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booster box bargain or orphan?

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01-08-2019 12:55:19

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Opinions sought; I have a $50.00 gift card for Lowe's. I would like to put it toward a new jump-start booster box. The dilemma seems to be that the local Lowe's has merchandise that is old enough that it is not listed in Lowe's internet ads. If I find a deal on a unit in the store, I am thinking it may actually be old stock and its internal lead/acid battery will be near the end of its life. This means the $50.00 savings would not be a bargain. I want to get a Schumacher unit, which is generally good stuff, to my knowledge, but I don't want to throw away money on something that is obsolete before I get it. Looking for thoughts, opinions.

Dennis M. in W. Tenn.

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01-09-2019 17:27:14

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 Re: booster box bargain or orphan? in reply to DMartin9N-2N, 01-08-2019 12:55:19  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeHi, Guido:

I went ahead and got a new $99.00 Schumacher with my $50.00 Lowe's gift card applied, so I have about $50.00 plus tax in it. It showed fully charged when I got home and unsealed the box. End of story, I hope!! Thanks for the replies, people!

Dennis M. in W. Tenn.

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01-09-2019 11:15:27

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 Re: booster box bargain or orphan? in reply to DMartin9N-2N, 01-08-2019 12:55:19  
If you find it's no good within the return period, take it back. Then you'll have cash in your pocket instead of a gift card.

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01-08-2019 14:53:18

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 Re: booster box bargain or orphan? in reply to DMartin9N-2N, 01-08-2019 12:55:19  
Hello DMartin9n-2N,

Go for it. Check the battery voltage when you get home. If it is dead, no worry, charge it at a low rate 1/2 amp or so. It will come right up. If it doesn't, a replacement battery is cheaper then the box at full price,


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01-08-2019 14:21:03

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 Re: booster box bargain or orphan? in reply to DMartin9N-2N, 01-08-2019 12:55:19  
Bought a booster box for my parents 15+ years ago, and it finally died. It was a cheapie no-name box, but had always worked well, so I decided to open it up and see if it was worth replacing the battery. Watched several youtube videos and it looked pretty simple, and indeed it was. Half a dozen or so screws hold the case together and once it's apart the battery numbers matched right up with a common battery usually used in power wheelchairs or similar applications. 35 bucks from Amazon or plenty of other places, two bolts on the connections, pop the old one out, the new one in, and back in business. Therefore, if you get a decent deal on the booster box itself, I wouldn't let the possibility of an old battery deter you.

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01-11-2019 09:01:11

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 Re: booster box bargain or orphan? in reply to TimV, 01-08-2019 14:21:03  
Some the batteries are NOT replaceable, I have one like that.

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01-11-2019 09:11:27

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 Re: booster box bargain or orphan? in reply to Leroy, 01-11-2019 09:01:11  
Of course--lots of different styles out there, but like many things a lot of them are made by the same small group of companies and are just re-branded, which is why the replacement procedure is identical or nearly so even on different brands.

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