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The other day I stopped at the local gas station to fill my two 5 gallon fuel jugs with non-ethanol gas. When I pulled up I noticed a nice 69 Camaro at one of the pumps. As I was finishing filling my jugs, he tried to start it and..low battery. I helped him push it into a parking stall and we looked to make sure his terminals were tight.

I was in my newer Silverado and even if jumper cables were available, I wouldn't be able to jump him. Plenty of stories where alternator diodes get fried or worse in these newer vehicles. It's not worth the risk. I have seen similar small jump boxes available at Costco and wondered how they worked.

So this is an interesting article that explains some important points.
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I stopped giving jump starts many years ago when there was evidence that it could damage the electricals on donor vehicle . Bought a larger power pack / combi unit so could use that if any friends / family needed it in emergency . Saying that it's now mostly used to blow up inflatables and tires or emergency lighting or power socket . Just had to buy a new charger unit for it last week . I still carry jump leads and tow rope, dont know why , old habits die hard . Those small units are very handy and take up no space
 

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I'm wondering, if you throw one in the truck..how long it will last? I guess if it's a lithium battery, it should be good for a long time.
 

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Probably last till the day you finally have a need for it and then you'll find it's flat :) I would charge / top it up every 6 months despite what they say it should last for , just to be safe
 

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I bought zero gravity microstart for my kids as they are always leaving stuff on in their cars usually in their driveways. I keep one handy as well and it seems to hold a charge for a long time and if you lose power you can charge your phone.
 

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I bought zero gravity microstart for my kids as they are always leaving stuff on in their cars usually in their driveways. I keep one handy as well and it seems to hold a charge for a long time and if you lose power you can charge your phone.
Seems common occurrence . First car my daughter had , and in winter , sitting round at her friends house with ignition only on and music playing away and heater on etc. Then I got the call " car wont start , can you come round " End of the day it was down to me for not teaching her better , she didn't know it would flatten the battery , little things like that we take for granted
 
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