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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.