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Best Portable Jump Starters for 2017

There are various types of jump starters that you can get your hands on nowadays – all the way from mini jump starters and portable jump starters to heavy duty jump boxes or industrial grade battery boosters that would start a tank if you needed to. Today, we are on a quest to find the best portable jump starter for 2017.

With the technology advancing quickly and the general trend to go everything-portable, jump starters are no exception. Most of the best portable jump starters use Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) technology in which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge and back when charging. Li-ion batteries (LIB) use an intercalated lithium compound as one electrode material. The electrolyte, which allows for ionic movement, and the two electrodes are the constituent components of a lithium-ion battery cell. Lithium-ion batteries already power your cell phone and your laptop and they are also perfect to be used in jump starters.

What are advantages of portable jump starters?

  • Weight – generally weighing around 1 lbs (some of the best ones, as you’ll see below, even less than that), they are light enough even if you want to take them with you for a hike or camping trip as a power source for your mobiles and cameras
  • Size – whatever they say to you, size does matter, especially when you are in the market for the best portable jump starter. It generally has to fit in a glove box or backpack easily without taking up too much space. They usually coming in a pouch for easy storing and carrying.
  • Features – a USB port and a flashlight is a must for a decent portable booster pack. Most of the greatest jumper packs even have 2 USBs, laptop charging ports, various cables and adapters, compass or emergency modes for its flashlight.
  • Power – last but not least it’s the ability to do its primary job – to jump start your dead car, ATV, motorbike, boat or truck battery. Some of these little beasts carry enough power to start large petrol or diesel engines so unless you drive a massive V12 in arctic conditions, they will help you to get home safe.

It’s all of the above combined that makes portable jump starters such a great addition to your everyday holiday gear – instead of bringing a torch, a massive power pack for your electronics and jumping cables (or a 12-pound battery booster), you have all of it in a small and easy to carry package always ready to help.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at contenders for the title of the best portable jump starter.

Jump Starter nameAmps/Capacity
WeightDimensionsFeatures 
Brightech - SCORPION Portable Car Battery Jump Starter400 Peak amp/10,000 mAh0.9 lbs6.1 x 3 x 1.2 in2xUSB, On/off button, LED flashlight, 19V output, travel pouch
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DBPOWER 600A Peak 18000mAh600 Peak amps, 18000mAh 1 lbs7.08 x 3.54 x 1.57 in2x USB, On/off button, display, LED flashlight, compass, 12V/16V/19V output
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Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-10 Multi-Function Power Supply and Jump Starter600A Peak amps/18000 mAh 1.1 lbs9 x 3 x 1.25 in2xUSB, On/off button, LED flashlight, 12V/19V output, travel pouch
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NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB401000 Peak amp2.4 lbs6.7 x 3.2 x 1.7 in2xUSB, 2xLED, 12V Output,
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Rugged Geek RG1000 Safety – NEW 1000A Portable Lithium Booster Pack1000 Peak amps1 lbs6.3 x 1.3 x 2.9 in2xUSB, On/off button, LED flashlight, laptop output
Beatit 600A Peak 14000mAh600 Peak amps/14000mAh1.01 lbs6.96 x 3.44 x 1.18 in2xUSB, On/off button, power indicator, LED flashlight, compass,
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GOOLOO 600A600 Peak amps /15000 mAh1.1 lbs6.2 x 3 x 1.4 in2xUSB, On/off button, power indicator, LED flashlight, 12V/19V output
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Suaoki U10 800A Peak 20000mAh 800A Peak amps/20000mAh1.4 lbs7.2 x 3.6 x 1.5 in2xUSB, On/off button, LED flashlight, dustproof and splashproof
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Anker Compact400 Peak amp/10000mAh0.7 lbs7.3 × 3.3 × 1.7 in2xUSB, On/off button, LED flashlight,
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Bolt Power D29400 Peak amp /13600mAh 1.3 lbs7.2 x 3.5 x 1.2 in1xUSB, On/off button, LED flashlight, 19V/16V/12V output, travel pouch
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1. Brightech – SCORPION Portable Car Battery Jump Starter with SmartJump Technology – Combination Handheld Jump Box and Battery Charger for Electronics and Mobile Devices with Carrying Case – Crimson Red Review


3-year warranty, 400 peak amps, solid Lithium-ion battery and its features make the Scorpion (by some customers nicknamed as “lobster”) has earned the spot among our list of the best portable jump starters. Suitable for vehicles up to 3.5L, featuring 2 USBs, 19V output with a wide range of adapters to charge your electronics, flashlight, and a technology that prevents over-charges, reverse polarity and short-circuiting it has a strong reputation as a solid choice for most of the situations where you need a battery booster or power bank.

 

Pros
  • Reliability and power to start smaller engines
  • Design
  • 19V output with adapters and a case
  • Accessories
Cons
  • Not strong enough to start bigger V6 or V8 engines

 

Review Final Verdict

Scorpion from Brightech is a strong choice for those with smaller cars yet in need of a reliable, portable and versatile jump starter with ability to charge other devices on the go.

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2. DBPOWER 600A Peak 18000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter (up to 6.5L Gas, 5.2L Diesel Engine) Battery Booster and Phone Charger with Smart Charging Port Review

This compact, yet powerful portable lithium jump starter rated at 600 peak amps has enough capacity for repeated jumpstarts without losing an excessive amount of power whilst cranking the engine. It packs a lot of power in a relatively small and sturdy body. It also has overcurrent, short circuit, overload, over-voltage and over-charge protection which makes this device easy and safe to use even by someone who has never used a jump starter before. Features like two USB ports and a flashlight are standard among portable jumper packs and handy as you can use it to charge your Phone, tablet or laptop several times using 8-in-1 laptop adapters that come with the unit. It all comes with a semi-hard case so it’s easy to store in your glove box. Those who will take this battery pack hiking might also appreciate the built-in compass.

Pros
  • Power and size
  • 3-year warranty
  • A carry case that fits everything
  • Lots of accessories (Flashlight, USB, various charging cables for phones and laptops)
  • A separate Off/on switch with an automatic shutoff feature that kicks in after a period of inactivity
  • Digital blue backlit display that indicates battery percentage and charging mode
  • Enough power to jump start 8-cylinder engines
Cons
  • Absence of Apple charging cables but these can be bought separately for cheap
  • Instructions are sometimes not very clear

Review Final Verdict

This portable jump starter packs a ton of power and capacity for repeated jump starts of even bigger engines (4.5 – 6L). It’s a sturdy and well made unit, the flashlight and two USB ports make it a perfect accessory for almost any car as well for charging your phones whilst camping and one of the best portable jump starters on the market.

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3. Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-10 Multi-Function Power Supply and Jump Starter Review


Top rated mini portable jump starter by Consumer Reports and also featured on our list of best jump starters for 2017 this small light-weight and lithium portable jump starter fits your glove compartment and maintains most of its charge even after a long period of non-use or charge. At 600A Peak amps it is capable of jump starting the likes of 5.4 Ford truck or V8 for several times and a go-to device for professional mechanics. It features 12V/19V output for charging laptops (also comes with 8 adapters), 2 USB ports and phone charging cables.
Due to the size, it’s a perfect backup battery pack for charging phones, tablets, cameras, etc.

 

Pros
  • Reliability and power
  • Size
  • Industrial grade clamps
  • Customer service
Cons
  • Cables could be longer
  • Due to its very good reputation there is a risk of fakes – be sure to buy from a verified seller like Amazon and you will be safe to get a genuine product

Review Final Verdict

This is a great little and versatile jump starter that fits your glovebox as well as a backpack if you need it on the go. It packs enough power to save you when you need it and those factors make it a serious contender for the best portable jump starter.

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4. NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter Review


Noco is one of the most famous brands of portable jump starters. They offer a wide variety of models and BG40 with its lithium-ion battery (LIB) is capable of reliably starting most of the vehicles you see on the road including 6L engines and sometimes more. The build quality is simply superb (IP65 compliant), the feel of the unit is solid and well made. The rubber covers of the ports keep them clean and protected from dust and splashing water, making it a great choice for boats and the capability to work in temperatures from -22F is unmatched in this class of jump starters. It offers a mistake-proof design with spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection. There is also a wide range or accessories you can get like cable extensions or a hard case (both sold separately, though). On the downside, it’s pricier than other brands and one of the heavier ones.

Pros
  • Performance and reliability
  • Design and construction
  • Well made and durable clamps
  • Operating form low temperatures
  • IP65 compliance
  • Even stronger models available
Cons
  • Price
  • One of the heavier ones among portable jump starters

Review Final Verdict

This portable jump starter outperforms most portable jump boxes thanks to its 1000A peak power. Well made, reliable and powerful. Could be cheaper and also the power comes with a bit of a weight.

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5. Rugged Geek RG1000 Safety – NEW 1000A Portable Lithium Booster Pack Jump Starter and Power Supply with LCD Display Review


Considering how compact (size of a smartphone and weighing less than 1 lb) yet powerful this lithium jump starter is, and with its ability to boost most gas powered vehicles up to 7.0L gas and diesel engines up to 3.5L, it surely is one of the best portable jump starters out there right now.

This booster pack comes fitted with 2 USB charging ports (5V/2.1A) for your mobile phone or tablet, dedicated laptop output, built-in multi-mode LED flashlight and spark-proof jumper cables that make it impossible to short circuit in the event that the jumper cables are attached incorrectly. Also, it comes with a soft carrying pouch and a 12V car and a wall charger. Due to the small size, it fits the glove box easily.

Pros
  • Performance
  • Design and construction
  • 12V laptop output
  • Accessories
Cons
  • Clamps could be bigger

Review Final Verdict

Rugged Geek RG1000 is an impressive unit for its price. Strong yet small enough and well made and backed up by an excellent customer support, this should be one of the favorites for your glove box.

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6. Beatit 600A Peak 14000mAh 12-Volt Portable Car Jump starter Booster Battery Charger Power Pack Vehicle Emergency Kit, Compass & Built-in LED Flashlight Review


Beatit 600A Lithium-ion jump starter features a mistake-proof design thanks to its spark-proof technology and reverse polarity, overcurrent, short circuit protection and overload protection. Its lithium battery provides a stable and strong voltage capable of starting a V6 or 5.7l hemi engines. Through its 2 USBs you can charge an Android or iPhone (the new lighting adapter included). It comes with a semi-hard case that fits in a glove box or even backpack perfectly. It can be charged from the mains, or there is also a DC charger for changing in the car. The clamps could be a bit sturdier but they do their job just fine.

Pros
  • Power and size
  • A carry case that fits everything
  • Lots of accessories (various charging cables for phones and laptops), compass, flashlight, USBs
  • A separate Off/on switch
  • Enough power to jump start even bigger engines
Cons
  • Clamps could be sturdier

Review Final Verdict

This portable lithium jump starter packs enough power to start most of the common engines including some bigger ones. It comes with the standard features like USBs or flashlight. It’s well made and the semi-hard case is nice to keep it all in order tucked in nicely in your car or backpack.

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7. GOOLOO 600A Peak Portable Car Jump Starter Phone Power Bank (Up to 6.5L Gas or 5.0L Diesel Engine) Auto Battery Pack Booster Charger with LED Light Review


Capable of starting V8 engines and weighing just 1.1 pounds this little beast with Li-ion battery is a strong contender for the best portable jump starter race. It’s small enough to fit under a motorcycle seat, backpack or glove box (comes with a zip-lock canvas case). Its clamps have over-current; short-circuit; overload; over-voltage and over-charge protection for ease and safety of use. 8 in 1 laptop adapters are handy to keep your electronics charged (2xUSB, 12V/19V output) – this particular portable jump box has 15000mAh battery so will manage to charge things a few times. All this makes it a perfect companion for adventure, outdoor, daily commute, emergency and travel in high and low temperatures (-4°F to 140°F) and comes with 18 months warranty.

Pros
  • Size and weight
  • Performance
  • Design and construction
  • 12V output
  • Accessories
Cons
  • Clamps could be sturdier and have better grips

Review Final Verdict

This little portable jump starter just works. Small yet powerful and with enough features and accessories to serve its purpose. One of our favorite portable battery boosters.

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8. Suaoki U10 800A Peak 20000mAh Jump Starter Battery Booster Power Bank with LCD Display Hazard Warning Light for Automotive Truck Motorcycle Boat Snowmobile Review


With its 800A this Lithium-ion portable jumper pack stands out due to the battery capacity which gives it enough power to start V8 engines and its rugged, splashproof and dustproof construction enables it to withstand a bit harsher conditions than most jump starters in the “portable” category, making it a perfect accessory to ATVs, motorbikes or your next camping trip. Fitted with USBs, compass and intelligent clamps (over-current; short-circuit; overload; over-voltage and over-charge protection) to ensure the safe operation. On the downside, the cables could be longer and battery lasting longer.

Pros
  • Performance
  • Design and construction
Cons
  • Battery life
  • Lack of laptop output

 

Review Final Verdict

Suaoki U10 is an interesting alternative, especially for those being outdoors quite often and requiring their gear to be a little more protected from elements.

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9. Anker Compact Car Jump Starter and Portable Charger Power Bank with 400A Peak Current, Advanced Safety Protection and Built-In LED Flashlight Review


Anker has earned a strong reputation through quality (mostly battery-related) products and a fantastic customer service. This portable jump box with 400A is great for any vehicle with up to 3L engine and features 2 USB ports, flashlight, reverse polarity, surges and short circuit protection. It comes in a handy pouch that fits perfectly under the car seat. Batteries last long enough so even after a few months sitting in the car it still maintains the battery charged. This all is backed by Anker’s 18-month warranty.

 

Pros
  • Reliability and power to start smaller engines
  • Weight and size
  • Customer service
Cons
  • Not strong enough to start bigger V6 or V8 engines

Review Final Verdict

Anker compact jump starter maybe doesn’t carry the specs like some other contenders but what we like about this product is the reliability and the technology behind it and Anker’s customer service

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10. Bolt Power D29 900 Amp Peak 12-Volt Car Battery Jump Starter with 18000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger For Heavy Duty Trucks, SUV, Compact Cars And Motorcycle Review


Bolt Power D29 lithium portable jump starter with its 900 peak amps is capable of jump starting most of the cars (including V8s and V12s), boats, trucks, Tractors, SUVs, Motorcycles, Lawnmowers, etc. It features heavy duty jumper clamps with built-in circuit protection, display, 2 USB ports and a flashlight.

 

Pros
  • Reliability and power to start small and large engines
  • Industrial grade clamps
  • Customer service
Cons
  • No 12V/19V output as some other jump starters

Review Final Verdict

Bolt Power D29 is a solid choice thanks to its quality and power. It does not have some bells and whistles as other jump starters in our list but maybe that’s we like it.

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