car battery starters use lithium-ion technology to put the power of a
full-sized jump starter into a package that can fit under a seat or in a glove
compartment. Many can also act as battery chargers for cellphones, laptops and
other electronics. We found some expert feedback from solid reviewers, but with
contrasting conclusions. Owner reviews cleared things up, and led us to the Brightech Scorpion. Users adore it; well over 1,000 say it
is reliable and powerful enough to start even large engines. The odd lemon does
pop up, but the three-year warranty is a standout.
Top 5 Jump Starter Reviews
- ConsumerReports.org - Jump Starters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
tests 10 ultraportable car jump starters. They are rated on their performance
when jump starting a car during warm and cold weather, and their reserve
capacity, which is how long they can be used to run or recharge other
electronics equipment. Ratings are provided and recommendations are made.
- Wirecutter.com - The Best Portable Jump Starter, Mark Smirniotis, May 3, 2017
Mark Smirniotis researches 40 ultraportable car jump starters
and tests 10 to come up with his top two recommendations. Methodology and
rational are explained, as is why some other models fell a little (or a lot)
behind the top choices.
- Amazon.com - Jump Starters, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of
is, by far, the best place to find user reviews. The site lists thousands of
portable and ultraportable jump starters and accessories. Some get barely any
feedback, while others get hundreds and sometimes thousands of user reviews. It
takes some time to sort through all the options, but with work you can find
jump starters with high ratings (4.5 stars or better) and lots of feedback
(1,000 or more reviews).
- Walmart.com - Battery Jump Starter Packs, Contributors
to Walmart.com, As of
doesn't carry as many portable and ultraportable jump starters as Amazon.com,
and they don't get nearly as much feedback. Still, some manage to attract
enough reviews to be helpful.
- MiniThunder.net - Portable Jump Starter Reviews - Mini Thunder, Editors of MiniThunder.Net, As of
don't put much stock into anonymous blog-style review sites, but this one is
pretty well done. While there's a higher focus on features than we like to see,
hands on testing is done and documented, and ratings are provided.