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Lithium Jump Starters

Discussion in 'Motors' started by kaiowas, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. kaiowas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Castle Anthrax

    I could do with picking up a Lithium jump starter however this looks like one of those products where there's a lot of new and unfamiliar brands in the marketplace making it difficult to pick out the decent products amongst the cheaply made rubbish. A google search just turns up endless fairly typical boilerplate 'review' sites that I usually discount in the belief that they are just designed to push you towards whoever is giving them the biggest referral fee. Has anyone got any real world experience in this area and can point me towards what's good, bad or downright dangerous?
     
  2. robj20

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 7,937

    Location: Manchester

    NOCO are a good brand.
     
  3. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

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    Most of them can only actually handle an engine about half the "rated" specification even the better ones. Some of the cheaper ones are actually dangerous.
     
  4. mushtafa

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    Location: West Sussex, UK

  5. Agent_Smith357

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Somerset

  6. Marvin

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    Location: Maidstone, Kent

    I have a NOCO Genius Boost GB40, the smallest one they make. I bought it for my M5 but (un)fortunately never used it there. I have used it on my Elise however where it's been most effective, but that's a fairly low-tune 1.8L I4 not a 4.9L V8.
     
  7. kaiowas

    Capodecina

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    Location: Castle Anthrax

    Thanks for the responses, looks like it's going to be a toss up between the NoCo GB40 and GB70. Biggest thing it will probably have to start is a Volvo D5 (2.4L Diesel) so just need to work out how much to trust their ratings and whether I can get away with the 40 or whether I'll need to pay the extra for the bigger one and the piece of mind that it should start anything I throw at it.
     
  8. grudas

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    have a 25 pound jobbie from amazon.. started 2.0, 3.0 and smaller engines no problems ;) multiple times and still going strong.
     
  9. Micloi

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 16, 2016

    Posts: 423

    Highly recommended : Antigravity Micro-Start XP-10
     
  10. Cristian

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 2, 2009

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    Location: London

    I have a DBPOWER-18000mAh-Portable-Emergency-Flashlight as can be found on the popular book selling website.

    Used it a couple of times, albeit on relatively small engines.
    Bear in mind that diesels are harder to start than petrols (as you will see by the usually larger batteries they have) .

    The one I have should be OK for a 3.0diesel although I've only used it on a 2.0tdi at most.
     
  11. robj20

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    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

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    Location: Manchester

    Seen these on Amazon as well, look good for the price but some naff reviews.
     
  12. Tinders

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    Location: There's a voice that keeps on calling me.

    I had a DBpower 15000ma Unit. Was fine for the smaller petrols I used it on. Struggle with a 2.2 Toyota diesel tho. I think they are worth the money for smaller cars.