your battery or a poor alternator that is...

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The_IMF

Would you not be better off just buying a better battery? Unless you have … Would you not be better off just buying a better battery? Unless you have an electrical fault which is draining your battery or a poor alternator that is...



I just like the fact of having something as back up now my car is over 10 years old.....my last battery died very quickly and failed on me when trying to leave work on the last day beofre Xmas a few years back. These new small jump start things look quite convenient but do they work?

The_IMF

Would you not be better off just buying a better battery? Unless you have … Would you not be better off just buying a better battery? Unless you have an electrical fault which is draining your battery or a poor alternator that is...



​A better battery only starts the car its in, one of these can start any number

I have the one that storm_queen has posted and I use it regularly for my 2.2 diesel. It lasts ages without being charged, it doesn't go flat by being left in the car in adverse conditions ie extreme hear or cold (I leave it in the permanently). Must of used it about thirty times in the last year and only charged it once. The battery in the car isn't a problem, I just don't use the car very often so it goes flat!

matthat

a long time ago I bought a mains starter/ charger - it was one of my best … a long time ago I bought a mains starter/ charger - it was one of my best purchases - 100 amps boost , started all my old banger's with this - ok if the battery is totally flat then you have to wait a couple of minutes before turning it over. best buy for me yet - they battery ones are rubbish you would be better to get a cheap battery and some jump leads!mine is like thishttp://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/garage-equipment/battery-chargers-jump-starters/sealey-boost120-battery-starter-charger-booster-12v-24v-230v-new-boxed?istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istItemId=xtlammliti&istBid=tztx&_$ja=tsid:35522|cid:627838503|agid:32471676004|tid:pla-57655752660|crid:112784842804|nw:g|rnd:2305000701719233263|dvc:c|adp:1o2&gclid=CK2yqsbg5tACFUO-7Qod1rgCzQ


The battery ones are NOT rubbish if you buy from a reputable dealer/shop. I have had one for nearly 2 yrs, never goes flat if charged as per instructions, starts my car when required even after no use for weeks, and about 30.00 gets you a decent one.

st8mike

The battery ones are NOT rubbish if you buy from a reputable dealer/shop. … The battery ones are NOT rubbish if you buy from a reputable dealer/shop. I have had one for nearly 2 yrs, never goes flat if charged as per instructions, starts my car when required even after no use for weeks, and about 30.00 gets you a decent one.


Markluk is after a recommendation - why don't you recommend this reputable one which you have tried and tested for £30 - help him out - mine cost more but so far has lasted me 20 years and can also just charge the battery if required also never needs recharging

markluk

I just like the fact of having something as back up now my car is over 10 … I just like the fact of having something as back up now my car is over 10 years old.....my last battery died very quickly and failed on me when trying to leave work on the last day beofre Xmas a few years back. These new small jump start things look quite convenient but do they work?



They do indeed. They work via some sort of coil they power up off your battery then jump it. Sounds weird but it works

I bought this a year ago for £49 and it is now reduced to £29.99 !!! it is excellent with a two year g'tee...
amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1

I have used it successfully 3 times on a 2 litre diesel and a 2 litre petrol. It just lives in my glove box and I charge it every three months which I have added to my calendar.

well recommended. the person saying they don't work is talking rubbish. this DOES work. beware on a new sophisticated car it may fry some electronics. ideal on an old car or basic new car. The 2 litre petrol was four years old Mazda 6 with all the extras that died when I went on long holiday. it started it first turn of the key and didn't damage anything.

I have fixed many power packs for people I know. Sealey, snap on, Clarke etc. And once u open them up u realise they just 20 or 22 ah golf/mobility batteries. You can buy these batteries online from eBay for around £30 to £40 each. The power packs sell for £200 plus new on the market and will start anything up to 3l diesel. I use to buy faulty ones from eBay and replace the battery and sell them on for profit. I would suggest just buying the battery and a set of small jump leads and you got yourself a £200 powerpack. You just need a normal battery charger to charge the battery once a while. The bigger powerpack normally just have 2 batteries inside them. You can buy the new lithium booster packs which also are like USB , powerbanks to. Look at the CCA of the powerpack. U need around 250 CCA to start from a flat battery. CCA is cold cranking amperage a snap on pack is 300cca or 1700 peak power the one from Amazon above on this thread is 500 peak power . The cheaper pack around the £100 ones will only have a 12ah battery and are only really good to start a car with a small engine or the batteries not entirely dead.
Also the golf cart and mobility batteries are sealed so the don't leak.
Maybe next time u see a mobility ask them for a jump start lol and you will be surprised at the power they hold.
Edited by: "kash2013" 10th Dec 2016
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