We Bought One. Here's Why...
What's So Cool About a Portable Jump Starter?
Technically, it isn't cool...until you need it. Sort of like antibiotics. Seriously though, it can make the difference between a good day and a bad day. Sure, you can call for help, but how long will that take? And what if you're in a remote area? Plus, who likes to wait?
I've wanted to buy one of these since I saw an ad in a car magazine about 6 years ago - but I never got around to it. Why? I think its because it just wasn't an exciting purchase, but....
Dead batteries can happen fast. Really fast.
Knock on wood, I haven't had a dead car battery in a long time, however, I did experience a dead battery on my off road vehicle (ATV) a few weeks ago.
I admit, in this case, I was not in a remote location, yet. The vehicle was just driven onto my trailer and I was heading out for a ride with the kids. The point is: I was about to go off-roading 45 minutes away and happened to notice that my vehicle wouldn't start shortly after loading it onto the trailer.
How fast did it happen? I left the electrical on to the ATV for just 10 minutes - (the lights were on-big deal) and that was all it took!
What did I do?
I knew a friend had one of these portable jump starters - so I called him! Sure enough, he hooked it up, and bam, started my ATV on the first try!
That was my wake up call. I thought to myself, what if this happened in the woods on my ATV, or on my bike on a remote road, or my car in the mountains on the way to skiing with no cell phone reception. And even more surprising was that this was a new machine that I hadn't experienced even the slightest hiccup with before this day. So it can happen very quickly - even to a new battery.
I vowed that I would finally get myself one after that happened and take it with me whenever I go on long car, motorcycle, or off-road trips. Its so compact and easy to bring with you anywhere, so why not have one? Plus, apparently it can charge other dead items too (like a phone or camera) and has a flashlight. Thats why I'm sharing this today on carsartcoffee - just in case you might want one too.
I researched Portable Jump Starters for hours and asked some of my pro-tech friends. They had all used them before, and some had numerous ones. Most of the top ones I found had excellent reviews - with some scattered negative ones.
Ultimately though, the NOCO seems to be the most universally used and accepted. I even noticed another popular automotive company clearly rebranded one (NOCO) as their own, so that tells me something. Plus, this was the original one I saw in that car magazine years ago!
Keep in mind, there are different sizes. I'm going with the 1500 AMP NOCO. But most might be happy with the 1000 AMP. I have included a link to purchase the 1000A, 1500A, and 2000A below. And if you need larger (or smaller) ones, they have them too.
NOCO also claims there are "ULTRASAFE" because of their: Mistake Proof Design
Spark Proof Technology
Reverse Polarity Detection
I WANT ONE! What do I do?
Choose the NOCO 1000 AMP, 1500 AMP, or 2000 AMP from the B&H Store link below.