If you have not been keeping a close eye on the jump starter market in the past couple of years, you would be excused for thinking that a jump starter needs to weigh anywhere between 8 and 9 pounds, and be about as big as a car battery. Instead, if you take the time to search the internet, you will find that there are compact jump starters as small as an iPhone 6, although double in thickness, that have no problem jump starting your car and then powering your laptop or iPhone just as easily. So we have spent some time looking for the best compact jump starter on the market and have finally decided that the Brightech Scorpion Car Jump Starter and Battery Charger for Electronics and Mobile Devices.
Best Compact Jump Starter
The Brightech is a 10,000 mAmp power bank with a peak Amp power of 400 Amps. The important thing to look for in any jump starter is how many peak amps it can deliver at once, because that is the power it will direct to the engine when you will need a jump starter. We have actually had the opportunity to review compact jump starters that are even more powerful than the Brightech, some of them going as high up as 600 Amps, but they are somewhat bigger than this one. Still, 400 amps are more than enough to jump start a small and medium sized engine car without any problems even if the battery is completely dead. With bigger engines you may need to leave the charger connected for 5 to 10 minutes so that the car’s battery will get the chance to charge up a little bit, and then, the little power stored in the battery, together with the massive 400 amps delivered by the charger, will get any type of engine started. That is why we decided that our favorite compact choice has to be the Brightech Scorpion Car Jump Starter, since it is so much smaller than anything else out there.
With the Brightech Scorpion Car Jump Starter you also get 7 USB adapters to charge almost any type of laptop currently on the market, and a USB port to charge your smartphone, whether it is an iPhone or an Android powered phone. The battery life on the Scorpion is excellent and we particularly love its slow discharge function. That means the battery itself goes through the charge and discharge cycle even if you do not need to use it, and thus it protects itself. The only disadvantage is that you have to remember to charge it every 6 months, but, considering how useful this type of charger can be, there seems to be little doubt about the fact that you will find a use for it, even if you do not need to jump start your car. And as far as having to charge it at least once every 6 months, it can be very easy to remember to charge it once as the winter sets in and you know you might need it to jump start your car, and again in the spring as a thank you for having always been there to help you out if the battery in your car happened to die during those cold months.