We had our first touch frost of the Autumn on Monday morning. I went out to de-ice my other half’s car and once done jumped into my Outlander ready to get to work.
Click went the key, no throbbing diesel, just click. I tried again with similar results. I only live a 5 minute walk from the Trains so wasn’t too bothered about getting into work, it would have been different if I’d being going somewhere shooting!

Anyway, on return from work I tried the car again, more clicking, no throbbing. I did have a hospital appointment coming up so was weighing some options up about replacing the battery, the last place I wanted to be stuck is the Hospital car park at the prices they charge!

I nipped into my garage to grab some jump-leads which had never been used and there in the corner was my Pigeon gear including the 12V 17Ah Scout battery, I only use it when I can drive to the hide position to save my already knackered back. It gave me an idea.

Not having a clue if it would work, I connected the two batteries via the jump leads and hoping nothing would go bang turned the key, almost instantly I got the throbbing I was hoping for!! Just for my own peace of mind I disconnected the Scout battery and tried to start up again with no luck. Reconnecting the Scout and battery the engine coughed into life once more.

I’ve since learned that those battery booster packs have almost the same battery as I was using in them.  It pays to keep your rotary batteries topped up, especially in the winter months.  I hope you only have to use yours on your Rotary.

Chris Phillips

Chris, an experienced shooter, has an eye for the amusing details of the life outdoors and freely admits he still has plenty to learn (but also plenty to offer). Chris is a staff member.

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