As someone who drives a lot on my own, and many times to places where there isn’t a whole lot of traffic, the thought of what I would do if my car decided to die on me has crossed my mind on more than a few occasions. I’ve even considered buying a car battery charger as an insurance policy since there have been times when I haven’t seen another car on the roads I travel for a few hours. Under normal circumstances, I would need another, at the very least, if I needed to jump my car with standard jumper cables. The problem is that if you want to buy a battery charger to take with you, they are huge, bulky things that usually weigh over 25 pounds and take up a lot of trunk space (see photo above at the size difference).
California based company JunoPower hopes to change the dynamic of this market with its new JUMPR gadget. It’s a 7 ounce device about the size of the smart phone (139 mm x 75 mm x 15 mm) that can jump start most four or six-cylinder vehicle engines. Inside it’s small exterior, it has a 6000 mAh battery which provides 12 V of power at 150 – 300 amps. It comes with a pair of proprietary jumper cables which enables you to jump start the car, along with a micro-USB cable and 12 volt car adapter cable, either of which can be used to charge the device.
Not only can it jump your car, it will also charge your cell phone, tablet, and other mobile devices when you’re on the go while still being able to fit easily into your backpack or purse. It also comes with a handy LED flashlight if you should find yourself in the dark. Even better, you won’t need to keep the bulky jumper cables that constantly get tangled up in your trunk any longer.
The JUMPR is not currently available at retail sales outlets, but it’s scheduled to begin shipping on May 1, 2014. The company is currently taking pre-orders at the sale price of $69.99 (plus an additional 5% off if you hook up with their social media), a $20 savings over its regular $89.99 price tag.
Below is a video showing the device in actual use jumping a dead car battery:
For those who travel a lot by car, especially those who travel to out of the way places, the device can instantly pay for itself in a single use. It can cost hundreds of extra dollars to get help if you find yourself stranded in some far away place where calling for a tow truck would incur a mileage distance surcharge to reach you, and that’s if you had roadside assistance in the first place. Include that you can charge all of your mobile devices while on the road without having to find outlets whenever you stop, and it’s a device that should pay for itself many times over with its convenience for most people.
This could be a wonderful gadget to add to the list of great Father’s Day gifts for when that day rolls around. It could also be a great gift for the kids who need a power recharger for their mobile devices, as it does this plus offers an extra bit of safety when they travel as well.