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post #1 of 39 Old 12-30-2014, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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I'll admit that I worry too much. I enjoy solo trips and pack too many tools to be prepared for any eventuality. I got spooked reading the thread about sudden stator failures in Glees so I'll be installing a voltmeter this winter.

But I'm also thinking of getting one of these small lithium booster batteries. They are small enough to fit in a pocket and supposedly can jump start a car multiple times on a single charge. If my stator failed I should be able to use this device to get me to a safe place. And , bonus, it can be used to charge my cell phone.

Name brand ones go for about $130 but you can get similar looking ones from online China shops for half the price. For example: 15000mAh Multi Function Portable Car Jump Starter Battery Power Bank for Laptop Notebook Mobile Phone-in Car Batteries from Automobiles & Motorcycles on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

So, has anyone used one of these?
Any experience with name brand vs knock offs?

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post #2 of 39 Old 12-30-2014, 10:41 AM
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There seem to be many version of that battery pack. They are listed from 12,000 mAh to 18,000 mAh. DealExtreme sell them:

"18000mAh" Car Emergency Launcher Jump Starter Power Bank w/ LED Torch + USB Output Port - White - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

And there is something interesting from the specification section:

Theoretical capacity: 18000mAh; Actual capacity: 10000mAh.

10,000 mAh is not bad anyway, it would be equal to the battery in our VStrom.
Enough to jumpstart and ride maybe 1 hour with light disconnected.

I dont have one yet but considering to buy one. If so, I will post here the real numbers. I have a smart charger/discharger (I use it for RC airplane battery packs) that display the real capacity after discharging or charging the pack.

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I have the AntiGravity one. Never had to use it on my bike but did use it on a V-8 Explorer. It had not been charged for over 6 months but it spun the V-8 over easily.

Micro Start XP 1 - Antigravity Batteries

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Antigravity XP-3kit.
Lighter and more compact than booster cables. These micro batteries with get a bike or car started and are great for keeping laptops, phones and all my toys running at a campsite.
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I'll admit that I worry too much. I enjoy solo trips and pack too many tools to be prepared for any eventuality. I got spooked reading the thread about sudden stator failures in Glees so I'll be installing a voltmeter this winter.

But I'm also thinking of getting one of these small lithium booster batteries. They are small enough to fit in a pocket and supposedly can jump start a car multiple times on a single charge. If my stator failed I should be able to use this device to get me to a safe place. And , bonus, it can be used to charge my cell phone.

Name brand ones go for about $130 but you can get similar looking ones from online China shops for half the price. For example: 15000mAh Multi Function Portable Car Jump Starter Battery Power Bank for Laptop Notebook Mobile Phone-in Car Batteries from Automobiles & Motorcycles on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

So, has anyone used one of these?
Any experience with name brand vs knock offs?
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My retired CHP BMW had two batteries on it, one in the glove box. I inagine there is a lithium battery that might lay flat under the seat by the tail light assy.
Those little Aux batteries seem pretty nifty.
I spent the 15 bucks on a set of Jumper Cables at a rally last summer that I hope will be my salvation in that bad moment. God Bless the good Samaritan that helps me!
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started a Jeep today

I got a chance to use my Antigravity XP-3kit today in a mall parking lot. A woman in a dead Jeep asked if I could help her. She offered me her booster cables and I know that she was somewhat amazed when I used my little battery and the adapting cable. I was a bit amazed myself how well is works.

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I have one I keep under the seat of my Wee and I used it to start a V6 motor that had sat for a couple of months and the battery was showing about 2volts, it worked, only just but it did work, I did have to hook up the jumper battery and let it sit for a about 4 minutes before it would do the job, I believe it would start a bike without any problem.

But with the technology used in these batteries you can not run your bike off the jumper battery after it has started, it will start a chemical reaction in the battery that could become dangerous, draining the battery too fast or charging it too quick will kill it.

I have one that belonged to a mate, it failed to start the car and he did hear a crack come from the jumper battery at the time, when he put it back on charge it would never get the charged full light to show up so he left it to charge for about 12 hours and the battery overheated, expanded and forced the outer cover to blow open.



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Good luck doing repairs, starting a Vstrom that is kaput, or solving any of life's challenges in an emergency using cheap tools that your bought from China. Saving a few bucks won't help much in an breakdown situation way out in the boonies.

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Good luck doing repairs, starting a Vstrom that is kaput, or solving any of life's challenges in an emergency using cheap tools that your bought from China. Saving a few bucks won't help much in an breakdown situation way out in the boonies.
Sigh, you're right. I don't want to be stuck with a dead battery in the middle of nowhere, only to be let down by a cheap knock off unit. So I ordered the Antigravity XP-3.

Thanks everyone for the useful input.

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