Clore Automotive Jump Starter
Last updated date: June 19, 2020
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Specifically developed for performance and endurance, this car battery charger offers several jumps per charge. It provides outstanding performance and has a lengthy service life. You can safely leave it plugged in when not in use so that the built-in battery is ready to use when needed. In our analysis of 156 expert reviews, the Clore Automotive Clore Automotive Jump Starter placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
From the manufacturer View larger Legendary Jump-N-Carry Performance Unmatched Power Power. It’s the calling card of a Jump-N-Carry jump starter. Absolutely reliable power. The JNC660 is no exception. Its Clore Proformer battery is specifically developed to perform the jump starting application and is designed to deliver exceptional cranking power, extended cranking duration, numerous jumps per charge and long service life. Professional Performance The JNC660 includes numerous features to make jump starting more effective and convenient. Its 46 inch cable reach enables it to reach the starting points on vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Industrial Grade Hot Jaw clamps penetrate corrosion for the best possible connection. Trusted for 25 Years For over 25 years, Jump-N-Carry has been the go-to brand for tow truck drivers, auto mechanics, rescue vehicles, car auctioneers and anyone else in need of a reliable jump starter. Key Specifications: 1700 Peak Amps 425 Cranking Amps Clore Proformer Battery Technology Industrial Grade Hot Jaw Clamps 12 Volt DC Outlet to Power Accessories Automatic built-in charger Jump-N-Carry View larger View larger View larger Robust Components Every aspect of the JNC660 is tailored to support the goal of delivering as much starting power as possible to a disabled vehicle. All components of the 'power path' are designed to support the goal of getting the jump starter's power to the disabled vehicle. This includes the heavy-duty, 2 AWG cable leads and Industrial Grade clamps that penetrate corrosion on the vehicle's battery for a good electrical connection. Clore Proformer Battery Technology Jump-N-Carry jump starters feature high performance, replaceable Clore Proformer batteries. These batteries are designed for maximum power density and durability, which results in exceptional cranking power, extended cranking duration and a long service life. Built-in Automatic Recharging Features fully automatic, built-in charger for its on-board battery. This allows for the unit to be left plugged in, meaning your jump starter is in an always ready state. View larger View larger View larger View larger Heavy Duty Case Impervious to shop fluids, it is designed to withstand the rigors of everyday professional use. Voltmeter Check the status of the battery inside your JNC660 with the press of a button. Power Supply 12 Volt power output can power a variety of accessories. Includes automatic circuit protection to prevent overloads. Built-in Charger The ultimate in convenience, it never gets lost. Features fully automatic charging, allowing the unit to be kept in an always ready state. For replacement charger cable see part no. JNC350. jnc300xl JNC550A jnc660 JNC770 JNCAIR jnc950 JNC300XL JNC550A JNC660 JNC770 JNCAIR JNC950 12 Volt Jump Start ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Starts Engines 6-Cylinder and Smaller 8-Cylinder and Smaller All Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial All Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial All Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Commercial, Industrial Battery Size 9Ah 18Ah 22Ah 22Ah 22Ah 35Ah USB Outputs One 1.1A Two 2.1A Cable Length 27" 34" 46" 68" 68" 68" Cable Gauge #4 AWG #4 AWG #2 AWG #2 AWG #2 AWG #2 AWG 25 Years Celebrating 25 Years of Jump Starting Founded in 2001, but with an over 50 year heritage, Clore Automotive has focused in the design, development and manufacture of automotive service equipment for professionals and consumers. Our brands include some of the most widely recognized names in the automotive equipment aftermarket, including Jump-N-Carry, Light-N-Carry, Booster PAC, Truck PAC, and more. Introduced in 1993, the Jump-N-Carry line of premium portable jump starter has become a household name for mechanics, tow truck drivers, dealers, and anyone else in need of a jump starter they can trust to provide the power and performance to get your vehicle moving again.
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An Overview On Car Battery Chargers
A car battery charger is one of those things you might not think about buying until you need it, but then you will wish you had the foresight to purchase one in advance. Choosing the right vehicle battery jumper or charger device depends on several factors unique to your situation.
The primary consideration to determine is what type of car battery charger will best suit your needs.
Vicki Liston is the writer, producer and narrator of “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.
“There are two basic types of car battery chargers: trickle and smart (also called multi-step) chargers,” shares Liston. “I don’t consider the float chargers to be actual ‘chargers,’ as they won’t resurrect a dead battery and are only used to maintain the charge.”
Learning the pros, cons and capabilities of a car battery charger type is helpful in the decision-making process.
“Trickle chargers are the most inexpensive,” Liston says, “but they are also the slowest.”
While this might seem like a downfall, it can be an advantage in certain situations.
“If you aren’t in a major rush to recharge, a trickle unit will serve you well,” explains Liston. “It’s actually better for the battery to charge slower than faster as a fast charge can generate a lot of heat and damage the battery.”
If safety is top of mind, a smart charger might be a better choice.
“Smart or multi-step chargers employ the use of a microprocessor to assess the battery and make automatic decisions about how to charge. The standard versions have the automatic stop feature to avoid overcharging, damage, and explosions,” Liston points out. “They can also detect if you’ve accidentally connected the cables to the wrong terminals, called ‘reverse polarity protection.’ A trickle charger will ruin a battery if connected incorrectly while a smart charger just won’t begin to charge at all. Understandably, these are the more expensive option, but they are also the safest.”
Be sure to check the amp rating on a potential car battery charger, as this will let you know how quickly it will charge your battery.
“Trickle chargers are rated at below one amp so it may take a few days to fully charge a battery,” Liston says. “Again, slower is better for the battery, but you might not have the luxury of waiting around that long and need it up and running in a hurry.
“Higher rated chargers can run around 20 amps and the emergency ‘get this thing started NOW’ type chargers can crank out 40 amps to get you on the road in a hot minute,” continues Liston. “Some smart chargers allow you to choose a recharge setting based on your circumstances. You can set it lower when you have the time to wait and it won’t expend unnecessary, damaging heat. Set it higher only when the occasion calls for speed. You’ll have the best of both worlds in one charger.”
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The materials used to make vehicle batteries are recycled more than any other material used in consumer products in the world. A whopping 99% of battery lead is recycled, compared with 55% of aluminum cans, 45% of newspaper and 26% of tires and glass bottles.
Used lead grids, components and ingots as well as used plastic cases and pellets from an old car battery can be recycled into lead grids, cases and components for new automotive batteries.
Unfortunately, people do not always recycle responsibly. An estimated 1.8 million used batteries end up in landfills and other dangerous places. An improperly dumped lead-acid battery can leak lead, acid and mercury into the ground, lakes and streams.
The good news is that recycling used vehicle batteries is hassle-free. Most automotive parts retailers or dealership service departments will handle it for you. Just drop it off at a participating retailer. You might even receive a credit toward your need battery or even a general store credit when you do, making it a win-win for everyone.
The cycle for recycling automotive batteries is indefinite. The components of each vehicle’s battery are largely comprised of recycled lead and plastic, which can, in turn, be recycled over and over again.
The Car Battery Charger Buying Guide
- If you decide on a trickle car battery charger, Liston highly recommends an advanced model to ensure the safest operation possible. “The lower end models should not be ‘attached and forgotten’ as they will not stop charging when the battery has reached maximum capacity,” advises Liston. “Because of this, they run the risk of overcharging and even causing an explosion. The higher-end models, usually referred to as advanced trickle chargers, can detect when a battery is fully charged and either stop or automatically switch over to ‘float’ mode to maintain the charge. “
- Since you should always put safety first, the right clamps are essential. “Whether you go with a trickle or a smart charger, I highly recommend looking for a model with spark-proof clamps,” Liston notes. “Sparks can not only damage both the charger and the battery but they can cause fires so this safety feature should be a must.”
- “If you are only looking to keep a car battery charged, opt for a 12-volt only model,” suggests Liston. “However, if you’ve got other types of battery-operated vehicles, such as an ATV, boat, jet ski, riding lawn mower, or golf cart, you might want to consider a 6/12 or a 12/24 volt charger. This will allow you to use your charger in multiple applications instead of having a different charger for each volt size. 6/12/24 chargers are commercially available however they are extremely expensive and it’s cheaper to own both a 6/12 and a 12/24 than one 6/12/24 version.”