PortaJump Emergency Jump Starter/Charger
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1/15/2014 - $14.99 (Woot-off) - 0 comment(s)
If I actually believed that this unit could start your car, I would buy 3 of them in a heartbeat. And if they actually work, why does the manufacturer have a disclaimer printed in fine print that’s as long as your arm? The bottom line of this disclaimer simply states that if you buy one and it doesn’t work for you, you’re on your own. Just for kicks, go read it.
There’s a reason why this isn’t marketed anymore, but in its place, similar products are. It’s junk. Inside the plastic box is 20 non-rechargeable alkaline AA batteries, wired in series to 30V, supplying about 1.5 amps.
The 12V battery in your car/truck can supply 500 amps.
James Watt turns over in his grave.
Oh, my cars are only 12V. Pass
Can’t speak for how well these work, but I would rather (and did) spend a few more bucks on something like this:
Simply for the fact that you don’t need another car – I would rather have jumper cables for that anyway.
An Energizer model, similar to the one above saved my butt twice this winter, plus mine has an air compressor and serves as an emergency power source as well. Indepensible for the car, as far as I’m concerned.
Amazon pages indicates that this item is rechargeable: It comes with a charge unit so it actually recharges itself!
I got suckered into this before. I didn’t jump my ATV and when I tried to charge it in the truck, it immediately started smoking. Spend some cash and get a “Jackco ZT50400 Zeta Pocket Jump Starter”. For about $120, it can jump 20 vehicles on one charge and charge cell phones, computers, etc. Plus it fits in the glove compartment.
I have to agree with acraigl.
That Energizer jump starter is a bargain. I’ve got something similar that has saved me a lot of time. Instead of waiting hours for roadside assitance, I’m on my way in 5 minutes.
You can get one that will start your car, right now, instead of waiting. For example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZYS8UW?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&s=
I work at a retirement community with 600+ residents. Always having someone leave there lights on or SOMEthing to run their batteries down. Used to always get the jumper cabes out, then move another car to get close enough. Then we bought a couple of the Diehard units. SOOOOO much easier and neither have let use down yet…
The only value that this could provide is if you have a car where the electronics controls whether you can open the hood or not. When the battery is dead, you can’t open the hood to get to the battery to jump start the car. I keep something like this to give it enough power to run the computer to open the hood.
Yes, cars like this do exist - Porsche Boxster for one.
And that is exactly why I don’t drive a Porsche!
I have a Subaru that automatically shuts the light off when put in park. A standard feature of my 04 Subaru. I had a 91 Mazda B2600i in college that lacked the ding that tells you that you left your lights on. I always have jumper cables but in a mountain college town, finding someone who can get to your trunk front is difficult. I bought one of the jumper boxes described above from Sam’s and kept it 5 or so years. It did die, but I got my money’s worth out of it. Those boxes are great, but heavy. The Jacko thing seems great for someone who can’t handle the weight of those boxes, so great for women, teens, seniors, and the disabled. PS: I’m a woman and did say that.
Woot is now selling snake oil!
*"You don’t want to be stranded when you need to drive your pregnant wife to the hospital or to check on your elderly mother who has fallen!
Why pay $40, $50, even $100 for those other over priced products?
This special PortaJump is only $14.99 plus a small shipping & handling fee. Today only. Step right up and get yours before our very limited supply runs out. There will be no more."*
Whew…,this brought a tear 2my eyes.
FYI; Just carry a crowbar to pry open the hood. Bwaaaahahahaha
I don’t know of an American car that will not allow you to open your hood if your battery is dead. We can easily rule out GM cars because between my wife, my son and my car we all have 2014 GM cars, all of different brands. About 3 weeks after my car was delivered, my battery was dead. I had no problem getting in the car and no problem opening the hood because the hood opens mechanically.
If I had to guess, I would say GM produces more than 3 models. You just can’t rule out GM based on 3 models. I sure do hope they don’t make any models with hoods that require juice to open. Stupid technology is getting out of hand, ha!
While GM produces many models, they have 4 basic brands…Chevy, Buick, Cadillac and GMC. We own the top of the line of the first 3 brands and usually as these models go, so go all the others. To my knowledge, all GM cars have mechanical hood latches. They need to be released from the inside first (mechanically) and then opened from the outside.
If this was really able to put out 30V into a car’s electrical system, it would fry the electronics.
Meh. I bought this a few years ago, and it worked… once.
I used to have to pass through a tunnel to work and would occasionally leave my lights on if I was in a rush. I did so once for a couple of hours and this unit still recharged up the battery enough (after about 10 minutes) to allow me to restart the car.
However, it never worked for me again. It doesn’t have a charge indicator, so there is no way to know if it is actually accepting a charge and is ready for use. I suspect it is not at all rechargeable to any usable capacity, and should be considered a one-time use device with unknown shelf life.
I’ll probably crack mine open and put in a holder for disposable aa batteries, which I suspect would work just as well as the originals.
In the meantime, I got a Start Monkey, which is an order of magnitude more expensive but has proved reliable, convenient, and works flawlessly: