Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 10
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LEVC Inexpensive power
I bought it yesterday as I remembered seeing it on sale for $25!!! How much more cheaper could you expect to find a jump starter with a 90 day return period and 1yr warranty these days. All the other inexpensive jumpers that I saw in auto parts stores went for double the price. I'm not going to lie, I was very skeptical about it being able to jump start my car's dead battery considering the charger's relatively small size (as I assumed that would be indicative of the unit's small battery power. Hence lacking the power of the slightly larger units). After the initial 24hr waiting-time charge (of which I despise of all things rechargeable, expect for the newer pre-charged 1.5V batteries they now have) I hooked up the cables and NOTHING!!! :) Clever option on the unit is its OFF/ON power switch which is a great safety feature incase you're fumbling to clamp on the clamps? (That sounded silly) 2nd try: flipped ON the switch, turned the key and with no hesitation whatsoever, the engine fired up!!! Much faster than when I used jumper cables.
January 30, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Bullwinkle Instead of saving the day it cost me more money.
This is one of those product that you buy hoping that you never have to use it (who wants a dead battery?). I finally had the opportunity to put it to the test when a neighbor's car wouldn't start. The test status indicated yellow, so it wasn't 100% fully charged at the time, but it still should have been good enough (instructions say to charge it when the status reaches red). Long story short, it didn't start the car. So I pulled out my jumper cables and did it the old fashioned way. Bad idea. Two days later the battery in my car went dead. No good deed goes unpunished, right? Naturally, this unit was in a different vehicle at the time so I couldn't use it--not that I had any faith in it anyway--so I called AAA and, long story short again, ended up having to purchase a new battery. I blame everything on this unit's inability to perform when needed.
1. This is the only Husky product that has ever failed me to date. It's also the only Husky product I've purchased that wasn't a hand tool. Perhaps it's a good thing that this item has been discontinued. Regardless, from this point forward I'm not buying anything by Husky except hand tools, and I'm going to be more wary about that now too.
2. Backup equipment doesn't do you any good if it's not in your possession when you need it (e.g. stored in another vehicle), and that just adds to the frustration of an already bad situation. Keep that in mind when you're shopping around for similar products to this. If you have multiple drivers in your household, then you need to buy one for every car or risk someone being stranded; if you're the only driver but own multiple vehicles, then you only need one but need to remember to keep swapping the unit from car to car as you change vehicles.
3. Even when you think you have a Plan B in place, it's still good to have a Plan C. The money I spent on this unit was wasted, and in the end my AAA membership proved more practical.
October 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kenhdc Ever ready
It came through each time that I used it! It doesn't get any better than that!
February 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Candyman Buy jumper cables, this is junk
I received this as a gift a few years ago, when I finally could use it, my girlfriends car had a bad battery, it didn't work!
I don't know what the warranty is, but I don't want another, so save your money.
As an emergency tool, you would need to keep it with you, and keep it charged, kind of expensive to keep a battery charged for the unknown, not very environmental either, I did charge mine every month or two. It was a total waist since when someone could use it, it didn't work.
December 20, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by txnili took back to store
The thing would not charge. I had it plugged in for 2 days pushed the button for battery level and red light. Then put volmeter on it and there was only 3volts after 2 days. Highly disappointed especially after waiting over a week for it to ship
September 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Retiree Excellent Product Design at Great Proice
This is an excellent product at a great price. You need to re-charge it just
once a month at home overnight (8 hr) to maintain coverage the next month.
Store it all the following month in the trunk of your car in case you have
a battery failure. Even leaving your dome lights on for a few hours can
cause you battery to be unable to start your car afterward,
If that happens, take this wonderful unit out of your trunk, hook up
the cables to the battery's positive post and the other to a negative
ground (metal on the car) or the negative battery post. Then turn
the unit to ON for one (1) minute as power flows into your disabled
battery. While the Husky booster is still in the ON position, turn
the ignition and start your car. Leave the engine running while
you return the booster unit (turned OFF) to your trunk. That night when you
get home, take the booster inside and recharge it via an AC
outlet and the provided AC adapter.
My most dramatic "save" was when my daughter had a battery
failure in a snowstorm. I drove to her, quickly boosted her off
and went home with both of us safe. Then I took my booster
inside to re-charge that night and await the next problem to fix.
November 20, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Adrianhawaii Reasonable
The battery is a reasonable emergency use tool. I would prefer the battery to hold the charge longer and avoid monthly monitoring of the charge status, perhaps a quarterly basis is reasonable. On the other hand, as an emergency tool it is important is works when you need it so maintenance is probably a good thing.
December 4, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Murdy Won't Let You Down
Great product for when I go to the lake. Great insurance policy to get that motor started and save the weekend.
May 21, 2013