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Old 04-17-2003, 10:27 PM   #15
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I'll go check tomorrow on the size of that jump-it I've got. I'm not sure where I put it. :conf
You need to get PinconeDone's input. he has one or two of these he uses all the time, or at least keeps close.
Here's where I got that power station, if you want to read up on it.
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/
much better price then buying the inverter and battery one at a time.
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Old 04-18-2003, 12:18 AM   #16
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Jump it

Bear in mind that these are for jump starting.... so the battery is a high amp short duration type.

That said, it will run your inverter, lights, etc.for hours depending on load, just don't discharge it more then 50%

Charles uses a couple of them for winter camping, when his RV battery his at home for the winter. He also uses the jump it's first for extended stays in the outback.

I bought one back in '96 and used it at work (service station) for 2 years and its still going strong.

I just bought another on a few months ago that has a built in light and air compressor along with a charger and jumpers.

Anymore I don't leave town with out 'em.
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Old 04-18-2003, 06:11 PM   #17
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jump battery

i've used a jump battery for years. i wouldn't go anywhere without it. i wouldn't count on getting a whole lot of use out of it for everyday needs. with a fresh recharge, i can get about 6-8 hours on my 5" color tv set. i also use it with my laptop and have a solar panel to recharge it. mine will charge in about 3 hours off 12v or 115. it's really great when you need a boost to start a vehicle, which is what they are really designed for.
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Old 04-18-2003, 10:50 PM   #18
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power packs

I bought a xpower power pack 300 from Costco for $100 cdn. It runs a 3/8 drill and our portable cooler with no problem. Check out there web site. www.xantrex.com
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:46 AM   #19
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Hi All
Thanks for feed back.It sure makes it nice to get other peoples imput.:wave
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:51 AM   #20
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Dumb question time

Okay, so if these are portable and for jump starting, and one uses them to power stuff, how and when do they get recharged?
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Old 04-19-2003, 12:19 PM   #21
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Jump-it

Suz:

Plug it in at home.

There's a little transformer thingie that comes with em. You know, the little square box that plugs in a wall socket then has a small plug on the other end. Then when it's all charged up you can go around zapping things with 12vdc til it gets empty.

The ones with a light and compressor are handy to inflate bicycle tires, the air shocks on the tow vehicle, etc. Add a small inverter and it'll power a laptop, run an electric shaver.....but not the coffee pot or cube heater. :)
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:02 AM   #22
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Thanks, Don!

Cool!
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Old 04-25-2003, 12:24 AM   #23
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Can these booster packs be charged from your vehical?
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Old 04-25-2003, 05:24 AM   #24
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I believe they can Chester. An added bonus.
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Old 04-25-2003, 05:29 AM   #25
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I think I will buy one.They look like they could be an asset if use properly.:)
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Old 04-25-2003, 06:38 AM   #26
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>>charles has 30 or 40

Well, :) , atleast 6 of them.

I love them. Glen Gold is right on the money on how I use them. First thing I do on a dry camping trip is disconnect the trailer house battery and wire in a Jump-It via a torpedo plug to provide primary power.

Remember, we do most of our camping "dry" and are real minimalists, so our needs are minimal.

We can get 2 or 3 days use (water pump, a couple of heater cycles, stove exhaust fan) outta each jump it.

I usually carry 3 or 4, depending on the length of dry camping ... and usually leave most 10 day dry campouts with a totally charged house battery.

Yes Ches, they recharge in the car, via torpedo plug, but not all that efficiently. We usually schedule a day or two at a full service campground between dry camps ... and recharge the Jump-its with electricity. Full service also allows us to do laundry, etc.

For example, we're spending 6 weeks in Colorado from late May till Mid July. 30 days will be spent in three mountain top remote National Forest campgrounds, with scheduled full service nights between each dry camp. 10 days dry, 5 full service, 10 days dry, 2 full service, 10 days dry then three nights headed home with service.

I'll recharge the Jump-its at each stop.

I did, however, just purchase another Jump-it, with a built in air compressor ... because there is a good chance we might encounter a below-freezing spell for a couple of days, because of the altitude, particularly in late May ... so this Jump-it Air Compressor will be reserved for emergency winterization tasks.
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Old 04-25-2003, 08:29 AM   #27
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>>I did, however, just purchase another Jump-it, with a built in air compressor ...

Question: Could I use my current 12V air compressor with a jump-it? Does it have, or could I add, a female 12V socket?
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Suz ... all of the Jump-its I own have a female 12 volt socket ... having said that, I can't say every Jump-It (using the term generically) has a 12 volt socket ... so check before you buy.

Try to find a Jump-it with atleast 900 peak amp power. Most of mine are 1000 peak amp. Think I also own one with 850 peak amps.

Jana>>doesn't jump a completely dead battery

Jana ... that hasn't been my experience. I often jump-start a stranger with my Jump-it ... and boy, are they ever impressed. Before I owned them, I would never help jump a stranger, for fear of blowing a computer circuit in my vehicle.

I've even wired a Jump-it into a vehicle's electrical system ... and driven the vehicle (without a car battery) for 10 miles until the Jump-it was completely discharged ... then wired in a second Jump-it, to finish the drive to a car dealership.

The mechanics were tickled pink that I had a Jump-it bungie-corded to the front of the vehicle.

But hey, it worked.

We also use them (and always carry them, fully charged) in all our vehicles at home, particularly during the winter.

It's something I truly don't leave home without.

And, as I've said, when dry camping, I'll carry three or four of them.
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