Cars depend on Absorbed Glass Mat and Gel cell batteries to start-up, power air conditioning systems, power headlamps, and run entertainment systems such as radios and CD players. Even though all models recharge whenever the vehicle is in motion, individuals that accidentally leave their headlamps on when parked or listen to music for hours in campsites have a challenging time whenever they try to start their cars. To overcome this challenge, companies have developed numerous remedies with jump starters ranking among the best. Lightweight, portable, and with high-powered rechargeable systems that deliver hundreds of cold starts over their lifetime, they are excellent safety accessories for drivers of all cadres. Most safety-certified models limit battery damage and have simple clamp-based systems that do not require effort to use. We have reviewed 10 of the best models in 2017 worth purchasing.
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10. Performance Tool W1665
A portable 900-ampere (400-ampere cranking wattage) power unit, tire inflator (up to 300 PSI), and jump starter, Performance Tool W1665 has helped millions of individuals in distress to manage various car issues without paying for expensive mechanical services. Powered by a sealed 12-A lead-acid battery, it is durable, safe to use, and designed to resist the memory effect that often plagues comparable products. Clamps are insulated and durable, while the bright battery level indicator (LED) on its body tells you when it is ready to jump-start battery or whether you should recharge it to capacity. For safety, this jump starter has a dedicated ON and OFF switch and reverse polarity protection (beep signal and warning light) that minimize battery damage further.
9. Black & Decker JUS300B
Perfect for individuals with small cars and or those that own bulky and somewhat hard-to-use jump starters, Black & Decker JUS300B is a low profile 600-ampere (peak) jump starter that delivers up to 300 starting amps (instant). If you are preparing for work, therefore, but have a flat battery, you will be able to get your car running in a matter of seconds. Storage is simple in trunks and glove boxes. Clamps and cables have onboard storage on the main unit, while the bright built-in LED light on its body illuminates dark areas well. Apart from jump starting vehicles, Black & Decker JUS300B has a powerful 120-PSI pump that inflates vehicle tires in just minutes.
8. DBPOWER 300A
When shopping for jump starters, most individuals attribute size with performance. This is further from the truth. While DBPOWER 300A is among the smallest and most compact jump starters in the market, it also ranks among the most powerful and therefore recommended models for engine sizes up to 2.5 liters. Cables and clamps are heavy duty and able to withstand peak current of up to 300 amperes without burning. The battery boost feature integrated into its system is perfect for charging phones and tablets, while its bright LED flashlight (With SOS, high, and strobe modes) illuminates dark engine bays well to better the safety of users and vehicles in the dark. DBPOWER 300A is overload, short circuit, over charge, and overcurrent protected for added safety.
7. Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR
This pro series of the renowned Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR jump starter line is a well-built portable power unit that generates 275 cold cranking amps and 330 cranking amps. Recommended for professional and personal use, the high output (22 Ah) AGM battery it draws power from has a built-in automatic charger (3 amps) that boosts its longevity. Clamps have heavy duty and replaceable copper jaws that grip battery terminals better, while the high-speed DC port on its body is perfect for most 12-volt electrical accessories in homes and offices.
6. NOCO Genius GB40
Specially built for charging lithium ion batteries, NOCO Genius GB40 ranks among the safest 12-volt jump starters in stores because of its premium components and its overall quality of construction. Designed to generate up to 1000 amps at full capacity, its charging speed is heart wrenching. The compact and mistake-proof battery used offers up to 20 jump-starts per full charge, while the ultra-bright (100-lumen) flashlight (LED with emergency strobe, SRS, and seven adjustable modes) buyers get is excellent for addressing emergencies in the dark. Forget about depending on moonlight or your phone whilst addressing emergencies in the dark. NOCO Genius GB40 works well with diesel engine cars (up to 3 liters), gas engine cars (up to 6 liters), lawn mowers, and recreational vehicles such as boats.
5. Anker Compact
The quality of Anker products is top notch and appreciated worldwide. In the jump starter niche, for instance, this compact 400-amp model (with a built-in flashlight) lives to its hype. Its compact and clutter-free design, for instance, is easy to carry around in cars and recreational vehicles. Safety rating is top notch courtesy of the Advanced Safety Protection technology integrated into its system, while its functionality as a portable charger (two USB ports) benefits individuals with smart devices such as tablets and smartphones that they depend on for communication or entertainment.
4. Brightech – SCORPION
In our top 10 best jump starters reviewed 2017, Brightech – SCORPION is an effective portable car accessory with a built-in battery charger for mobile devices and electronics, a handheld jump box, and a carrying case for safer transportation. The SmartJump technology offered customize its performance based on battery type to maximize safety. The heavy-duty plastic used to make it withstands both hot (up to 140 degrees F) and cold up to 4 degrees F), while its lightweight 14-ounce design is not only easy to carry to carry around but also manipulate when jump starting car batteries. With each original, you get a warranty for defects (3 years) and a charger (120 and 220-volt compatible) for home use.
3. Jump-N-Carry JNC300XL
Liked globally because of its portability, Jump-N-Carry JNC300XL is also powerful (900 peak amps) and fitted with a bright LED light for illuminating dark areas during emergencies. Designed by Clore Automotive to improve the reach of users, cables are long (27-inch lead), durable, and fitted with full-size copper clamps that penetrate battery corrosion well. Pricing is also affordable while the high-capacity rechargeable battery pack offered is also perfect for charging phones and other compatible electronics via a 12-volt DC outlet. Do not risk the safety of your car and or electrical gadgets with one of the poorly designed and non-certified jump starters in stores.
2. Stanley JC509
With Stanley JC509, you get a powerful compressor (120 PSI) and jump starter combo with a peak current output of 1000 amperes (500 amperes instant start). The lower the risk of over-inflation, the compressor gauge offered has backlighting that eases review in the dark. Light (LED) rotates over a 270-degree orientation to offer better coverage while the reverse polarity alarm integrated into its system minimizes the risk of battery damage by warning you whenever you set up its clamps incorrectly. Stanley JC509 has two 12-volt DC ports and a USB port for charging electronics and phones.
1. Jump-N-Carry JNC660
With a peak power output of 1700 amperes, Jump-N-Carry has combined power, durability, and reliability into the JNC660 to offer car owners an easy-to-use jump starter with many desirable attributes. Clamps (AWG), for instance, are long (46-inches) and made of insulated copper that conducts current well. Battery technology (Clore PROFORMA) is both powerful and reliable, while its built-in voltmeter reflects battery charge status accurately to eliminate guesswork. Jump-N-Carry JNC660 supports auto-recharging and comes with a free heavy-duty carrying case for convenient storage and transportation.