val at mongo.mongobird.com
Fri Dec 24 14:06:54 PST 2010
Yep, battery boosters, and in jump start packs.
Farmer Jim down the road, says he gets his 12 cyl combine going with one
of them. Debugging a car, he dropped on off for me to play with.
Interstate 3000. LEDs on the clamps, long, but not long enough clamps,
polarity wrong warnings, a go/no-go meter for the onboard battery,
a roadsize flasher, and so on.
So I tried it. Yep it boosted things, but I'm not sure that it was any
different than a battery with jumper cables. I returned it before I took
So are these things something like a 20 Ah battery, and other than the
onboard charger, the warning electronics, and the cute little LEDs in the
jumper clamps, is there any fancy electronics? Or is it simply a battery,
with a switch, in parallel with your existing, presumably cranked-out battery?
Diesel relevancy: Eventually, your diesel will need a jump. If the other
engine has a 130+ Amp alternator, and you have 4 ga or better cables, your
life is always easier.
ps: Farmer Jim should consider a solar trickle charger for the combines
parked outside, and a smart charger for the batteries inside. Actually,
I think one of the combines already has one...
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