A reliable battery in your vehicle ensures that you make it to your destination regardless of the weather or time of day. When your battery dies, a jump starter pack for your car is a necessity. When jumping a car, you have a couple of ways of doing so. The first, and most common way, is to use a set of jumper cables for a car jump. The second way is to use a jumper pack, which uses a jumper box with attached cables to start your vehicle. This allows you to start your vehicle without needing another vehicle to do so.
When purchasing a jumper pack, it is best to look for one that is small and easy to transport in your vehicle, whether you keep it in the trunk of your car or behind the seat of your truck. Before placing the jumper pack in your vehicle, make sure to charge it using a small extension cord and a wall outlet. Otherwise, you won't have much luck using the device when your battery dies, as it cannot jump your vehicle unless it is charged to an appropriate level first.
You can use the list of the 10 best miniature jumper packs to begin your quest for the best portable jump starter. Remember to buy a jump starter that is powerful enough for the vehicle you drive. This way you ensure that you have enough power to start your vehicle and get you to a location where you can get repairs done as necessary.
10. Bolt Power G06 Portable – 600 AMP Peak Battery Jump Starter Power Bank Charger – $72.99
The Bolt Power G06 Portable Car Battery Jump Starter allows you to start compact-sized vehicles 10 to 15 times on just one charge. The battery jumper offers a variety of options, including the ability to switch between 12-, 16-, and 19-volt output with the turn of a switch; built-in overload and short circuit protection; and a seven-in-one adapter to hook your laptop to. In addition, the device has LED emergency lights in three modes: high, strobe, and SOS.
9. PowerGo 12-Volt – Portable Car Starter Battery Jump Starter – $79.95
Packed for easy portability, the PowerGo 12-Volt Portable Car Starter Battery Jump Starter is compact enough to fit in the glove box of your car. The device also touts a built-in LED flashlight and charging ports for all of your mobile devices. In addition, the PowerGo allows for eight jumpstarts on just one battery charge.
8. Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR ProSeries – 2200 Peak Amps Jump Starter and Portable Power Unit – $202.37
With 2200 peak amperes of power, the Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR ProSeries 2200 Peak Amps Jump Starter and Portable Power Unit features a three-amp built-in automatic charger, reverse hook-up alarm, and a durable polypropylene case. This makes it ideal for camping trips, when the power goes out, or when out and about and you need a reliable power source. The Schumacher PSJ-2212 can power any device that can use a 12-volt accessory plug.
7. PowerAll GOLIATH – 32000mAh 24V Portable Power Bank and Heavy Duty Vehicle Jump Starter – $150.00
The PowerAll GOLIATH 32000mAh 24V Portable Power Bank and Heavy Duty Vehicle Jump Starter works with all 24-volt vehicles. The ultra-bright flashlight, which also acts as a strobe light and SOS signal, lasts up to 120 hours. This device can jumpstart up to 20 vehicles before needing to recharge and has charging adapters to keep your mobile devices going when you need them.
6. Clore JNC300XL – 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12-Volt Jump Starter with Light – $64.95
Made for 12-volt vehicles, the Clore JNC300XL 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12-Volt Jump Starter comes with its own work light, making it easier to jump start your car in the dark. The device also offers a 12-volt DC outlet to power all of your accessories. In addition, the compact battery booster features full-size clamps so that it can penetrate the worse battery clamp corrosion.
5. Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-10 – Multi-Function Jump Starter/Personal Power Supply – $149.99
Designed with bigger gasoline and diesel engines in mind, the Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-10 Multi-Function Jump Starter/Personal Power Supply offers 18000 mAh of charging capacity and can power a wide variety of devices. The built-in LED flashlight allows you to see your way when jumping your vehicle in the dark, while its lightweight design affords the maximum in portability while traveling, as well as storage when no longer needed.
4. PowerAll PBJ12000R Rosso Red/Black – Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter – $62.00
The portable design of the PowerAll PBJ12000R Rosso Red/Black Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter is compact for easy storage when not in use. Offering 400 peak amps, the 12000 mAh high-capacity charger can jumpstart up to 20 vehicles before needing recharging. In addition, the PowerAll PBJ12000R sports an ultra-bright flashlight and has adapters for most of your mobile devices.
3. Clore JNC660 – 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter – $131.99
With long 46-inch cables, the Clore JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter offers up to 1700 peak amps. The integrated volt ohmmeter keeps you apprised of the charge of the onboard battery. Weighing just 18 pounds, the Clore JNC660 is portable and stows away easily when not in use.
2. Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-1 – Multi-Function Jump Starter/Personal Power Supply – $159.95
From the makers of the Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-10 comes the Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-1 Multi-Function Jump Starter/Personal Power Supply. This device offers the maximum in jump starting power in a size that fits in your pocket or purse. This power translates into up to 30 jumpstarts on one charge. It can also power a variety of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and GPS.
1. NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB40 – 1000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter – $99.95
The compact, yet powerful NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter can start up to 20 vehicles on a single charge. Using reverse polarity protection and spark-proof technology, the NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB40 allows you to safely connect to any battery without fear of injury. In addition, the device features a bright 100-lumen LED flashlight with a variety of light modes.
According to Toby Schultz, senior automotive editor at YourMechanic, "it works really well. I tested it after charging by using it to start a Porvette (Porsche 944 with a Corvette motor). It was then tested by being used to start a Ford F-150, a Vespa Scooter, and a Honda CR-V. It started all four of these vehicles on a single charge and still shows 100% charge after sitting a couple months in the back of the car."
Depending on your vehicle type, you can find an ideal miniature jumper pack. When shopping for a jumper pack, make sure to buy one with the features you want, such as the ability to charge your mobile devices, an included flashlight, and technologies to keep you safe, especially when jumping your vehicle in low-light conditions. And, if you need to replace your battery, have one of our expert mechanics do the job for you.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as 10 Best Miniature Jumper Packs For Your Car and was authored by Cheryl Knight.