Not all jump starters are made the same. Choosing the right one for your needs is key to being prepared for any roadside emergency. Here we break down the pros and cons of different jump starter options so that you can make an informed decision.
The #1 quality that consumers look for in a jump starter is reliability. After all, if your car can’t be started when you most need it, then a jump starter is useless. Perhaps the top measure of reliability is how long a jump starter can hold a charge. The next measure of reliability is how many jumps a battery can provide before the jump starter battery is worn out.
Choosing an appropriately powered jump starter is key so that when you use the jump starter, it is able to start your car. You must know how much power output the jump starter is capable of producing and how quickly it can deliver that charge to your car. For most personal cars, this means an amperage output of 800-1200 amps. Keep in mind that on smaller cars a higher amperage means a faster jump.
Finally, a good car jump starter should have many safety features that ensure that you can jump start your car without harming you or your car. These may include reverse polarity protections or alarms, spark protection, over voltage protections or other features.
Loses 10% of charge/month
Reverse polarity alarm alerts when there is an improper connection; Connect the clamps to the battery.
Air pump for tires
Loses 4% of charge/month
300 full discharges, with 15 jumpstarts per charge for a 3.0L gas engine.
10 built-in safety features including spark, reverse polarity, high-temperature, over-current, and over-voltage protection and prevention.
Includes a wireless mobile device charger, LED flashlight, and lighting signal for emergencies.