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    Looking to buy a few good jump starters to keep in our limos for emergencies. Back a few years ago we bought a few 900 CCA jump starters from Harbor freight tools and I can easily start our mini buses and Suburbans with those, but they stopped making/selling them. The best they have now is 600CCA (cold cranking amps), which is just not enough. I searched all over the internet and I saw some commercial ones for $400 which would be an overkill, but I can't find anything similar to that $60-$70 battery pack from Harbor Freight. Any ideas if where I can still get those. All the ones with 900-1000 peak power are too weak for the equipment we are running.
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    Why are you trying to start the car with all the electronics on?
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    Will the driver have too many options if the battery dies in the middle of the run, because he was sitting in the car with all the lights on for 3 hours? I am just trying to avoid any emergencies.
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    Not sure I understand why a "driver" would be sitting there with the lights on while idling for hours at a time. I guess you don't have an anti-idle policy in place. I also think that if you are going to have your cars idle for extended periods of time that maybe you should instruct the "driver" to turn down the lights or turn off power to the back. Maybe the problem starts with having "drivers."
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    Now, considering you can't even really buy a battery with 900 CCA for less then about $85 or $90, I am going to go out on a limb here and say you are going to be hard pressed to find a jumper box that is going to have 900 CCAs that $60-70 price range you mentioned. What about keeping a spare battery and a set of jumper cables in the car? That sounds like it may be your cheapest option though not necessarily the best.
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    Do you still have one of the old Harbor Freight boxes? If so, what is the model number. I am curious to its complete list of specifications.
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    We actually do have anti-idling policy and that's exactly the reason why I want the jump starter in the car. Drivers shut off the engine, but a lot of times they will leave the parking lights on for safety and that drains the batteries when they park and wait for hours. I will look up the the model number once I get to the garage later on today, but this is it basically, except ours are yellow, say Chicago tools on them and cost a 1/3 of how much this one does.

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    Ok, it is item# 40615 by Chicago tools. 650 CCA but 1200 peak, I thought it was 950 CCA for some reason. My current ones are 600 CCA, but they can't start anything. The old ones start my E450 - F550 minis in subfreezing temperatures with both batteries completely dead.
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