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Portable Jump Starters

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Thektbird, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Jan 25, 2021 at 3:21 PM
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    Thektbird

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    Last post I could find was from 2018, so wanted to see if anyone has current recommendations for good portable jump starters that they have actually used on their Tacoma successfully?

    thanks I’m advance!
     
  2. Jan 25, 2021 at 3:53 PM
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    I have a NOCO Boost I have used a couple of times. I am sorry, I don't know what model, but I paid around 1$00 for it three years ago. Once a year I recharge the thing and it works great. Have used it several times on my father in law's car which needed a new battery at the time and would be completely dead; it would always start it.
     
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    A lot depends on how much / how often you plan on using one and what you're trying to start. For instance, if you're just looking for something to use once a year or so to start a 4 cylinder car, that's a whole different ball game than starting diesel engines on a regular basis in cold weather. And remember, no matter which one you choose, if you don't keep it charged, it won't be there to help you when you need it.

    Personally, I use a NOCO GB70 to start boats and cars on a pretty regular basis and it's been bullet proof for over 2 years.
    Amazon.com: NOCO Boost HD GB70 2000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Portable Lithium Jump Starter, Car Battery Booster Pack, And Jumper Cables For Up To 8-Liter Gasoline And 6-Liter Diesel Engines: Automotive
    For occasional use, the GB40 is probably more than good enough.
     
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  5. Jan 25, 2021 at 6:04 PM
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    X3 on Noco
     
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  6. Jan 25, 2021 at 8:52 PM
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    Rupp1

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    I don't know what mine is, I earned it being a good boy at work a few years ago and got it from a sporting catalog. I actually just used it last week when the original battery died in my 2015. started it several times. Worked like a charm, even though the battery was so dead it wouldn't even unlock the doors with the remote. probably hard to find a bad one. Only complaint with mine is it's a few years old so it's a bit heavy.
     
  8. Jan 25, 2021 at 8:58 PM
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    I have the NOCO GB50. I've only had to use it once (on a Nissan VQ35DE), but it worked just fine.

    I have one of their trickle chargers/maintainers too that works pretty well.
     
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    One more vote for NOCO. I have one for my wife’s Tahoe and the in-laws use the big NOCO on tractors.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2021 at 3:09 AM
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    Now that you mention it. Me too. I have the GB40 though. Both work great.
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    JNC is my recommendation. It fits perfectly behind the rear driver seat, doesn’t have to be recharged for 6+ months, and will literally jump anything. Also, the battery itself can be replaced. I replaced the battery after 9 years and it was very easy. Also it’s much cheaper than the NOCO.
     
  12. Jan 26, 2021 at 5:08 AM
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    Have two noco gb40s that I bought two years apart, they can't jumpstart jack shit. Even on crappy little hondas all they do is provide enough power so the car can click. Thats it, no cranking at all. Every single time I use the gb40 I have to then take out the audew and it cranks the motor over with ease. I recommend audew, or go for a higher powered noco like the gb70.
     
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    A few of the guys I work with got the antigravity lithium when they first came out so I got one off Amazon and ended up with a counterfeit. It gives a little boost, it’ll start if the battery is weak. Measured 75 amps.

    So next I went with the rezervo batteryless mini jump starter. Thing seriously kicks butt. It’ll start it, even if the battery is totally dead. Measured 232 amps.

    Usually I’ll grab both, try the weak one first. If no go, both at the same time gets it every time. If I already know I’ve got a dead battery, lights left on over the weekend, the rezervo will get it done.

    I should also mention, that blue jump n carry is reliable. I’ve seen them all over. But they’re heavy, I don’t know the amperage output. I think they have a deal, one time free internal battery replacement or something like that.

    I would ignore the mfg claimed amperage. I used my fluke amp clamp so I know for certain what mine are capable of.
     
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    I’ve been using a Stanley fast max pack for about 10 years and counting. Still hasn’t bit the dust.

    Welcome to Tacoma World :hattip:
     
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    Professional automotive mechanics tend to use NOCOboost. When a car comes in dead on a tow truck, they take their NOCOboost outside to jumpstart it.
    Therefore, why would I trust anything else like the cheap amateur stuff at Costco?
    Costco inventory is decided by corporate or the store manager. What experience do they have around automobiles to have any credibility?
    Probably none.

    That being said, I too have been thinking of getting a a NOCOboost. They are expensive. Which usually indicates high quality.
    I just can't decide which one.
    People usually say to get the bigger one. That makes sense if you're a professional mechanic. You never know what will roll in the door or what you'll need to jump-start. So getting the bigger one in your toolbox means even if the thing has a big liter engine, your NOCOboost can handle it.

    DIY is a different story. That is what I'm unsure about. Which one is the best to have, that finds a balance on:
    -price
    -storage size
    -power, for vehicles

    Obviously, it has to be big enough to handle 4.0L, the engine size of a Tacoma.
    Would a little NOCO that barely qualifies, struggle with that and run out of charge quickly vs. a bigger one? I don't know. I hear they do.
    Or will you jump start another vehicle with a bigger engine?
    Maybe you will just keep driving past them and mutter to yourself "should have bought a NOCOboost"
    Unless they are your friend you are camping with. Then you'll want to use a jumpstarter or jumper cables.

    I think my storage space still has room for a jumpstarter. Seems like it would be dumb of me to have other preparatory items (shovel, compressor, etc.) but not a jumpstarter.
    vs. the alternatives of:
    -waving your arms 30min at road side for jumper cables
    -push starting your manual Tacoma up hill off road
    a jumpstarter seems better
     
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    ah hell, just drive around with solar panels and you won't need a jump starter. lol j/k
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    I got a NOCO 50 several “Amazon Day(s)” ago. It started several trucks and cars I had used it on.
     
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    I just recently bought a Noco GB40. I left it in the truck overnite when it was 35F, and in the morning I disconnected the battery and alternator, and started the truck solely with it. It started it, but barely- cranked slowly. But I started it twice with no issues and it only took an hour to recharge via USB. Bottom line is it's good, but if you have a V6 and live in a cold area, you may want to get one size up for ultimate insurance. I paid $70 for it on a price drop on Amazon. It fits easily under the driver's seat.
     
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    I bought a knock off brand that was fair inexpensive years ago. still works to this day. I don't think you can really go wrong with the main brands. Some of them are the knock off versions that have been rebranded and over priced.

    Funny thing is, I don't think I've actually had to jump my truck with it yet. I've jumped a lot of other people cars and stuff.

    Hawaii sucks to get these since they stopped allowing certain batteries on air flights. I can't wait till hawaii get a full blown Amazon warehouse.
     
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