Best Battery Jump Starter

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Best Battery Jump Starter Overall:

It’s probably happened to everyone; you leave the headlights on or don’t close the door properly, and the car battery drains. You come back to your vehicle and find that it won’t even crank. Because not everyone is a good Samaritan (or perhaps you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with the dead battery), it’s always useful to carry some sort of backup around. This is exactly what battery jump starters were designed for, emergency backup for these kinds of situations. Though they may be heavy, our best picks pack enough power to easily revive dead batteries, while also being user-friendly thanks to simple controls; many often include useful features such as built-in area lights.

Jump-N-Carry JNC660 Jump Starter

The Jump-N-Carry JNC660 features a peak power rating of 1700 amps and weighs 18 pounds. This jump starter is suitable for all engines including gas, diesel, and inline-four to V8. The integrated 12-volt DC power outlet is handy for using accessories when your car's battery is flat. Read Full Review

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    Jump-N-Carry JNC660 Jump Starter

    Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Jumpstarter with Built-In Air Compressor

    The Wagan Power Dome EX 400W is truly versatile with an impressive 600 cranking amps, as well as the ability to be used as a multi-purpose power source. This unit is definitely one you'd want with you in an emergency situation, including also an AM/FM radio, air compressor with tire pressure gauge, and built-in light. Read Full Review

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      Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Jumpstarter with Built-In Air Compressor

      Black & Decker JUS500IB 500 Amp Jump Starter with Inflator

      The Black & Decker JUS500IB is highly versatile and portable, with plenty of power to quickly jump-start most cars/trucks. This unit features a built-in compressor over its lower-priced counterpart, the JUS500B. If this feature is valuable to you, this jump-starter is a good overall option. Read Full Review

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        Black & Decker JUS500IB 500 Amp Jump Starter with Inflator

        Electric Schumacher Electric PSJ-1812 Jump Starter And Portable Power Unit

        The Schumacher PSJ-1812 is well-suited for more heavy-duty use, with a peak power rating of 1800 amps. While the lack of features might make this jump starter less appealing to some, it is one of the best units to have around when all you need is the power to jump start almost anything. Read Full Review

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          Electric Schumacher Electric PSJ-1812 Jump Starter And Portable Power Unit

          Stanley J309 Jump Starter (300 amp)

          Although the Stanley J309 is neither the most powerful nor the most expensive, it has a compelling blend of features, performance, and price. While this jump starter doesn't have quite as much power as some of its more expensive counterparts, it is extremely convenient and useful in a wide variety of situations. Read Full Review

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            Stanley J309 Jump Starter (300 amp)

            Best Budget Battery Jump Starter:

            No matter what, it's always an inconvenience to be in a situation where your car won't start. One of the most common causes of this problem is a flat battery which can’t provide enough power to crank the engine. The usual solution to this is to ask someone to help out and hope they have jumper cables. Alternatively, you can spend a little money and solve a big problem by having around a portable jump starter. A battery jump starter can range from a basic model with the sole purpose of jump starting your cars battery to being more of a multi-purpose emergency power source.

            This list is focused on the best budget-friendly jump starters that don't sacrifice stable starting performance that is, the ability to reliably start a vehicle with a dead battery. The focus on affordability means sometimes having to sacrifice extra features such as built-in air compressor, but all of the following picks will usually be sufficient for those who want the security and convenience of a battery jump starter, without having to pay a lot of money.

            Wagan EL2464 200-Watt Power Dome LT Auto Jump Starter

            Although the Wagan EL2464 might cost a little bit more than other picks on this list, its versatility and utility in an emergency situation make it well worth the extra cost. This convenient unit is more of a multi-purpose power source, offering 300 amps of cranking power as well as multiple connectivity options, an air compressor with tire pressure gauge, and built-in area light. Read Full Review

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              Wagan EL2464 200-Watt Power Dome LT Auto Jump Starter

              Black & Decker 300 Amp Low-Profile Jump Starter

              This affordable jump starter might not include an integrated power outlet or compressor, but it has the power and safety features needed for easy and safe operation under normal conditions. The Black & Decker JUS300B is rated at 300 cranking amps, which is enough to start most standard cars/trucks. Read Full Review

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                Black & Decker 300 Amp Low-Profile Jump Starter

                Black & Decker JUS500B 500 Amp Jump Starter

                The Black & Decker JUS500B is an excellent all-around choice, with plenty of power, a compact design for easy storage and portability, and all the safety and convenience features you'd expect. If you don't need the full power of the JUS500B, the JUS300B has much of the same features and a lower price to match the lower power rating. Read Full Review

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                  Black & Decker JUS500B 500 Amp Jump Starter

                  SOLAR Jump-N-Carry Ultra-Portable Jump Starter - KK JNC300XL

                  While many more affordable jump starters aimed at regular consumers have a host of features such as a reverse polarity alarm, the Clore JNC300XL sets itself apart. This jump starter seems closer to a more professional-grade unit, with a rating of 900 peak amps and only basic features. Read Full Review

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                    SOLAR Jump-N-Carry Ultra-Portable Jump Starter - KK JNC300XL

                    Stanley J309 Jump Starter (300 amp)

                    The Stanley J309 manages to combine lots of features, portability, and a budget-friendly price tag. Unique to this model is a USB outlet as well as the usual cigarette lighter-style outlet, adding extra versatility when it comes to charging and powering accessories. Read Full Review

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                      Stanley J309 Jump Starter (300 amp)
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                      14 comments
                      • calvin.mclain calvin.mclain

                      I have been looking at some models of efficient battery jump starters I think there is good information to find at a review site i found here.__________________jump starter

                      Posted on 5/6/2013 11:50 pm | Reply
                      • calvin.mclain calvin.mclain

                      www.jumpstartersreview.com maybe this will help i'm not sure if the link worked right.

                      Posted on 5/6/2013 11:54 pm. In reply to calvin.mclain | Reply
                      • wjkong wjkong

                      Hi, i have a mitsubishi diamantle, what should i pick for jump starter

                      Posted on 11/28/2011 4:04 pm | Reply
                      • Klem Klem

                      I noticed that the JNC 660 is marketed under different brands such as Solar, Clore, K&K and Jump n Carry. The prices vary dramatically. The K&K and Jump n Carry brands are cheapest, Clore and Solar most expensive. Is there any difference between the brands? Do the expensive brands use a different and better internal battery? Any other differences?thanks for your help.Klem

                      Posted on 9/8/2011 1:02 pm | Reply
                      • wan1024 wan1024

                      Hi William,I have a 2006 nissan murano, I want to purchase a jump starter. Which one do think best for me. Thanks]

                      Posted on 5/30/2011 4:00 pm | Reply

                      Since the Murano has a larger V6 engine, you'd be better off with a more powerful jump starter. The Jump-N-Carry JNC660 should easily get the job done. It's a bit heavy, but you'll be glad to have it if your battery ever goes dead.

                      Posted on 5/31/2011 4:13 pm. In reply to wan1024 | Reply
                      • sandor berkes sandor berkes

                      What is the best and strong jump starter for volkswagen jetta 1.9 l TDI

                      Posted on 4/18/2011 8:43 pm | Reply

                      I would recommend the first pick here, the Jump-N-Carry JNC660. It should be more than enough to get your car's diesel engine started.

                      Posted on 4/19/2011 10:24 am. In reply to sandor berkes | Reply
                      • MicKicks15 MicKicks15

                      Hey, I'm no mechanic, which is probably obvious by my question... I tried to start my Chevy conversion van & heard a clicking sound @ the starter & it wouldn't turn over.Can I jump start my van even if the starter is dead? How do I know if it's the starter or the battery? The battery is not that old, but I don't believe I've replaced the starter since I purchased the van 8+ years & 120K miles.Thanks in advance, please send email to mic.galvin@gmail.com /Mic

                      Posted on 4/12/2011 1:10 pm | Reply

                      I'd love to help more, but this is really the wrong place for that kind of question. With that said, I'll tell you as much as I can. First, if ALL of your vehicle's electronics are not working, I'd suspect the battery before looking at the starter. Most newer batteries have a little window on top that you can peer into, and the color you see will tell you the condition of the battery. Here's another simple test: try turning some lights on to see if they work - if not, you're looking at a possible drained battery. If the lights work, there are other things that could potentially have failed.If your starter motor is dead, a jump starter will do nothing to help start your car. While there are ways to start the engine without using the starter, it applies to manual transmissions only (bump starting). Since I'm pretty certain your conversion van is equipped with an automatic transmission, there's really not much else I can tell you. My advice would be to call a mechanic to do the troubleshooting.Good luck, and I hope you can get back on the road quickly.

                      Posted on 4/12/2011 1:37 pm. In reply to MicKicks15 | Reply
                      • vermillion vermillion

                      I have a booster pac es 2500 Need a charger for it can any one help

                      Posted on 9/7/2010 10:17 pm | Reply
                      • kate.edgingtongmail.com kate.edgingtongmail.com

                      red cable is positive or negetive?

                      Posted on 6/25/2010 4:11 pm | Reply
                      • Anonymous Anonymous

                      All of them should start a partially drained automotive battery. For bigger vehicles with heavy duty battery requirements, it is probably a good idea to choose a jumper with higher peak amps available.

                      Posted on 6/24/2010 11:55 pm | Reply
                      • Graham Jones Graham Jones

                      Which of theese starters will be powerful enough for my 3ltr car battery

                      Posted on 12/11/2009 3:58 am | Reply