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Clore CS1000 Carstart Car Battery Jump Starter Review
The Clore CarStart CS1000 Portable Jump Starter is a handy little machine which jump starts automobile batteries and does a few other things besides. Recently I left the dome light on in my Jeep, and when I went out the next morning, the battery was completely dead. I hooked up my CS1000 Jump Starter, and it started immediately, in spite of the fact that the temperature was in the teens. Afterward I failed to drive the Jeep for long enough to charge the battery. The consequence was that I had to jump start the battery four more times over the following few days. The point is, the CarStart CS1000 Jump Starter worked well every time.
Description of the CarStart CS1000 Jump Starter
The Clore CarStart CS1000 Portable Jump Starter is a nine pound device which is designed to get your car started when the battery dies. It is not an actual battery charger which would completely recharge the battery to full strength. Here are a few features of the CS1000 Jump Starter:
- An LED display which indicates the battery's (of the device when recharging) state of charge.
- Full size clamps make them easier to securely attach to the battery terminals.
- Twenty-seven inch long cables allow for ideal placement when jump starting.
- An LED flashlight
- A power outlet for charging and operating other items such as cell phones, iPods and air pumps which require up to 12 amps.
Introduction to the CS1000 by the Review Author
Who Should Buy the CS1000 Portable Jump Starter?
The Clore CarStart CS1000 Portable Jump Starter provides 225 crank assist amps. The rule of thumb is that one amp is needed for each cubic inch of the engine so that 225 crank amps should jump start a 225 cubic inch engine. Most cars engines today are described in liters rather than cubic inches. My Jeep has a 4 liter engine. When I multiply the number of liters by 61, the result is the number of cubic inches. 4 x 61 = 244 cubic inches. It's easy to see that my Jeep's engine is theoretically too large for the CS1000 Jump Starter. But I have used it several times, in very cold temperatures, and it has worked every time. I mention this because I have read other reviews that claim it won't start even a 3.7 liter engine. My personal experience is that it does work up to and including 4 liter engines.
Demonstration of the CS1000 by the Review Author
Negative Points About the CS1000 Jump Starter
When I keep in mind what the Clore CarStart CS1000 Portable Jump Starter was designed to do and what it was not designed to do, I have to admit that there aren't too many negatives. But here are a few.
To avoid weakening the units battery in cold weather, it needs to be stored at around 68°F. This means remembering to take it inside when you are finished driving for the day during cold months.
In cold temperatures and with engines of 3.7L to 4L, you may only get one try at starting the vehicle before the unit's battery needs to be recharged. This was my experience with temperatures in the teens on a 4L engine.
The CS1000 Jump Starter will not start a V8 engine. But then it was not designed to do so.
Recommendations Concerning the Clore CarStart CS1000 Portable Jump Starter
I recommend the to anyone who has a vehicle of 3.7 liters or less. While my experience is that it will work fine with a 4 liter engine, I have to keep in mind the design of the device and the experience of others. Clore CarStart CS1000 Jump Starter
This product can be used to charge a cell phone or iPad. The following is a quote from the owners manual: "Plug any accessory up to 12 Amps into the socket and CarStart will provide power."
I bought my CarStart CS1000 at a local auto parts store for $60. I had put some thought into my need for this device, but actually made the final purchase very spontaneously when I was in the store for another reason. Amazon quite often has them for much less than I paid. The few negatives are still there and are not to be ignored, but the unit is well built and designed. When used according to its design, the CarStart CS1000 is a very useful product.