@narfcake The list may be longer than that, as starting a 6 or 8 cylinder with just 250 CCA seems a bit ambitious, especially if we’re talking the middle of winter with a stone cold engine and dead battery.
These devices are seriously handy. I don’t have one of this brand, but I do have a couple of others, one for each vehicle. Have used both, with great results, several times. I still carry my jumper cables, but they are buried in the recesses of my trunk/tool box. Haven’t needed them since I bought these.
I have a couple of old quads/dirtbikes that don’t get a lot of use and seem to eat batteries even if I leave them plugged into a battery tender. These jump starters are great for that application.
@phendrick Even my 110-volt electronic “smart” jump-starter/battery charger from Harbor Freight [although in truth using "smart electronics and HF in the same sentence may automatically make said sentence an oxymoron] won’t start or charge a car/truck with a truly dead/drained battery.
OTOH, my non-solid-state “brute force” starter-charger will often still bring it back from the brink of death.:
Kind of a:
We don’t use this brand, but these little jump starters are awesome! We use them on diesel engines in equipment in the yard, most of them are three and four cylinders, so it kinda fits the description!
@fuzzmanmatt I know, right? I’m a mechanic; when I first saw one of these I laughed. No way that a little hand held battery with 14 gauge wire is going to start a dead car… I don’t understand how these things can deliver enough amps to crank a car engine without melting the little clamps and thin wires they are attached to, but they work.
What the heck is a big ad doing right in the middle of the story write up for this? The ad on mine is sitting right after the farmer arrives. Can’t these stupid things be moved to below it or above it and not in the middle of it? Didn’t used to be that way.
@compunaut first for something that I think a cookie for reading an article snagged me and then, when I clicked that to go away and refreshed the page, one for something I had looked at on an online store. F’ing cookies. No wait, also f’ing person who coded that page to allow them there!!!
@Kidsandliz Cookies don’t work like that. They are only set or sent at the beginning of the page request in the headers, before you even receive the page data. It was kind of an issue back in the bad old days as a neophyte web developer where you had to make sure you didn’t start outputting any content before headers were sent or your cookies wouldn’t get sent either. Cookies are not malicious by themselves, they’re just for keeping/passing along data to the same site.
@tmilker OK. I don’t know how they work other than visit many sites and then get internet bombed with ads from those sites.I was annoying to have the ad show up in the middle of the home page write up of the product rather than elsewhere on the page. That is the only reason why I am complaining.
@Kidsandliz MalwareBytes can report it clean even if your browser’s search engine preference has been changed. If your default search engine is something weird - and you can’t change it - you still may have been infected. Go to System Preferences. If you see a Profiles icon (and your machine is a personal machine not being managed by a legitimate program like JAMF), then you’ve probably been infected.
@brakeforbeer My default is safari. I opened system preferences for the computer (and for good measure preferences for safari) and nothing looks different. I’d see a profiles icon when the page comes up with all the ions when I open system preferences if there is a problem?
@Kidsandliz In the exploit I’m familiar with, a Profiles icon was added (to the other icons) in System Preferences. Deleting the individual Device Profiles contained inside the Profiles icon then allowed the user to change their browser home page. With the Device Profiles present, the browser home page was grayed out (and couldn’t be changed).
@iwilsker What do you plug into the port? Because I don’t see any chargers pictured or listed. Some of the reviews I read said theirs came without a charger. @decoratedwarvet What instructions? Is there a link I missed?
Interesting - I am not picking up the Cyntur because it does not use USB to charge. I don’t want to have to take out my powerbank from my car to charge it - I would rather charge it using USB-C or USB-A-MicroUSB. My concern with the Suaoki is the brand and the quality. At least I know the Cyntur one is made by the same people that make the Duracell jump starters. Looks like I am still stuck looking for a better portable jump starter.
@makhay I received a different brand as a gift a few years ago, and that one doesn’t have USB charging although it did come with it’s own “cigarette lighter” style charger. Admittedly it is less convenient in that you have more stuff rolling around the passenger side floor board, but maybe something to look for while shopping.
I purchased an Energizer brand thinking I may as well get the best, or a 1st tier brand. Well, this will crank my Cub Cadet & John Deere when the batteries are low, BUT they had better crank because if they don’t on two seperate, and adjusted attempts, Forget About It!! It’s time to charge the Energizer jump starter!
Unblame: meh, I asked you to sell a jump starter and you did - for that I am grateful.
Blame: meh, I actually meant something with enough power to jump start a DEAD battery in a 4 cyl car - perhaps I was not specific enough with my request. For this, all responsibility lies with @lichme! Damn GoaT!
“Can start 4, 6 and 8 cylinder engines” isn’t terribly useful. Generally jumper packs list the maximum displacement for gas/diesel that they can reasonably start. An 8 cylinder engine could be 4L or could it could be 9+L… Likewise, I’m sure many smaller jumperpacks that can start small V6’s would struggle with my car.
I bought something similar, called “ChargeIt! Jump Power Pack & Jump Starter” from Meh several years ago. $48.
I use it to eek out the battery on my motorcycle. Sport bikes eat through batteries and for me, parking outside in the elements, I get one winter out of a battery before it starts being very unreliable. With the little portable jump starter, I’ve gone more than 3 years on one battery. I don’t have to worry about whether it will start or not or what the temperature is anymore. If it’s struggling, I MAKE IT START. So ner, crappy 12 volt batteries.
Definitely worth the cost if you are in my scenario. I’ve never once used the flashlight or charged anything else. Just jump-started the hell out of my motorcycle.
@lera I had that same pack. It didn’t have reverse polarity protection, and one day a lady couldn’t start her Oldsmobile at a gas station I was at. I said hey I’ve got this thing, let me help you.
She popped the hood and of course this car has the battery relocated to the trunk and just had a binding post up front. Somehow because I was flustered (I promise I’m generally mechanically inclined and electrically knowledgeable) I must have reversed the cables. There was a big spark and the pack started swelling, fast.
I threw it in the street to get it away from the pumps, sensing an impending lipo explosion. I was kind of excited that I was going to get to see one in person. It smoked for a bit but did not explode.
I’ve replaced the pack since and learned that reverse polarity protection is a valuable feature. RIP Chargeit Jump.
@frankenstein As long as it has overcharge protection built in, sure.
The good thing about lipo packs,though, is that they do not self discharge quickly. A charged pack will stay charged for months in your glovebox or trunk. Check it before summer and winter and charge when necessary, and you’re good.
I feel like Tammy and the blond from that 2014 Geico commercial who asked why don’t they get in the running car instead of hiding in the dark cornfield or behind the chainsaws should get their own horror movie. The plot would be as soon as the mayham begins, they knock all their idiot friends out, load them in the cars and drive them to safety. Would not be very scary, but would be very satisfying. And maybe one or two friends could give them a hard time, run anyway so it would be suspenseful if Tammy/blond or the boogieman gets to them first.
/image Geico hide behind the chainsaws
I got mine today, and here’s what I know: the packaging is seriously top-notch, and it shipped almost fully charged. It came with a nice padded case to put the unit and AC plug in, but I don’t think the jumper cable piece will fit in there (and maybe that’s by design). The jumper cable connector is keyed, so you can only put it in one way (which I expected, but somebody mentioned polarity questions).
It says it can fully recharge itself from completely dead on the AC plug in 4 hours. I am a bit concerned about where in my car to keep it to avoid overheating it in the summer, though. I think the trunk might be cooler than the cabin on a hot sunny day with the windows closed…I’ll have to check into that.
As for the unit, it appears to be well built. I’m just hoping that it has enough power if we ever need it—all of our cars are 6 cylinder, so I’m guessing we’ll be fine.
@Yelnic There’s really no need to constantly charge it in the car as long as you’re not also using it as a power bank. Trying to charge these in extremes of heat or cold is more detrimental than just letting them sit. Just check and recharge every 3 to 6 months depending on your comfort level. These do not self discharge anywhere near as fast as the old lead acid battery jumper packs.
@CHURCHGIRL123 Amazing amount of power for such a small unit huh? The first one I saw was when a neighbor helped me jump start my car. I got one awhile back that is a little more beefy than this one, but Imma fan now.