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5 Star Product If You Take Steps To Prevent Premature Failure
November 12, 2018
I purposely gave this 5 Star product a 3 Star rating simply to insure you might see this review, since it may not be noticed when grouped in with all of the 5 Star reviews, which are not helpful at all, due to the lack of information shared about this product. I am suspicious of majority of the 5 Star reviews,, considering most of them carry a review date within a month or two of each other and the fact that so little is said about the product other than they like it. Hmmm?? Just sayin. I consider this to be a 5 Star product BUT you must protect it for long term life. And here is why and how.
My intention is to educate you, regarding these jump starters. I know quite a bit about them since I have 3 cars and a power boat, all of which I keep a jump starter in, along with jumper cables (just in case). I purchased my first jump starter ("DBPower" brand) in August 2017 for $99. It performed fantastically when I fully charged it before testing it. In my test, I disconnected the battery cables from the posts on the batteries in my vehicles (since none of my batteries were actually dead, but I needed to test jump starting without a battery in the mix). I clamped the jaws of the jump starter directly to the loose battery cables (bypassing the battery entirely). I did this with all 3 vehicles and my large power boat. The jump starter instantly fired up all 4 engines, which was quite impressive. After that test, the battery power indicator showed it still had 100% charge left in it, so it appeared to be capable of many jump starts before needing to be recharged. I then put the DBPower into storage in the trunk of the car we use the most and left it there, untouched until September 2018, when one of our car batteries died. I pulled out the DBPower to use it and it was totally dead, at which time I attempted to recharge it overnight, with no success. It was totally dead and worthless. I contacted DBPower who immediately sent me a replacement unit under warranty, while cautioning me that it may have failed because I did not keep it recharged periodically. They suggested that I check it every 3 months and be sure that it stays above 50%, saying that Lithium batteries will go completely dead if allowed to deplete their charge down to zero or close to that.
Ironically, prior to the failure of the DBPower, which I had previously reviewed with a 5 Star rating, I had been offered a different brand of Jump Starter, in the Amazon Vine Program, in which they would send a product at no charge, in exchange for an honest review, whether good, bad, or indifferent. I suspect that might have been precipitated by the fact that I had reviewed the DBPower, in depth. At any rate, I was offered and accepted a unit identical to the DBPower, but with a different brand name, called "MOKO". See attached pictures. I tested the MOKO in the same was as the DBPower and then stored it in the trunk of one of our other 3 cars. And when the DBPower failed on me, I pulled out the MOKO to jump start our dead car and it too was absolutely dead. I became really irritated at the fact that these 2 jump starters, which worked fantastically when new and fully charged, could potentially leave you stranded if you did not also have a set of jumper cables in your vehicle. It was after the MOKO failed that I went online to try to find out why these both failed. While reading review comments of the DBPower to see what others were saying, I discovered that the DBPower carried a 3 year warranty instead of what I thought was a 1 year warranty (I figured I was out of luck since I found mine to be dead a month after the anniversary date of my purchase). That is what prompted me to call DBPower to see if mine was covered...which it was and for which I received a replacement immediately.
Additionally, several months after I had received the MOKO, Amazon Vine offered yet, another brand to me, called Beat It, which elected to receive, allowing me to have a unit in each car (having purchased the DBPower at full cost, and getting the other 2 at no charge). After the DBPower and MOKO both failed, I downgraded my 5 Star reviews to 1 Star, warning others that these are all prone to failure in the long term (not knowing what DBPower's customer service subsequently warned me about).
Having shared the above important warning for you to be mindful of, what do I think of the Vetomile? I performed the same battery bypass test on our 3 vehicles with the Vetomile and it too, fired up all 3 without hesitation on the first turn of the key in the ignition, so I suspect it will be a high performing jump starter in the long run, IF, IF, you keep it recharged over time. My unit came out of the box fully charged, so I did not have to do an initial "full charge", which is advised by all, if you are not at 100%.
As you can see from the pictures, the Vetomile is a bit larger than the identical DBPower and MOKO units. And the case for the Vetomile is a bit larger. Size differences between these units is of little consequence since they are all very compact for storage in a vehicle and certainly much more so, than carrying unwieldy jumper cables.
I found that the Vetomile offers more features/benefits than the DBPower, MOKO, and Beat It brands. It has far more versatility in power output options, due to the 8 DC current adaptors which offer a wide variety of sizes in DC plugs to interact with many different rechargeable electronic devices. These 8 different size adaptors plug onto the end of the DC cord that plugs into the output port of the Vetomile. WIth the Vetomile, you can charge cell phones, laptops, and tablets, or you can power 12v vehicle products or 12v appliances. And of course you can jump start a wide variety of vehicles (boats, trucks, cars, motorcycles, ATV's, etc).
You can charge the Vetomile itself two different ways. Primarily, you plug the unit into a wall outlet with the included home adaptor. You can also charge it while driving, by plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket with the included car adaptor.
There are 2 DC output ports. One is for 12v devices and the other which is 19v is only for charging or powering notebook devices which require 19v. Cell phones and tablets are charged using one of the 2 USB ports (one of which is 5v/1A and the other is 5v/2A).
The instruction manual that comes with this unit is much more detailed than any of the other jump starters that I have. And it includes some important information in the form of FAQ's. Within those FAQ's it states that this unit on a full charge can standby for 2 years, but at the same time stating, "But we suggest charging every 3 months in order to increase its service life." SO BE FOREWARNED, that my experience with these jump starters pretty much confirms that if you let the charge drop significantly close to zero, you risk the total failure of the lithium oxide battery and will have to trash the unit.
My main and only real complaint about this unit is that the identification stamped into the body of the unit, saying what each port is, can't be read without a magnifying glass. There is no contrasting alphanumerics to allow the print to stand out. But the manual itself does have a line drawing (attached photo) clearly explaining what each port is, along with explanations of what can be connected to the multiple ports.
If this unit is capable of long term performance by way of periodic charging to 100%, then I wholeheartedly encourage its purchase, because it is much more fully featured than any of the other 3 brands which I own.