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    Good Battery Charger/Jumper

    I am looking for a battery charger for those just in case times. I had to call AAA this past week after a week and a bit of skiing because my battery was flat (left my door slightly ajar ) so I want one with me.

    I want one that has an internal battery and can start a car anywhere immediately by hooking it up and providing enough to start the car directly without first charging the battery.

    Also want it to have basic charge/keep charged functionality from a wall outlet.

    Also want it to be able to provide enough amperage to jump start a car from wall power only. Say the internal battery is dead and car battery is dead, I want to plug it in and start the car immediately without having to charge the internal battery then starting the car.

    A nifty electronic screen would be a plus too.

    All but the start from wall power only is easy enough to find, but I dont know if there are any or if they all allow you to start the car from wall power.

    I have a Civic, but I need a beefy starter to get it going. When my battery was dead a Kia tried and failed miserably to jump me. AAA guy came with a 600A direct starter portable thing clamped it on and immediately started up on the first attempt to turn over. No chug-chug-chug-chug-chug-vroom, just chug-vroom.

    If I am going to buy one, I want a good one Price range of less than $300. Something with good quality and those features, anyone have good ones they have used/have or know people that use/have?
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    I never leave home without the Xantrex PowerPack 600; In the same token, it might be what you're looking for

    However, to have the ability to start your car on wall power alone when its internal battery is drained, would warrant the need for a separate 110V AC Vehicle Starter/Charger.

    Let me know if you find a powerpack for under $300 USD that does both.





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    Quote Originally Posted by dMand View Post
    However, to have the ability to start your car on wall power alone when its internal battery is drained, would warrant the need for an 110V AC Vehicle Starter/Charger.
    Well I was hoping one of these portable ones maybe something slightly smaller than the size of a small end table would have the internal umph needed on the transformer to pass the full 400A @12v DC directly from the 110vac socket if needed. Maybe I will find one or make one
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Well I was hoping one of these portable ones maybe something slightly smaller than the size of a small end table would have the internal umph needed on the transformer to pass the full 400A @12v DC directly from the 110vac socket if needed. Maybe I will find one or make one
    lol, why would you want one that combines both?

    When you plug the Xantrex into a cigarette lighter plug, the alternator will slowly charge the internal battery simultaneously. Mind you, it's not very fast at doing so, but it's a great backup nevertheless. Once fully charged, it will put out enough juice to jump start the car.

    I leave mine mounted it in the trunk, connected 24/7 to an aux 12v lighter socket, and haven't had the need to use it yet. But, I know it's there for those times when all else fails.

    Good luck in your endeavor.

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    Eh... its just extra weight to carry around. Much better solution is to replace your interior lights with LEDs

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