Three Features You Need in A Portable Jump Starter

Portable, rechargeable, electric jump starters are so lightweight, easy to stow, and effective, it’s foolish not to keep one in your vehicle.

Starting car with portable jump starter.
An exhausted battery can ruin any road trip, but if you have a compact, rechargeable jump starter handy, you’ll be back in the driver’s seat in no time.Kaboompics.com

Those moments when your truck won’t start have to be on the top ten list for the world’s worst sinking feelings. Dead batteries happen, and usually at the most inconvenient times, like when you’re late getting your mother-in-law to the airport. While today’s vehicles are more goof-proof with their automatic lights-off features, savvy truck owners hedge their bets by carrying a portable jump starter for those “just-in-case” moments. Here are some things to consider:

Charge for the Buck

NOCO Boost HD GB150 4000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe 12-Volt UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter For Up To 10-Liter Gasoline and Diesel Engines
Here’s a portable charger rated at a powerful 4000 amps, offering up to 40 boosts before a re-charge is needed.NOCO

While you hope it’ll only take one shot to bring your truck battery back online, you want to make sure your charger has got the power and is appropriately rated for your battery and vehicle. Portable chargers are rated for amperage. Look for the number of times they can be used before requiring a re-charge, and whether it will fit your particular vehicle.

Stowability

DBPOWER 600A 18000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter (up to 6.5L Gas, 5.2L Diesel Engine) Battery Booster and Phone Charger with Smart Charging Port (Black/Red)
This portable charger is so compact it can be stored in a glove box.DBPOWER

Size matters when your storage space is limited. Some portable jump starters come in compact and convenient sizes, making options for stowing that much easier.

Multi-function

TACKLIFE T8 800A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter (up to 7.0L Gas, 5.5L Diesel engine) with LCD Screen, USB Quick Charge, 12V Auto Battery Booster, Portable Power Pack with Built-in LED light
This charger features lights, USB charging and prevents reverse polarity connections.TACKLIFE

Today’s portable jump starters are power packs you can use for additional functions—beyond the emergency situations when you just need to start your truck. Some models offer flashlights, emergency signaling, and multi-charging ports for USB and other devices.


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