Sunday, December 16, 2012

Stanley 450 Amp Jump Starter with Compressor

Stanley Jump Starter.jpeg
Here's a cool device that I picked up a couple of weeks ago at the local Sam's Club although you can also pick up a similar device from Amazon.  
This is a pretty nifty gadget with several functions that I'll describe in a bit, but first a little background on why you should consider purchasing one of these.
I learned (the hard way) not too long ago that most new car batteries don't last much longer than 2 years.  After 24 months, you're on borrowed time.
During the Midwest Dental Conference here in KC in April, I had a chance to have dinner with my good friend Dr. Bob Lowe, who was speaking at the conference.  I had also been invited to speak and didn't want to take my laptop bag with me to dinner so Bob and I left our bags in his room at the downtown Sheraton and went out for a bite.  When we returned, we pulled up in front of the Sheraton and they were dealing with a lot of traffic due to the dental meeting.  The entry way was crowded with lots of vehicles coming and going.  When we navigated the traffic and managed to get to the front door, I told the doorman I needed to run up to Bob's room and grab my bag, but that I wasn't staying and wouldn't be more than a few minutes.  He told me to just shut the Tahoe off and leave the keys with him.
I ran up to Bob's room, grabbed my laptop bag, and headed back down.  I put the key in the ignition, turned it, and … zip, nadda, nothing.  A brief flicker of every dashboard light and then complete and utter darkness.  I wasn't going anywhere… and I was blocking major amounts of traffic in the main driveway in front of the hotel.  My heart began to race...
I hopped out and told the doorman who called the valet and they worked on getting an emergency starter device out to me.  Meanwhile I called AAA hoping that someone could save me.  The Sheraton guys got me jump started and the AAA guy arrived about 10 minutes later and gave the Tahoe a once over making sure it was just the battery.  He was the one who told me the new car battery life expectancy is 24 months.  I was 6 months past that.
I was pretty lucky in this, all things considered.  I was lucky enough to have a jump start system available and AAA able to quickly respond.  However, what if I had been out in the middle of nowhere?  Our new vehicles don't give us any warning of a low battery anymore, so this has the potential to happen anywhere at anytime.  
This is where the Stanley device pictured above comes to the rescue.  It has a battery that has 450 amps of instant starting power and 900 peak amps of power.  This allows you to start your vehicle without another vehicle.  It has jumper cables attached.  You just attach the cables, flip the switch, and turn your ignition.
It also has a built-in air compressor that will allow you to inflate low tires.
Of course, being a geek, I also like the fact that it has a DC power port that allows you plug in "cigarette lighter" plugs to charge devices or power a laptop if necessary.  It also has a USB charging port in case you don't have a DC power plug as well as a very bright LED light.
The battery is charged by plugging it into an AC power source.  Once charged, you just load it into your vehicle and you are good to go.

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