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Started 1296178126.813 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1296254586.927 by CharleyHorse

I was wondering if anyone ever tried one, and if they actually work. I would like to get the kind where you don't have to get out of your car, but use the cigarette lighter outlet. I just don't know if they actually work. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

CH

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BASTET1296200830.007221 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

I have the kind you attach to the battery with cables and highly reccommend it....can't recall the brand right now. I have never used the kind where you just plug into the cig lighter and don't have to get out of the car, but have read not so good things about them...no personal experience. My suggestion would be to read reviews on the different kinds. Having one that works well and is strong enough is invaluable.

mother bear1296201176.63843 PostsRegistered 12/10/2010Puget Sound

Yes we have one that we keep charged(in the house) and if works great when he have had to use it. If your battery is "iffy" you can charge and keep in your trunk.

CharleyHor­se1296201396.0331177 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007

Thank you for your replies Bastet and mother bear. Bastet, I will check out the kind you have. Mother bear, do you have the cigarette lighter outlet kind or the kind Bastet has? Do you remember what brand it is?

Thanks again for the replies.

CH

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mnkitty1296203876.13375 PostsRegistered 12/26/2007

Yes. They work! I live in northwest Minnesota - in a very cold climate. I was having trouble with my car starting earlier this winter. I bought the kind of charger you plug into your lighter. Well, one morning my car battery was DEAD. My first thought was to call a garage to send someone over to jump it, but deceded to try the charger I had bought. I left it plugged in for 10 yo 15 minutes and it started . I drove right to the dealer and bought a new battery. I spent less on the charger than I would have spent to get my car jumped just once. I was skeptical when I made the purchase, but I am glad I bought it.

realsilver­girl1296204129.91979 PostsRegistered 12/12/2009

Go to Autosport website. Get the big red one. It will start a completely dead battery. Most others will only start a partially dying/dead one. Trust me. Mine started a car that had sat for 4 months without starting. You have to recharge it every month or so even if it isn't used. It is great. Expensive but great.

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realsilver­girl1296204250.5371979 PostsRegistered 12/12/2009

It will also pay for itself. Especially if it is -20 below. It has warnings on it to tell you if it is hooked up wrong and a flashlight. But really you have to keep it recharged even if it hasnt' been used. I LOVE MINE.

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If I could, I would let it go.
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realsilver­girl1296204291.4571979 PostsRegistered 12/12/2009

www dot autosportcatalog dot com

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If I could, I would let it go.
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CharleyHor­se1296252378.8171177 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007

Thank you so much mnkitty and realsilvergirl for your replies. I will definitely check out your suggestions.

CH

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MyGirlsMom1296252660.2133422 PostsRegistered 12/5/2008

Thanks for the info everybody because I was thinking of getting one for my daughter for 'just in case'.

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sfnative1296253043.575791 PostsRegistered 4/23/2007Portland, OR

DH has one for his motorcycle and he loves it. Because he doesn't drive the motorcycle all the time, he does have to use it on occasion. It's great!

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CharleyHor­se1296254586.8931177 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007

MGM, I was thinking of getting one for my daughter too. Sfnative, thanks for your reply.

CH

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