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Aldi selling Battery Booster/Jump Start

Discussion in 'MOTORHOME CHAT' started by enery8, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. enery8

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    Just bought one of these in our local Aldi store. This is the second one I have bought, exactly the same piece of equipment and I have had the first one for ages. I have jump started a 3.5 tonne diesel van, inflated caravan tyres to 50psi and used the lighter sockets on no end of occasions over the past few years to pump biodiesel into my car. It has 12 volt & 5 volt sockets as well as various lights. I still have the old one which I will continue to use for 12 volt supply at home. Pretty good I think for almost £40 with 3 years warrantee.:thumb:

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    I bought one a few years ago and it has been useful over the years.

    The guarantee does what it says as well. The one I bought went wrong and I no longer had the original packaging. No matter, Aldi customer service just told me to pack it well in another box, had it picked up and delivered a brand new one.
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    Bought 1 myself yesterday as well, looks to be perfect little job as needed air compressor and this seems to be the perfect ideal job as i have trailer so can bring it to trailer to pump up tyres and has good little 5v usb charger on as well, even charged my I phone up on it yesterday as well,, so well worth all the gadgets on it apart from the jump starter as well, cant fault it for the money, Regards Garry Flatpackcghicken
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    Maybe OK for charging your mobile phone but as its advertised as a jump starter and if you expect it to start a camper diesel engine with a flat battery, its about as much use as teats on a boar pig.
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    These small Jump starters are hopeless! I bought one of These. You need the 1000 amp power to turn over a Diesel engine. worked every time for me:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
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    you are absolutely correct, saw simular post some time ago , marpin was selling them Went out and bought one , cannot even jump start my car The air compressor however was good as it will pump up my bicycle to 110 psi If you think it will jump start your motorhome, dream on
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    also bought one yesterday looks useful will also have a use on flying field to charge model aircraft batteries hope I never need to test jump start feature:BigGrin:
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    Haven't got a motorhome 'yet' but I have jump started my neighbours Mitsi 3.0 ltr Shogan with it :Wink:. I never need to jump start my Range Rover but that is only a 2.5 BMW diesel. :thumb:
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    I bought a Halfords unit a while ago with a built in 230v Inverter. I recharge it from the engine battery via the lighter socket while driving, and the female contingent can use it for their 230v hair straighteners without troubling the MH's 12v supply. We run everything else off 12v.

    I've actually used it to power work lights, albeit for a short time.

    The compressor was OK until it broke, and I doubt whether it would jump start the MH. I'd be tempted to run a pair of leads from the leisure battery for that.
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    what size is the built in battery and what maximum output in the specs please The one I bought from marpin was 17ah only
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    I should have been clearer in my earlier post. As others have said, the unit isn't powerful enough to jump start a motorhome diesel engine. Still very useful, though, for the compressor and for powering other items from the 12v sockets. Mine is too old to have USB but I imagine that makes the current models even more useful.
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    Hmm, I've got a similar one. (Cost £23.99) Jumpstarted the camper and various cars a few of times. Had a 24v one a few years back (same but with TWO batteries) and it started my Daf 95 on a frosty morning. They're just motorbike batteries.
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    17ah appears to be a standard sized battery in these boosters.
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    not enough power even jump starting a 1.2litre panda with a really flat battery
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    word has it these things have some kind of wizard circuitry inside them which boosts the output amps....load of tosh, i ripped mine to bits when the battery died and the leads go directly to the battery.
    the only circuitry is the battery charge control board.

    17amps is the batteries capacity but will provide a far higher current for a very short time just as your 70ah car battery will supply 400 to 500amps to the starter motor, so it should be enough to start a car engine...if it's a first turn starter.

    would have been useless 25/30 years ago with the winter dawn corus of Ford Escort/Cortina engines straining to turn over......Ruh,Ruh,Ruh...Ruh...Ruh......Ruh,Ruh,Ruh...Ruh...Ruh.....Ruh..Ruh
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    Halfords version

    I bought a Halfords version a few months ago and tried it on the motorhome when I came back from offshore. Initially it wouldn't look at ot but when I left it connected for 5 mins and tried again, it started no problem!!
    A definite case of"if all else fails, consult the instructions :thumb:"
    JJG
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