Review: Jackery New Spark

Here at Charger Harbor, we’re big fans of Car Jumper Power Banks. This is because they’re the ultimate kind of device that you can have in your car because they’re able to jump start your car and they can charge your smartphone too. In addition to those two awesome features, these power banks are also built very well and can withstand some harsh conditions to stay in your car. Also, almost all of them use an LCD screen to tell power capacity more easily.

This one of Jackery’s latest creations. It’s called the Jackery New Spark and it holds the same standard that most of Jackery’s power banks have. Let’s take a look at what it’s got.

Power

Power Capacity:

The initial power capacity is 18,000mAh and there are two 2.4A charging ports with the power bank. Also, the Max Output of the power bank is 4.8A, so the Output power capacity is going to depend on how you’re using the power bank. If you’re using two charging ports at the same time, then more energy will be lost because there’s power converting in the batteries of the power bank and going through the charging cable you’re using.

With that said, you’re going to receive an average conversion rate of 70% that’s going to result in an Output power capacity of 12,500mAh. This is still a very high power capacity, and this Jackery New Spark power bank is basically a high capacity power bank.

Jackery Spark for Smartphones

As a result, for charging smartphones, most phones are going to be able to charge 5-6 times or maybe, even more, depending on what smartphone you’re charging. However, even high capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S7 or iPhone 7 Plus are going to be able to charge to full about 4.5 full times. So if you have a smartphone that has low capacities than those, you’re in for even a longer lasting power capacity.

Jackery Spark for Mini Tablets

Charging tablets don’t pose a problem either, because when it comes to charging mini tablets like an iPad Mini 4 or iPad Mini 2, then this Jackery Spark is able to change them to their full power about two times. However, if you’re on the Android side of tablets and charging a Galaxy Tab A, then that’s going to result in about 3 full charges because most Galaxy Tabs have a battery capacity of 4,000mAh.

Jackery Spark for Full-Sized Tablets

Even charging full-Sized tablets like an iPad Air 2 is going to go well because it has a capacity fo 7,340mAh, which is going to result in a 1 single full charge, while still leaving more power in the power bank. The same goes for Apple’s largest tablet, their 12-Inch iPad that has a battery capacity of 10,000mAh. The Jackery Spark is able to charge it to its full power, but it’s questionable whether it’ll always leave extra power capacity to use because these kinds of very large tablets use a lot of power to function.

DevicesJackery Spark
(Output Capacity = 12,500mAh)
Phone CapacityJackery Spark
iPhone SE12,500mAh1,624mAh10,876mAh
7.6 Full Charges
iPhone 612,500mAh1,810mAh10,690mAh
6.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus12,500mAh2,915mAh9,585mAh
4.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s12,500mAh1,715mAh10,785mAh
7.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus12,500mAh2,750mAh9,750mAh
4.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S612,500mAh2,550mAh9,950mAh
4.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge12,500mAh2,600mAh9,900mAh
4.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S712,500mAh3,000mAh9,500mAh
4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge12,500mAh3,600mAh8,900mAh
3.4 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 212,500mAh6,470mAh6,030mAh
1.9 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 412,500mAh5,124mAh7,376mAh
2.4 Full Charges

Jump Starting Cars

When at its full power, the Jackery New Spark power bank is able to jump start a 6L Gasoline or 6L Diesel Engine cars about 30 times. That’s a lot of jumps and even if you use the power bank to charge your smartphone or tablet, you’re still able to have a lot of jump starts on hand. Just make sure that the power bank has more than 25% of power capacity left before jump starting your car; otherwise, it might not work.

Output Charging:

There are two powering options. The first are the two USB charging ports. The other one is the Jump Starting portion.

Powerful USB Ports

Let’s start with the 2 USB ports. Each of the charging ports is able to deliver a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. 2.4 Amps is a Max Standard charging speed which is going to charge most devices at their max charging speeds. With that said, it’s important to know that this power bank does not feature Quick Charge, as a result, it will not be able to charge those Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speeds.

However, most smartphones will still be able to charge at their max chargings speeds. What’s even better, is that tablets like iPads will be able to charge at their max charging speeds because they have a max charge rate of 2.4A.

Powerful Power Altogether

The Max Output of the power bank is 4.8A all at once, which means you can use the full power of each of the two charging ports at once. So you can charge two tablets at their max charging rate or two smartphones as well. The USB charging ports are very powerful.

Jumping Cars

The starting Current when Jump Starting a car is 300A and the Peak is 800A. It’s with that power that you’re able to jump start either 6L Gas or Diesel Engine cars. The power bank is able to jump start 12V car engines.

Input Charging:

Like most Power bank jump starters, this one recharges using a DC Input port. Jackery New Spark comes with a Car charger and a Wall charger to recharge the power bank and it recharges at a speed of 15V/1.0A. As a result, the 18,000mAh power bank is able to recharge to its full power within 7-8 hours.

The car charger is very convenient because you can recharge the power bank while you’re driving.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a large and heavy power bank. Car Jump Start power banks are not meant to be portable. Sure, you can hold this, or place it into a bag, but for the most part, that’s just not the preferable options because of how heavy they are.

It has a length of 7.2 inches, a width fo 3.6 inches, and a thickness of 1.5 inches; and it weighs 1.4 pounds. So it’s best to keep the power bank in your car where it’ll be most useful.

Functional Components:

Most of the functional parts are on a single side of the power bank.

On the Long Side

Starting from left to right, here’s what you’ll find: The Jumping Ports, DC Input port, the 2 USB Ports, the power button and the LCD screen. On the short side of the power bank is where there’s a 300 Lumen flashlight.

How Charging Works

The power bank is easy to use because charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank. The power button is used to turn on the flashlight and also Jump Start your car.

Power Button for the Flashlight

Hold the power button down to turn on the flashlight, and once the flashlight is on, you can cycle through the different modes. The flashlight modes include Constant, Strobe and SOS modes. Unlike flashlights on many other power banks, this power bank uses a very bright flashlight that is 300 Lumens bright. Very useful for emergencies.

How to Jump Start cars with the Jackery Spark

To jump start your car, just press the power button, connect the cables to the power bank, and then connect the jumper cables to your car’s battery. Wait for the light on Jump Cable Adapter to turn from Red to Green then you can crank your car. Once your car has been started, wait 30 seconds and then remove the Jumper Cables from your car. It’s just like jump starting a car using another car, it just that you’re using a 1 pounds device instead of another 2-ton vehicle.

The LCD Screen is very useful because it shows how much power capacity is left to use and also shows the amount of power that’s being outputted during charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s an absolutely solid power bank and in a way, it actually fits into being a Rugged power bank. This is because this Jackery New Spark has an Enclosure level of IP54. This is no way near the Enclosure safety levels of true Rugged power banks but not many Jump Starter power banks are built to this point.

It’s with an IP54 Enclosure that the power bank is able to protect itself from dust and water sprays. It’s not able to withstand heavy dust or water exposure or it will get damaged. Also, the power bank is structurally solid that it can withstand bump and hits; it’s not shockproof but still tough.

Tech:

On the tech side, this Jackery Spark power bank uses Lithium Ion batteries. This is a very good choice because if the power bank were to use Lithium Polymer batteries, then there would be a higher chance that the batteries would expand and ultimately break the power bank. However, the use of Lithium Ion batteries lessens the chances of the expansion of batteries.

The power bank can be safe from 140° Fahrenheit all the way down to  -4° Fahrenheit. Jackery made sure that this was completely safe to keep in your car at all times. Also, it’s important to remember that the power capacity of the power bank will last for 6 months without usage.

Reliability

This power bank is going to be very reliable if you keep it in your car at all times; since you never know when you’ll come back to a dead battery. Not only that, the power bank can jump start a wide range of vehicles.

In addition to being able to jump start cars, this power bank has two USB charging ports with 2.4A charging speeds for each and a 4.8A Max Output that allows you to take advantage of both of the port’s full power.

Even though it is a power bank, it’s not meant to be held and used because it’s too large and heavy.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity has an average conversion that will result in a power capacity to charge both smartphones and tablets multiple times over. The USB ports have very fast charged and the Jump Starting capabilities are great for a nearly every vehicle out there.

Design:

It’s large and heavy. The most logical thing to do is to keep the power bank in your car because that’s where it’ll prove to be more useful.

Build:

An Enclosure rating of IP54 is quite light but it’s able to take light water exposure. Just remember not to crank your car continuously for long periods of time because that’s going to result in overheating and can cause damage to your power bank.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable power bank for charging either your smartphones or tablets, and it can even Jump Start your car. It’s not very portable, but that’s not the point. Keeping it in your car will prove the most reliable place to have it.

Specs of the Jackery Spark:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 18,000mAh            Real Capacity: 12,500mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.4A       Max Output: 4.8 Amps
  • Input:      15V/1.0A Via DC Input Port
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Power Capacity Display
  • Size: 7.2 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 Pounds

Conclusion:

The Jackery New Spark is a new generation Jump Starter power bank. It can charge devices multiple times over while still being able to charge at very fast charging speed of 2.4A and it even has a Max Output of 4.8A. However, power banks like these are not portable as they’re very large and heavy.

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Review: RAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter

Power banks that double as car jump starters are generally better than normal power banks. Not only because they can jump start your car but also because their build quality and charging power is better. They’re built really well to keep it in your vehicle for the long-term and surprisingly the charging speeds for the charging ports are quite fast.

In this case, though, this RAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter goes a step further with its capabilities because it can even power appliances with this DC Output port and that can be very useful for those times when you’re either going camping or on the road during a road trip.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the RAVPower car jumper power bank starts at 18,000mAh. When you include usage of Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries that are able to withstand higher temperature quite well during charging (Although these are basically Lithium Polymer batteries) and the inefficiencies of energy being transferred through the charging cable; then the conversion rate of the RAVPower bank will be an average 70% and that’s going to result in an Output power capacity fo 12,500mAh.

Using the RAVPower Element Charger on smartphones

It’s very useful to use this power bank when you’re either out on the open road or just using it in a normal manner because it’s going to be able to provide about 6-7 full charges for an iPhone 6s and the same can be said about most Android smartphones as well. Although you’ll be getting about 4 full charges for smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7.

Using the RAVPower Element Charger on Mini Tablets

The Output power capacity is very useful for charging tablets and that’s especially true if you’re charging Mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 has a power capacity of 5,124mAh and the iPad Mini 2 has a 6,470mAh power capacity and as a result, you’ll fair about 2 full charges for them. However, what we find awesome is that you can just charge one to its full power and still have 6,000mAh of usable power left to use.

Using the RAVPower Element Charger on Full- Sized Tablets

On the higher end of charging tablets, like Full-sized ones like the iPad 12-Inch version, that’s going to take all of the power capacity from the RAVPower power bank to charge, because the iPad 12-Inch tablet has a power capacity 10,307mAh. Even then though, you’ll end up with a 80% charge on the iPad, which isn’t that bad at all.

DevicesRAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter (Output Capacity = 12,500mAh)Phone CapacityRAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter
iPhone SE12,500mAh1,624mAh10,876mAh
7.6 Full Charges
iPhone 612,500mAh1,810mAh10,690mAh
6.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus12,500mAh2,915mAh9,585mAh
4.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s12,500mAh1,715mAh10,785mAh
7.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus12,500mAh2,750mAh9,750mAh
4.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S612,500mAh2,550mAh9,950mAh
4.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge12,500mAh2,600mAh9,900mAh
4.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S712,500mAh3,000mAh9,500mAh
4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge12,500mAh3,600mAh8,900mAh
3.4 Full Charges

Jump Starting cars with the Power Capacity:

The power bank can jump start 3L Diesel Engines and 6L Gas Engines about 20 times; just keep in mind that you need to have the power bank powered to its full capacity to get 20 full jump starts. Having the power bank have less than its full power will ultimately result in fewer jump starts.

Output Charging:

The USB Charging Ports

There are 2 USB Output charging ports on the power bank and they both offer different charging speeds.

5V/2.1A Charging Port:

Use this charging port at all times when you’re just charging a single device because most devices charge at 2 Amps or higher. That’s true for smartphones and tablets and this charging port is going to be very useful charging tablets at/near their max speed.

5V/1.5A Charging Port:

The charging speed of 1.5A isn’t actually that bad but it’s still slower than the other charging port and this charging port should only be used when you’re charging 2 devices at once.

DC Output:

The power bank has a cigarette lighter port that you can use a car charger with and that charger has a DC cable, so you can power appliances that are powered up to 120 Watts of power. This is very useful for those times when you have a mini fridge on the road, or maybe even a small vacuum in your car. The use of having this power bank being able to charge your smartphones/tablets devices, power appliances, and Jump Start your car are all the things that make it an awesome power source to have.

Another way to look at the DC Output is that it has an Output power of 12V/10A.

Jump Starting cars

The power bank has a Peak Current of 600A and that’s enough Current to jump start cars that have V6 and even V8 engines.

Input Charging:

It uses a DC Input to recharge itself and you can use either the Home power adapter or the Car charger that the power bank comes with and it recharges at a 15V/1.0A charging speed. As a result, the 18,000mAh power bank will be able to recharge to its full power capacity within 5 hours. Not a bad recharge time for such a high power capacity.

Design

Size and Weight:

Since this is a higher power capacity power bank and has 3 ways to use it, that also means that it’s a large and heavy portable charger. Call it equivalent exchange if you will.

It has a length of 7.3 inches, a width of 5.1 inches and a thickness of 1.2 inches. It weighs 2 pounds. You’re never going to actually carry the power bank in your hand, but only when you’re actually taking it out to use it. So it’s best to keep the charger in your car or in your backpack when you’re camping/hiking in the outdoors (Although keeping it in a backpack would still make you feel the heavy weight).

Functional Components:

Even with all of its features of powering devices, the power bank is quite easy to use.

Where things are on the power bank

This is because most of the charging components are on a single side. On the back side of the power bank is where the DC Output is and it’s covered by a flap that’s labeled 12V/10A, Then there’s a long flap that covers the DC Input and 2 USB charging ports; lastly there are the Car Jumper sockets that are also covered by a flap.

On the top of the power bank is where there’s the power button and 4 LED power capacity indicators; on the side is where there’s a flashlight that is actually very bright and can practically be compared to regular flashlight brightness. The flashlight is turned on by holding the power button down for about 3 seconds and once it’s on you can press the power button to cycle from its 3 versions of either Regular, SOS, and Flash.

How to use the JumpStart Feature

To Jump-start a car, simply connect the jumper cables that the power bank comes with into the jumper sockets and connect the Positive and Negative cables onto your car battery; then press the power button and wait for the Red light on the jumper cable device to turn off and for the Green light to come on, and once that happens you can turn on your car.

The main thing that you’ll notice is that the power bank has a handle on it and that makes it very useful for holding the charger, and using the flashlight because you’re basically holding it like a torch then. The handle is retractable too which makes storing the power bank very easy.

Build

Structure and Material:

The power bank is made of plastic but it’s very durable with most of its components being overlapped, which makes having the power bank in your car a completely possible thing to do.

Tech:

On the inside, the power banks have safety tech features such as Temperature control, Short-Circuit and Surge protection to keep you and your devices safe during charging or when you’re jump starting your car.

The use of Lithium Iron batteries

In addition, the power banks uses Lithium Iron batteries that are perfect for this power bank because when you jump start cars, that’s demanding a lot of power from the batteries which result in a lot of heat; the Iron batteries manage the heat better and that means there’s much less of chance of the batteries expanding and damaging the power bank.

Also, the Lithium Iron batteries are able to make the power bank last up to 2,000 recharges which is basically 4X more than the average lasting time.

Reliability

This is one of the best power banks to own on the market. The only unreliable aspects that we can truly identify is that it’s large and heavy, which can make it difficult to take places, but it’s mostly meant a stay in your car.

With that said, all the other features are highly reliable because the power bank has 3 powering options that can be used either in an emergency for jump starting your car, or a more regular usage of charging devices like your smartphones or tablet. You can even power small appliances.

All of this can be done with a device that you can carry in your hand, and it’s vital to have reliable power in your car when you’re on long rides.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity does go through an average conversion rate, but with the power capacity that’s actually usable, it can actually charge smartphones and tablets multiple times. When the power bank is fully recharged, then it can jump start a car 20 times, and it has a DC Output that can power appliances like Mini Fridges.

Design:

It’s large and heavy, but that’s to be expected when you have a device this large.

Even though it has lots of powering methods. the power bank is still easy to use with its 4 main functions.

Build:

It has a strong and sturdy build that’s perfect for storing in your car. On the inside, RAVPower took a very smart approach because they’re using batteries that are able to better withstand the power it takes to jump start a car’s battery.

Reliability:

With the powering capabilities that this power bank has, we think it’s vital for people to own something like this RAVPower portable charger because all the capabilities that it holds can be relied upon for anybody.

Specs of the RAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 18,000mAh            Real Capacity: 12,500mAh
  • Output: 

USB Charging Ports:     Port 1: 5V/2.1A        Port 2: 5V/1.5A

DC Output:     120 Watts of power

Jump Starter:   Peak Current of 600A

  • Input:      15V/1.0A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 7.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 2 Pounds

Conclusion:

Car jumper power banks are doubling as life savers, or at least this one does because you can charge your smartphone, power a mini-fridge, and jump start your car with it. Also, the flashlight is a lot better than most power banks have. If you need a small but reliable source of power while you’re on the road for work or for a vacation, then this RAVPower Element Car Jump Starter has got you covered.

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Review: RAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter

At times we’re surprised by what power banks are able to accomplish because they can have many different features to them. Some power banks have different charging speeds and then there’s the special charging tech behind the charging speeds like USB-C or QuickCharge. There are some power banks that are made for the outdoors because they’re shockproof and waterproof to protect themselves against dangers that would normally damage other power banks. There’s also solar power banks that recharge using their solar panels.

In this case, though, this is the RAVPower 14,000mAh Car Jump Starter power bank that’s able to jump start cars and still has the ability to charge devices like smartphones and tablets. There are also some other features that make it stand out.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the RAVPower Car Jump Starter starts at 14,000mAh and it’s going to change quite drastically because of the inefficiencies during charging because a conversion of energy is taking place. This can be attributed to the batteries that it uses with Lithium Polymer batteries and then the usual loss of energy through the charging cable. As a result, you’re going to be left with about 8,000mAh of Output power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use.

How well it charges Smartphones

Yes, we know that’s a lot of power capacity that missing from the initial one but you should know that many other power banks on the market basically have the same kind of conversion rate. So it’s with an 8,000mAh Output power capacity that you’ll be able to charge most smartphones about 3 times or more. If your smartphone has a battery that’s 2,000mAh then it’s going to be getting 4 full charges; so even with the Output power capacity being lower than the initial one, it can still provide lots of charges to a smartphone.

How the Power Bank fairs against Tablets

Moving onto charging tablets, it still does a great job because if you’re charging an iPad Mini 2, then the RAVPower power bank will do a full recharge and still have about 1,500mAh of power capacity left. Or if you’re charging an iPad Mini 4, that’s going to leave about 3,000mAh of more power capacity to use. Ultimately, if you do decide to charge tablets with this power bank, that’s entirely possible but the best experience is to charge it with Mini tablets rather than Full-Sized ones.

Full-Sized Tablets

If you choose to charge Full-Sized tablets like an iPad 12-Inch series then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to charge it to its full power. This is because the Battery capacity of the Full-Sized tablet is 10,307mAh and as a result, using the entire power capacity will charge the iPad to about 80% of the way through.

DevicesRAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter (Output Capacity = 8,000mAh)Phone CapacityRAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter
iPhone SE8,000mAh1,624mAh6,376mAh
4.9 Full Charges
iPhone 68,000mAh1,810mAh6,190mAh
4.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh2,915mAh5,085mAh
2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,000mAh1,715mAh6,285mAh
4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh2,750mAh5,250mAh
2.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh2,550mAh5,450mAh
3.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh2,600mAh5,400mAh
3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh3,000mAh5,000mAh
2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh3,600mAh4,400mAh
2.2 Full Charges

Jump Starting Cars

The power capacity is still high enough to jump starts car that has either a 5L Gas Engine or a 3L Diesel Engine up 20 times. With that said, the power bank must be above 60% power capacity to jump start a vehicle, so there’s actually enough power to use.

Output Charging:

There are 2 USB charging ports on the power bank and each of them has a charging rate of 5V/2.1A. That’s not the amazing part, though, what is the amazing part is that the Max Output for the charging ports is 4.2A; so you can use both of the charging ports at their max charging speeds at the same time.

A charging speed of 2.1 Amps is very helpful for charging smartphones and tablets because most smartphones will be able to charge at their max charging speeds, except for smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge because this power bank does not feature Quick Charge technology.

Tablets will be able to charge near their max charging speeds because tablets like iPads have a Max recharge rate of 5V/2.4A, and this power bank comes close to that at 5V/2.1A.

Car Jumping Charging:

The starting current of jumping a car is 280A and the Peak current is 550A. That’s enough power to jump start cars that either has V6 Engines or V8 engines.

Input Charging:

Strangely, the RAVPower power bank isn’t recharged through traditional Micro-USB input port and it’s actually recharged through a DC Input. It’s with the DC Input that you can either use the 15V Wall charger or 15V Car Charger to recharge the power bank. The recharge rather when using either of these recharging options if 15V/1.0A and that result in the power bank being recharged within 5-6 hours, which is a really short charging speed in comparison of being recharged using a Micro-USB input.

Design

Size and Weight:

One of the most important things to remember about Portable Car Jumper power banks is that they’re large and heavy. This stands true for this RAVPower power banks.

This is because it has a length of 6.7 inches, a width of 3.3 inches and a thickness of 1.4 inches. The weight of the power bank is 1 pound. So you’re not going to be holding this power bank, like, ever. As a result, you should have the power bank in your car.

Functional Components:

Almost all the functional parts of the power bank are on a single side of the charger.

On the long side is where you’ll find the power button, the 2 USB charging Output ports, the DC Input port, the ON/OFF Switch for jump starting and the jump-starting ports. On top of the power bank is where there’s the LCD Screen that shows the power capacity in a percentage manner and the Output charging speeds. On the short side of the power bank, is where there’s a LED flashlight.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into either one of the two charging ports, but the power button still has some key features to be used with.

The power button can be pressed once to turn on the LCD Screen to check the power capacity when you’re not actually using the power bank. Also, to use the Flashlight, you have to hold the power button down; the flashlight has 3 main features which are Solid Light, SOS, and Flash. To turn from different versions of the flashlight, simply press the power button once the flashlight is on.

To use the Power Bank as a Car Jump Starter, you need to lift up the flap to show the Jumper sockets, and then plug the Jumper cables into the sockets. Once that’s done, connect the Jump cables to the battery of your vehicle with Red being Positive and the Black being Negative; then switch the Jump Start Switch on the power bank to ON. Just wait until the Jumper cable’s light turns from Red to Green and then Start your car.

Build

Structure and Material:

The power bank is very well made even though it’s made of plastic it’s still durable. It has a thick plastic casing that makes it withstand bumps and hits while it’s in your car and you’re driving around.

The Jumper cables have Copper clamps and the outside housing is made of plastic.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank makes use of lots of charging tech like Short-Circuit, Over-Current, and Over-Charging protection to make sure that you and your devices are safe during charging.

Reliability

We think it’s very reliable to have this power bank within your car at all times because you never know when you might come back to your car and it has a dead battery. In those times, you have to call Triple A and that can cost a few hundred dollars. Or you can simply use this power bank to save you those high costs, anxiety and being stranded; to instead being confident that you can start your car up.

Also after you start your car up, you might notice that your smartphone is low on battery power. Well, look at that! The power bank that you used to Jump Start your car can also charge your smartphone! This is what reliability is and we think that this RAVPower portable charger is going to be very useful in those unexpected times.

Then there are the 2 methods of recharging the power bank with either the Wall Charger or Car Charger; this way, you can have the wall charger at home and have the car charger in your car at all times so if the power bank does need recharging, you can do so while you’re driving.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity of the RAVPower power bank goes quite a lot lower than its initial power capacity losing about 6,000mAh. Even so, the 8,000mAh power capacity is still useful to charge smartphones lots of times and also to charge tablets a single time while having a little bit left.

For Jumpstarting vehicles, there has to be at least 60% of power capacity left. With that said, it can jump start a car potentially up to 20 times.

Design:

It’s a large and heavy power bank, so your best bet is to just place the charger in your car. The use of an LCD screen is really nice because you can tell the power capacity in a more accurate manner. Using the jump starting part of the power bank is actually quite easy.

Build:

It has a strong build and takes moving around, hits and bumps while it’s in your car and you’re driving around.

Reliability:

We think that everyone should have a power bank that doubles as a jump starter because you never know when you might need it and when you do have it in a time of need then that’s when it will be able to save you. Not only for jump starting your car, which is the main reason why this power bank was made, but also to charge devices like your smartphone.

Specs of the RAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 14,000mAh            Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.1A     Max Output: 4.2A
  • Input:   15V/1.0A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Display
  • Size: 6.7 x 3.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight:  1 Pound

Conclusion:

The RAVPower Car Jump Starter has proved itself to be very resourceful because it can jump start cars lots of times and the same goes for charging smartphones. Although the conversion of power capacity during charging could be better.

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Review: Anker Compact Car Jump Starter 400A Peak Current

Most of the time, Portable chargers that are also Car Jump Starters aren’t the most capable of power banks since most of their focus is to simply jump start a car. That’s not always the case, and it really shouldn’t even be the case because customers want a power bank that can do both very well. Charging their devices and also being able to Jump Start their vehicle if the need arises. We know it’s asking a lot for a device as portable as a power bank but we’re getting to a point where portable chargers are able to double as something and have more use than just being able to charge smartphones and tablets.

Like this Anker Compact Car Jump Starter that can start cars and charge your devices to some pretty good lengths.

Power

Power Capacity:

The Anker Car Jump Starter has an initial power capacity of 10,000mAh, and it can lose quite a lots of its power during charging depending on the way that you’re using the power bank. This is because the Portable charger has 2 charging ports and just uses normal Lithium Polymer batteries. If you’re using 2 charging ports at the same time and using a lot of the power bank’s Output, then you’re most likely going to be left with an Output power capacity of 8,000mAh. This is pretty good, though.

This makes the Output power capacity very versatile because you’ll be able to charge your smartphones about 3 times or more. You’ll even be able to charge 2 smartphones at the same time to their full power capacities. Charging tablets doesn’t pose too much of a challenge because you’ll be able to charge an iPad Mini 2 and 4 series up to their full power capacities and still have just a sliver of power capacity left to use. Charging Full-Sized tablets will result in them likely being a charge to their full power, but taking the entire power capacity the Anker portable charger with them.

Charging Full-Sized tablets will result in them likely being a charge to their full power, but taking the entire power capacity the Anker portable charger with them.

It has a very usable and versatile power capacity that can be heavily relied on for charging your personal devices other than jump starting your car.

DevicesAnker Compact Car Jump Starter 400A Peak Current (Output Capacity = 8,000mAh )Phone CapacityAnker Compact Car Jump Starter 400A Peak Current
iPhone SE8,000mAh 1,624mAh6,376mAh
4.9X
iPhone 68,000mAh 1,810mAh6,190mAh
4.4X
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh 2,915mAh5,085mAh
2.7X
iPhone 6s8,000mAh 1,715mAh6,285mAh
4.6X
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh 2,750mAh5,250mAh
2.9X
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh 2,550mAh5,450mAh
3.1X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh 2,600mAh5,400mAh
3.0X
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh 3,000mAh5,000mAh
2.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh 3,600mAh4,400mAh
2.2X

Power for your Car:

If you’ve got the Portable Jump Starter topped off to its full power, you can potentially jump start a 3L Gas Engine or 2.5L Diesel Engine vehicle about 15 times over. With that said, there are a certain thing to remember.

  • Don’t continuously Jump Start your Car. You must wait 10 seconds or more.
  • Stop using if there are bulges in the power bank.
  • Don’t use the power bank to jump start your car if there’s less than 25% of power capacity left.

Output Charging:

The Output charging power of the portable charger is really good. There are 2 charging ports and each of them is able to Output a charging speed of 5V/2.1A. The individual charging speed of each of them is quite close to a Max standard charging speed and as a result, you’ll be able to charge most standard charging device at their max charging speeds.

Meaning that smartphones that aren’t compatible with USB-C or Quick Charge will be able to charge at their max charging speeds. You’ll also be able to charge tablets like iPads near their max charging speeds as well.

The best part is that you can use each of the USB charging Output ports at their max charging speeds since the Max Output of the power bank is 4.2A, you can use 2.1A and 2.1A and they’ll just add up to the Max Output exactly.

Jumping Starting Cars:

As we mentioned before, this power bank will only be able to Jump Start cars that have either a 3L Gas Engine or a 2.5 Diesel Engine. It has a starting Current of 200A and a Peak Current of 400A.

Input Charging:

Charging is rather unusual with this portable charger because it uses a 15V Wall charger to recharge itself, or you can use the 15V Car Charger because the power banks come with Wall and Car chargers. When you’re using either of those the power bank is able to recharge itself at 15V/1.0A and that will result in a full recharge within 4-5 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

So it’s pretty large, and at the same time is quite heavy. So it’s best to use this power bank while it’s set down.

It has a length of 7.3 inches, the width of 3.3 inches and a thickness of 1.7 inches. It weighs nearly a pound at 12.4 ounces. Of course, if you’re searching for a more portable 10,000mAh power bank then it’s best to search for ones that don’t double as Jump Starters for the car because there are plenty out there which you can check out here.

The main reason it’s so large and bulky is because it’s also a Car Jump Starter and you’re not expected to hold this and walk around with it. It’s best to keep this in your vehicle as long as it’s under 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Functional Components:

Most the power bank’s features are on a single side.

On the long side is where you’ll find 2 USB Output charging ports, a LED power capacity indicator bar that also indicate to show what’s happening when you’re jumping your car, 2 USB Output charging ports, the DC Input port, and the the Car Jumper ports that are covered by a flap.

There’s a flashlight that can found on the short side and a power button on top of the power bank.

So charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the USB charging ports and that leaves the power button for 2 main features; the power button is able to control flashlight functionality and the Car Jumping power.

To use the flashlight, hold down the power button for 3-5 seconds and the flashlight will turn on in its normal form. You can then press the power button to change the flashlight to other kinds of lights like SOS and Strobe. Turning off the flashlight is done by holding the power button again.

What do the LED Power Capacity Lights Mean?

When the LED power capacity indicators are red, then that means nothing is charging and you’re probably just pressing the power button to check the power capacity. When the LED lights are green, then that means that charging is taking place.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s all of made of plastic but the power bank has lots of bulky pieces that stick out from itself and that’s able to result in a build quality being stronger than most other power banks that are also made of plastic.

Tech:

When you have portable chargers that are able to provide power to devices like our smartphones and also able to Jump Start cars, things can get a bit wonky. This is mainly on the side of using the portable charger as a Jump Starting device, because if you’re using it heavily that can put a lot of strain on the power bank’s tech like its batteries and Circuitry; which can result in damage and swelling of the batteries. However swelling of batteries is more common for power banks that use Polymer batteries and this case, this one uses Ion ones.

For the most part, it’s a safe and stable charging experience and Anker notes that they use lots of safety tech to make sure that each Jump Start is supposed to be stable for the power bank and that you should wait 10 seconds or more between Jumps.

Reliability

It’s highly reliable for those that are searching for emergency power in cases of their personal small devices and for Jump Starting their very large personal device, their car. In all seriousness, this Anker Jump Starting power bank is highly useful for those time when you need a jump start for your car and power for your devices.

We’re really surprised that its Output power through its charging ports is fast and are able to use their full charging power at the same time.

Summary:

Power:

Power Capacity doesn’t burn out too much during charging and that’s able to result in the portable charger having enough Output power capacity to charge most smartphones multiple times over and it can also charge tablets very well too. Charging speeds are great between both charging ports at 2.1A and it has a Max Output of 4.2A. Recharging is unique since the power banks aren’t recharged through the common Micro-USB Input port, instead, you use a DC Input.

Design:

It’s large and rather heavy and for the most part, it’s not meant for the on-the-go purposes.

Build:

A strong build quality when it comes to its structure and tech build qualities. With that said, the power bank can have a risk of getting damaged if you’re getting really heated with the Jump Starts.

Reliability:

Of course, reliability is really good, especially if you have this in your car and need a Jump Start.

Specs of the Anker Compact Car Jump Starter 400A Peak Current:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:  5V/2.1A      Max Output: 4.2A
  • Input:      15V/1.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: Power Capacity Bar
  • Size: 7.3 x 3.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Weight: 12.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

We didn’t always view portable chargers that double as Car Jump Starters as the most useful kind of portable chargers. Mainly because they’re just bigger and heavier than traditional ones. However, this Anker one dissolves most of that thought because it’s able to bring lots of power and pretty good design choices to the table that make this worth the price of being reliable in 2 major powering areas.

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Review: DBPOWER 300A Peak 8,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter

We’re at a point where power banks are being able to provide more than just power to our devices like smartphones and tablets. They’re also able to provide power to our vehicles! That’s right. Power banks can also double as portable Car Jump starters and this is absolutely amazing because not only can you have a reliable power source for your smartphone while you’re on the go; but also, you can jump start your car in case of an emergency. This is truly a great time to be alive.

Of course, different power banks are built to different standards. This DB portable Car jump starter is able to Output 300A Peak Current of power to jump start a certain prowess of vehicles. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

Power

Power Capacity:

Jump Starter portable chargers are able to hold a variety of power capacity, and just like charging the device, the more power capacity that it has the more jumps you’ll be able to do. With that said, this DB power bank has a power capacity of 8,000mAh and for its size, we’re surprised that it uses Lithium Polymer batteries since the size of it says otherwise.

With that said, if you’re mostly using the power bank for the sole purpose of charging devices most of the time, then you’ll average at about 7,000mAh of Output power capacity. This Output power capacity can mostly attribute to the use of a single Output charging port. Overall, the power capacity is really meant for charging smartphones because you’ll be able to charge your smartphone numerous times over before having to recharge the power bank.

Charging larger sized devices like tablets will have this portable charger fair about 80% of a full charge for Mini sized tablets and about 50% for full sized tablets.

DevicesDBPOWER 300A Peak 8,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter
(Output Capacity = 7,000mAh)
Phone CapacityDBPOWER 300A Peak 8,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter
iPhone SE7,000mAh1,624mAh5,376mAh
4.3X
iPhone 67,000mAh1,810mAh5,190mAh
3.8X
iPhone 6 Plus7,000mAh2,915mAh4,085mAh
2.4X
iPhone 6s7,000mAh1,715mAh5,285mAh
4.0X
iPhone 6s Plus7,000mAh2,750mAh4,250mAh
2.5X
Samsung Galaxy S67,000mAh2,550mAh4,450mAh
2.7X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,000mAh2,600mAh4,400mAh
2.6X
Samsung Galaxy S77,000mAh3,000mAh4,000mAh
2.3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,000mAh3,600mAh3,400mAh
1.9X

Power Capacity for Cars:

Since this portable charger doubles as a Car Jumper as well, it also has a certain limit on a number of times it can jump a vehicle. The first thing to remember is that this Portable Car Jumper is mostly compatible with vehicles that have a 2.5L Gas Engine or under. So if you’re jumping those kinds of vehicles, then it’ll be able to jump them about 20 Times on just a single charge. With that said, you’re able to get to the 20 mark jumps only if you’re using the portable charger with its full power capacity.

Overall, it’s quite compatible with lots of cars and most likely compatible with the vehicles you own. Just check before purchasing, though.

Output Charging:

Since it only has a single Output charging port there’s not much to say about the charging power. The USB charging port is able to Output 5V/2.1A charging speed and to be honest, we’re surprised for quite a fast charging speed with a Portable Car Jumper. It’s a fast enough charging speed that’ll be able to charge most smartphones at their max charging speeds; it’ll even accommodate tablets quite well since the charging speed is just shy of a tablet’s Max charging speed of 5V/2.4A.

Vehicle Charging:

The current is 300A when you’re jumping your car and that’s why it’s best to purchase this power bank if your vehicle has a 2.5L Gas Engine since it’ll be able to jump those vehicles easily.

Input Charging:

It has a slow recharge speed of 5V/1.0A and if you’re using a 1 Amp wall charger or higher, then that will result in the power bank being able to fully recharge within 7 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s quite small and we’re surprised for a device that is able to jump start cars, it can fit into the palm of your hand or inside your pocket quite easily.

This is because the DB power bank Jump Starter has a length of 5.1 inches, a width of 3 inches and a thickness of 0.8 inches.

Okay, so even though we did mention that it’s small, it’s also important to know that something that can Jump Start your vehicle will also be heavy. The power bank weighs 1.2 pounds, so even though it can fit into your hands, it won’t be too comfortable for long. As a result, even though this power bank can charge your smartphone, you’re simply going to want to take it with you on drives most of the time.

Functional Components:

All of the functional parts are quite close together and are all basically on the same side.

On the short side is where you’ll find the 2 Jumping ports that are covered by a flap, the USB Output port, Micro-USB Input port and a LED flashlight. There are 4 power capacity indicators on top of the power bank that have the percentage next to them, to indicate just how much each power capacity light indicates; there’s also a power button on top.

The power button is what you’ll be using to Jump Start a car and to control the flashlight. The flashlight has 3 main settings: Just plain on, Strobe and SOS.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a structurally sound power bank even though it’s made of plastic. It has 2 main pieces that make it whole with just a bottom and top piece. It’s best not to drop a portable charger like this because you won’t want to damage any inside circuitry that could prove harmful when you’re Jump Starting your vehicle.

Tech:

This is where things can fall apart. Since the Portable Car Jumper uses Lithium Polymer batteries and is used to Jump Start cars, which causes it to use a LOT of power; the Polymer batteries can actually expand. However, this isn’t something that will happen, it’s something that can happen. With that said, if the Polymer batteries do expand, this can result in it the power bank’s body structure to come apart and render the portable charger useless.

With that said, the DBPower has a 3-Year Warranty for most of their product and if this happens to you, then simply get a replacement. We realize that expanding batteries and a useless product is some serious stuff; but it’s important to remember that the power bank will not explode and there’s no reason to be scared, just a little worried.

Reliability

For the most part, if the DB portable charger is working how it’s supposed to, then it’s possibly the most reliable portable charger that you’ll ever own. This is basically true if you’re on the road and you can use this to Jump Start your car. The ability to charge devices is basically a Plus and we find it to be more of an extra feature rather than an integral part of the power bank.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is just enough to charge smartphones a few times over, and it’s great for Jump starting vehicles as it’ll be able to do 20 Jumps starting with a full charge. It can jump start cars that have a 2.5L Gas Engine or lower.

Design:

It’s small but the weight is really heavy at 1.2 pounds.

Build:

The structure build quality of the DBPower portable charger is strong enough. However, it does have a rare problem with the Lithium Polymer batteries expanding when you Jump a car continuously one after an another.

Reliability:

When it works like it’s supposed to, the DB power bank is a wondrous piece of power because it charges all of your normal devices like smartphones and tablets; as well as being able to jump start your car plenty of times.

Specs of the DBPOWER 300A Peak 8,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 8,000mAh            Real Capacity: 7,000mAh
  • Output:

USB Charging Port: 5V/2.1A

Car Jumping: 300A peak Current can start cars witha  2.5L Car Engine or Lower

  • Input:      5V/1.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.1 x 3 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 1.2 Pounds

Conclusion:

So it’s what we expected and what we didn’t expect at the same time.

The DBPower portable Car Jumper is perfect for jump-starting cars and charging your smartphones. However, there are hangups with its build quality when you’re excessively using it because the Polymer batteries can end up expanding and make the power bank useless. With that said, we think that the 3-year warranty is really good at accommodating that.

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