We have all been there before. An early morning dilemma to kick start your day. You left the lights on and your car battery is dead and as a result, you are going nowhere.
The kids need to get to school and you are going to be late for work. To make things worse, you don’t have your jumper cables. Or you do, but there is no one readily available to give you an electrical assist from their car.
After 4 months of use, we put the The ChargeIt! Jump to the test – does this portable jumper really work?
Enter a new and extremely handy product from ChargeIt! called the Jump. The Jump is a portable power pack system about the size of a paperback novel and capable of storing enough amperes of power to jump start the battery of a car, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle. It will store up to 7500 milliamperes hour (mAh) of readily available power.
The unit comes as a handy kit, complete with a zippered storage case which is small enough to be stowed away in a console storage bin, most standard sized glove boxes, and of course the trunk.
The kit includes a pair of jumper cables unlike any you have ever seen before as they feature traditional alligator clips on the business end, and a dedicated plug on the other to allow them to connect to the Jump unit. This clever design allows you to quickly connect the Jump power unit to your car battery.
At first glance I was surprised at how short the actual jumper cable was, but soon realized that as you are not tethering it to a second vehicle there is no need for a long cable length.
The clamps are a little lightweight and I suspect that they would not hold up to regular use, but as an occasional emergency tool they should more than suffice.
That being said, it would be a mistake to tuck the Jump unit away in the trunk as the power unit has also been designed to provide charging capabilities for small electronic devices. The Jump features two USB ports onboard which allow you the opportunity to keep your tablets, music devices, small cameras and smartphones topped up with power should you be venturing off the grid. It also features a built-in flashlight that will operate as a traditional flashlight or an emergency beacon.
Our Test Impressions
I found that the unit holds a charge very well, and have used it on a regular basis to keep both my phone and tablet juiced up while on the road. The company’s public relations representative informed me that the Jump unit is capable of maintaining its stored charge for up to a calendar year! I managed to leave it charged and alone for a solid month, and am happy to verify that it did in fact manage to maintain a complete charge during that period of time.
The ChargeIt! Jump power pack replenishes its charge via a traditional wall plug and will replenish itself in a mere four hours. The unit also can be charged using the car’s battery when on the go, as it comes with a handy 12-volt charging cable.
The Jump is the perfect solution for those automobile owners who are required to park in awkward locations or tight spaces where it would be near impossible to navigate a second vehicle to use as a platform for a jump start.
The power pack seems well constructed, durable, and features a rubber-like protective cover that resists scratches and provides some measure of protection from bumps and bruises when you toss it in your bag or backpack.
A bright LED indicator screen is situated on top of the device to allow a quick visual update of the status of the unit’s given capacity at any time.
What’s in the kit?
- Wall adapter for charging device.
- 3-foot USB cable with jumper cable clips.
- 7500mAh Lithium Polymer battery pack with two 5V/2A USB ports.
- USB to Micro-USB/Apple 30-Pin/Apple 8-Pin charging cable.
- LED flashlight with strobe capabilities.
- vinyl storage case.
Suggested retail price (MSRP): $119.99 CAN
Available for purchase at the following retailers: London Drugs, Amazon.ca, Canada Computers, but will also soon be available at Walmart.ca.
After testing the product extensively for a period of four months I am happy to report that it has worked flawlessly, and much better than I was expecting it to perform. At $120.00 it is a bargain when you consider its capabilities and the fact that it represents an inexpensive insurance policy against finding yourself without power on multiple fronts.
ChargeIt! Jump Specs:
|Battery Chemistry||Lithium polymer|
|Battery Capacity||7500 mAh|
|Battery Life Cycle||500 cycles|
|Charging Time||4 hours (approximate)|
|Input||12 VDC @ 1 A|
|Output||USB: 5 VDC @ 2 A
Automobile Jumpstart: 12 VDC
|Current||Jumpstart Current: 200 to 400 A|
|Operational Temperature||32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 10.4 x 2.4″ / 19.1 x 26.4 x 6.1 cm (with zippered case)|
|Weight||1.8 lb / 0.8 kg (with zippered case)|
|Package Weight||1.85 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||10.4 x 7.5 x 2.4″|