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Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by kleinevw » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:33 pm

I've been contemplating purchasing a hand held lithium jump starter as opposed to installing a camping battery. It would serve as a recharging station and emergency jump on our weekend trips. I've read the Samba posts regarding traditional jump starting an FI engine and the safety precautions to avoid a fried system. Does anyone have advice or experience using a portable unit like this on a FI engine.

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Re: Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:04 pm

Attach only with the ignition off. Remove only with the headlamps on once the engine is running. That should do it.
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Re: Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by zabo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:40 am

I would be interested in which one you end up buying.

In defense of a second battery: i just installed a camping battery with Bus Depots little relay, an old battery (not deep cycle) and a small second fuse box for all my interior lights, radio, charger port etc... We tested it out camping last week and it worked great.

ill prob upgrade battery at some point

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http://www.busdepot.com/1738

fuse box I bought on amazon:
MICTUNING LED Illuminated Automotive Blade Fuse Holder Box 6-Circuit Fuse Block with Cover
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Re: Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by whc03grady » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:04 pm

Amskeptic wrote:Remove only with the headlamps on once the engine is running.
1. Does this apply to all f.i. VWs, e.g. Type 3s?
2. Why the deal with the headlamps?
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Re: Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by Amskeptic » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm

whc03grady wrote:
Amskeptic wrote:Remove only with the headlamps on once the engine is running.
1. Does this apply to all f.i. VWs, e.g. Type 3s?
2. Why the deal with the headlamps?
a) yes

b) headlamps are a surge prevention device when you *release* the jumper cables, especially recommended for the donor car. Of course, you shut them off just after, so the alternator can charge the battery on the recipient.
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Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,775 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . 72,350 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,478 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 64,425 miles

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Re: Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by asiab3 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:36 pm

To clarify, we're saying:

- Jump cars with lights off.
- Turn on both vehicle lights.
- Safely disconnect cables.
- Turn off vehicle lights.

Correct? I've jumped two cars this week and I think it would be good to have any extra notes.
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Re: Portable Jump Starter and FI

Post by zabo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:26 pm

years ago i almost squished Colin between a minivan and my bus when executing this procedure.
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