Category : Battery Chargers / Jump Starters
Just as the title of this post states – It is the season for car battery jump starters. As the seasons change and it gets colder out up here in the northern hemisphere, car batteries tend to have more difficulty providing the necessary cranking amps to be able to start the vehicle. This is due to the higher amperage requirements upon cold start-ups. We wont get too technical on you, but it has to do with more activity on the molecular level when temperatures are warmer.
Don’t know which jumpstarter to get? You’re not alone. Our most common question we receive from customers is along those lines. Many of our customers are automotive industry professionals who are savvy enough to figure this out for themselves. If you’re not a service technician, you may need our guidance. Great, that’s what we’re here for.
The best course to determine this is to just look at the battery that is already in your vehicle. How many cranking amps does it have? Once you look at all of your vehicles that might potentially need a jump start, and then you determine which of these cars requires the most cranking amps, then you can just simply choose a booster pack that provides a little more cranking amps than that. Usually, the battery will have a sticker on it that says how many cranking amps it has.
There are many different hand-held car battery booster packs to choose from. There are many different manufacturers to choose from as well. We tend to carry only those products made for use in a commercial application. We figure if a professional would be happy with it, then it should be good enough for somebody using it for their own personal use.
Most home/hobbyist customers end up purchasing our JNC660 jumpstarter from the Jump N Carry line of automotive starters. This unit is lightweight and compact, yet still offers sufficient amperage to get most typical passenger cars and light trucks started. For those needing even more power, we might recommend the powerful JNC950. It will be able to start those full size trucks and SUV’s and it will meet those more demanding situations where you need to start many vehicles under the more extreme conditions. There are many other models, including the JNC1224, which can start cars with 12 volt systems, as well as truck that operate under a 24 volt system. There is also the JNCAIR. This unit has a built-in air compressor that offers a power air source to inflate car tires quickly. Again, commercial quality air compressor in this unit folks. No cheap, discount products. These were meant to get the job done, and to last. These are not your typical throw away’s.
We also carry hand held models from Booster Pac, and DSR. Again, only commercial quality items.
Let us know if you have any questions and we will fit you with the proper starter for your application.
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The next type of modern battery is the Gel Acid Battery. These batteries use a gel instead of a water / acid solution or glass mat media. The gel is mixed with a sulfuric acid that again reduces the fatigue of vibration and shock, keeping the plates stable inside the confines of the case. The gel cell battery is better suited to frequent deep cycles and draw-downs. You can expect a greater life span out of the gel cell.
Modern vehicles place a greater demand on the vehicle’s electric system and gel cell batteries can provide the extra power needed. They also operate better under a greater temperature range. As with anything, there are drawbacks to gel cell batteries. Plus, they are dramatically more expensive than traditional lead acid batteries. They also require Smart battery chargers that can charge them at the optimal rate and maintain the perfect voltage in the battery during the process. These chargers utilize a constant charging rate at the ideal rate.
AGM (absorbent glass mat) Batteries are a more modern type of battery that offers several advantages. The lead plates are suspended in a glass mat material and the electrolytes are in the glass mat as well. These batteries are less prone to shock, and hold up better to abuse. There is also no concern about venting and replacing water in the battery. Are there drawbacks to AGM batteries? Yes. High on that list is the price. These batteries are significantly more expensive. This cost will tend to even out over time as the AGM battery tends to last longer than traditional flooded batteries. AGM batteries require specialized battery chargers that can charge them at the optimal rate. These chargers are called Smart Chargers and again and generally more expensive than traditional battery chargers.
Deep Cycle Marine Batteries are another type of battery that is better suited to longer term, deeper draw downs and frequent recharging. These batteries can be constructed of AGM, Glass mat, and traditional flooded batteries. Charging these batteries is more complicated than traditional lead acid batteries and a specialized “Smart” battery charger should be employed to maintain optimum battery health.
We carry many different battery chargers, but the ideal battery charger for any battery type is our Pro-Logix line of battery chargers by Solar. They are fully automatic chargers that utilize a microprocessor to provide the perfect charging rate for each battery it happens to be hooked up to. You can move from one type of battery to the next in quick succession and not have to worry about the charging rates and conditions. It’s all taken care of for you.
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Automotive batteries have changed quite a bit in the last few years. Their construction is vastly different from even just a decade ago. The technology involved in the modern battery is so much more advanced, and auto manufacturers are using these new products in their new autos that are coming off the assembly line. The typical automotive lead acid battery has leaped ahead to become a more reliable commodity, able to compete with other, more advanced battery types.
The most common automotive battery type is the lead acid battery. This type of battery has lead plates submerged in a wet electrolyte acid solution. They are a very reliable method to power a car’s electrical system. They are great for starting and cranking. They tend not to be as good for other applications, like deep cycle applications, where you would be drawing down (discharge) the battery to very low charge, and then recharging. This tends to prematurely deplete the typical automotive lead acid battery.
There are deep cycle lead acid batteries, but they are not as good for starting purposes, which is the most important function for a car battery. The lead acid batteries also have issues with the water to evaporate if it is a vented battery. Vibration and shock could also cause a lead plate to become dislodged and will cause premature battery failure. Modern vehicles place high demand on an automobile’s battery. All of the modern appliances that a car has draw down a battery much faster than in the past. This means batteries will discharge much faster even when the automobile is turned off.
Fathers Day is a great time to give your dad a gift that he can really use. Sick of giving away ties and socks? Give him something that he really needs. Everybody needs a handheld jump starter box, whether they realize it or not.
If you’ve ever been stuck somewhere out in the cold with a dead battery, you know what we mean. If you haven’t, odds are, you will be sometime in the future. Many times, your car battery can die without any warning. You start it up fine one day, and the next, it doesn’t start. Modern car batteries usually last from 5 to 7 years depending on various factors. Even if you car battery is strong and healthy, all it takes is one time of forgetting that you left an overhead light on in the cab. Then you go to start it, and …. nothing.
That’s why we thought it was a perfect time to have a sale on Fathers Day for this type of product. It’s something every dad can use. For this week only, from 6/25 through July 2nd, take an additional $10 off any of our Jump N Carry hand held jump starters. They are already on sale at the lowest prices on the web. But we took it just a little further – For DAD!
These are the absolute best jump start units on the market today. They are commercial quality, packed with features and made to last with the most durable case in the industry. They also have the most comprehensive warranty in the industry.
Don’t wait. Contact us today.
No list of must-have auto shop equipment would be complete without mentioning battery chargers. This is a vital component to add to any garage owner’s arsenal of tools and equipment. They are not only needed for charging batteries of disabled vehicles, but also for starting them if necessary.
But what type of Automotive Battery Charger should you get? There are so many different types and styles that a consumer who doesn’t know what he is looking for can be overwhelmed. First course of action is to determine the purposes for your charger. Do you need it just to trickle charge some car batteries, or will you also need it for jump starting cars as well? What type of vehicles will you be using it on? If you’re focusing mainly sports cars, then you probably don’t need a very large or powerful charger. Maybe a bench top charger with a 10 amp maximum charging rate along with a lower 2 amp trickle charging rate when needed will suffice. Then again, if you service a fleet of trucks, you’ll want to make sure that the charger you get has plenty of power and charges at a variety of charging rates, along with a powerful 200 to 300 amp starting rate.
Then there are other features that you may want to consider. Some chargers will have some very useful features that will help you diagnose vehicle charging system problems. Some of these features include a battery load tester to confirm the battery is good. Some chargers can test the alternator to make sure it is supplying voltage to the battery. Some chargers have a timer that will turn it off after a designated time peroid. Others are automatic and will turn off when the battery is fully charged so you don’t have to worry about overcharging the automobile battery. Some chargers are UL approved for outdoor use.
Finally, you’ll want to consider which manufacturer you prefer. There are many fine manufacturers of automotive battery chargers. We carry several that are considered leaders, including Schumacher, Solar, and Christie. Stick with a leader and you can’t go wrong.
It’s their model 520A-PE bench top charger. It’s one of our most popular models, and for good reason. It’s got all the features you would want in a professional Battery Charger. It’s got a fast 10 amp charging rate, as well as a low 2 amp rate for trickle charging. It’s got easy to read color coded gauges with an analog meter. It has reverse hook up safety, and best of all, it’s fully automatic, so it will turn on and off as needed. Go ahead – leave it hooked up indefinitely. Just like they say – set it, and forget it. Don’t worry about overcharging your batteries.
It’s got a durable impact resistant plastic case, 6 foot cables and sure grip clamps so you can grab onto those smaller side terminals that are so difficult to keep your clips on. Plus it has a convenient handle for carrying it.
It is an affordable unit that is a great value for smart shoppers.
Plus, don’t forget, it’s made by the best name in the battery charger industry – Schumacher Electric. They’ve been manufacturing some of the finest products for decades.
Our normal price for this model is $63 with free shipping. For a limited time, we are offering them at $15 off our regular price. Your cost is $48 with free shipping.
This was Barrett Jackson’s 40th anniversary, so it was a special event.
You could watch the highlights unfold live on cable TV if you wished. This not only makes for interesting TV, but it also serves as a primer course on what to expect if you plan on selling, buying or just attending the event in the future.
Many celebrities and athletes were there, including Richard Petty, Randy Johnson, Brett Michaels, Tim Allen, Valleri Bertinelli and many more.
One of the more notable sales was the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville “JFK ambulance”, which sold for $132,000. This was the vehicle that carried JFK’s body to the hospital.
Barrett – Jackson recently purchased our Solar 2001 and 3001 Wheeled Automotive Jump Starters from us in late 2010. These are premium automotive wheeled jump start units that are manufactured by the best company in the business – Clore Automotive. All components are premium quality, and with features that are meant for longevity. If these automotive jump start units are good enough for Barrett Jackson, they should be good enough for your shop.
Technology when it relates the the automotive service equipment industry is always changing. It’s no different with battery testers. The old carbon pile load battery testers were great in their day, and they can still perform an important task, but the new battery testers are superior in many ways. These new testers function with a conductance system, and have a screen that allow you to perform various tests on the entire electrical system. You can gain a thorough knowledge of the charging and electric system condition with these new system testers more efficiently.
The Solar1855 Carbon Pile Load Tester is made for professionals and the serious DIY crowd.
Ir is a variable load carbon pile tester that offers complete and reliable accuracy when performing battery load tests.
It has an 800 amp load test for 12 volt batteries, alternators, starters and regulators. It tests batteries all the way up to 1600 cold cranking amps, has color coded full size voltmeter and ammeter to clearly monitor testing process, super grip heavy-duty battery clamps and a one year warranty.
For those who want to be on the cutting edge of battery testers, there is the SolarBA327 Digital Battery Tester and System Tester with Integrated Printer. It is a complete testing solution for 6 and 12 Volt batteries and 6, 12 and 24 Volt charging systems. It’s compatible with a wide variety of battery types,
it has easy, intuitive operation with accurate, and speedy assessment of battery condition and starting and charging system performance. Can test up to 2000 cold cranking amps, has an LCD display, 10 foot cables, polarity protection, and an integrated printer. All this in one small 5 lb. package. It is multilingual, is compatible with most battery types, including flooded, AGM and Gel Cell. It has a back lit LCD screen for low light conditions and a case for safe storage. It can even compensate for temperature.
As you can see, when you jump from old technology to the latest, state-of-the-art technology, you can enjoy some valuable benefits. What type of battery / starting system tester does your shop have? Are you happy with it’s features? Are there certain features you need?
A vehicle’s battery is a vital component. The electrical systems of today’s modern cars require more juice than ever before. Not just for starting purposes. Plus there are components and systems that drain the battery even while the vehicle turned off.
Of course, larger engines require more power. Cold weather also requires more power, because the oil and fluids are thicker and the chemical reaction in the batteries is slower.
So, Just how many cranking amps should your jump starter have? Your battery in your vehicle should give you a clue. It will typically list the cranking amp rating, and/or cold cranking amp rating right on it. Your owner’s manual should also list this information. Cranking amps is a rating of amperage output of the battery at 32 degrees F. Cold cranking amps is a rating of amperage output of the battery at zero degrees F. As the temperature goes down, so does the amperage output of the battery.
Get a jumpstarter that puts out as many cranking amps as the batteries in your car require. The thought here is that if the vehicles battery is completely dead, you will need every bit of power as the battery normally puts out. If the jump starter has less power, you may be able to start the car if the battery isn’t completely dead, but you will be left stranded if it is.
Battery maintenance is also important. If it is not sealed, check it every season to make sure the water level is proper. Remember to only put distilled water in it, otherwise contaminants and minerals could attached to the lead plates and cause build-up and premature death of the battery. You should also check the terminals and clamps to make sure they don’t have corrosion on them. Sometimes the buildup is bad, and the acid can be problematic. You can counteract the acid by creating a solution of baking soda and water. It not only neutralizes the acid, it will help you remove the build-up and corrosion. Use a wire brush to remove any corrosion and before re-attaching them, brush on a commercial corrosion inhibitor. Replace any hardware that is corroded beyond repair. Wear eye protection when working with batteries. Nothing is more painful than acid. Even one small drop can cause great pain and tissue damage. If some acid gets on you, flush with copious amounts of water.
When disconnecting the battery in your vehicle, you should connect your jump starter to the vehicle via the DC power port. Most jump starters come with a DC power port and a male to male plug. This will save the memory of the various electronic components in your vehicle.
If your vehicle is frequently in storage for extended periods of time, you may want to get a Car Battery Charger to maintain the charge. Be sure to get one that is automatic. It will turn on and off as needed, so you won’t overcharge the car’s battery. It just maintains a full charge.
Follow these maintenance tips to avoid getting stranded out on the road on a cold winter day. And make sure to get a good quality Battery Jump Starter to be prepared in the event you do get stranded.
Battery maintenance always becomes a popular subject this time of year. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold can lead to premature death of a battery. Typical lead acid batteries, such as those found in your average automobile lose approximately 30 to 40% of their power and longevity when they reach 32 degrees F, and can lose even more during hot extremes.
If you don’t want to get caught stranded on a cold winter night, take extra care to maintain your battery and keep it fully charged at all times. It also would be wise to carry an automotive jump starter in your vehicle’s trunk for just such an emergency.
If you are leaving your vehicle idle for extended periods of time, such as car collectors who perhaps only break their vehicles out for a quick spin once a month, or for a car show or two during the summer, the odds of your car not starting due to a low battery increase dramatically. One way to prevent a low battery condition in this situation is to hook up a Battery Charger / battery maintainer that will monitor your battery’s state of charge and trickle charge it when it needs in and turns off once the battery is completely charged.
If you take care of your battery when in storage, it won’t let you down when you need it most.