Capacitive remote vehicle starter

  • US 6,679,212 B2
  • Filed: 03/20/2001
  • Issued: 01/20/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/24/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A portable capacitive remote vehicle starter for supplying auxiliary power for jump starting a vehicle, comprising:

  • a capacitor enclosed in a portable housing;

    a first and a second electrical conductor, selectively attachable to a starting system on the vehicle;

    a switching mechanism independent of the vehicle starting system to discharge electric current from the capacitor, through the electrical conductors, to the starting system on the vehicle, the switching mechanism further comprising a polarity protection circuit to prevent the switching mechanism from discharging the capacitor if the first and second electrical conductors are attached to the starting system at a reversed polarity;

    a remote switch to selectively activate the switching mechanism, the remote switch being transportable independent of the portable housing to allow activation of the switching mechanism from a substantial distance from the portable housing; and

    an external power source operably coupled to the capacitor independently of the vehicle starting system for providing electrical power to the capacitor prior to and during a vehicle starting event.

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