It’s not often that I get a flat battery in my car, but it happened about 2 weeks ago. Luckily I wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry and called road side assistance. They jump started my car with a portable battery pack – no running jumper leads from car to car, they just clipped the leads onto the battery, flicked the switch on their black box, and my car started up straight away. I instantly decided to go and buy one to keep in my car. Jump start batteries range from around $99 for something like the Porta Jump, up to a few hundred for really heavy duty models. I ended up getting the Porta Jump, which doesn’t even need to be connected to the battery – it simply plugs into the cigarette lighter to start your car, and is fully rechargeable so it can be used over and over again.
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