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Old 03-14-2019, 03:43 PM
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I realize as with many things, you get what you pay for. They don't list the output, but Harbor Freight has one on sale for $39.99 & it weighs 15lbs. Autown has one listed on Amazon for $89.99 that weighs less than a pound & a half that they claim will start a 6.5 Diesel. I would like to keep one on the boat, & also drive a Ford Diesel. I sure don't want to carry around 15lbs of junk.
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Recent thread in trucks and trailers that has this well covered.
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I don't know the specific ones you are looking at, but the little lithium jump starters are pretty amazing. I have an older one (AntiGravity) and it has jumped a bunch of cars/boats/trucks. Mine also has a USB port and a wide variety of cords/attachments for phones/laptops/cameras/etc. They are great for keeping on the boat. Just make sure it stays dry.
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I have one of the larger HF ones and use it at my off the grid vacation home mainly to recharge phones. I think I jumped the boat with it once. It kind of helped.

This one: https://www.harborfreight.com/3-in-1...ter-62306.html

It's got very disappointing battery life for that purpose. I would not buy another. I am considering getting one of the lithium units.
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Originally Posted by 21ft cuddy View Post
I realize as with many things, you get what you pay for. They don't list the output, but Harbor Freight has one on sale for $39.99 & it weighs 15lbs. Autown has one listed on Amazon for $89.99 that weighs less than a pound & a half that they claim will start a 6.5 Diesel. I would like to keep one on the boat, & also drive a Ford Diesel. I sure don't want to carry around 15lbs of junk.
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When I bout mine (below) it was largely considered the best. After 100's of jumps, (including diesels), running inverters off of it, extra livewells for overnighters etc.. still going strong.

Jump-N-Carry JNC950 2000 Peak Amp
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I use mine mostly to charge my phone when I'm camping (irony much?).
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Step 1, Identify what it is that you want to jumpstart...........

The 1st one I bought was a Schumacher 750 which was great starting up my 5.7L. That one kicked the bucket using it to run communications off an inverter during a long blackout. Then bought the Harbor Freight one with the 120v outlets. Started up to 4.3L but only a couple times until it kicked. Bought one of those pocket ones and it couldn't even start a small KIA. Then I bought the Dewalt DXAEPS2 which is a beast but starts everything except my box truck with a 7.2L diesel. Lugging that around sucks, so also bought a Genius Boost GB70 which didn't start anything bigger than my 4.3L.
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Bought this one back on Black Friday a year ago and have been very satisfied with it.
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Jump N Carry. Best one the pro's use. Had one now almost 10 years. Still original battery inside. It is the most common one used at Garages and Car lots.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/JUMP-N-CA...iABEgJZ4PD_BwE
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The two you mentioned to start this thread have two different types of batteries, the light weight one is lithium, they work very well
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I've "never" understood all the jump start stuff unless you're in a biz where unknown batteries cause non-starts. Just replace batteries at the very 1st hint of failure. I've not had the need to be jumped in more than 25 years.
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This is the one I carry This is the one I carry
in each of my vehicles, including the boat. I've used it to start trucks, cars, our tractor. Even used it as the primary battery for the outboard in the dinghy for a while. My wife carries one to horse shows, She's always coming home with stories about how amazed people are when someone asks for jumper cables, she pulls it out, and jumps a 2500 diesel.
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I really like our halo jump starter, it's small and compact and you can carry it everywhere.
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I've "never" understood all the jump start stuff unless you're in a biz where unknown batteries cause non-starts. Just replace batteries at the very 1st hint of failure. I've not had the need to be jumped in more than 25 years.
Some folks like to help others.
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NOCO GB70

Never leave home without it. Started everything I've attached it to.
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This one. I did a lot of research before buying. See it at every garage, junk yard, tow truck etc.
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p;12335876]Jump N Carry. Best one the pro's use. Had one now almost 10 years. Still original battery inside. It is the most common one used at Garages and Car lots.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/JUMP-N-CA...iABEgJZ4PD_BwE[/QUOTE]

Sorry This one !!!!
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They are rated by engine displacement — buy accordingly
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
Some folks like to help others.
yep. And some cars are still designed that allow my wife to leave the dome light on and kill the battery while she is at work.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
Some folks like to help others.
I "always," 100% of the time carry jumper cables and have never once ever hesitated helping others. In fact, I'll go under the hood and help if I can; did just that about three weeks ago.
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