COLEMAN PMJ8960 Powermate Compact Emergency Jumpstart Device

COLEMAN PMJ8960 Powermate Compact Emergency Jumpstart Device

Manufacturer:
Coleman

UPC:
662230008968

Retail Price:
$49.99

Avg. Rating:

COLEMAN PMJ8960 Powermate Compact Emergency Jumpstart Device -- When you need it, you REALLY need it! This easily transported, easily stored accessory features a 10 amp/hour maintenance free battery, feeding a rugged pair of jumper cables. Perfect for car, truck, or boat. 500 peak amps / 250 cold cranking amps Reverse polarity indicator light and alarm for added protection Booster cable ON/OFF Switch for added safety Built-in fluorescent worklight Dual 12-volt power ports for operating 12-volt accessories -- great in emergencies LED battery level indicator lights signal when recharging is required AC and DC charging adaptors included
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New Coleman Jump Start System 10amp / Hr In Box Model #pmj8960New Coleman Jump Start System 10amp / Hr In Box Model #pmj8960
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COLEMAN PMJ8960 Powermate Compact Emergency Jumpstart Device Specs:
Product NameCOLEMAN PMJ8960 Powermate Compact Emergency Jumpstart Device
ManufacturerColeman
Product Number MPNPMJ8960
Retail Price $49.99
UPC662230008968
Weight1 lbs.
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Latest 6 Reviews
Here is what people are saying about the COLEMAN PMJ8960 Powermate Compact Emergency Jumpstart Device
2 Star Rating  "Coleman Jumpstart system" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
Unfortunately the product was defective. The company was very customer friendly.
I did not have any problem returning it for credit.
 
2 Star Rating  "CAUTION: The AC adapter might be faulty." 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from San Diego, CA
I've owned this model for...oh...quite a long time, I'd say about 13 years or so (I might be off). In that time I've only needed to use it one time - when the alternator went out on a car I owned, and I had to get it replaced. Without an alternator, of course the battery drains instantly, so I couldn't get it down to the shop. I decided to connect this to the battery to start the car - 1996 Chrysler Sebring convertible V6, for reference - and then just left it connected and closed the hood, driving with it attached to the battery. I made it all the way down to the shop...a distance of about 5 miles, and it never cut out, never died, never failed, even when I parked at the shop. I was quite impressed at this feat.

The reason I give it two stars though, has to do with what I consider not only a serious issue, but potentially a fatal one. The included AC adapter might have issues when charging this device; I noticed one day that mine was beyond hot, and the outer casing was melting! I've included pictures so you don't think I'm joshing you...The potential danger of something like this negates any true benefit. I like the device, but I think they need to go back and retool the device to use maybe a retractable extension cord or use better fuses or something else to avoid things like this. It could burn your house down easily, especially if you leave it charging in the garage.

Just be careful when deciding on this device.
 
5 Star Rating  "Ignore the bad reviews...." 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Nevada City, Ca.
I've had this product for well over five years and it still holds a charge fine. I don't leave it in the car to loose it's charge over the course of the months and years, I keep it in the house and if I take a long road trip where I may be away from quick roadside service, then I bring it along. I use the light at camp and in the house during power outages and periodically charge the battery as needed or before road trips, being careful not to overcharge. No big deal. The several times I've needed it to actually jump start a vehicle, it's worked like a charm with power to spare. I just bought a 200W inverter ( check out the "powercup inverter" on this very website:http://www.amazon.com/Power-Line-0900-66-200-Watt-Inverter/dp/B000QFISDK ) so now I can recharge my cell phone, run my laptop, re charge the iPod, and even run a vacuum sealer to preserve the fish I am going to catch on my upcoming camping trip. You could even run a TV off this thing if desired. I'll save the truck battery, and only re-charge the jump start battery while I'm driving down the road. Bottom line, if you take care of the jump start battery like the directions tell you to, it won't let you down. Mine is still going strong after more than 5 years of light duty use. Getting something that runs off of D-cells sounds like a waste of resources to me......
 
5 Star Rating  "This is just a "Lawnmower" size 12V battery in a housing" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Everett, Wa
I purchased this unit with the purpose in mind of using it as a portable power source for little things. For example, if I go camping it can provide power for lights, an air matress inflater, etc. It can also be a longer lasting light source during a power outage than a typical flashlight.
As far as it living up to it's title of "jump starting" a car, I've not tried that. The rule of thumb I was taught in shop classes was "A battery should have twice the CCA of whatever your engine size is in CID" (and if you don't know CCA is cold cranking amps while CID is Cubic inch Displacement). Based on the battery size and label of "250 CCA", I'd guess it has a good chance on a car with a 4 cylinder engine (which are often ~100CID). I'd expect that a car with a 6 cylinder engine (~200 CID) would be lucky to get going off of this unit and a truck with a V8 or bigger engine (300+CID) would have little chance of starting. It's chances are also better if it's been charged recently (so plugging it in for 1/2 an hour every month to maintain it is probably a lot better than charging it 1 time and ignoring it until you suddenly need it). Also, if the cars battery is fully drained and you hook this up, the cars dead battery will instantly start "stealing" power & take away a fair part of it's ability to start the car. In that situation you may have a better chance of starting the car if you disconnect the dead battery, started the car with just the jump start units power, then reconnect the dead battery after starting.
So don't expect a small battery like this to provide that much power (even if they try and sell you with labels like "500 peak amps" etc).
 
1 Star Rating  "Don't depend on this to start your car." 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
After about 2 years mine no longer holds a charge. Brand new it wouldn't start a dead battery in above freezing weather. Don't depend on this to get your car started in a jam. You will have more success push starting your car uphill.
 
5 Star Rating  "I've owned mine for close to five years........................................" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
1) Okay, it's an older model, dosen't have the light
2) Keep in the box in my pick-up
3) Have jump started at least a dozen cars.
4) Inflated several tires
5) Just used the DC outlets for the past three days because my power is out to run:
a) a small TV
b) a portable DVD player
c) recharge my cell phone
d) And yes, still has a full charge

6) granted, it won't start a car that with a "fully" dead battery, but either will my 50 amp jump starter
 
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