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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 6-25-2019, 4:02 PM Thread Starter
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Portable Power Bank Jump Starters....

Does anyone here carry/use one of those portable battery power packs? Iíve carried power banks in the past to charge phones and other electronic devices that run out of power with use over time. I decided to upgrade the one I carry to a version that can also jump-start cars and motorcycles.

I was going to go with an Anti-Gravity version, seeing as they seem to the industry leader in this field. Certainly not cheap, but you canít put a price on being stranded. I saw a number of excellent reviews, but also a handful of terrible reviews. Customer service was also criticized by several people.

I was in Costco the other day looking for another Battery Tender unit, when I saw a portable power bank with jump start capability on sale; $49.99 after a $10 discount. 10,000 mAh capacity, and 400 CCA. The reviews were very favorable indeed, and Costcoís no-questions-asked return policy is tough to beat. I jumped on the deal. And unlike the Anti-Gravity models, this unit has a USB C port, so it can charge Apple laptops and other modern laptops that use the newer USB C power charge ports.

And Iíve even had a chance to test it. The TTR-230 trail bike is electric start and always drains the battery if not used regularly. So, totally flat battery when I went to start it. I hooked up the portable unit and the bike cranked into life immediately. I know a 200cc single cylinder engine in a low state of tune is not the hardest test known to man, but the unit certainly gave everything the regular battery did.

My larger motorcycles or my V-8 truck would be mightier adversaries for sure, but I do have some confidence this unit could just possibly save my bacon in a pinch.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 6-25-2019, 5:59 PM
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Although I've never used them I, literally, was researching them on Amazon just this morning!

There's a rider on the Versys forum that posted a video of him using one of these things to jump start an old lady's motorized cart! And it worked great!!!

I think they can be hit or miss, you get one that works like a charm or you get one that's a dud from the start. I suggest to get a brand name one or, if you can get one for cheap like that Costco one, then go for it! If the cheap one goes bad you're not put out a lot of $$$. If it works for years then awesome!

Either way, I don't think any brand is bad to have. Rather have one that may or may not work than to not have one at all.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 6-27-2019, 6:53 AM
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I bought a Viking one from Harbor Freight for $79. It does start a V8 and will power a 14' dumpster hydraulic with a dead battery. Chargers back up from a full discharge in about a half hour. It's actually quite impressive for the price.

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