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Old 03-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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I bought a portable car jumper and within the first 2 weeks of having it, the ac dc adapter fell out of the wall and the plastic casing on the adapter portion which plugs into the wall, broke.

I have priced replacing the ac dc adapter which at a minimum will cost me 30 dollars, or replacing the entire unit which will cost me about 80 dollars. I was planning on just using some electrical tape to cover up the opening, but I want to see if anyone else had some better ideas. Please see the attached picture and tell me what you think.

Obviously my concern is electric shock.

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Some Duco model glue and glue the pieces back together.

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You should also replace the receptacle that the transformer plugs into because it's probably lost it's ability to hold a plug because it's worn out.
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Sorry, I should've mentioned that I no longer have the plastic pieces
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There's no way a replacement cost's $30. What voltage and current is the adapter?
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Any Radio Shack, yard sale, Flea market would have one of these. Just match the voltage on the lable.
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Hopefully you can tell the voltage and wattage of the unit....you should be able to get one off the internet for about $10-15.

Side note....I have no need for a porable car jumper....you should look at what is going wrong....all your doing is putting a bandaid on a problem that should be fixed......I don't even own jumper cables....though I do have a battery charger....mainly because I have a jeep that sits for long periods of time...
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as long as you can get one with the same voltage and the correct plug it should work. My booster pack can use the same charging adapter as my generator. Usually they are just a 12v DC adapter.
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There's no way a replacement cost's $30. What voltage and current is the adapter?
I went to radio shack, and gave them the mA and AC voltage that I needed. They were charging $29.99 cents.
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Hopefully you can tell the voltage and wattage of the unit....you should be able to get one off the internet for about $10-15.

Side note....I have no need for a porable car jumper....you should look at what is going wrong....all your doing is putting a bandaid on a problem that should be fixed......I don't even own jumper cables....though I do have a battery charger....mainly because I have a jeep that sits for long periods of time...
This battery jumper is more for preventive maintenance piece of equipment. We have 2 cars, 3 motorcycles, and 1 lawn mower. While this never happens to the cars, the motorcycles and lawn mower batteries take a hit in the winter season, and sometimes will not start the vehicle they are attached to. I do use a battery tender, but this device just allows us to get things going when we don't have time to do the charge.
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I went to radio shack, and gave them the mA and AC voltage that I needed. They were charging $29.99 cents.
Radio Shack is the problem there. Use the Internet.
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When I was a young kid radio shack was the best place to find all sorts of gadgets for home electrical projects at great prices. Seems like they have cut back and raised their prices.
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I would hit up a second hand store like mentioned above or something like that. All you need is the correct voltage. Cut and splice the barrel connector or what ever is on the other end to the new adapter and youre back in the game. On a side note, I also know some shadey characters that would just return the item and say it came out of the box that way and walk out with a brand new one.
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I think you dropped it and are trying to get over.

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