What is the Best Jump Starter?
The best car jump starter may depend on your needs and your situation. We provide several lists of the best jump starters that we have found. But it’s still up to you to make the choice and the purchase.
Performance (Cold Cranking Amps).
When you compare two jump-starters, peak power ratings are pretty much useless. Just look at the cranking amps (CA) or cold cranking amps (CCA). Read this post to know more about Peak Amps and Cold Cranking Amps.
Higher cranking amp ratings are better, in general. This would be the actual power to start your battery. The cold cranking amps (CCA) on your battery is usually shown. CCA represents the number of amps that a battery can deliver at 0 degree Fahrenheit without dropping down below 7.2 V. Your jump starter doesn’t need to match the CCA in your battery, a lower one should be enough to get the job done.
Reverse Polarity Protection Feature.
Jump starting really means that you’re supplying power to a car with a discharged or dead battery so that it can ignite the engine of the car.
Get your jump starter and connect the Red Jumper cable to the Positive terminal of your battery. Then connect the Black jumper to any unpainted metal part of your car such as the chassis or a bolt. If you do it wrong, you will do serious damage to your battery and to the electrical system of your car.
That’s why it is very important to look for the Reverse Polarity Protection Feature in any jumpstarter: it should sound off an alarm if you connected it wrong.
Some jumpstarters also sport additional accessories such as a flashlight, tire inflator, and a few other things. This may come in handy for emergency situations in the road.
Of course, it goes without saying that PRICE is an important consideration in your decision. While it is tempting to get the least expensive model, price should be the last consideration after performance.