Jump Starters are generally not considered “high tech” gadgets. Still, over the years I’ve bought a few because they come in handy when you don’t drive your secondary car for long periods of time and end up with a dead battery. I have also helped friends, family and neighbors on occasion which is better than waiting for roadside assistance.
Compared to portable smartphone batteries, the average Jump Starter is technologically backward and is often a single-use device dedicated only to starting cars. Usually it can’t even charge your phone or laptop. Most require a proprietary power supply, which is inconvenient if it’s misplaced or broken.
Portable starters are battery packs and should at least being able to charge phones (and more), and that’s what a device like the Shell SH916WC portable starter does. The unit we’re looking at has a capacity of 16,000mAh ($ 129.99), but the 12,000 ($ 89.99) and 24,000 ($ 169.99) options also exist.
The Shell SH916WC has dual USB-C + micro-USB charging options. The USB-C connector is also used to supply power to up to 18W, so you can charge phones fast or charge some laptops slowly. If you have old USB chargers, you can use them to charge this device.
The charging speed does not seem very fast, but it is difficult to measure accurately without an accurate charge indicator (in%). I would say it is about ~ 2h to go from 0% to 50% which is slow.
Two USB-A ports are present and can each output up to 2.4A / 5V, which is equivalent to a 10W phone charger. You can use all charging ports simultaneously to charge up to 3 devices at a time . Finally, there is also a wireless charging option which could be very convenient for phones, smartwatches etc.
Ports: 1x USB C input / output, 2x USB output, 1x micro-USB, wireless charger, 12V starter
What’s in the box: Jump Starter, jumper cable, USB car charger, micro USB and USB-C cables, EVA case, user guide.
As an emergency starter, this device works with “up to” 7.0L gasoline engines and 3.0L diesel engines, making it a fairly wide range of cars, bikes, bikes, and cars. vans and small boats that can be picked up. Specifications show it peaks at 1200 amps (12 volts).
Beginners do not need to worry as there are several safety protections like reverse polarity or over current, which makes it safer than connecting directly to another car’s battery.
You can use its built-in flashlight during a power outage in addition to recharging your phones while camping or hiking during your trip. The flashlight has four modes of operation including flashlight, searchlight, SOS and red alert.
With dimensions of9.17 x 3.46 x 1.42 (3.1 lb), it’s not a small object, and you could theoretically find a more compact 12,000mAh battery for your phone. However, most phone battery chargers will not start your car.
That said, the $ 129.99 price tag for the 16,000mAh version may make it more expensive than dumb starters that aren’t mobile-friendly or have a USB-C charging option.
If you want to spend even more, something like the Mophie Powerstation Go AC (189.85 MSRP) has a 65W AC outlet, which the Shell SH916WC does not. Unfortunately, this Mophie starter requires charging with a proprietary power supply (14V / 0.85A).
Nonetheless, the Shell SH916WC lithium portable starter is very easy to use and seems sturdy enough to stay in the trunk of your car safely. It is one of the easiest to charge, thanks to the two USB inputs. It includes charging while driving (USB car adapter included).
In my opinion, all small devices should be rechargeable via USB, and I made this change a long time ago. My electric toothbrushes, hair clippers, lights and flashlights: all are USB compatible.
This Jump Starter (on Amazon | Affiliate Link) is a neat gadget that is much better and more convenient than the older starter models which are single function devices that you may never use at all. For full details, see the user manual.
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