When the Hearse Won’t Start

By: Daryl Berry
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Every once in a while I run across a product by chance that surprises me.  It surprised me enough to write about it on a funeral home blog though it has little to do with funerals.  I became aware of this product because of a funeral procession that almost didn't process.

We had just dismissed a funeral and were about to leave for the cemetery when Gene hit the key on the hearse and heard that clicking noise that we all hate to hear signifying a dead battery.  I grabbed my trusty jumper cables and once we got one car out of the way and another car in position we got it started and were on our way.

Once we got back from the cemetery I drove directly to the auto parts store to get a new battery.  Just what I wanted to buy at Christmas time.  Anyway my friend at Advance Auto Parts picked up a box about the size of a box of tissues and said you need one of these. You know he was right.

This thing that is about the size of my first hand held cell phone will jump start a car with a dead battery.  I was skeptical to say the least.  It just was too small to work as described but I bought one anyway on the chance that it would work.  I could think of all the times down through the years that someone at a funeral or visitation had left their lights on and had run their battery down.

It comes in a pouch that can fit in a glove box or other storage compartment.  To recharge it you plug into household current or recharge it going down the road with the cigarette lighter charger that is included.  Another neat thing that comes with it is a dongle with multiple connectors that you can connect to a cell phone, tablet or other device with a dead battery.

The  Allstart Micro Boost will run you around $75 depending where you buy it.  Does it work?  It has worked for me on four occasions. When my zero turn mower failed to start when it was at an inaccessible place in our yard it did the trick.  It started our Buick Enclave when the battery gave up the ghost and a pickup truck with a big V-8, vehicles that take a lot of power to turn them over. So far it has held the charge after recharging it so it has been ready whenever I needed it.  I still don't know how this thing can work but it does.  It’s like insurance, you hope you don't have to use it but it's great to have when you need it.


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