5 Best Jump Starters

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BEST OF THE BEST
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
Bottom Line
A reliable, heavy-duty jump starter of the highest quality and effectiveness. The best on the market.
A simplistic, inexpensive jump starter that's surprisingly robust for its lightweight class. The best bargain-priced device.
An easy to store, lightweight jump starter with useful extra features, though it may have a tough time starting large vehicles.
Compact but powerful, this portable unit jump-starts 4- and 6-cylinder engines without trouble.
A multi-functional power delivery system with occasional performance issues.
Pros
A dependable device with a good reputation. High amp output (1,700). Long cord.
Heavy-duty clamps and 900 peak amps. Inexpensive. Includes a detachable flashlight.
Fairly small and lightweight, making it easy to store. LED indicator plus polarity alarm is helpful for inexperienced users. Built-in USB charger and compressor are big pluses.
Very compact, small enough to store in a glove box or large center console. Multiple adapters for charging other devices. Built-in flashlight is helpful. Good for multiple car starts before recharging is needed.
Successfully starts most cars and trucks. Includes a compressor for tire inflation.
Cons
Relatively heavy (18 lbs.)
Low on extra features.
Compressor can fail after just a few uses. Battery drains slowly while stored and must be recharged monthly even if not used. May be tough to jump larger engines.
On/off switch does not apply to jumper cables, which are live as soon as they are attached. Cables are very short. Instructions are inadequate.
Heavier/bulkier than some competitors. Occasional complaints about air compressor effectiveness.
BEST OF THE BEST
Preview
Bottom Line
A reliable, heavy-duty jump starter of the highest quality and effectiveness. The best on the market.
Pros
A dependable device with a good reputation. High amp output (1,700). Long cord.
Cons
Relatively heavy (18 lbs.)
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BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
Preview
Bottom Line
A simplistic, inexpensive jump starter that's surprisingly robust for its lightweight class. The best bargain-priced device.
Pros
Heavy-duty clamps and 900 peak amps. Inexpensive. Includes a detachable flashlight.
Cons
Low on extra features.
More information
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Bottom Line
An easy to store, lightweight jump starter with useful extra features, though it may have a tough time starting large vehicles.
Pros
Fairly small and lightweight, making it easy to store. LED indicator plus polarity alarm is helpful for inexperienced users. Built-in USB charger and compressor are big pluses.
Cons
Compressor can fail after just a few uses. Battery drains slowly while stored and must be recharged monthly even if not used. May be tough to jump larger engines.
More information
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Bottom Line
Compact but powerful, this portable unit jump-starts 4- and 6-cylinder engines without trouble.
Pros
Very compact, small enough to store in a glove box or large center console. Multiple adapters for charging other devices. Built-in flashlight is helpful. Good for multiple car starts before recharging is needed.
Cons
On/off switch does not apply to jumper cables, which are live as soon as they are attached. Cables are very short. Instructions are inadequate.
More information
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Bottom Line
A multi-functional power delivery system with occasional performance issues.
Pros
Successfully starts most cars and trucks. Includes a compressor for tire inflation.
Cons
Heavier/bulkier than some competitors. Occasional complaints about air compressor effectiveness.
More information

Last update on 2017-10-18 PST - Details


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