Monday, January 27, 2014
Something I am going to upgrade.
I have a car battery charger. It's not exactly like this one, because I bought mine back in the late eighties, but this is close. Mine will either charge your battery, or give you two good shots at starting the vehicle. If you don't get it running in two "cranks" a breaker shuts the unit down and you have to wait about ten minutes for it to cool off before trying again.
In doing some looking around on the internet, I find that these have largely gone out of vogue. They need an electric plug to work, and that's a big drawback if you come out of a store and find your car won't start.
However, I found lots of similar units that have nothing to do with charging. They are battery packs that give you enough power to start your car anywhere, then you take them home and plug them in to recharge. That's what I'm going to buy. They are not cheap but they aren't ruinously expensive either, and I think one per vehicle is in order. That doesn't include the truck. Cranking that engine with a battery unit would not work, because the truck itself carries two massive batteries. Not a problem though since I can use a spray of ether for that if need be.