Who Needs A Portable Jump Starter?
An iTechworld Portable Jump Starter is the obvious choice for people travelling and for people who enjoy outdoor activities. They are also an important safety item, too.
Every motorist can benefit from having a jump starter. In colder weather for example, keeping a portable starter in the garage on the charger is a great way to help a sluggish battery on a cold morning.
After using your jump starter you can then just throw it in the boot or glove box in case you need it later.
iTechworld got some really interesting feedback from one of our customers:-
"The reason I love these portable jumpers is that I have two daughters. I don’t want them stranded somewhere asking strangers for a jump. The peace of mind these portable starters give me as a father is well worth the price of two portable jumper packs" - Chester McPherson TAS
This really hits home especially when you consider that about 30% of car problems are caused by battery issues.
We have put together the 5 key benefits of having a Portable Jump Starter
#1. You don’t need to ask for help when you have a jump starter.
The most obvious advantage of a jump starter is the fact that it eliminates the need to find someone to loan their car to be used as a host vehicle, which is required when using booster cables. This advantage isn’t just about the hassle of having to find someone willing to help you. It is also a safety consideration. If you have your jump starter in your glove box, you can pull it out, connect it and get your vehicle started immediately, which is great when stranded at night or in an unfamiliar area.
#2. There’s no accessibility concerns.
Sometimes you can be parked or stranded somewhere that is difficulty to get access to. This becomes even more of an issues if you are disabled. We received some feedback from an iTechworld customer on such an issue.
"My elderly neighbour called me one day. Her husband utilizes a wheel chair and had recently been ill. As a result, they had not used their wheel chair accessible van for a few weeks. Their front porch allows them to pull the van next to the porch and manually open the sliding door to lower the van’s wheelchair ramp onto the porch.
That day, after locking the wheel chair into the locking mechanism inside the van, it was discovered the van’s battery was dead. The wheel chair mechanism locks when the chair enters it and can only be unlocked electronically. Consequently, the husband was locked into the chair and could not be removed through the passenger door because the van was parked next to the porch – the door could not be opened.
I had jumper cables in my car, but they were not long enough to reach the front of the van due to how it was positioned in the driveway. So, we had no way to power the van to release the wheel chair lock. The situation was remedied when I used my iTechworld Portable Jump Starter. In a matter of seconds, the van was started and the locking mechanism was released" - Steven Gilchrist NSW
The peace of mind that a jump starter creates is worth its weight in gold.
#3. Twice the connections means twice the chance for issues.
With booster cables, you have to make two sets of connections, which is twice the chance for issues. Reversed connections are very dangerous to the operator and the vehicles involved. They can create sparks, which could result in an explosion if battery gases are present. They also can cause damage to expensive electronic components on one or both of the vehicles involved, depending on when in the connection sequence the reverse connection takes place. With a jump starter, there is just one set of connections to make, simplifying what can be a confusing process.
#4. Concerns of damage to the host vehicle.
Even when care is taken to ensure a proper connection sequence and starting procedure, there remains the concern of whether the host vehicle is up to the task of providing the additional power needed by the disabled vehicle. If any components of the host vehicle’s electrical system are marginal or suspect, the additional requirements of the jump starting process may push those components over the edge. We remember how we once brought a friend’s car’s electrical system to its knees while borrowing it to use for a jump. We were young, the car was old and it was on the scrap heap within days. This is an extreme example, but there are always risks to the host vehicle when jump starting.
#5. Today’s Vehicles Make Booster Cables Inherently Risky
There are several reasons why using booster cables on today’s sophisticated vehicles brings inherent risks not present when using a jump starter. The first is that noise from the host vehicle can be transferred to the disabled vehicle. This noise can include voltage spikes and other anomalies that could damage sensitive electrical and electronic components on the disabled vehicle. As a jump starter is essentially an extension of the vehicle battery, short of a reverse connection, this concern does not exist.
So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons to choose a jump starter over the conventional booster cables. It’s just a better way of dealing with a dead battery.
If you have been on the fence, wondering if a portable jumper is really worth it, I hope this post will give you an understanding of the key benefits of owning a portable jumper.
Just remember a portable jumper will give you peace of mind, but you do have to maintain it so that when you do need it, it’s ready to go.
Portable jumpers are a life saver but you do have to remember to charge it once in a while.
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