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Old 09-03-2008, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jump starting using cigarette lighter outlet - What do you think?

Has anyone tried jump starting using this type of starter? I am not sure if it is very reliable but I need something as small as possible so I can leave it in the trunk.


From Costco website:

The Duracell® Emergency Car Starter is the ultimate rechargeable, portable power solution for small-vehicle emergencies. When your battery is dead, you can jump-start your vehicle using the cigarette lighter outlet on your dash, done from the safety and warmth of the inside of your car.

Product Features:
Plugs into a vehicle’s 12-volt DC power outlet for ease-of-use – no need to lift vehicle’s hood
No battery clamps – makes it safer to use
Lightweight unit with quick 10-minute charge time
Built-in light provides illumination in emergency situations on the road and at home
One DC socket for operating 12-volt devices

Product Specifications

DC
Internal battery type: Ni-MH
Internal battery capacity: 220 MAh
Internal battery voltage: 14.4 V
DC power socket (circuit breaker): Yes, 17A thermal breaker
General Specifications

Dimensions: 9”L x 3.125”W x 4.75” H
Weight: 2.3 lb
Built-in LED Flashlight
Operating temperature: 41°F to 86°F (5°C to 30°C)
Storage temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Warranty: Three months
Charging System

AC charger bulk charging current: 300 mA (maximum)
Peak charging voltage: 18 V (nominal)
Charging Time

From AC outlet: Max. 10 hours*
From DC outlet: Max. 5 hours*
*Maximum charging time occurs when battery is completely discharged
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Look at the size of your battery compared to many other cars- I'd suggest that this device won't be big enough to work if your battery is anything more than fractionally low on juice. 220MAh is tiny & note how it mentions 'small-vehicle' emergencies.

I think you need something bigger or just carry jump leads.

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Old 09-03-2008, 09:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I 2nd the carry jumper cables suggestion. Takes up very little room, always work :-)

I'd be concerned that the wires (in the dash) for the lighter couldn't take the load and might melt. I'm pretty sure you'd blow the lighter fuse too. I can't even use the MB tire inflator pump for very long without blowing the fuse - ended up cutting off the cig lighter end and now clip direct to my battery.

Also, for this unit to be useable, you need to have it charged up, right? That would be something I'd forget to do on a regular basis for sure!

How often do you have a dead batt? I never do - probably because I carry jumper cables :-)
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Old 09-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Its just a small trickle charger NOT a jump starter. As stated if if was able to supply HUGE current fuses and cables would be damaged.
Better to get one of those small power packs with jumper leads that you connect to the batt if you are concerned re having to jump start the car. imo
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...C=SO&U=strat15
A smaller version of these type of things.

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If you have a dead battery - call 1-800-FOR-MERC - dealer will bring a new one to you. All you pay is the price of new battery (~150$) if that thing cost 40$ - New MB Battery delivered to you in 1 hour is a better deal.
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You have to go by engine size not exterior physical car size. The 3.2L engine in mine for example is the same engine used in many full size Mercedes.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Its just a small trickle charger NOT a jump starter. As stated if if was able to supply HUGE current fuses and cables would be damaged.
Better to get one of those small power packs with jumper leads that you connect to the batt if you are concerned re having to jump start the car. imo
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A smaller version of these type of things.
Thanks Bazzle. I will buy one of these.

Costco - MOTOR TREND? 18 Amp Power Center
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If you have a dead battery - call 1-800-FOR-MERC - dealer will bring a new one to you. All you pay is the price of new battery (~150$) if that thing cost 40$ - New MB Battery delivered to you in 1 hour is a better deal.
That's exactly what I was about to type!

Better yet, have them do the jump-start with their own cables and drive yourself to get a $70 battery instead of paying their $150.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Bazzle. I will buy one of these.

Costco - MOTOR TREND? 18 Amp Power Center
The slk should come with a small compressor, if you can find one without it may be even cheaper and lighter.

I have a similar unit I used to take away when bush camping. Worked good if a light or fridge ran down vehicle batt.

You can mount a cig lighter aux outlet in side boot panel to charge it on the run. Power available in fuse box on right hand side in boot (pre facelift)
It did stop taking a charge after a couple of years (batt inside life similar to your car batt)
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That Duracell will probably jump start my Smart as it uses a small motorcycle battery. I doubt it will jump start the SLK if the battery is completely dead. It may help if the battery just needs a little more juice. I carry a small plastic card in my wallet issued by AAA that gives me a jump start anytime I need it. It has served me well.
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