HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - If you aren’t familiar with car cigarette lighter starters, the premise is simple.
You take one end and plug it into the cigarette lighter of a charged working car. You take the other end and put in the cigarette lighter of a car that has a dead battery.
According to the directions of these products, you turn the engine off on the good car, and then in 20 minutes or so, the dead vehicle will crank.
Most of the directions say if it doesn’t work, then wait twenty more minutes and try it again.
We tested the Portajump and also tried the Sharper Image version and neither started a dead car.
Jumper cables then started the car easily.
That brings us to the Black & Decker Simple Start. Black & Decker is a major brand so we really couldn’t wait to test the vehicle-to-vehicle battery booster and car starter.
We got a local garage to run the battery down in a car, and then tried it.
In fact, we left the connectors in for 48 minutes.
Didn’t work. Didn’t come close to working.
We rate this a Dud. But we do it with a asterisk if you will…
If you have one of these projects, and it has worked for you, call or email me and tell us about your experience. We would love for someone, or some company, to come in and demonstrate how this sort of product works.
I have never seen one that works. But my mind is open and I am looking to hear from someone!