Check out this video of the startmonkey in action!
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Dead car battery? We've got the power...
Introducing the startmonkey - the world's smallest "jump start" system for car batteries. In 2009, the RAC were called out a whopping 177,916 times to jumpstart cars! A flat battery was the number 1 reason they were called out for breakdown assistance during last year.
The startmonkey can restart a standard 12 volt car battery between 8 and 10 times on a full charge thanks to its High Energy Dynamic Polymer Battery and it's packed with high-tech features to give you total peace of mind. The startmonkey has 2 output channels: 1) a 12volt, 120Amp car jump start and 2) a 12volt, 100 watt max, 8Amp DC output for charging your portable gadgets.
startmonkey is easy to use. For the average car with a flat battery, firstly ensure the engine battery is 12 volts (if 5 or 24 volts - DO NOT USE with startmonkey). Check the battery capacity level in the startmonkey and then simply attach the jump leads (red to red, black to black) to your car battery and the startmonkey will automatically start delivering 120 amps of continuous power. Leave the startmonkey for 5-8 seconds, then turn the ignition on your car and your car will start.If the car fails to start, leave the startmonkey connected for between 10 and 15 minutes and then turn the ignition again.Once your car starts, the startmonkey will automatically switch off. Disconnect the startmonkey and store in case provided.
On the front of the startmonkey is a 4-segment LED array. When the startmonkey is activated, the LED array will light up GREEN to visually confirm that the startmonkey is charging the flat battery. When the startmonkey is fully charged, all 4 segments of the array will be GREEN. When it is 3/4 charged, 3 segments will be GREEN and when it is 1/2 charged, 2 segments will be GREEN. When the startmonkey only has a 1/4 charge left, the LED turns RED. It is recommended that the startmonkey is recharged when it gets to 50%.
The startmonkey has an input socket so you can recharge it via the supplied in-car charger, this will take about 4 hours to charge a startmonkey with a 50% level of charge remaining. From empty, the startmonkey will be recharged via the in-car charger in 8 hours. The startmonkey can also be recharged via the solargorilla, the AC mains charge from the powergorilla and the forthcoming silverback-gorilla. The input socket can even take voltages between 15 - 24 volts to recharge the startmonkey.
The DC output socket on the startmonkey means you can also charge your portable gadgets! Simply connect the included in-car charger socket to the DC output port, pop the included motormonkey into that and using an approved USB cable (not supplied) and tips, you can recharge your phone, iPod, PDA, handheld games consoles and more! You can even use the in-car charger socket with your 12volt in-car chargers to operate your laptop, GPS system, etc.
The startmonkey has very low static wastage - meaning you can leave it unused for up to three years and it will still hold up to 75% of its power! It can also be recharged 500 times - so if your battery is still going flat after all that time - it may be time to get a new car!
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