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Yes. They are great. Will start Boat, bike, Truck, whatever you need. Be careful with them. Jumpstarted a airboat with a hot alternator one time and it started getting really hot. Set it down away from everyone and it blew. Made about a 10ft fireball. It was one of the first ones. I believe they have made them safer now and I still carry and use one.
 

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Brandon, FL
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I have had one for about three years. Never used it until last fall when we were deer hunting and buddy left door open and the light killed the battery. Worked fantastic and sure beat walking miles to get cell coverage and a tow truck down miles of dirt road. My guess is it saved $500 and a half a day.
 

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I have one (MicroStart) and while I haven't had to use it on my boat I have given it to two guys at the ramp to jump start theirs and it worked great. I really don't think there is a good reason not to own one!
 

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Brandon, FL
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I do not know the brand of mine but it can be charged by a wall or car usb adaptor, cigarette lighter, changing location of alligator clip. I just top off from the wall the night before I go far from civilization.

The USB port can charge other things that can be charged from a usb charger as well.
 

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Mine exploded ... figuring how to return it it was 1 month out of warranty LOL It's replacement will get the "replacement Plan" LoL Don't breath the fumes my buddy died !
 

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Yes. They are great. Will start Boat, bike, Truck, whatever you need. Be careful with them. Jumpstarted a airboat with a hot alternator one time and it started getting really hot. Set it down away from everyone and it blew. Made about a 10ft fireball. It was one of the first ones. I believe they have made them safer now and I still carry and use one.
It's a lithium battery, right?

If it gets hot, just throw it in the water... :) :)
 

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I carry one in my truck and always in my boat. Haven't had to use the one in the boat yet, but have jumped my truck with it. Mine (can't remember the model) also has a USB port so you can charge dead cell phones, etc which could also come in very handy. Also has a flashlight and strobe type feature. As someone said, no reason not to have one!
 

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Zephyr Cove is on FIRE!
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Interesting -- I've always heard that you don't want to store them in hot places (inside a parked car or on the boat in the summer). Any truth to that?
Seeing that they are used and purposely made for jumping vehicles and boats I don’t think they would sell them if they explode if left in the heat.
My buddy has one on his offshore boat at all times, a few others keep them in their console and numerous folks keep them in their vehicles in Texas summer heat. I’ve never heard of any of them having issues. I am about to grab one for my skiff.
 

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Lowcountry Degen
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Seeing that they are used and purposely made for jumping vehicles and boats I don’t think they would sell them if they explode if left in the heat.
My buddy has one on his offshore boat at all times, a few others keep them in their console and numerous folks keep them in their vehicles in Texas summer heat. I’ve never heard of any of them having issues. I am about to grab one for my skiff.
Yeah, not necessarily explosion issues, just shortened life span and such.
 

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My battery died on my truck monday. Used my Harbor Freight Junk jump charger and it saved my bacon. Truck cranked right up and i drove to get a new battery. Left the jump charger in my truck. Today when I got in my truck that had been sitting in the sun for 2 hours the thermometer on the dash said 109 degrees. Man I'm glad my junk jump chager didn't blow up
 

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Brandon, FL
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Yeah, not necessarily explosion issues, just shortened life span and such.
Like so many things they are cheap and therefore disposable. I will replace mine every couple years whether it has been used or not. To my knowledge there is no way to test under load like a car battery. So out with the old and in with the new.
 
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