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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2003
The Coleman Powermate Jumpstart System does everything is says it can except jumpstart a dead battery. And I mean a battery that has been drained down to just a clicking sound when you crank the car or boat. Though it doesn't state it in the manual, a call to Coleman's customer service verified that the positive and negative booster clamps will not allow ANY voltage to flow through unless it senses a good amount of life in the dead battery.
When you attach the cables to the dead battery the Jumpstart will remain shut off until enough amperage/voltage is sent from the dead battery to the Jumpstart. Then, and only then, will the reverse polarity light turn on, allowing you to send power back to the dead battery. I can't figure out (and Coleman doesn't know) how much voltage the Jumpstart has to sense in the dead battery before it will wake up and do its thing. After two separate attempts at starting two boats with dead batteries (cabin lights left on all night)I finally figured this out. So what's the point in owning this if it can only jump a battery that is just LOW on voltage and not DEAD?! I am only keeping this thing because the other features might come in handy one day.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2008
I purchased this and have misplaced the ac/dc adaptor & manual. I tried to call the phone number on the box (888-231-4022) and it has been disconnected. I then found another number for The Coleman Co, Inc. and was told that this is not their product and that the company that made it (Team Products Int) is out of business and apparently they made it for Coleman Powermate, Inc which is also out of business. However it does say, on the bottom of the box The Coleman Co, Inc. I didn't get anywhere when I called Coleman. They wouldn't take any responsibility for this product even though it has their name as big as life on the box. From a little research I have found that Coleman is good for selling thir name to other companies ([...] I won't be buying any more Coleman products. If you want to confirm this you can call: 800-835-3278 (The Coleman Co., Inc) as them about the PMJ8160 Jumpstart w/ compressor. Try to find out why their name is on the box. I spoke to "Ken" and left a message for his supervisor "Mindy Taylor". The number given on the box for the Jumpstart with compressor is 888-231-4022.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2006
I, too have had a bit of experience using the Powermate. Have carried it in my truck for several years now--it has an intermitent short which will randomly drain an older battery to nothing. Several times I have gotten to the truck, only to hear a dreaded "click" and nothing else. The Powermate will not "jump" the truck directly, though I have had success putting the charger on the battery and leaving it for 10-15 minutes, then starting the truck. There would probably reach a point where a shorted--and not just drained-- battery would leave me stranded. (At which point the battery would not let you jump it anyway, without disconnecting it entirely, and running straight off the alternator.) Also, compressor is not overly quick, but it gets the job done. I used it successfully to re-inflate an almost flat truck tire, but once again, it took about 20 minutes. This is not a "miracle" device, but it works pretty well overall. I am putting them in all of our vehicles, now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'd give it -1 star if I could. Won't jump a dead battery and Coleman won't have anything to do with it so God help you if you lose/misplace/break a part. More Chinese cr@p for our US landfills.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2011
My Coleman Jumpstart unit has never been used. It will not take a charge. Has been connected to electricity for 24 hours, red light is the only light on. Can any one help? Very unhappy in Wisconsin!! Buying this Coleman product was like throwing money away. Beware!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2008
I received the PMJ8160 for a father's day present and have used it for running a 7 watt fan all night long on a camping trip. It worked well for that, but with hurricane gustav, I really needed some power and needed to power my internet modem so I could connect with work and family/friends to let them know I was okay... the modem only uses 13 watts; thus at 18 amp hours one would think that I would get from 12 - 13 hours out of it. I got a little over 2...
Today, I had a dead battery in my Toyota Sienna and tried to start it with a fully charged PMJ8160...nothing. I am rather dissapointed in this product and really cannot recommend it to anyone...go to Harbor Freight and get the Chicago Electric version for a lot less...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2008
I purchased this system several years ago to use in an emergency...of course. Well, nothing on it every worked. The inflator makes the sound but it does not pump air...also the built in gauge doesn't work. I recently tried to jumpstart my car in an emergency, of course, it didnt work. I dont think Coleman makes this anymore but if you see one for sale, dont buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2008
I bought a fifth wheel toyhauler a year ago. It came with a really cheap Chinese version of this, which didn't work at all. The dealer replaced it with one of these Coleman units. I charged it, but never used it until yesterday. I was told it was meant for jumpstarting ATVs and motorcycles, so I can understand it not working well on a larger vehicle.

But yesterday, my little Honda Prelude wouldn't start, and I thought I would give this thing a try. Sure enough, it worked... BARELY. It worked again this morning too. I think I'm due for a new battery and alternator in the car, so that's my next move. Meanwhile, this little thing will definitely be kept handy from now on.
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on September 28, 2011
where can i find a fuse for the power cord,i like the powermate however i am having trouble locating the correct size fuse to fit the power cord.
thank you for any info.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
I've owned one of these Coleman units for five years. I keep it plugged in and ready for use with a power inverter to provide AC power for a lamp or radio during a power outage. Never had to jump a car with it (looks like that was a good thing). After five years, I noticed that it is no longer holding a charge. The built in lamp glows but only at half power. The power supply/charger is working fine so it appears that the internal battery is shot.

I have a similar starter kit made by Sears that I've had for almost ten years and still works great for jumping cars and running a small lamp during power failures.
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