I field-test a gadget that I talked about a few months ago.
The folks at Cobra have been making car travel gadgets for a long time. But I’m particularly impressed with their new JumPack device. Cobra says you can use this small, lightweight device not only to charge your mobile devices, but also to start your car when the battery under the hood won't! It packs 200 Amp Starting Current, 400 Amp Peak Current, which they say is enough to jumpstart most cars, even those with V-8 engines. And you can jumpstart your car multiple times on one charge. I don’t have a car, but I do have a boat. Recently I went down to the marina to find the battery that starts my Yamaha V-6 225 hp outboard was dead. I have a stand-by battery, but I wanted to test my JumPack to see how it would do. It did great, starting my outboard on the 1st turn of the key! JumPack can start cars, but it also has a 2.1 Amp USB port to rapid charge your portable devices including cell phone, smartphone, tablets and other mobile devices. But wait, there’s more! There’s a built-in superbright LED flashlight, plus strobe and S.O.S emergency blinker. 7500mAh Lithium-Cobalt Battery. And unlike an acid-lead battery jumper device, which loses power quickly, theJumPack will hold a charge for about a year. The device is about the size of a small paperback book (5.04” H x 2.87” W x 0.98” D) and weighs only 11 ounces. It comes with a 12-volt cigarette lighter plug charger, 110-volt charger and jumper cables, which plug directly into the JumPack. Charging takes just a few hours. Model CPP 7500.
Under $130 on Cobra website as of 9/10/2014. Also as of 9/10/14 it was $120.04 on Amazon with free shipping for Prime Members, but check for the last price.
Company website: www.cobra.com
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