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Best portable jump starter?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Cows Have Claws, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Oct 12, 2017 at 2:40 PM
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    Cows Have Claws

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    Muffdiver

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    I have a Noco GB 70 and love it. Easy to use, can charge phones/tablets as well and holds its charge for quite a while. Nice peace of mind for $100.
     
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    IronPeak

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    I found this one self discharged at an unacceptably fast rate, about 2x the Amazon cheapo I bought to compliment it. Returned it.

    Pic is after around one month storage.

    20161201_140738 (2).jpg
     
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    OneFastGeek

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    I've had very good luck with this one. Going on 2+ years and it still holds lotsa charge.

    https://www.amazon.com/Antigravity-...ie=UTF8&qid=1507848024&sr=8-13&keywords=xp-10

    A little spendy, but it works great. I've jumped half a dozen stranded people, as well as myself. It also powers my laptop directly and has a couple USB outputs. They have smaller units available too.

    I keep mine in a pouch attached to my MOLLE panel behind the rear seats. However, during the summer, I keep it out of the heat and in my laptop pelican case.
     
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    When you say self discharge do you mean it loses charge just sitting in the case?
     
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    IronPeak

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    Yes. All Lipo batteries self discharge at around 5%/month but I found the Costco one was much faster. I would suggest checking the charge level.
     
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  9. Oct 12, 2017 at 3:47 PM
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    Didn't know thanks. Would have sucked if I needed it.
     
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    4x4psych

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    I have tried 3 different brands (jackery, ravpower, dbpower) of portable jump starters. All of them work surprisingly well to jump start car/truck batteries. In the past I carried around those huge "portable" lead acid jump starters and the new lithium ones work just as well. You can also purchase a separate ec5 to 12v converter to power any 12v device from it. No problems powering air compressors/pumps.

    https://www.amazon.com/FUSHITON-Cigarette-Lighter-Battery-Portable/dp/B01MDMAS9E
     
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    I have a couple of the NOCO GB40's - one in the Tacoma and the other in the wife's car. Ordered the GB150 for my other truck. So far I have only used the GB40 to jump-start one car and it did a great job. Every few months I will bring them in and discharge them some and give a fresh recharge. Better than messing with jumper cables and taking a chance on frying your electronics or someones elses. If you keep an eye out on Amazon, eBay, or some other sites you can find some good deals.
     
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    Same here. GB 40 and a 70. One for the Taco and one for the Rubicon. No complaints. They had a flash sale the other day on Amazon for the Noco. Grabbed the new one for me I love it so much and passed the old one down. I use it more on random stuff like the motorcycle and family vehicles, but worth the peace of mind knowing it’s there.
     
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    + 1 for the XP-10, these things are great.
     
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    I've got a car rover brand 1000a. It's the older version they used to sell on Amazon. Got it around Christmas of last year and fully charged it then. I've jump started about 10 cars with it and haven't charged it since. It's around 50% charge still. It's been great and was only $65-75 iirc.
     
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    My Noco GB30 only lasted around 18 months ... a piece of s**t in my opinion (and yes I did follow all the instructions provided with the unit). I will not be buying anything else from this company.
     
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    I have a simple Jump N Carry (JNC660) that I bought last year. I like how you can charge it either by a wall outlet or the 12V port in my Jeep. The 12V port comes in handy to power my CPAP when I go camping.

    It may not be an option however since you're looking for something small. It's not litho based either, so that may/may not matter. I'm able to run my CPAP for two straight days before having to charge it back up.
     
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