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Battery booster/jump starter pack

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Any of you guys use one of these or recommend a particular size? Battery booster
This is the list from Autozone, but Sam's had a combo 450amp booster and inflator for $49.99. I've got some good 4 guage jumper cables that I usually keep in the Ridgeline, but I was wondering if one of these gizmos would be a good thing to have and what power I might need.

Would a 450 amp fire up the Ridgeline if the battery went out? I think our battery is rated 600 or 700 amps, isn't it?
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Here is the exact model that I have been using for the past few years-just noticed it on sale at

Does a really good job if anyone is shopping for one.
If that doesn't jump start your car it might work on someone's heart!
If you are going to rely on only cables I think the Michelin are the way to go. Especially if someone else ends up connecting them on the other end.

But the backup jumper is the best way. I like the having an auxiliary outlet on it, but I don't need the air compressor either.
Options are always good! And these last three all sound very good. I still have a Vector jumper but it's only rated at 300A. Maybe for my climate it should be good enough. It has an aux lighter socket as well as a an LED trouble light.

In fact you guys got me so interested in these, I decided to put my on charge tonight, I feel like I've neglected it too long.

I think they are discontinued and I've seen them down close to $30 online. They make more powerful ones also, I really like the overall design. The switches and everything are very good quality, and the handle has like a rubber textured sleeve, very comfortable for carrying.
I tried charging mine last night, and it's shot. Another piece of junk I have to dump. I don't think Best Buy will accept the whole unit as 'recycled battery'. I guess I could open it up, only 4 screws, take out the battery, recycle it, and throw the rest in the trash.

Had my eye on the Clore also.

Do you have a Batteries Plus near you? Likely that you could get the battery replaced there. At the very least, they'll probably take the failed battery for recycle.
No problem getting it recycled there, or Best Buy. I got the battery out. It is just a 9AH rating. The bolts on the terminals must have been tightened by the same guy that tightens up the drain bolts on Honda transmissions.

I'll check on the battery at Batteries Plus for kicks but chances are I'll just go for a new unit.
I just got the Clore 300XL... it's their smallest unit, but still has a 12aH battery and 4 ga. cables. Only $48 at Amazon.. I've seen them elsewhere for $70+.

My old jumper had a 9 aH and did me well for just over 4 years, considering I kept forgetting to keep it charged.


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I see NAPA has their version of the JNC300XL for $40:
It certainly looks the same! Amazing price! I'd jump at it if you need a compact one that will still do the job for 99% of the time. At that price you could put one in each vehicle.

But it is not the same, Amazon sells that one for $32!! It is the CS1000.

After reading the description the cables are 6ga not 4ga. Also, the warranty is 6 months, on mine it is 1 year plus $50 after that for any repair, even if you broke it, for life.
Certainly surprised me at first glance.
It does not seem to be that different inside. I am surprised at the lousy reviews compared with the 300XL at Amazon. I would not expect it to be that different in performance. Of course, I know customers reviews on some of these websites is questionable.
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