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Sears Die Hard Portable Power 1150 / product does not work & sears refuses to do anything about it!

1 Frederick, MD, United States Review updated:

I bought the above mentioned item and have never used it. It is a portable power source (Charger) which is to be kept in a 'charged state' to be used in case of emergency. The problem is that the unit does not hold a charge, thereby rendering it a$100.00 door stop. I have shopped at sears for decades and always bought with the confidence that they would stand by their products. When I returned the item I was told that the 1year was up, and unceremoniously shown the door. It goes without saying that I am livid. Can you please help me find some just resolution to this problem? Thank you.

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  • Ja
      5th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    same thing is happening to diehard portable power 1150 sat for two years unused but charged up...when i needed to use it as a power supply it just whistled and did not work even though it appears to have a full charge...i lugged it to sears and they sent me away without any help whatsoever...told me i had to dispose of the unit in a special dumpsite...

  • No
      30th of Jul, 2009
    -1 Votes

    Same problem with mine, had to take the first one back and get another. Should have gotten my money back then. The second one is out of warranty, and is also a $100 door stop...

  • Di
      5th of Dec, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Ours worked well. It comes with a charge, run that completely down. Then charge for approx 24hrs until 100% charge is read. We only charged ours 3 times in 1 yr. Use it for air compressor, works great. Now...we need a air connection on the hose. Any of you interested in helping me? Let me know. Thanks!

  • Sp
      5th of Jan, 2010
    +1 Votes

    Yes I just called sears to order a new battery for mine its $35.00 more then what I gave for the Booster. I will just throw it away and buy another brand. Sears don't stand behind this product. Iam a Police Officer and used mine on a regular basic and took very good care of it. The Die Hard Portable Power 1150 lasted less then 2 years . Thanks Sears. Last time customer...

  • Re
      7th of Jan, 2011
    +1 Votes

    I got to use mine once before this problem happened. Although it should have given me hours of use according to the chart. I got a whole 1 & 1/2 hours of use. This coming from a Pastor folks - If you have not payed for one yet, please don't wast your money. And the Truth shall, , , Save you money and headaches.

  • Ra
      7th of Sep, 2011
    -2 Votes

    Mine also died partially. Outlets stopped working on the 1150 model but the 12V supply still works. What a pain to maintain! Why not just use better technology like the modern Li-Ion batteries in laptops.

  • Tj
      17th of Mar, 2012
    -1 Votes

    What can I add to the accurate complaints? Nothing . Today I used this piece of junk for the compressor to add a few lbs of air to a single tire. Of course, like everyone else YES believe it or not the battery was DEAD. Yes it really was even though it indicated a 99%charge. Foolishly I now know, I used the double male ended 12v to 12v adapter to supply enough power to use the compressor. D O N O T D O T H I S repeat DO NOT DO THIS!! using this burned up the compter control module in my Subaru. I can only advise DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! Lets all feel sorry for SEARS when they crash and burn in their own ignorance. This is not their only failed product. I didn't mind spending the above average price at Sear because they USED to stand behind anything they sold. Perhaps they will get a bailout too. I mean hey, it doesnt have to really work you just have to buy it. Wake up people the bailout comes from us and if we stop buying from the snake oil vendors. You do the math.

  • Yr
      29th of Jul, 2012
    +1 Votes

    My 1150 took a dump after 2 years and maybe 5 uses. Sears... you took us for a ride when you made us think this was a nice investment. I'll sit back and laugh when I read in the paper that you guys went tits-up.

  • Bu
      14th of Dec, 2012
    0 Votes

    I've actually been happy with my 1150 Platinum. I have three cars, two of which sit most of the time without being used. I have used the 1150 many many times to start these cars when the batteries were dead. (I got smart and now have battery tenders on these vehicles) The 1150 seems very powerful as both cars are V8 engines. One a 455 Buick and the other a 4.6L Lincoln. I have never had an issue with the 1150 not kicking over one of those engines. I would charge the 1150 monthly just to make sure it was at full charge if I would need it. The air compressor is also handy. I little slow and I wouldn't recommend attempting to inflate a flat tire but it is perfect for adding a few pounds to keep the tires at the recommended psi. I also used the 1150 during the Hurricane Sandy blackout. Luckily, I was without power for only 3 days. The first night I used the 1150 to power a small TV and charge my cellphone. The second night, I got brave and used it to power the small TV and my DVR/Cable box so that I could watch cable news re: the hurricane. The 1150 lasted around 2 hours, which I thought was pretty impressive. The next day I charged the 1150 via the car charger and it was ready for night 3 of powering my TV. However my lights came on that evening so it wasn't necessary. Only problem I now have is that the air compressor stopped working. Not sure if I did something by powering the TV and DVR or if the compressor just died as a coincidence. So now, I'm not sure what to do. Have been looking around for another brand with similar or better options but haven't found anything that looks like a better deal. So, I will probably buy another one.

  • Th
      10th of Jun, 2013
    0 Votes

    When I first paid for the 1150 I was the happiest man. Playing paintball and using it's jacks for the air blowers was just what I needed . It seem that the 1150 had a solution for everything, Portable power, blowing up tires, Jump starting cars and blowing up balls. Soon the nightmare kick in, I tried to use the cables for jumping my mothers car and this piece of crap made me look like a damn fool. Fully charged this thing couldn't jump a hurdle. Next my air compressor couldn't even blow up a basketball. At that point I knew something was wrong with this sorry product. Some of us was lucky, It seems to work for a year or so and then die out. How ironic is that for the Die Hard. My judgement is 2 thumbs way way down.

  • Da
      5th of Nov, 2013
    +2 Votes

    I guess this complaint board is the committee of welcome to the fools club.I have a laundry list of complaints on my Platinum 1150. My plan is to replace the original Sears motorcycle battery that the unit came with, with a generic battery from Batteries-Plus on Rt.- 1 in Saugus...Perhaps this will cure the ills that I have.

    Ya know what,
    taking a financial hit on a battery replacement is not nearly disconcerting as realizing that SEARS is all done in the product- quality department...

    Danny Cardarelli

  • Pa
      20th of Nov, 2013
    0 Votes

    I had the unit for two years and charged monthly by the instruction of the manufacturer. Saddle, when I use the USB port alone with the 120v outlet, the unit die and my bluetooth hand free unit was gone, too. No place to turn, not even replace the battery because the unit is not made for its second turn. Very bad experience and very badly designed and poor customer service, in all!

  • Sa
      26th of Nov, 2013
    0 Votes

    Wow, I wish I had seen all of the dissatisfaction regarding this product before I bought one. I too have now learned about how poorly it was made and I too am very disappointed in Sears. I too now have a $129.00 door stop.

  • Ja
      30th of Jul, 2014
    +1 Votes

    Bought this for my son to put in his first car for emergencies from kmart a little over a year ago used it maybe 5 times now it's dead. I have to say I am pretty discouraged to see these posts. I have one of these boxes I bought from Costco 7 years ago for 65 dollars not sure the name but it has been the best little life saver in the world for me I made my mom get one also being we are miles away from services and they have both been fantastic. I guess I will be pitching the die hard and buying my son one from Costco. Shame on you sears/kmart and diehard you obviously have an issue with this product and should take care of it.

  • Fi
      9th of Aug, 2014
    0 Votes

    I used my unit on maybe 4-5 occasions. That's all! The battery failed and will not hold charge!


  • Mi
      14th of Aug, 2014
    +1 Votes

    For anyone that sees this in the future, the battery IS replaceable easily done. This is the exact same battery and will fir exactly where the old one was (I'm sure these are readily available elsewhere, too, but these are good and cheap.):

    To change it, remove the 4 phillips head screws on each of the side panels and spread them apart just enough so they're not "clamping" the main body of the unit together. Then remove the 4 phillips head screws holding the back panel of the main unit on and separate it from the front half. Everything else will be obvious from here. Remove the 8mm bolt/nut holding one positive (+) cable and three ground (-) cables from the battery. Pull the battery out, put the new battery in, and reverse all of the above.

    For the record, I've had mine for 5 or 6 years and this is the first time I've had a battery failure with it.

    Hope this helps someone!

  • Mr
      5th of Nov, 2014
    +1 Votes

    Just bought one, haven't used it yet. Upon seeing these posts--sort of backs up my hesitancy to have bought this MADE IN CHINA product. I just had two experiences with Chinese products--one a little 1200 watt generator, and the other a 150 cc motor scooter. Both JUNK. Thanks, America for outsourcing quality to overseas manufacturers. I only hope this thing will work when I need it, if not, I'll buy another brand new one, put the old one in the box and return it as the new one saying it didn't work. I've done this before, and as far as I am concerned, what's fair is what's fair. If I pay good money for something and it doesn't live up to expectations, I want my money back, or a free brand new replacement.

  • Ca
      15th of Feb, 2015
    0 Votes

    I got this pack for Christmas a couple years ago, and like most of you my warranty expired. My battery still works, all the accessories work, however my jumper cables stopped getting power when I would flip the on switch. I am a part time mechanic and DIY'er so I took mine apart to see why the switch wasn't working. Found melted plastic inside the switch on one of the posts and part of the switch body was melted pretty bad. Of course sears has no internal parts support for these products because they want you to buy new, but I found replacement internal parts online including my switch and replacement battery. The website is If you're a do-it-yourselfer or have a friend who's part mechanic and you do take your product apart, the first thing I recommend doing is removing the cover on the lower, back side of the unit. Behind this cover is the battery posts and you can disconnect all power by removing the two sets of cables from those posts. The battery will then slide out. I stuck mine on my regular car battery charger for a few hours to give the battery a nice deep charge. I can't get my money back so I'm making the best of the situation! You should too!

  • Cb
      1st of Mar, 2015
    0 Votes

    I too have had problems with the Diehard 1150. But after using mine for 2 years, the air compressor wore out. Also being a DIY person, I told everybody about it on my delivery route. Turns out that one customer gave me his unit that had one of the bad batteries. So putting my battery in it, I have a fully functioning assy again. Now I have a box of parts from the one unit with only a bad compressor.. NEED PARTS? I've got them. Hey buickwildcat, get one of the bad battery units from those listed here and swap parts like I did. Hey DiehardfaninTx, get your hose connector from me or another with a junk unit. Parts are always valuable to someone and it seems there are ALOT of junk units out there. There is no BS here, just looking to "pay it forward" like everyone should be doing. And I hate to throw away good parts :) CBXSmogman

  • Er
      2nd of Jun, 2015
    0 Votes

    I got my DieHard portable power 1150 a few years ago when we had a blackout and it worked great at first. I used it to jump my car battery and a few neighbors car batteries a few times and it did the job. I then lent it to my husbands friend who had battery issues in his truck. When he returned it, it was dead and would not hold a charge. I assumed he broke it, but looking at these posts, I owe him an apology. It probably just happened to crap out on its own. I put it aside for a year thinking it was junk but today I tried it desperately when my car battery died and it worked but was dead immediately afterwards. Apparently it will hold a charge for approximately 2 minutes. (Long enough to quickly jump your car when you are at home and can unplug it just for a quick jump). Thank you guys for all your tips and suggestions. I am going on a 3 week camping trip and really could use this, so I am going to try a replacement battery for it. Glad I didn't throw it away! It's sad that Sears sells such crappy stuff but thankfully some of you are mechanically savvy and have shared work arounds!

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