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Emergency Responder Tool Kit Necessity!I haven't had to use the jumper yet, but as a member of my local (rural) fire department I am keeping it in my response vehicle and expecting it to be helpful quite often. Having a very large district which includes hundreds of square miles of forest land, no phone or power service, we are frequently in need of jumping vehicle and needing extended battery life on our mobile devices (primary for gps tracking and searching). I'm keeping this unit charged and close at hand in my emergency response toolkit and recommending it to my colleagues. Thank you.
Handy, compact and powerful.I live in rural WA and both vehicles are 4WD. So on the assumption that I am likely, in inclement weather, to encounter people in distress, I keep first aid kits, emergency blankets, tow straps, jumper cables, hatchets and field knives in each car.
As recently, one of these as well. In the two months since buying mine I have used it twice to start a dead car. Have not used it to recharge phones or tablets so far, but I'd say its performance in starting cars is justification enough for one of these. And my decision to get this was based on watching AAA jump start a car with one of these. Works as advertised, and seeing how compact it is for the first time is a shock!
A Good Samaritan in a Small PackageThis small charger has the power to start most any car that doesn't have a totally dead or damaged battery. The charger adapter cords are a handy feature and have already been used on a three day canoe trip with the Boy Scouts- Handy for the scouts also. In the three day trip it charged multiple tablets, phones, and I Pods. There was no no loss of power as measured by the unit itself even after the flashlight was used for two nights. I did boost one battery on a full sized pickup. The units measure of the truck's battery was a most welcome feature. I would advise waiting two or three minutes prior to attempting to start the receiving vehicle. The power sunk from four to three lights after the truck started, but the unit recharged in less than an hour afterwards. I travel a great deal and do enjoy helping those in distress. This small piece of equipment works well without hauling out the jumper cables unless more power than the mini charger puts out is needed. The 12 volt charger is a good feature to reassure me that the charger is put away in its nice storage box in full working order. It seems that the product research team at Garrett Wade settled on another winning combination.