Will this work on a Dodge Cummins Diesel

asked on June 3, 2018

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These packs have a good chance of starting most cars, yet no one can promise you "It's sure to ALWAYS get you going" since every situation is a bit different. The ads like "1500 peak amps" may make some think it's a lot better than the car battery with 500CCA, yet those ads are quite misleading. After you buy it and lo… see more These packs have a good chance of starting most cars, yet no one can promise you "It's sure to ALWAYS get you going" since every situation is a bit different. The ads like "1500 peak amps" may make some think it's a lot better than the car battery with 500CCA, yet those ads are quite misleading. After you buy it and look at the manual you'll see things like "Don't crank a car engine for even 5 seconds or you'll damage the battery inside the pack" which is one example showing how powerful it really is. I have other examples if you wish like OEM details on the "Crank assist amps" test that is quite different than "Cold crank amps" testing (add comments if you want those). In any case, the power these have may be enough for many situations, but there's always possibilities of a car battery having shorted cells draining power faster than it can be sent or such where it may not work. So realize it's limits where just as it weighs ~1/3 that of a car battery, that's a good estimate for the power it can give you in comparison.
For a diesel truck, I'd want at least 2 of this size pack to try such (just as you have 2 car batteries in it). The 12V power this has can be connected up where trying it is better than looking at the dead car thinking "what do I do now?", but it has it's limits. I even ask one OEM rep about that expressing concerns over the ~80 amp draw for glow plugs lasting 10 seconds seems like an automatic violation of their "Don't crank a car (or have high power draw) for even 5 seconds" rule. The rep I ask responded with "The glow plugs draw is very taxing on the battery, but I don't count it against the crank time". Not sure if he wanted to avoid saying "Our product can't handle it" while he did share my concern, yet he did emphasize getting a bigger pack for trucks (like double this size) while one like this size would be OK for a VW diesel or such. So that's my best advise (and luckily I've not had to jump such a truck). see less
These packs have a good chance of starting most cars, yet no one can promise you "It's sure to ALWAYS get you going" since every situation is a bit different. The ads like "1500 peak amps" may make some think it's a lot better than the car battery with 500CCA, yet those ads are quite misleading. After you buy it and look at the manual you'll see things like "Don't crank a car engine for even 5 seconds or you'll damage the battery inside the pack" which is one example showing how powerful it really is. I have other examples if you wish like OEM details on the "Crank assist amps" test that is quite different than "Cold crank amps" testing (add comments if you want those). In any case, the power these have may be enough for many situations, but there's always possibilities of a car battery having shorted cells draining power faster than it can be sent or such where it may not work. So realize it's limits where just as it weighs ~1/3 that of a car battery, that's a good estimate for the power it can give you in comparison.
For a diesel truck, I'd want at least 2 of this size pack to try such (just as you have 2 car batteries in it). The 12V power this has can be connected up where trying it is better than looking at the dead car thinking "what do I do now?", but it has it's limits. I even ask one OEM rep about that expressing concerns over the ~80 amp draw for glow plugs lasting 10 seconds seems like an automatic violation of their "Don't crank a car (or have high power draw) for even 5 seconds" rule. The rep I ask responded with "The glow plugs draw is very taxing on the battery, but I don't count it against the crank time". Not sure if he wanted to avoid saying "Our product can't handle it" while he did share my concern, yet he did emphasize getting a bigger pack for trucks (like double this size) while one like this size would be OK for a VW diesel or such. So that's my best advise (and luckily I've not had to jump such a truck).

Thomas H. Lawler
· July 22, 2018
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