For portable gadgetry that contains real world functions that could save your life (or at least a call to AAA,) as well as keeping your virtual world running you can’t do too much better at the moment than the Elivebuy Multifunction Car Jump Starter/Power Bank.
This little gadget will jump start your car over 10 times on one charge, charge the average cell phone from dead to living a little over four times, contains a flashlight that does your strobing/standard schtick, includes USB cables to charge any device you’re likely to have with you, and in an emergency it can be used as a hammer to break out windows.
The only things missing from making it the perfect car emergency accessory are a seatbelt cutter, a cigarette/power adapter for your car, a tire pump, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0+ capabilities.
What I’d really like to see in these types of products is something to incentivise people to keep it in the cabin as if you’re in an accident and need to use it as a hammer to break out a window you’ll have to somehow get out, get to the trunk, open it, pull the product from the case, and then bash the window out.
As so many vehicles now have large storage bins under the armrests up front now where you can toss your change and Taco Bell receipts, and they usually have a power adapter in there, seems the ideal solution would be to keep it there and plugged in with a pass through power adapter. That way the thing would be always ready.
Once again I’ve unfortunately got a situation in which I properly maintain my vehicles and all the batteries are topped off. I’m not going to claim to have tested the jump starting capabilities. They work. If I did the math right they work 231 times in a row before draining the battery. This isn’t a claim of theirs as a note. They claim over 12.
We’ll stick with their minimalist claim. I’m going by the average car start taking ~45mAh worth of juice in a two second crank (based on other jump starter claims).
The jump starter can reach a peak current of 400 cranking amps, which is enough for most vehicles, and has a 2.4amp USB out for charging cell phones and other devices that might be needed in an emergency.
I’m not particularly impressed with the flashlight. It works, but holding 10,000mAh in my hand I want to be able to blind people, to sear the flesh off their bones with my holy light. Eh, it works.
The Elivebuy Multifunction Car Jump Starter/Power Bank comes with a three-pronged USB that includes a micro-USB (Android,) a lightning cable (Apple,) and a 30-pin connector which I believe is primarily Apple (although I swear I saw it on something else recently).
The carrying case it ships in looks tough, and for that weight of plastic it is, but the case more mimicks a tough case than is a tough case. It can be squished with the weight of a 12 ton jack (which I have sitting in my car at the moment). The latching and handles I think will last about five years before I manage to break them.
Overall though very nice little gadget. If you’ve got someone you love who might need a jumpstarter or phone cranker so they don’t end up sitting at the side of the road waiting for some horror movie scenario to commence, you might want to get them this, or something like.
The jumper cables only go into the charger when you need to jump a car, so you can carry this around without looking like you’re pocketing a bomb.
If you’re not into carrying around 20.6 or so pounds of PSX-3 goodness as a jumpstarter, the Elivebuy Multifunction Car Jump Starter/Power Bank coming in at about a tenth the weight will probably do you good.
The Elivebuy Multifunction Car Jump Starter/Power Bank is available from Amazon for $59.99