Best jump starter 2018: bring your car back to life with these portable jump starters

T3’s roundup of the best jump starters available to buy this year

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A flat battery can happen to anyone and when it does, it’s a pain. And, with vehicles packed with an increasing amount of electronic gadgetry, the chances of something draining your battery are more likely than ever. 

Therefore, a quality jump starter, like the Sealey Jump Starter Power Pack SL65S, makes a very sensible purchase and costs less than £90.

If you think you’re going to need a little more juice then the beefy NOCO GB70 Boost HD Jump Starter will see you right. 

Something simple like an interior light left on can give your battery the kiss of death, so a compact design – like the Silverline 12v Lithium Power Bank & Jump Starter 423352 – is one to go for if you want to keep it in the car.

How to choose the best jump starter

You don’t need to look far to find the best jump starters because Amazon has a stack of them. 

We’ve rounded up five of the best, including the aforementioned Sealey Jump Starter Power Pack SL65S and Silverline 12v Lithium Power Bank & Jump Starter 423352, which are a solid combination of decent build quality, compact design and performance. 

Cables and clamps can often be the first things to fail so we liked the durable feel of this pair of jump starters. 

Lookout too for useful features, such as USB outlets, protective cases and covers, plus simple-but-effective instructions on how to use the unit.

Obviously if you’re looking to turn over a larger engine or have a stubborn diesel to fire up then pick something with a higher capacity; the NOCO GB70 Boost HD Jump Starter makes a good bet on that front and even comes with a flashlight built-in too. 

As with anything that involves electricity though, be sure to read the manual before attaching any cables and commencing a recharge.

The 5 best jump starters

1. Sealey Jump Starter Power Pack SL65S

A top value jump starter with plenty of re-juicing capacity

Specifications
Weight: 526g
Capacity: 8000mAh
Smartphone and tablet charge: Yes
Torch: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Brawny 8,000mAh capacity+Additional USB connectors
Reasons to avoid
-All plastic construction-Works better than it looks

The Sealey has everything you need from a jump starter. It’s got staying power thanks to the 8,000mAh capacity, which means it’ll be able to handle any kind of recharging scenario. 

Meanwhile, the design is both compact and simple to use thanks to a digital display. Plus, it weighs in at just 1.61Kg and boasts dimensions of 11 x 9 x 20 cm, so there’s no fuss keeping it in the car. 

The dual 42cm leads look like they’ll last the test of time and a pair of USB connectors add value, especially as one delivers a higher 2.1A charge for phones and tablets. As with most products, the jump starter marketplace is a competitive one, so this is priced accordingly, which makes it all the more appealing. 

2. Silverline 12v Lithium Power Bank & Jump Starter 423352

A simple and lightweight jump starter

Specifications
Weight: 231g
Capacity: 6000mAh
Smartphone and tablet charge: Yes
Torch: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Very simple to use+Light and super portable
Reasons to avoid
-No 12v car socket capacity-Single USB connector

The small-but-perfectly-formed Silverline is a muscular power bank and jump starter combination that is one of the lowest priced models out there. However, it still delivers a respectable 400A/6000mAh capacity, although there’s only one USB 2.1A connector. The Silverline can’t be used via a 12v car socket either, so it’s mains or USB for charging. 

Nevertheless, it’s a cool option thanks to its ease of use, generous 41cm leads and a set of crystal clear blue power LEDs that advise you on available capacity. The unit weighs a mere 231grams too, so it’s a featherlight and hugely portable option if you want to keep it in a car that’s very short on space. 

3. Draper Expert Lithium Jump Starter 15066

A compact and lightweight jump starter with plenty of power

Specifications
Weight: 1.02kg
Capacity: Unknown
Smartphone and tablet charge: Yes
Torch: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Quality product+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-No digital display-LED indicator could be better

The Draper Expert Lithium Jump Starter 15066 might be thin on style, looks a bit plasticy and doesn’t even have a digital display to help you along. However, there’s no doubt that it’s one of the stars of the show thanks to a light 1.02kg construction and very simple to use design. 

Four LEDs show you how progress is going and the unit packs a more than capable 400A peak charge. It’ll work from the mains or you can plug it into a 12v socket, so it’s handy for the boot of your car. A brace of USBs add further connectivity while we like the generous length of the cables too.

4. Energizer Lithium Polymer Car Jump Starter 50810

This jumper starter can charge smartphones too

Specifications
Weight: 399g
Capacity: 12000mAh
Smartphone and tablet charge: Yes
Torch: Yes
Reasons to buy
+500A/12000mAh capacity+LCD display
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly unwieldy design-Only one USB connector

The Energizer Lithium Polymer Car Jump Starter 50810 is an import from across the pond and is slightly rough around the edges when it comes to looks and usability. Neverthless, it’s got all the power capacity you’re likely to need, with a 500A peak offering. Charging can be done in-car or via the mains and the leads give you plenty of reach in even the largest of engine bays. 

There’s a solo 2.4A USB port for charging smartphones and tablets too, plus we like the included funky case that will protect your purchase over the years. A weight of just 399grams also means it’s one of the lightest models you can get your hands on.

5. NOCO GB70 Boost HD Jump Starter

A real jump-starting bruiser with plenty of capacity and a torch too

Specifications
Weight: 2.5kg
Capacity: Unknown
Smartphone and tablet charge: Yes
Torch: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Substantial 2000A capacity+Bright LED indicators
Reasons to avoid
-Only one USB connector-Quite a heavy design

Not everyone is happy or confident using a jump starter so we love the safe and easy design of the NOCO GB70 Boost HD Jump Starter, especially the rubber covered sockets. The chunky unit is straightforward to hook up while the bright LEDs give you a crisp and clear visible indication of progress. 

There’s a 12v power port plus a super bright built-in LED flashlight for good measure, although only one 2.1A USB connector. This is one of the more expensive jump starters you can buy and it’s got performance to match, although the downside is that it weighs a sizeable 2.5kg. However, there are other model variants based around this, depending on your jump-starting requirements.

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