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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2010
My particular model was the Vector Veco105 but is nearly identical to this model in appearance and function except for the compressor, which it does not have. My experience has been similar to that expressed in other reviews, unfortunately. The DC charger broke after a few uses. Attempts to use other chargers have produced three green lights indicating full charge, however the charge was not maintained for long and the unit could not start my car. I have concluded that the rechargeable battery is extremely poor quality. This was discovered a little after the warranty expired however and so after one use, the unit is worthless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2009
The Jump-starter works fine, but the air compressor is cheaply constructed with plastic gearing. Inflating a tire that is completely flat causes the pump to get very hot, the hot metal part melted the plastic gears in my pump. The pump will stop working when it overheats, but the damage will be done. The jump-starter and light will be the only thing that will function afterward.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
I had this for 2 yrs during which I used couple of times to jump start my car. The battery does not charge any more and I am left this 10 lb crap in my garage.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2009
Vector (VEC012C) Jump Start System - - MY RATING - VERY POOR.

I'm very disappointed in labeling and documentation. The ac recharging adapter is not labeled for brand/device, and I've befuddled it with a bunch of other leftover adapters in my junk drawer. I've got a handful that fit the recharging hole, so which is it? Naturally they aren't labeled as to what device is matched for which adapter - all different recharging (watt/amps, etc) specs. I don't want to burn up my unit with the wrong one or set my house ablaze either (not quite Christmas yet).

The manufacturer (Vector brand) is too cheap to have a simple website, so I wasn't able to find the documentation manual or any useful online adapter notes with power specs. Why? The product is discontinued (per a website). None of the Vector sales sites on the web (including this one - Amazon!) don't have documentation or much detailed info (simple power/adapter specs??), reminding me again to beware of quick-buck online sales.

My Vector device still has all the labels, but none of them have any specs at all, not even simple milliamps/power notes. That is truly bad. I was going to blame it on cheap foreign design, but nothing states country (or anyplace) of origin. No website label or contact info, nothing but big letters announcing how many wonderful amps it puts out for jump starts, etc.

I'm still digging to find out power/current/voltage specs - with the specs I can manually compute what power rating the adapter the adapter requires. Nothing available yet - I'll end up wasting more in research time than the product cost me).

For these valid reasons, my rating is VERY POOR for this product. Shame on those who keep selling it.

Think about it - Vector was too cheap to spend a penny on a basic specs label on the visible EXTERIOR of the unit. How cheap are the INSIDE non-visible component parts? No label, no contact info, no company phone, no website, nothing but more and more nothing. This is terrible quick-buck business malpractice.

Concerning actual function, it is also poor - the unit just barely emitted any air when I tried to use it to pump air into the semi-flat tires of my hand-push furniture dolly cart. It took a long time at that trickle, and what an ungodly racket it makes. The little flashlight thingey is the best part of the unit, which is a helpful feature for night-emergencies, but good luck with anything else.

Amazon and other sites are still pimping and peddling remaining inventories of this unit and who knows what other cheaply made, potentially hazardous stuff.... I am ticked, but I learned my lesson. My payback is this long review. Hopefully you'll benefit by buying something else before you have a story of a cheap unit blowing up or some other misfortune. Amazon and other should also consider the possible dangers they might be peddling to their customer base...

- Chip (Virginia Beach, VA - 2009Dec10)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
I acquired one of these when I was having problems with a short in my truck. It does the job with a few drawbacks.

1. The battery is a little small for repeated jump starting. I recommend charging it with the cigarette lighter attachment immediately after use.

2. The unit is not very well balanced. If you carry it in your vehicle (and that's the idea!), try to store it in a way that it can stay upright. I have not had any leaks yet, but it's a risk in my opinion.

3. The battery clamps are a little small for my battery terminals. However, in Vector's defense, that seems to be common in auto store jumper cables these days. Also, the storage of the cables on the unit seems kind of awkward.

I have not used the air pump feature, and cannot comment on that. But now for the good features. It's been very reliable for me, which is the most important thing. The light may be handy...I have not had to use it in the dark yet.

Note that you cannot use the on-board gauges to take a measurement of the battery condition while it's being charged.

I would definitely buy this unit again, and in fact I bought it originally when another brand failed. Recommended.

Update February 2010: the cables no longer provide 12 volt power. The cigarette lighter connection is still operational, as well as the lights. I suspect that the switch to provide power is not working any more. This is a disappointing turn of events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
The compressor on this unit, like so many others this small, is really only made for pumping up toys or bicycle tires. So don't buy this unit for that purpose. Go to a gas station with quarters and use their air vender.
If, like me, you bought a used unit, you will need to get both the manual and the charger. Do a search on servicenet dewalt to find the owners manual. The manual is a download pdf. Charger model number is 514005-42.
Hope this helps. It's really a neat little device to have around. I especially like the built-in LED flashlight.
You really NEED to read the manual all the way through. The special sealed type battery requires charging at least every 60 days or it WILL go bad quickly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
The Vector Jump-Start will not take a charge. I guess I should have kept it topped off with a charge more often. I feel they should have used a deep-cycle battery like an AGM that will allow it to deeply discharge while sitting around in the garage waiting to be used. There seems no way to replace the battery with a new one. Since it has a lead acid battery it can't be dumped in the garbage.
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on December 29, 2012
I thought I was going crazy until I found these other reviews. Confirmed I could never get my tires inflated, in fact, I think I was loosing air. I thought I did something wrong in not aligning the plugs. I kept it charged religiously until I forgot and a year lapsed. Then I find the carpet in my truck is damp. I must have came from the battery because the cardboard box it came in was wet and deteriorated. Tried to recharge it but there's not even a red light...dead as a door nail. It's really heavy. Can't believe I brought it from reputable place like Pep Boys and didn't return it. Now 5 years later, all I got is a heavy paperweight.
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on July 13, 2013
I am very upset with 450 Vector Jump Start. I had the unit for two years and never used it. Finally tried to use it but can't plug it into the charging slot. Bought a new unit from Radio Shack and it works great. Tried to contact Vector but can't find any info on the internet. A bunch of windows popped up telling me I was a "winner" but I don't want to win another Vector! It is now headed for the dumpster. Good luck to whoever finds it.
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on January 9, 2014
I have owned it for about three years, and it may have worked one time, but the next time I tried to use it, it wouldn't take a charge as has been reported by other reviewers. The Pep Boys Auto store where I bought it said it had not carried it for about two years, so it looks like I am stuck and need to dispose of it.
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