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    Having had the battery die on my wife's car and then mine nearly going flat and needing a jumpstart this morning, it showed me what a pain it can be being able to get a booster car in position to do a jumpstart (we park on the road), I was wondering about getting one of those portable jumpstarter things from Halfords.

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165629

    Generally heard good things about them but have heard some concerns too, was wondering what you guys thought?

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    I have one secured by a strap across the anchors in my boot, along with various other stuff and its fantastic. Never used it for my own purposes but have bailed many people out !!! Mine is exactly the same, cost just £35.00 from a shop called "WHAT".

    Still going strong 7 months later....

    Think they are all the same, a family friend of ours uses one daily on his farm, firing up Massey Fergusons, etc and it does the job fine - so a car is no real mission for one of these...

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    Oh, and its so much easier than crossing bats, with another car...
    and if your on your own without one, your screwed anyway ! ! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_647 View Post
    I have one secured by a strap across the anchors in my boot, along with various other stuff and its fantastic. Never used it for my own purposes but have bailed many people out !!! Mine is exactly the same, cost just £35.00 from a shop called "WHAT".

    Still going strong 7 months later....

    Think they are all the same, a family friend of ours uses one daily on his farm, firing up Massey Fergusons, etc and it does the job fine - so a car is no real mission for one of these...

    Well many of the users reviews on the Halfords website for the product does not give it a glowing report. Probably okay on smaller engines but from feedback it seems it struggles to turn over larger engines above 2ltr.

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    When I was having probs with the Omega about 18 months ago I went for the RAC range 400amp powerpack as it was on offer at Agro's - it's been heavily used (mainly to help out others) since.
    400 Amps is plenty decent cranking power... it also has 2 power out sockets so it's great for using any 12v devices while you have the car battery disconnected... and it's a sensible size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67688c View Post
    Well many of the users reviews on the Halfords website for the product does not give it a glowing report. Probably okay on smaller engines but from feedback it seems it struggles to turn over larger engines above 2ltr.
    Well thats ok for me as mine is a 1.8, my wife has a 1.4 Lanos and my daughter has a 1.1 106!

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    I'm sure i've seen jump leads that plug into the cigarette lighter sockets of both cars on a long retractable reel. Dont know if they're any good tho, i'd have thought the cable would be a bit thin.

    PS, its possible I just saw it in a dream.?

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    i've seen the retractable ones too...very recently but i cant think where...DOHH!!

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    I have a ring smart charge 16 battery charger and I when I had a faulty battery, I found that 3 minutes at 16A was enough to start the diesel on a cold winters day.
    Added benefit with this charger is that it monitors the current and voltage and keeps them at safe levels for your cars electronics so no need to disconnect the battery to charge it!.
    I always switch the charger off before cranking the engine over though.

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    Mother in Law had one for her electric scooter, lasted about three years.

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