Car Jump Starter Battery Pack - Recommendation Please

hello! does anyone have any recommendations or reviews for their car jump starter battery pack? i'm looking for one for my Honda Jazz 2010, but a bit overwhelmed by the amount of choices on ebay and amazon au.

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    Is your Jazz prone to going flat?

    These look particularly good. They don't need precharging;
    https://www.ozcharge.com.au/collections/jump-starters
    https://youtu.be/RKS3waP3Ja0

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    Why do you need one? If you battery is going flat then you just need a new battery they only last about 4 years.

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      wells here's the combination of factors:
      1) car battery only acts up in winter,
      2) 6km city driving to work one-way,
      3) i turn on the heater once i jump into my car. it's cold here in hobart….

      my battery's round window shows green, multimeter shows 12.2V with car engines turned off. i would be inclined to think that my car battery ran out of charge due to insufficient driving distances to recharge the battery properly..

      i would love to have the capacitor jump starters, but not at $250 though. i would need a battery pack that can survive the brutal summer heat in darwin too.

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        That's a wierd one. How old is the battery ? Can you let it run for 10 or so minutes when you get home.

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        Your battery is stuffed, 12.2 is low. The heater has nothing to do with the battery. 6km is plenty to charge the battery.

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          wells this happened in winter 2017, and i had my battery replaced by RACT. i didnt have issues in winter 2018 due to 400kms highway drive per week.

          yes i am not ruling out a stuffed battery, but the health indicator on the battery still shows green…

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            @AirbusA389: Rac batteries are rubbish. 2 years is standard life for a battery. 6km is plenty to charge a battery, I did the maths for people in a thread before, it's not hard to do. Your heater still has no effect on the battery, the heater gets heat from the engine. Batteries are weaker in the cold, that's why weak batteries show up in winter.

            The health indicator is nearly useless, I have a stack of batteries with green health indicators that are all stuffed.

            12.2 volts is a dead battery. Healthy lead acid battery voltage is 12.7

            Drive to a battery shop and they can put the battery on a load tester.

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              @brendanm: hi brendanm, thank you for your advice. will do the load testing or replace the battery next week.

              in terms of battery brands, any to recommend?
              supercharge vs century vs exide?

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                @AirbusA389: Any of the name brands that aren't rac batteries are generally pretty good. Get a sealed maintenance free one. Make sure they have at least a 2 year warranty.

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    Jumper cables and flag someone down when you need to. Saves needing to make sure the jump pack is always charged (which isn't possible when it's in the back of your car all the time)

    Reverse park everywhere

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    mm. i tried flagging people down for 30min while my housemate drove from his workplace to jump start my car. i guess i prefer to be independent…

    i'm also thinking of using the jump pack to power my dash cam battery pack (Thinkware F770). i know that the dash cam cuts off 1 hour after the ignition has been turned off. kinda of defeat the purpose of having a dashcam when i could only park on the roadside 95% of the time.

    hence… anyone having jump start battery packs to recommend?

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    Given the cost of jump starter battery pack, you could just carry a spare battery and replace it when needed.

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    I was very dubious on whether these portable jump starters would actually work. I took a chance on the i900 model from here : https://itechworld.com.au/collections/jump-starters and I was pleasantly surprised. Managed to start my wife's Diesel 4WD from a completely flat battery with no problem at all, and it jump started 3 cars last time we went to the drivein movies. Little bit pricey, but one use paid for it (in my opinion). I paid $179 for the old model (i900), and unfortunately the newer i1000 models are more expensive (but on sale pretty regularly).

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    I bought a portable one from SuperCheap Auto and it works well.
    Had to use it a couple of times and had no problem jump starting my car.
    I left it in the trunk for months and there's no issue with it.

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    I had the same issue with a car which isn't used often. I bought this one thinking that is wasn't much money to risk if it didn't work. Have used it a few times and it works well.

    It's $35.14 but it's showing that you can get 20% off with the code POLAR20

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/13600mAh-Vehicle-Car-Jump-Starte...

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/468431

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    Put a hessian bag over the battery on cold nights. Remove in the morning prior to starting engine.

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