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[Princess Auto] Volcano 2000 Portable Jump Starter - 20800 mAh - $70

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[Princess Auto] Volcano 2000 Portable Jump Starter - 20800 mAh - $70

****I received my Jump starter and it is NOTHING like the description on the Princessauto website. It is NOT 20800 mAh but only 8000 mAh. My two will be going back.
I left a one star review on the PA website so no one else gets duped. It is the 1st time I have seen PA make a mistake like this, they are going to get a ton of returns!
****

Ignore...
OK, this is a warm and potentially hot-ish deal for a large capacity Jump Starter/Power bank. You would have to search pretty hard for even a 10,000 mAh unit at this price point. I have ordered two, but have NOT actually looked one over yet to give it a full seal of approval. If anyone has one, please chime in on its quality. Searches indicate the Volcano 2000 has good reviews, but the pics from PA and Amazon.com look a bit different. It may be old stock, although that should not matter too much with lithium batteries. While a unit like this could have many uses, I plan to use it as a back up power source on my boat for powering a fish finder, phone and even a trolling motor in a pinch. I figure with 20800mAh I could run my trolling motor at half thrust for 20 to 30 minutes -- enough to get me out of a jam if my outboard fails.

Here are the specs:
Package (L x W x H) 10 x 8.2 x 3.3 in.
Weight 1.9 lbs
Wattage (W) 10
Number of Outlets USB Type-C and DC ports
Battery Type 20800 mAh Lithium
Type Volcano 2000
Amperage Rating (A) 2000 Peak
Voltage Rating (V DC) 12

The USB C is in and out, so you have some good charging options. If you have a solar panel and charge controller with a usb port, it should be easy to keep one of these topped up in many outdoor situations.

I get delivery on Monday and will have a better idea of just what kind of deal this really is. Keep that in mind before getting your claws out...
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and folks this is how you write up a hot deal... thank you so much for sharing this deal and calling out the fact that you haven't personally tested it yet.
Bob123456 wrote: I have ordered two, but have NOT actually looked one over yet to give it a full seal of approval. If anyone has one, please chime in on its quality.
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Avery83 wrote: Judging by the reviews on Amazon US, this is a pretty solid unit, good find!
link to reviews
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always seems like a good idea to keep one of these in my car but....
1. i have caa
2. seems like a bad idea in the heat of the summer to keep one of these battery packs
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Guess the one on Amazon US seems like a newer model like the OP said, pictures on Princessauto weren't loading for me
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davidqbp wrote: always seems like a good idea to keep one of these in my car but....
1. i have caa
2. seems like a bad idea in the heat of the summer to keep one of these battery packs
I've had similar unbranded one of these straight from Alibaba for over 7 years now. Always left it in my car - no problems so far. Still does well.

I've helped quite a few people jump start their cars/trucks/boats/lawn mowers and bring it travelling camping etc. Having it just for travelling and camping alone was worth it.

Just about any 12v appliance works great (think inflator, speakers, stereos, HDDs etc)

I'm not and engineer though so feel free to double check on keeping it in a hot car.
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davidqbp wrote: always seems like a good idea to keep one of these in my car but....
1. i have caa
2. seems like a bad idea in the heat of the summer to keep one of these battery packs
You would think so...BUTTT I lived in Fl for 20 years and you would be AMAZED Face Screaming In Fear by how many people are out boosting a battery when it is 80+ degrees F Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes
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Thx for the share, OP - upvoted of course!

Anyone familiar with these know if it's better to keep in the house (guessing mostly car won't start at home) or just leaving in the car is fine (outlier temps here some -40C days to +35C)?

Been on the lookout for one since I hesitated and missed the BF Amazon ones - IIRC ~$60. Figured it would be good to have without having to wait for roadside service, esp since been driving less with the lockdown. Try to get out 1/wk but never know.

cheers,
:)
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klamchowder wrote: Thx for the share, OP - upvoted of course!

Anyone familiar with these know if it's better to keep in the house (guessing mostly car won't start at home) or just leaving in the car is fine (outlier temps here some -40C days to +35C)?

Been on the lookout for one since I hesitated and missed the BF Amazon ones - IIRC ~$60. Figured it would be good to have without having to wait for roadside service, esp since been driving less with the lockdown. Try to get out 1/wk but never know.

cheers,
:)
Technically it is better to keep them indoors, but of course doing that means you probably won't have it when you need it. Heat isn't ideal for lithium batteries as it degrades their overall lifespan. Cold doesn't damage them, but does reduce the power output, this review of several unrelated models should give you an idea of how much cold affects these kinds of boosters:

Anecdotally, I have two boosters that stay in the cars, average winters down to -15C and summers to 35C. One 500A Aukey and one 4000A Gooloo. At -10C to -15C the 500A struggled to start a 4-cyl and was not enough to start a V6, while the 4000A was able to start both without issue.
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Tempting. It’s got a pretty large footprint tho: 10 x 8.2 x 3.3 in.

Can jump up to 8l diesel, that’s pretty cool. Can’t tell what the battery capacity is. 20ah at what voltage?
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If you need to use one and it's cold, just stick it inside your jacket for a bit and warm it up with your body heat.
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Well, a quicker way to warm it up is putting it in a grocery bag and peeing on it. The heat from your urine is much hotter than the surface of your skin. You kill two bird with one stone using this method.
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davidqbp wrote: always seems like a good idea to keep one of these in my car but....
1. i have caa
2. seems like a bad idea in the heat of the summer to keep one of these battery packs
CAA is great and I have roadside as well, but if this saves me from sitting in a parking lot for an hour in the cold or the heat waiting for a boost, it is worth every penny. I'd buy one if I hadn't recently bought the Motomaster equivalent, although it is still tempting to keep one in the boat.
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Avery83 wrote: Guess the one on Amazon US seems like a newer model like the OP said, pictures on Princessauto weren't loading for me
Seems PA's website is a bit glitchy at the moment. If the page fails to load in full on first attempt, try to reload it a few times.
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Specs appear to be outstanding for the price but struggling to find any other information on this model from another site..

I placed the order so let's see what ends up arriving. Thanks OP!
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leebee wrote: If you need to use one and it's cold, just stick it inside your jacket for a bit and warm it up with your body heat.
Won’t be much body heat in -40 temperatures, the most likely case where you’ll need one of these.
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Sypher006 wrote: Well, a quicker way to warm it up is putting it in a grocery bag and peeing on it. The heat from your urine is much hotter than the surface of your skin. You kill two bird with one stone using this method.
Why put it in a bag? Seems like a waste of a bag no?
Those things are 5 cents each, could get costly over time.
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I've used a similar lithium jump starter on my trolling motor and it did work but completely destroyed the cells after and it stopped working. So I'd only use it in an emergency as it might break after.
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Much appreciate the vid & DPs @Kwirky - I didn't really know what all the numbers meant at first but the later comparison after they were put in the freezer was very clear - thanks!

Glad I jumped on this - now OOS at my store so saved $8 delivery.
ETA: Store phoned saying OOS - but free shipping on min $50 orders so can just get this delivered! Note shipping charge shows but once you choose your shipper (courier or CP), the shipping charge is deducted.

cheers,
:)
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Madstinge wrote: I've used a similar lithium jump starter on my trolling motor and it did work but completely destroyed the cells after and it stopped working. So I'd only use it in an emergency as it might break after.
Good to know. I have a deep cycle battery I use when using my trolling motor specifically, but it is heavy and cumbersome, so not ideal for "just in case" use. How many times did you use the your jump starter on your trolling motor and at what level of thrust -- also what was the mAh rating and peak output of your jump starter? Interested to know the limitations of a jump starter as a backup for this purpose. For sure they are not designed for continuous output, but the higher the output rating (2000 peak for the Volcano 2000), the longer the circuitry should hold up under continuous use at a lower power output.

RFD is a great knowledge base!

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