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    Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    As per title I do any board members have recommendations for modern/ small compact power booster packs for emergency jump starting your car?

    I have just received one today and intend to test it out before providing details. Just wondering what your guys are using
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Look at the Noco GB150. Seems to have good reviews

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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Quote Originally Posted by alabbasi View Post
    Look at the Noco GB150. Seems to have good reviews
    Yes I have used that model before at a parts yard. They gave it to me to power up a C124 and remove the window regulators. For that task at least it seemed very good. Quite bulky though and not quite a glovebox sized item.

    For a DIY user like me my budget was quite a bit less..... I bought a Suaoki 800 Amp one on ebay and initial impressions are very good. Just need to go stage a flat battery and test it out now
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC220 View Post
    Yes I have used [the Noco GB150] before at a parts yard. ... Quite bulky though and not quite a glovebox sized item.
    Which size did you look at? Seems there are various ratings, and I'd assume the lower-capacity units would be smaller:

    https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GB150-Ul...015TKPT1A?th=1

    EDIT - my mistake, the GB150 is the "4000A" unit.

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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Which size did you look at? Seems there are various ratings, and I'd assume the lower-capacity units would be smaller:

    https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GB150-Ul...015TKPT1A?th=1
    I have it already Dave, just got it today. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suaoki-20000mAh-800A-Peak-Car-Jump-Starter-Battery-Charger-Booster-Rescue-Pack/182961029868

    It is a pocket sized unit which is what I wanted: (Because I do regular parts hunting and in order to test electrical items usually lug around a full sized battery – not fun)

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    It has slightly larger than most peak AMP output at 800Amp (In this price range at least). Supposedly suitable for up to 5L Diesel or 6L Petrol engines. I did just go get a half dead smaller battery from my parts car, installed into my W211 220 Diesel daily driver and put the headlamps on for 10 minutes to kill it right down to nothing. No starter click – nada. Hooked this little unit on and it started A1 as it usually does. I started it approx 10 times one after another and it didn’t lose any gusto at all. Seems to work on a 30 second timer so it then timed out so I hit the button again to turn it back on. cables felt warm – but not hot immediately after use and still showed 98% charge left on the screen.

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    It is on ebay UK for £60 or best offer. I stuck in £45 as a cheeky offer and it was accepted. At that rate I think it’s a bargain and does work! I will try it to crank over my spare M104 motor in the coming days to give it another trial. It also has a torch and 2x USB chargers outputs if you happen to be stranded with a dead phone. The seller seems decent too they emailed to say if there are any issues at all to advise them and they will help.

    So yeah – this appears great on initial impressions. My most common use for it will be to start up car’s which have sat a little too long and can no longer crank themselves over. Unfortunately this happens to me once or twice a month despite my best efforts to keep all cars charged up. And for parts trips this unit will be ideal.

    Note: I am not saying for you guys to run out and buy chineseum chargers. Just that I appear to have struck lucky on this item
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    I've had a similar power one for several years and it has performed admirably on every start attempted up to but not including dead 40hp diesel tractor battery. Cars and anything smaller a piece of cake

    What I wish, instead of the USB jacks, is that it had ~10 Amp 12 volt capability in addition to the high amp starter voltage generated by capacitance. Unfortunately it is not intended to continuously power 12 volt devices.
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    I picked one up at Costco. It was rubbish, might be able to jump start a cellphone.

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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Hi,
    Is this kind of stuff good for the electronic of our cars ?
    Personnaly, I wouldn't use one...

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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Quote Originally Posted by alabbasi View Post
    I picked one up at Costco. It was rubbish, might be able to jump start a cellphone.
    Care to elaborate on the model and price range if the one you bought that was crap? Might help members out to know to avoid it
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexis View Post
    Hi,
    Is this kind of stuff good for the electronic of our cars ?
    Personnaly, I wouldn't use one...
    Indeed – jump starting is never recommended or ideal. Butsometimes it’s inevitable. VS traditional jumper cables these are better IMO. Why? Well jumper cables can short out or be connected up incorrectly which would certainly have the potential to cause damage to your car. The unit I bought has various protections inside including reverse polarity, over or under voltage protection and reverse charging protection.

    There is also the fact that booster cables are big and bulky to store away, the convenience of these pocket sized small units and not requiring someone else to be there in order to provide the juice from their car. Be mindful also if someone did want to get one of these buy the best you can afford and with the highest amperage also so as it will be capable of starting what you might intend to throw at it. (300 or 400amp cheapies won’t start your I6 or V8 w124!)

    The best practice of course is NOT to jump start your w124. Keep the battery up to spec with a maintainer if it must sit for long periods of time. Or I keep spare fully charged batteries on the shelf and swap them out if one loses charge from standing too long. In an emergency situation or when you have no other charged batteries available to swap in these little gizmos with the inbuilt protection therein are a better evil than hooking up traditional jumper cables IMHO due to them having the additional inbuilt protections as stated above.

    TBH – these are simply my thoughts and I have no interest inconvincing any members to buy one! Do as you will. I like the item I bought and think it will be useful for me personally. The P6 Unit I bought does work and there are plenty of reviews on Amazon.com with the same thoughts. Of course, like anything these days there will be cheap nasty items out there on ebay, (Costco)and the likes so do your homework first before parting with your hard earned dosh!

    My main use for it however will be for testing electrical items from parts car’s in yards, and trying not to have to jump start my own car’s with it (Or any other jump start method) if I can help it. It will be stowed in the trunk of my w211 daily driver for me or anyone else who might need it. (Will also let me jump other people’s cars when needed and not worry about compromising my own W211 DD’s electrical system in the process by using jump cables) I have often seen and ignored these little units and thought it was time to try a cheap one out for myself to start with. (Pardon the pun!)
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    I've always believed that warnings about the dangers of correctly jump-starting cars with appropriate equipment to be overblown (like working around "hair-trigger" airbags), and over many years have NEVER caused a jumper problem even on equipment quite a bit more electronically fragile than a 124. I'm sure it's not because of my perfect technique.

    And after you start the car you can plug the battery pack into the car lighter receptacle and quickly recharge it...WAY more convenient all around than any set of jumper cables.
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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    I have 3 of these...they're Awesome!!

    GOOLOO 800A Peak 18000mAh SuperSafe Car Jump Starter, 12V Portable Power Pack:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0748D8KT6..._LB.tBb49BAJH3


    1 at the shop jic, one in wifes car and one in the house. Super super handy and shockingly powerful. Jumped off the sl700 after leaving the blower motor on No Problem...


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    Re: Anyone using mini glove box sized power booster packs?

    ^ I have this same one.

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