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Long time readers will know that we’re a fan of portable, battery-powered jump-start rigs. (Various models have saved our collective asses numerous times, keeping shop projects from leaving us stranded on the side of the road.) But here’s a model we hadn’t considered before: the Duracell DPP-600HD.

Like most similar products, the Duracell consists of a big-ass battery and a couple of jump leads — plus an inverter, integrated charger, and all the electronics necessary to make it go. As you’d expect, the big-ass battery is a sealed lead acid model, in this case rated at 12V/28 Ah. Duracell says that’ll deliver up to 480 W continuously to its four three-prong AC plugs, or a five minute burst of juice at 600 W. Of course, that same power can become an additional 280 cold-cranking amps to help start your ailing ride, or it’ll drive the built-in flashlight and radio for pretty much forever.

The good news is that it’s really not that big compared to its competition. At about 15-1/2″ x 11″ x 13.5″ and checking in at 32 lbs, you could easily fit it in a corner of your trunk and lift it out without dislocating your back.

The one downside: price. We found it around the ‘net for around $130, which is a bit pricey.

Powerpack 600 [Duracell]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon


6 Responses to Let The Bunny Start Your Car

  1. ray says:

    Not to be picky but it’s the bunny the other brand’s mascot?

  2. Jake says:

    Yeah, the bunny is Energizer.

    You meant to let the coppertop start your car.

    Even though, technically, a sealed lead acid gel pack won’t have a copper top. But whatever.

  3. Chris says:

    “technically, a sealed lead acid gel pack won’t have a copper top. But whatever.”

    Neither do their normal alkaline batteries 😉

    Actually, that reminds me — anyone know where the “copper top” branding came from? Was it purely an aesthetic packaging choice, or did Duracell use copper as part of the battery at one point in the distant past? Wikipedia sort of obliquely suggests the latter, but it’s not really clear, and the Duracell site is useless.


  4. Jake says:

    I think the term comes from the battery terminal screws on old dry cells, like these:


  5. lens42 says:

    I purchased the 600W model (the next larger one). It did not perform well and had to be returned. I think the problem is that a number of these units sit in warehouses for a quite a while before getting sold, giving the battery enough time to go bad (I think “Sulfating” is the term). After several multi-day recharges, and trying everything tech support suggested, the unit would only power a 60W light bulb for 20 minutes before sounding the dead battery alarm. The one plus was that tech support actually answered the phone spoke English. I’m waiting for one these that uses Lithium batteries.

  6. lens42 says:

    Oops! A bit of an error in the above post. Actually this is EXACTLY the unit I purchased. This did not work. Less than 10% of the promised capacity, even under ideal conditions – full 2 day charge and simple 60W light bulb load.

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