Don’t buy this model, you’ll regret it, It’s junk I bought this one from amazon it took forever to get enough juice to my battery to even get it to try and crank (no I’m not talking about the maintainer) If you’re gonna buy something like this buy one that is made specifly for jumping your car without all the bells and whistles and has a decent power behind it not a bulked up flashlight.
@Kidsandliz As a testament to the educational merits of Meh, I recall a recent lesson in which we learned that the maximum benefit of batteries and refrigerators starts with having two of each. Store one set of batteries in each refrigerator, and use each set to power the other fridge. This doesn’t answer your question, but thanks for a delightful conversation.
A properly maintained SLA battery will last for three or more years as long as you charge it monthly, don’t over discharge it, or let it get too cold when it isn’t fully charged. Furthermore, a jump starter is only useful if it is with the car.
While I know these rules, I seem unable to consistently follow them. I can either keep the charger on a trickle charger at home, where it won’t be available when I need it, or I can keep it the trunk of the car, where I will destroy it in less than six months.
@hamjudo While I agree with most of what you say, I have a Stanley Booster/Compressor that I’ve properly maintained (regular topping off the charge) and it is at least 7 years old and still running like a top. We regularly use it for off-grid camping as well.
I’m guessing since we bought it from a high volume seller like Sams, the battery was fresh and hadn’t been sitting in a hot/cold warehouse for a year.
Replacement SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries are cheap and typically easy to replace since they are often shared with home UPS units, emergency exit signs, and kiddie electric cars. (Have had to do so on other SLA devices.)
Having said that, given the state of Lithium Ion boosters, as the price comes down on nicely sized and reputable brands, if I were replacing our wonderful Stanley, it would hard to say no to Lithium Ion for its much better charge-holding and compactness. Easier to keep one in each of our three cars.
@boygenius1991 no, they’re junk I bought this one from amazon it took forever to get enough juice to my battery to even get it to try and crank If you’re gonna buy something like this buy one that is made specifycly for jumping your car without all the bells and whistles
Has anyone tried the 6A battery minder? Is it the kind that properly keeps a battery charged over the winter, or is it the kind that constantly overcharges/cycles the battery and kills it faster than if it was left alone?
@jandrese Seems to be working on the lawnmower battery I have it attached to. BUT, I also tried to charge a dead battery I had, and it wouldn’t charge. The light indicated that it wasn’t attached to anything. I’m guessing the battery must need to have some charge so that it can detect it, and kick to charging mode. So no, it won’t charge a dead battery as claimed.
@jandrese the battery isn’t completely dead. My voltage meter shows some power. But I guess it’s not enough for the charger to detect. I’d understand if it at least kicked on and tried, but it’s not even trying.
@jandreseif you want really bullet-proof smart and compact battery charging and maintaining, get a NOCO.
Been using them for years. Very smart, very safe. Not cheap however. They come in a big range of sizes and have a very nice selection of accessory cords/adapters available. Excellent and responsive support too.
Too late. Just bought a new lithium jumpstarter. Can’t start a fire and can store it in the glove box (does anyone put gloves in there?) And can also charge my phone and other devices when not using as a jumpstarter.