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KMart has the Rally "Boost It" emergency battery jumper on sale again for $20. This is as cheap as I have ever seen one of these emergency jumpers sold. Heck, this is a cheap as a good set of jumper cables.

I picked up a couple of these on a previous $20 sale and had occasion to use them a few times - worked great. Next time they were on sale I picked up enough for all the cars, the pickup, and for gifts <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

These DO require that you open the hood and connect up (battery + terminal and a ground someplace) unlike the ones that plug into the cig lighter. Of course, this one DOES work <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> If the battery is barely dead, then just hook up and start - a pretty dead battery you hook up and leave it for a bit. The nice thing is that giving someone a jump start with this means 0 chance of you screwing up YOUR car - which you can do via jumper cables. They make larger ones, but this small one has worked fine on everything I tried to jump start - but I never tried some huge diesel truck or something. I would also think this small one may NOT be able to start a car with a bad or totally dead battery - the larger ones probably could.

As an added bonus, the Boost It has 2 12v cig sockets so you can use them as a portable 12v source.

Recharges via the included 12v wall-wart power supply or the included cig lighter plug.

Dennis

WoW, I could of used this quite a lot this past winter alone, I wiil check it out today.
Thanks Dennis.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>

Just a bit of battery advice. Replace your battery ever 2-3 years. If you are jumping your batt, it is almost certainly very weak or dead. A weak battery puts much strain on the alternator. An alternator is $100 to $400, much more than a battery. If you replace the battery every 2-3 years you will probably rarely if ever have electrical problems.

Think about it. Do we keep tires on the car until they pop? Do we run spark plugs until they fail electrically? Do we run oil until it seizes up the engine? Antifreeze until the radiator freezes? So why do most people run their battery (a relatively cheap part) until it fails thereby putting strain on the whole electrical system (which is made up of very expensive parts)??

Good advise clearanceman, But just to clarify my previous post... I was the one giving a jump to others. Although I dont like giving jumps with my car, I could not say no in many cases.
This emergency battery jumper might help.

Technogeek said:

<< Good advise clearanceman, But just to clarify my previous post... I was the one giving a jump to others. Although I dont like giving jumps with my car, I could not say no in many cases.
This emergency battery jumper might help.
>>



Oh in that case, this is 100% better than using your car to jump another car. As you touched on, in rare cases, jumping a car from another car can lead to a spark that goes to ground through the computer box and fries it. It has happened more often than people might think, at least $600 and towing too. If you use this battery jumper to help someone else out you aren't putting your own car in any danger.

so this can be recharged itself? It's not one of those one time use ones? sorry...don't know much about cars.

if they have battery caps ,make sure water level is full,distilled water is best but you can use tap water

Prncsnyc said:

<< so this can be recharged itself? It's not one of those one time use ones? sorry...don't know much about cars. >>



Yes, this is a rechargable battery (under the plastic) - this is NOT one of those single use things.

Besides frying the computer on a modern car (yours) trying to jump start someone, NEVER EVER have your car running when trying to jump someone off. It will likely fry the regular or the alternator if you do. I see people do this all the time, they get in and start their car up and rev up the motor - WRONG. If the dead car will not start off of your battery alone, then you either have a bad connection, crummy booster cables, or your battery is on its last legs - or THEIR batter is fried completely. Starting your car up will just lead to trouble for you.

I would agree that if you have to use this on your own car and did not leave the lights on or something means you should head right to get a new battery.

Dennis

I forgot to mention that KMart B&M stores will give rain checks, so if they are out just stop by the "customer service" counter and have them fill one out for you. Even though they ask for your phone number, they probably will not call you when they come in - you just have to check back.

Dennis

this is a sweet deal. I had one I bought from WalMart for $60. I used it 5 times (helping other people) and it still performs well. It was a Mity-Mite brand model tho. I gave it to my dad so I've been looking to get one myself.

Highly recommend these guys. I'm gonna pick up 2 tomorrow

Dennis,

My BF gave me a jump the other day adn he has his car running bc the Ford Manual said to. Should we not lsiten to the manual? He didn't plan on doing that until he read the manual...

All the sites I checked state that the donor vehicle should be running before attempting to start the dead vehicle ...

My Toyota Supra manual (here)
says to have the donor vehicle running before connecting the jump cables ...
My Dodge manual says to connect the cables, then start the engine on the donor vehicle ...
This site here agrees with the Dodge manual ... as does AutoBatteries.com

Its also recommended that you do not connect the earth directly to the battery on the dead vehicle, but to some other (clean) bit of metal ...

I believe part of the reason for having the engine running is to help give a little charge to the dead vehicle's battery If you keep the revs over 2000rpm, the alternator will generate around 14 volts which is sufficient to charge _both_ batteries ... (and remember to turn off all unnecessary lights :-D)

@shley

I have been there, done that. I blew about half the diodes in one alterator doing that and did the same thing later in another car. I am telling you, if the good battery can't start the dead car, then you are doing something wrong - or it is really hosed. The cranking amps needed by a car can be quite high and if too much current is drawn from the good car's alternator it will mess it up.

I always did it like "they" say, but I had the good car running before hooking up (mind that fan). I learned the hard way - plus, there is SO much less risk to the good car if the car if off and key is in the off position.

Does not really matter, sine we will all run to KMart and get our $20 booster - then we only have to open one hood <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

Dennis

Well, I picked one up, the regular price is $30.00. They had about 6 left, I just plugged it in according to directions for the initial 24Hr charge. I sure do hate the packaging on it, 10 minutes to remove<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif"border=0>. Now I canít wait for the next Michigan winter to try it out.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
Of course I am just kidding.

P.S. This has 2 12v power receptacles on top and the battery is sealed. No maintenance.

Are these things safe to leave in your car trunk?

Do you have to worry about them sitting in your trunk on really hot summer days?

How often do these things need to be recharged (if they are not being used a lot)?

i have a fairly new car with free roadside assistance... goona get one for those just in case situation

I have been able to jump start someone after the boost it has been in the trunk for a couple of months - no problem. I have not had a problem with them leaking - though I TRY to store them upright "just in case", but they usually fall down <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I have been bringing them in for an over-night charge every couple of months - but there is a charge "meter" (row of lights) so you can check it.

I found a couple of Car Talk answers that talk about this, the first one sounds like what happened to me. They say the odds are SLIM of hosing the good alternator - but I had it happen twice (and I know how to connect the cables) so I am not taking more chances.

Can jumping off another car hurt my alternator?

Cig Lighter car starters any good?

You are right, the packaging sux - if you wanted to return it that would be "fun"....

Dennis

About to go pick one up. I really needed one for my Camry and my sound system. But now I drive a 4Runner, does anyone know if this will still work?

I got one of these, my alternater was dying a really slow death (replaced the dash and battery before we figured out it was the alternater since the output was fine) so it saved me a few times.

Two days after I got it some guy in a Saab needed a boost so I broke mine out and looked like a pro<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>

btw, these use either sealed lead acid or NiCad batteries so there is very little chance of leakage.

Dwynne said:

<< The cranking amps needed by a car can be quite high and if too much current is drawn from the good car's alternator it will mess it up. >>



That's exactly why you need the car running, because the cranking amps needed by a car can be quite high. A high current over any resistance results in a voltage drop. So if the cables are long or thin, you may not be able to start a dead car hooked up to a good battery with jumper cables. Short of having short 4 guage cables, you need the car running.

TheXung said:

<< That's exactly why you need the car running, because the cranking amps needed by a car can be quite high. A high current over any resistance results in a voltage drop. So if the cables are long or thin, you may not be able to start a dead car hooked up to a good battery with jumper cables. Short of having short 4 guage cables, you need the car running. >>



Except the dead car could draw more amps than your alternator can supply and then you will be paying for a replacement or repair - it happened to me twice. Like I said, if your battery can't start their car on its own then tell them to call a tow truck. Better still, spend $20 and never open your hood then there is 0 chance you will mess anything up on your car.

Dennis

I have used these portable jumpers and they are GREAT...they will start alomost anything except a completely dead car....dont even mess with those stupid cigarette lighter ones...

BTW when jumping using your own car, you usually DO need to start and rev your car to produce enough power for the other car to crank....

awsome just got mine! it's cool, it even has one of those cig light adapters, so you can charge your phones or something. also you can get a rain check, but ask if they have any first. Because there was nothing on the shelf, but the person looked somewhere and found one. I'm happy... now I gotta test it.

kuljc said:

<< awsome just got mine! it's cool, it even has one of those cig light adapters, so you can charge your phones or something. >>



You are the second person to comment (with surprise) that this had 2 cig lighter sockets on it. I put that in the first post, the next to last sentence <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

Dennis

Dwynne said:

<< You are the second person to comment (with surprise) that this had 2 cig lighter sockets on it. I put that in the first post, the next to last sentence Dennis >>



I just looked back on this post, Dwynne if your refering to me being the first to comment (with surprise) about the 12 volt sockets? I was just reaffirming the info from your first post. I was not suprised, cuz I read your entire first post.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>

Anyways, When this is fully charged, and you push the charge check button are the last 2 green lights supposed to be illuminated to indicate proper charge?

This is a good deal!
I have one; it got me out of a jam a couple of times this year when the weather was really cold. No matter how good your car battery is, if the weather is cold, the battery will die.
For 20 bucks, its well worth it. I paid 50 for mine.

Is there any danger in carrying this in the trunk of your car?

For example, if it is really hot, do you have to worry about leaving this in the trunk of your car (could it get too hot and explode?)

Any thoughts on this?

Technogeek said:

<< When this is fully charged, and you push the charge check button are the last 2 green lights supposed to be illuminated to indicate proper charge? >>



That sounds right. Charge it 24 hours (or whatever it says) when you first get it and it will show the last green light on (or the last 2). You can check it with a volt meter if you like.

I have been bringing them in out of the cars every couple of months for an overnight charge. They seem to still be charged before I do this, but I do it "just in case".

Dennis

DVDdude said:

<< Is there any danger in carrying this in the trunk of your car?<BR><BR>For example, if it is really hot, do you have to worry about leaving this in the trunk of your car (could it get too hot and explode >>



I have had mine for a while (in heat and cold) and had no problems. I THINK these use sealed lead acid batteries (like a computer UPS) and should be OK. I try to leave it upright "just in case", but depending on the vehicle it will or will not stay that way.

Dennis

Nice deal. Bought one "just in case".

However, KMart B&M scans at regular $32 price. But the manager was nice and matched the website price. I guess web price is NOT the same as B&M price? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>

I thought I'd put my 2 cents in here, I have one of these jump starter things, and I reccomend them to anyone. the model I have is actually quite a bit smaller than this one, I got it at sears like 4 years ago or something for $30 on clearance, which was awesome cause most of them were like $100 back then. anyhow, I've used it a ton (maybe 100 times?), and it's never failed me. I've used it around the farm, and it's worked on everyhing from lawn mowers to golf carts to f250 truck and even on a tractor (not a huge tractor, but not a tiny little thing either) and like I said it's never failed me. even when the little status indicator lights showed that the charge was low, it always has enough to start stuff. I love it. so there's my 2cents, and for $20 you really can't go wrong there. I'd go buy another one to keep around if the dumb KMart was still around here.


on a side note, did anyone else notice These on that same page of the ad? I think that is hilarious, spinning covers! I wonder if they are plastic like the rest of thsoe cover things are? I can't imagine that they would spin very well (at least for very long) if they're plastic. anyhow I thought it was hilarious and thought I'd pass it along so maybe someone else can get a laugh!

Ya, those spinning hubcaps are nutty looking, I have seen them on cars a few times in the Detroit area. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>

DVDdude said:

Is there any danger in carrying this in the trunk of your car?

For example, if it is really hot, do you have to worry about leaving this in the trunk of your car (could it get too hot and explode?)

Any thoughts on this?


I leave it in my car all the time. My car is parked out side, usually no shade. I Never had a problem. It didn't *blow* up <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

One other point, with a green and red light, there is still sufficent charge if you need it. I left my car lights on; my battery died. It still worked! (one green/one red light)

One time, my neighbor parked her car in her garage. Front end of the car facing the wall of the garage. She couldn't start her car. There was no way anyone with jumper cables could start her car. There is no jumper cables long enough! With jumper cables, you almost have to have two cars in parallel. umm.. maybe connect two jumper cables? but that is risky. Anyway, I took out my booster and started her car. She couldn't thank me enough.

I also connect my air compressor though the booster's 12v cig socket to blow up my kid's basketball, bicycle tire and balloons.
It is a multipurpose tool. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

chokaay said:

<< Nice deal. Bought one "just in case".

However, KMart B&M scans at regular $32 price. But the manager was nice and matched the website price. I guess web price is NOT the same as B&M price? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>
>>



The link was to the local paper ad (from the Sunday ad 3/28). They don't offer this online. It is possible that in your area that this was not on sale - or the local store had the wrong price. I don't think KMart has region ads - it never asked me for a ZIP when I went looking for the link.

Bet it takes you 10 minutes to get it out of the package <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Very secure...

Dennis

Dead - until the next time they put it on sale for $20.

Dennis

I tried getting this and my store had no clue what I was talking about. There was no spot for it on the shelf.

What a bummer!



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