Top positive review
Capable, less expensive, and feature-packed
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
"I don't need a jump starter. My car is fine." That's the argument I hear all the time when I suggest to friends and family to get one. I was one of the skeptics, especially if you are driving a reliable car.
A few years ago, I bought a NOCO GB40 jump starter for its feature set, professional look, and versatility. I have NOT regret that purchase since: it can jump start, be used as a signal when your car is stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night, charge your mobile devices as a (heavy) battery, and has polarity protection. I have saved almost a dozen motorists, and had to jump start my car twice when the car battery actually leaked acid. My wife's 2016 Subaru battery also exploded, and my mother-in-law's battery COMPLETELY died twice because she doesn't drive enough. The NOCO was able to provide an "Extra boost" mode that actually got the car started! Did I make my point yet how useful it had been over the years?
The NOCO GB40, as good as it is, however, is showing its age: it does not have USB Quick Charge capability nor have a display to tell you what's going on with the car battery. It also only charges up to 6L Gas engines, and the next higher model costs substantially more. I decided to give this Autown starter a try based on the listed feature set.
- 1000A boost (2000A peak... 2x that of the NOCO GB40). Note: Joules start cars, not peak Amps
- Much less expensive than the NOCO GB40
- Can start an 8L gas engine
- 20,800 mAh battery capacity
- Quick Charge 3.0 USB port (strong enough to charge a tablet/iPad)
- USB-C in/out port
- Fail-safe feature: in case you connect the clips to the wrong polarity, it won't short circuit the car battery. When I was in college, I shorted my car battery INSTANTLY when I connected the clips backwards. You can touch the clips to one another and it won't short-circuit or spark
- Built-in flashlight with strobe and SOS modes
- LCD screen to show you low/high voltage, reverse charge/polarity, temperature, short circuit, overload
- Fairly compact
- Carry case included
- Much bigger than just a portable battery, but remember that this includes the jump start capability
- Can be heavy to some
- Looks professional, but not as heavy-duty as the NOCO GB40
Overall, just like how I took a chance with NOCO, a brand I had never heard of, I am quite happy with this no-name Autown starter. It is far cheaper than the NOCO but with some additional capabilities.
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