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Old 11-03-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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If u have Kids, def get it! Cant hurt to have!
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Costco sells a portable battery jumper that has outlets in it. I have it. Has a flashlight built in, jumper cables, and you could plug something into it.

some LED camping lamps, the solar cell phone charging pads, etc. i wouldn't bother with a generator for a condo.
I think a portable battery jumper is probably what I was referring to. I have young kids and the 2 nights we were powerless was very difficult. That said, would this battery jumper power portable heaters for hours?
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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I think a portable battery jumper is probably what I was referring to. I have young kids and the 2 nights we were powerless was very difficult. That said, would this battery jumper power portable heaters for hours?
A car battery jumper? Well, let's see... suppose you have a battery rated for 500CCA@12V. That's 6000W, enough to power 4 portable heaters... for as long as you can normally crank your car, so maybe a minute or so?

An alternator can deliver about 50A@12V. So, even with the car running, you don't have enough power to run even one 1500W portable heater for any length of time.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Our condo has a heater that uses about 50 watts. So a car battery could probably power that heater for some time. We do also have a fireplace though. I think the key to heat in these situations is not using electricity for heat, but electric to power a gas appliance if necessary.
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