Three Keys to Selecting a Portable Jump Starter

A rechargeable, transportable battery starter doesn’t seem like something you’d need, until you really need it.

Jump starting a car battery
Jump starting a vehicle battery isn’t rocket science, as long as you power source has enough oomph to turn over the dead unit.Longhair

You went to a fun event that was out in the middle of nowhere and, as chance should have it, you’re the last person to leave. You go to start your car and find that the battery has died. It’s getting dark, you have no phone reception, and it’s supposed to be well below freezing tonight. Thankfully, you have a portable jump starter. These devices take up very little trunk space, and they could literally save your life. Here are a few features to look for when choosing one.

Power Output

NOCO Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Portable Lithium Car Battery Jump Starter Pack For Up To 6-Liter Gasoline And 3-Liter Diesel Engines
This 12-volt, 1000 amp jump starter should start just about any standard, consumer vehicle up to 20 times on a single charge.NOCO

These things have one critical function, and that’s starting your car. If you can do that, then there’s really no reason to get it. Different engines will have different power requirements to turn over. Generally, look at the amps on these things. Anything over 600 amps should be good for starting a standard car or truck but check with your vehicle’s manufacturer to make sure.


DBPOWER 800A 18000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter
Coming in at 18,000mAh, this can jump a car up to 30 times on a single charge, and it has accessories for charging laptops, and more.DBP

We’re talking about how much energy these things can store and release when you need them. 18,000mAh is a very solid number. It should get you a bunch of jumps and have enough left over to charge your phone and even your laptop.

Extra Features

TACKLIFE T8 800A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter
This portable jumper packs in the extras, with a bright flashlight, red light, and strobe, a USB charging port, and even a built-in compass.TACKLIFE

These things can be like Swiss Army knives. Yeah, they jump your car, but they can do a lot more. Look for ones that have built-in flashlights, so you can see what you’re doing. USB ports are always good, too, so you can keep your phone and other small devices charged. Some even come with a variety of laptop charging cables.