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Winter road rescue - RAC Jump Starter review

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 24, 2013

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RAC Jump Starter

Priced £39.99 — To find your nearest stockist contact Saxon with your postcode on 01488 689 400 or email info@saxon-brands.com. To find out more about Saxon and its brands visit www.saxon-brands.com

IT’S hard to believe that we are nearing the end of March enduring freezing temperatures — and even snow.

Complacency in Britain’s climate can leave you stranded — you have to be prepared for the worst 365 days a year.

If it’s not the threat of snow it’s flooding — all weather extremes which take their toll on your car’s electronics.

I have been stranded in the past with a faulty battery. On one occasion I had to wait an age for help to arrive, and on the second occasion, my so-called ‘good Samaritan’ gave me a jump start and then promptly drove away with my jump leads, torch and tools.

Unwilling to endure either of these experiences again in a hurry, I’m always looking to be prepared and this RAC jump starter is just the answer.

If I suffer a flat battery again in the future, I won’t have to wait for help to arrive and I’m not going to be fleeced in the process either.

These jump starting devices have been on the market for a few years and the ones I have used before are big and bulky.

It therefore came as quite a surprise to see that this brightly-coloured RAC model is compact and lightweight.

Suitable for petrol engines up to 1500cc and diesel engines up to 1200cc, this 400 amp jump starter will get you out a mess should the cold weather take its toll on your battery.

Usage is easy and this unit should have you up and running again in about five minutes.

If you return to your car to find you have left you headlights on all day, you simply connect the leads to your battery and wait.

It’s suggested that you leave the unit connected for about five minutes before attempting to start the engine.

After giving the unit a chance to pump a bit of life back into your battery, it’s time to turn the key.

Keen to test products in real-life situations I did just that and managed to fire the engine into life on the second attempt after giving the unit and the battery a few minutes respite between attempts.

As the unit is so small and lightweight, it won’t harm to leave it in your boot all the time.

It’s recommended that you charge the unit’s internal battery every two months to keep it in top condition. A mains adapter and 12-volt car charger are included with the jump starter.

An LED battery charge indicator allows you to check the unit’s power level at any time with just a simple button press.

And if that’s not enough, the unit also houses two 12-volt power sockets for your accessories — perfect for those emergency power situations when you need to recharge your phone or power your sat nav.

The compact size and weight of this jump starter makes it a winner with me.

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