EDIT: Product has been recalled due to safety issues. A relaunch is coming in the coming months and we will update at this time
Details of the recall can be found HERE
When Projecta launched their new range of Lithium Jump Starters a few months ago I was extremely excited. Projecta are well known for their quality and durability and a lithium jump starter was noticeably missing from their range. Why was it missing from their range and what took them so long to release one?
Projecta were not wanting to release the same jump starter as all the competitors with the only difference being their logo. They did their market research and planned carefully so that when they released they are without question the simplest and most easy to use available on the market. Since the launch late in 2016 Projecta's range of Lithium Jump starters are putting all other brands to shame and made most of them almost absolute in one foul swoop.
But why? What is it that makes the Projecta excel above all of the others? The answer as actually quite simple and that is in its simplicity!! At the end of the day the goal of the Lithium Jump starter is for it to be affordable, safe, easy to use and able to jump start your bike, car, boat or tractor easily and reliably every time and if you can use it as an auxiliary power source or back up power to charge you phone, tablet or handheld device that is a bonus. Whats is required for all of the above to occur?
You need to be able to:
- Jump Start your vehicle
- See what you are doing in the dark so that you can find the battery terminals so you can connect the jump starter to them
- Be able to easily store and access the jump starter in your car
- Charge your phone if it is flat so you can call for help if there is a bigger issue than a flat battery
Well just see the list of features of Projecta's IS1200E & IS900E Jumpstarter they have nailed it from every angle, they didn't bolt on anything additional or unnecessary or include a large variety of plugs and adaptors that made the case bulky and fat. Everything is streamlined and serves a purpose! It fits easily away into a quiet corner of the car, under your seat, or even in next to the spare wheel. They have just what you need and nothing more!
- Affordable Price tag
- Either a 900A or 1200A Peak Amp capacity
- 6600mAh - 13500mAh Battery Capacity
- 2.1A USB Output
- Inbuilt Flood Light Powered off the internal battery
- Market Leading Lithium Cobalt Battery Technology
Each of the Projecta jump starters Includes/Contains
- Durable Padded Carry Case
- 12V, 2.1A USB Charging Plug Adaptor
- Micro USB Charging Lead
- Premium Spark-free Clamps
The choice really is simple. Projecta Lithium Jump Starters are the now the number 1 choice to make when buying a lithium jump starter.
You will never have to worry about KTM's "start up" process or warm up the battery. Reliably start your bike the first time from cold or hot, in gear or out of gear.
The KTM Model's that this applies to is all 2016 and 2017 SX-F (Motocross) and (XC/XC-F) Cross country models. Also the Husqvarna range MX and Cross Country range.
These include KTM 250SX-F, 350SX-F, 450SX-F and 250XC-F, 350XC-F, 450XC-F, 300XC and Husqvarna FC250, FC350, FC450 all using battery part model number: C22S and KTM's direct part number: 79011153000
I was scouring the internet searching high and low to get an honest review from a normal rider without any bias like you get from moto magazines. There isn't one in existence at the moment. When I got the Yamaha's 2 years ago i swore i'd stick with Yamaha i loved them that much, I also said the same thing about my KTM 300's and 350 before that and i'm sure i'm going to say exactly the same thing about the 250SXF and 250XCF when i get that one in February.
For the last 2 years I have been riding a YZ250F for MX and a YZ250FX for off road. I have absolutely loved the Yamahas and they have both been very reliable with only 2 minor issues to do with a MAP sensor. The handling of both the Yamaha's were so good out of the box all i did was change the springs to suit my 100kg weight. The power delivery of the YZ250F was fantastic, linear all the way through the rev range with good torque from low to mid and it made it a fairly easy bike to ride.
The YZ250FX had a similar power curve to the YZ250F however it was a little bit "lazy" of the bottom and even when slipping the clutch it could take a while for the power to come on, i put this down to the heavier fly wheel weight. It also seemed to sign off a little bit early and you had to be right on top of the gear changes.
Now onto the KTM 250SX-F:
Well i'm one ride in and i've got an hour and a half on the hour meter. The first thing i did when i got the bike was to try and find out the correct PSI to put in the air forks for my weight of 100kg. I could not find a figure anywhere on the net, only the figure of 154 in the manual which is supposed to be for 75-85kg rider. So i set it to 158 and thought that would be a good base. Within half a lap i knew that it was too much so i came straight back in a dropped it to 144. I thought that this setting would be too soft but i wanted to get the extremes of high and low to make it easier for me to find a middle ground. So after a couple of laps on the 144 i cam in and set it to 154 and it felt pretty close to right but it was difficult to tell as all the ergos are a different to the Yamaha's so while i was trying to adjust to the ergo's and the difference in power delivery the suspension became the last thing on my mind which is a pretty good sign.
That gets me onto the real difference between the KTM and the Yamaha. The 250SX-F pulls to the moon and it pulls hard. As a side effect of this it isn't as torquey off the bottom and mid. At first i thought all the reviews i have read about the 250SX-F being a monster up top was bullshit it felt slow and took a while to build. Then i changed my riding technique to ride it higher in the rev range than i would with the Yamaha and in a lot of cases i was running a gear lower than i was used too in corners and I was instantly rewarded. At first I still thought hmmm, i was expecting more from the power after all the reviews i read about it. Then as i rode it more and actually rev'd it to the limiter through the gears I started coming into corners way too hot and overshooting corners. Deceptively quick and almost reminds me of being ridding a 2t pinned.
I will have more to update soon, i've got the suspension going into to SPMX this Thursday to get it sprung for my weight and then i'll have a really in depth look at the forks and shock.
It happen's to us every year. It get's to around the 10th off December and we get a flood of phone calls from churches, catholic schools, christian schools and other religious groups all with the same urgent problem that they need solved. They have bought these fantastic battery operated candles for their carols by candlelight and they didn't come with batteries!! Arggghhh, Please HELP!!!
So I've managed to get my hands on a brand new 2015 Yamaha YZ250FX with thanks to Frankston Yamaha.
I've been thinking of switching to a YZ250F MX bike and changing class from open's to the lights but for me there were several issues preventing this.
The major one for me was no electric start. Racing in cross
countries and sprints it is vitally important that i can quickly and
easily start my bike. This is so important for getting a good start with
the hands on head start in the Cross Countries and also important in
the sprints. If you manage to stall in a sprint with a kick-start your
looking at a minimum of 10 seconds to take it out of gear, then restart
it and get going again and that's if you get it started first kick. This
was simply a deal breaker for me so when i heard about the all new
YZ250FX electric start cross country weapon i was sold on that feature
alone! Which brings me to my first essential modification.