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Old 05-03-2008, 07:49 PM
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What jump Starters is the best to buy just to have on the boat .
Old 05-04-2008, 07:50 AM
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If you can find an AGM type it would probably do well. They tend to do better without a charge over time than others.
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Never understood the usefullness of these. Just carry an extra battery and store it out of sight. Top it off on the charger once a month or so. Way cheaper than a "jump starter"
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Yes, way cheaper. But that's it. Way more awkward to carry around and move to where needed. Way more messey to store and to avoid electrolyte spills on gear. Way more trouble to hook up to the batteries with the jumper cables you will also need. Way less user friendly.

I like my little jump starter way more than carrying around a spare battery. BTW, I have dual batteries but carry around a jump starter for the unlikely event that I may discharge both batteries and for the few boaters that may need a jump start... especially at the ramp while I'm waiting to launch. Handy little gadgets.
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When I worked with my friend with Seatow here a jumpstart was an amazing thing to have. They work great for those oops days on the water
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Ok, maybe I am wrong. What are the these starters rated at as far as MCA's? And no worries about spillage, just buy a sealed battery. But tell me more why a jump started would be better than a sealed battery? Do they have as much power? I know my Optimax requires 1,000 MCA's to start.

I researched these on Sears web site and dang near all of them got really rotten reviews. Which models are you guys using?
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Don't know about the MCAs, probably varies. My motor is a 115 FICHT and has a lower power requirement than an Opti. Even a low battery, when boosted, will often start an engine. A low battery has a lot of energy remaining, just sometimes not enough. I think of my jump starter as a booster rather than a stand alone battery.

I made the decision about five years ago when a guy at the ramp used his to get me started. I'd left my electronics on from the previous day and my battery was just too low to do the job by itself. It was an awful feeling with two fishing buddies standing there wondering how dumb I was, a bait well full of live shrimp, etc. That guy saved the day for us. The following day I got started on dual Optimas and got the jumper.
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Still dont see how they can be any better than carrying a spare sealed battery?
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Snowwolfe - 5/5/2008 11:00 AM

Still dont see how they can be any better than carrying a spare sealed battery?
MUCH better for me. MUCH more portable and cheaper then an extra battery strictly to jump.
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Snowwolfe - 5/5/2008 11:00 AM

Still dont see how they can be any better than carrying a spare sealed battery?
Take it out of the boat at the end of the day and put it in your car/truck. Use it to power a laptop for pretty much 4 days. Cigarette adapter comes in handy for when you need it at night and have to plug in a spot light. IF you need to get someone at the ramp out of the way due to a dead battery will you give him your spare battery or jumpstarter? You left the lights in your truck on while you were out on your boat, installing the spare battery sounds like a pain. Just a few reasons.
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Snowwolfe,
Obviously you have no need for portable power and carrying a spare battery suits your needs just fine and there is nothing wrong with it.

I like to have the option of handing my “jump starter” to a fellow boater in need.

In my case, have two batteries wired up and can parallel the two batteries should the need arise. The jump starter is only a backup.

I am sure that some may find it easier to hook up the jump starter then to have to disconnect a battery, swap the battery, then connect the replacement up.

Just my $.02
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I am with the jumper croud. Smaller, More portable, more uses, no need for a seperate set of cables, and hard to beat that for 60 bucks

http://www.invertersrus.com/vec025my.html

There are some cheep "home owner" models out there so be sure to get a good marine one..
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My jump battery is an off the shelf AGM in a $5 battery box with a cigarette lighter socket dangling out of the cover. Its got enough CCA's to start my (small) diesel, runs my CPAP and anything else that uses 12 volts, and recharges overnight from a little wall wart.
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On The Edge 1 - 5/5/2008 1:13 PM

I am with the jumper croud. Smaller, More portable, more uses, no need for a seperate set of cables, and hard to beat that for 60 bucks

http://www.invertersrus.com/vec025my.html

There are some cheep "home owner" models out there so be sure to get a good marine one..
That's just rubbish!
My "home owner" model is doing just fine and this is it's fifth season.
If it's not on the boat, it's in wife's daily car or my truck when we're towing the boat.
Darn handy to have.
The only thing different on the "marine" version are the nickel clamps versus copper.
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I love it...
nice to have the 12V built in light that will burn all night in case on an emergency
hooked up to batts wrong and it won't work
nice to have a 12V source in my office when trouobleshooting elelctronics with a handle and cig lighter

I got 5 batts in the garage - this is clean and stays ready at all times plugged into 110 at full charge.....much easier to stow for long bahama/keys trips....

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