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Old 08-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #11
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What size battery does it have? I have an 18 Ah and it has had no problem starting my truck. Any smaller and I dont think it would get it.

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Do not get the 5-in-1 Portable Power Pack from Harbor Freight( http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-1-...ack-96157.html )
I purchased this one this past weekend. Charged it up and ran my truck battery down. Per the Ford technician i spoke with i need 500 Amps to start my truck. This one lists 600 amps. After several tries and letting it sit for aver 10 min it tried but would not start my truck. Hooked up my wifes little car battery and less than 3 min later started right up! Not worth the money IMHO.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:12 PM   #12
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What size battery does it have? I have an 18 Ah and it has had no problem starting my truck. Any smaller and I dont think it would get it.
The truck? sorry for the dumb question, these are new to me. Power packs that is.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:22 PM   #13
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Sorry - I was not clear - I meant the power pack - what size battery? From what I have seen, the better ones look like they have an 18-20 Ah battery in them. I have seen some of those small little Black and Decker (an other) kits with little batteries and I don't understand how they do much.

I don't think they are supposed to start a totally dead or bad battery, but rather help boost a partially functioning battery that just needs a little help. It also works great on dead riding lawn mowers!
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:28 PM   #14
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Not 100% sure, but i will keep that in mind. I did totally drain my battery maybe that was to much.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:31 PM   #15
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Quite possible. I would use caution draining your truck battery like that. While your RV deep cycle/marine battery can tolerate it to some extent - it is really hard on a car battery to drain it down and will shorten its life.

I think an 18 Ah battery weights about 15 lbs -- so if your charge pack weighs 18-20 lbs, you probably have at least that size of a battery (yes, I know that is not too scientific)
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:16 PM   #16
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Thanks for the advice
i took it back so im not sure what it had....
I ended up getting http://www.batterychargers.com/Produ...tName=94026989
i will test it out and see how it goes.
I like the fact that this one has a inflator/deflator along with the compressor. This one also has a built in maintainer so no worries of overcharging as the Harbor freight does not. Also has a USB charger.
has 22 AH battery.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:07 PM   #17
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That one looks pretty nice, I think you will be happy with it! My big thing is I want one with a replaceable battery....I hate throwing stuff like that away....the whole "do not open - shock risk" stickers are over rated :0

As far as Harbor - I like them when I need a cheap nitch tool...but anything I use on a regular basis, I am willing to pay a little extra for good quality.
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