What Jump Starter Should I Get
Author: JRAutofix Date Posted:22 July 2019
There is a vast amount of choice regarding jump starters these days.
With different type of batteries, features and different physical sizes.
The first thing is to identify what do you need to do with it, what size is practical for you and what is the power required for your purpose.
Knowing that a car battery last between 3 to 4 years it's always safe to have a back up and be able to quickly restart your car.
But you need to find a unit that you can trust when you need it to perform also you should test your car battery to see where you are at.
They are not only there to replace your car battery in case of breakdown they can also help charging electronic devices when needed and can have other features including :
- Battery charger/ Jump starter
- Compressor for tyre, inflatable or air blower
- Torch/work light
- Voltage/Pressure Gauges
- Fuse protection
- 19 volt output for laptop charging
- Cigarette laptop output
- Power tools charging
Portable jump starter are a very convenient device to have but how much portable do you want it to be ?
Jump starters type:
As there is different type of unit mainly due to the type of battery and the features included.
Despite the market being crowed with the Mini Lithium power packs which weight between 300 and 800 grams, there is still the Jump Starters with SLA batteries which offer more features like internal compressor, inverters and different types of output USB, cigarette lighter plugs and with more traditional gauges.
The SLA jump starters can weight between 8 to 12 kg and are bigger in size.
Regarding the power required for starting a car find below a guide of what on average to expect with the amperage rating:
Diesel engines require significantly higher cranking currents than petrol/gas engines of the same size, more than two times that of petrol engines, and so guidelines for diesel engines are as follows: