Top 10: Jump starters

Hearing the dull ‘click’ of a flat battery — be it the result of age, having left the lights on or a sharp cold spell — doesn't have to ruin your day. Using a compact booster pack is far less hassle than dealing with jump leads and also means you don’t have to rely on another car being around. Here are ten of the best jump starting packs around.

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1

RoyPow J08 Portable Car Jump Starter

RoyPow J08 is a small jump starter, a power bank and a flashlight. You can jump start a dead battery in seconds, while the clamps offer protection against power surges, overcharging etc. The jump starter pack can jump-start petrol engined car up to 3.5-litres.

The 2.1A USB outputs allow for fast charging of phones, tablets etc and there are three flashlights modes for safety if your car breaks down in the dark. The J08 also comes with an 18-month warranty for peace of mind.

 

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RoyPow Portable Car Jump Starter 400A Peak 8000mAh, Emergency Battery Booster Pack Designed for 3.5L Petrol Engine (Max), Power Bank with LED Flashlight & USB Charger Port, with Carrying Case

£79.99
2

Arteck multi-function jump pack

This compact jump starter is a good option if you’re on a budget. It only puts out a peak of 300A, so it’s best suited to petrol engines displacing less than 2.5 litres – but it may get diesels or bigger engines going if the battery isn’t completely flat.

It’s tiny, too, so you can store it in a glove box with ease. Like others, it packs a USB port and flashlight. It even comes with a two-year warranty.

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Arteck Car Jump Starter Auto Battery Charger and 8000mAh External Battery Charger Car Jumper for 12V Automotive, Motorcycle, Tractor, Boat, Phone with Clamps, LED Flashlight, 300A Peak 2.5L Gas Max

£99.99
3

NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 2000A

There are numerous compact lithium-based jump packs around these days but NOCO produces some of the most highly regarded units. The GB70 is one of its more expensive offerings but it’s packed with features. For starters, it's rated to put out a hefty peak power of 2000 amps  – which allows it to start petrol engines up to 8-litres or diesels up to 6-litres.

It also has integral 12V and USB connections for powering devices, an internal torch and a one-year warranty.

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NOCO Genius Boost HD GB70 2000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter

£164.95
4

DBPOWER 600A 18000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter

With 18000mAh capacity, a 2.1A USB port, and a smart USB port — this DBPower jump pack is able to jump start 12V vehicles (up to 6.5-litre petrol or 5.2-litre diesel engines), as well as charge phones, tablets, laptops etc at the fastest speed possible with the included adapters. It's small enough to store in the glove box and the LED Flashlight can switch between lighting, strobe and SOS modes. There is also a red emergency light.

The LED screen shows the remaining power and output voltage, and the clamps can provide protection from short circuits, overheating, reverse-polarity, reverse-charge protection, overcharging etc. The DBPower jump pack currently has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon from 885 reviews.

5

TACKLIFE T6

If you don’t want to spend a huge amount then this compact TACKLIFE unit could be ideal. It puts out a peak of 600A and it’s claimed capable of being able to handle up to 6.2-litre petrols or 5.0-litre diesels, so it should be able to get you back on the road.

Like the NOCO, it also features a host of additional functions – including an LED torch and the ability to charge mobile devices. A six-month warranty is standard.

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TACKLIFE T6 Car Jump Starter - 600A 16500mAh Power Pack with Dual USB Charging Ports, LED Flashlight, and Cigarette Lighter Adapter, 12V Jump Starter for Gasoline/Diesel Engines, UL Certified

£99.99
6

Sealey RS1312HV Roadstart Emergency Power Pack

Sealey has a long history of supplying good tools and among its extensive line-up is a range of jump packs. This RS1312HV is an affordable offering that packs a stout peak output of 900A, so it can tackle bigger engines with ease, and it also features two 12V sockets and a USB port – so it can be used to power or charge other things.

It is bulkier and trickier to charge than lithium alternatives, though, but it is a durable and guaranteed for a year.

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Sealey RS1312HV RoadStart Emergency Power Pack 12V 900 Peak Amps Hi-Vis, Green/Black

£59.08
7

NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 4000A

If you want a compact lithium jump pack that’s guaranteed to get pretty much anything going, and you have a big budget, then this NOCO offering could be just the ticket. It packs a peak output of 4000A and, according to NOCO, it can be used to start up to 10-litre petrol and diesel engines. NOCO claims it can do 80 jump starts on a single charge.

It has integral 12V and USB connections for powering devices (an iPhone 8 seven times and a GoPro Hero 16 times). It can also be used to power useful tools like tyre inflators. It offers an internal torch and a one-year warranty as well.

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NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 4000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter

£283.96
8

Clarke JumpStart

This comparatively inexpensive heavy-duty Clarke starter pack is ideal for those needing to get bigger engines started, as it can put out a peak of 1500A – helping it turn over obstinate engines without hassle; Clarke recommends it for petrol engines up to six litres and diesels up to four litres.

It also has an integral light, a 12V socket and an isolator switch. A 12-month warranty is standard. It is heavy, though, weighing a hefty 17kg due to its lead-acid battery.

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Clarke 4000 Heavy Duty Jump Start Engine Jump Starter

£162.50
9

Suaoki U29 jump starter & air compressor

If you’re looking to cover as many bases as possible then you may well want to get a combined jump pack and compressor. This Suaoki U29, for example, features a powerful lithium battery that can put out 2000A peak and an air compressor; consequently, you’ll be able to sort flats of both the battery and tyre kind.

It also has a multi-mode torch, which can strobe or turn red for emergencies, as well as 12V and USB ports. A one-year warranty is standard.

10

CTEK MXS 5.0 12v battery charger

Okay, so this isn’t a jump starting pack – but bear with us. If you've got a car that’s often sitting for long periods, and the battery discharges to the point where you always need to jump-start the car to get it going, it’s worth investing in a trickle charger. It’ll keep the battery in good health and your car will always be ready to go.

We wouldn’t be without a battery charger and, for £65 (and a five-year warranty), we reckon this is a tough product to beat. It’s sturdy and it works well. We’ve bought several batteries back from the dead. It’s a quick worker as well. Plus, the opportunities for leaving it connected make it ideal for car owners who garage their pride and joy over the winter, or those who don’t clock up quite enough miles to recharge the battery over the course of a weekend.

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CTEK MXS 5.0 Fully Automatic Battery Charger (Charges, Maintains and Reconditions Car and Motorcycle Batteries) 12V, 5 Amp - UK Plug

£58.60

CTEK MXS5.0 Battery Charger

£79.99

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