Do you carry a jump starter in your vehicle and if so, what are the characteristics you looked for?
I’m curious, because the prices are all over the place and oddly, the model with some of the best features, this Stanley pictured below, is one of the least expensive.
It’s not only a jump starter, but it’s got an air compressor for filling tires, USB ports for charging two electronic devices at the same time, a light and more. Yet it’s about half the price of some that do little besides jump starting.
Now some of the much more expensive ones, like this 2,000 peak watt CAT do offer greater oomph on the charge and I can see why that would come in handy for a hefty vehicle. But this Schumacher has features roughly similar to the Stanley and gives just slightly more oomph, but it costs nearly double. Very space-age looking. Nice — but what makes it worth paying so much extra for?
The Stanley is the best-seller and I can see why. But I’m at a loss for how to parse the real relative value of these things.
Also, if you have a jump starter and you’ve had to use it to kick life into a dead battery, how well did it work for you? What was its capacity and did it have enough power to do the job? Have you had any problems with it, such as the jump starter itself being dead when you needed it? (After all, they are mostly just big batteries and need to be charged periodically.) Inquiring minds want to know.