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MarkTwain

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Posted: 12/19/20 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any recommendations for a "Truck jump Starter" for an emergency when dead batteries are dead. Looking for some name brands. Would like a good quality one.

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I don't have a recomendation but looking at this page I'd say you want a 2000 to 3000 amp starter: Diesel Jump Starters


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Well to start a diesel requires a large fully charged jump starter, I would rather take my chances with jumper cables. Your reference to dead batteries will take a lot to start.
When the batteries in our 2001 Ram CTD started to fail, jump start took 20 minutes of jump/charging it just cranked enough to get started. This is with mechanical injectors, usually took less than a full revolution to start. Your 2012 need to spin a couple revolutions to start.


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Posted: 12/19/20 10:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 10 year old jump box was recently found to be worthless, I bought this one to replace:

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Rather than buying a NOCO jump starter big enough to start my truck, I bought one more than big enough to start the generator on its own in my camper. If I can get that started, I can get the truck started with my portable charger.

The smaller jump starter can also be used for other things, where the bigger one would have likely been a closet queen.

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That's basically what I did a week ago, except I used my Honda EU2200i and a battery charger.

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Carry a set of long heavy gauge jumper cables. 12' long minimum. 18' better. The cheapy auto ones will not do.


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The batteries on my previous truck died when my wife had the truck. The booster service only had one booster pack, that wasn't enough to start the Duramax. I got there shortly after he tried and it took his booster pack on one battery and my booster pack on the other battery to start the truck.
I now carry two booster packs in the truck , just in case. Haven't used them on the truck, but have used one on the lawn tractor, and a strangers truck in campground in Newfoundland.
I bought them from Amazon, Gooloo was the brand name. only downfall that I have found is there is no cigarette lighter outlet which would be handy for accessory use.


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Posted: 12/20/20 10:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MarkTwain wrote:

Any recommendations for a "Truck jump Starter" for an emergency when dead batteries are dead. Looking for some name brands. Would like a good quality one.


Replace the truck batteries.

If you feel you are needing to have some sort of small battery pack to start your vehicle, you HAVE exceeded the life of the vehicle batteries.

Now days unlike the days in the past vehicles have all kinds of electrical "nannies" which are there to prevent you from running down the batteries by accident (like leaving the lights or radio on too long) and will turn off the offending loads..

Vehicle batteries are a "consumable" wear item, replace them as soon as you notice any slow turnover, slight hesitation before starting and you will never need those jump boxes.

Cold weather tends to show weak/worn batteries faster and as soon as I notice the engine turning over more sluggish than I have normally seen in the past I REPLACE the batteries.

And yet, I typically can get 8 or more years out of a starting battery.

Nearly 40 yrs of driving and I have never been caught with a dead battery needing a jump.

The jump boxes are very limited power capability and you HAVE to REMEMBER to periodically RECHARGE them and 9 chances out of 10 you will have forgotten to recharge it.

I had several portable battery powered air compressors and while the batteries could hold a charge for a yr or so, I still had to remember to recharge it as part of maintenance and over time the internal battery would still cease to function rendering it junk if your life depended on it.

You have a 2012, 8 yrs on the battery, replace the battery now and go for another 8 yrs and don't worry about it.

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Posted: 12/20/20 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did anyone say they were jump starting their trucks routinely? This is planning for an emergency so you can take care of yourself. Even a brand new battery can be run down unintentionally.

As for long heavy cables, for me a small jump starter is a heck of a lot easier to store, and has other uses besides just jump starting the truck.

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