If your car won’t start, a jump starter can save the day. Consumer Reports tests, rates, and reviews jump starters, also called portable power packs. These battery-operated devices are used to jump-start a car (or boat or RV) by supplying enough current to the dead battery to get the engine to turn over.
Most jump starters have a built-in battery charger so you can recharge them from a household outlet. Some have an air compressor to fill tires. A few have a USB port to power or recharge devices such as a phone.
When shopping for a jump starter, look for one that can start your car’s engine several times in a row on a single charge. Also, check the voltage rating to be sure it’s compatible with your car. Most jump starters have a 12-volt output. Some have a higher voltage for jump-starting diesels.
To use a jump starter, first make sure that it’s fully charged. Then, follow the instructions in your car’s owner manual for jump-starting. If you don’t have the manual, look for the jump-starting instructions in the car.
Once you’ve connected the jump starter to the car, start the engine of the jump starter and let it run for a few minutes before trying to start your car. This will give the jump starter a chance to charge the car’s battery.
If your car doesn’t start after a few tries, you may need to have the battery replaced.
Check out below the top Jump Starters reviewed by consumer reports:
Jump Starters Comparison Table
Top Jump Starters Ratings By Consumer Reports March 2023
Below is the list of top Jump Starters with a detailed guide that you can consider in your purchase:
Imazing Portable Car Jump Starter - 2000A Peak 18000mAH (Up to 8.0L Gas or 7.5L Diesel Engine) 12V Auto Battery Booster Portable Power Pack with Indicator Jumper Cables, QC 3.0 and LED Light
$79.99 in stock
- Imazing CAR JUMP STARTER: The powerful jump starter with 2000A Peak Current can jump start your vehicle (Up to 8L Gas or 7.5L Diesel Engine). Work with cars, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, etc.
- ADVANCED PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY: The Intelligent Clamp features 8 advanced safety technologies, provides ultimate protection for your safety.
- HIGH-SPEED CHARGING PORTS: Dual USB output ports can fully charge your smartphone, tablet, camera and other compatible electronic devices. The quick-charge 3.0 port provides the fastest charging speed to save your time.
- MULTIFUNCTIONAL LED FLASHLIGHT: Imazing jump starter has a built-in LED flashlight with 3 modes: Flashlight, SOS, Strobe. It's perfect for camping, outdoors, picnic, emergencies, travel, etc.
- WHAT YOU GET: 1 x Jump starter, 1 x Clamp Cable, 1 x Type C cable/Charging the Imazing jump starter, 1 x Cigarette Lighter Adapter, 1 x User Manual, 1 x Carry case and 2 years warranty service. Imazing offers working days live chat on FB page, search “Imazing” on FB if you have any problems for shopping.
RALXER Portable Car Jump Starter (Up to 7.0L Gas or 5.5L Diesel Engine), 12V Power Pack Auto Battery Booster with LED Light
- [STRONG STARTING ABILITY] Our battery jump starter reaches 1000A peak current, which can help you quickly start a 12V car, SUV, or truck(up to 7.0L gas or 5.5L diesel engines). It can deal with the challenge of starting the car battery in a -4℉ environment at any time, reduce the startup temperature increase, and start the car safely.
- [ULTRA-COMPACT] Our portable jump starter is tiny and light so that you can easily carry and store it in your trunk for emergencies. You don't need anyone's help, much less lugging long, bulky jumper cables. Won't ever be stranded alone on a roadside.
- [MAXIMUM SECURITY] Our car jump starter provides you with low voltage protection, short circuit protection, reverse charging protection, jump starter overheat protection, over-limit protection, over-crank attempt protection, faulty relay connection protection, and reverse polarity protection during use.
- [MULTIFUNCTIONAL] Our jump starter acts as a USB power bank. You can charge your mobile phones or laptops by the 5V/2.1A USB output port; It also comes with a super bright LED, which is used as an emergency flashlight with strobe and SOS signal.
- [PACKAGE INCLUDED] Your package includes the following accessories: 1 x Jump Starter, 2 x Jumper Clamps, 1 x USB Cable, and 1 x User Guide. Please feel free to contact us. We will give you a satisfying solution in 7 hours if you receive defective items.
NOCO Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter Box, Car Battery Booster Pack, Portable Power Bank Charger, and Jumper Cables for up to 6-Liter Gasoline and 3-Liter Diesel Engines
$99.95 in stock
18 used from $95.95
- Start Dead Batteries - Safely jump start a dead battery in seconds with this compact, yet powerful, 1000-amp portable lithium car battery jump starter pack - up to 20 jump starts on a single charge - and rated for gasoline engines up to 6 liters and diesel engines up to 3 liters.
- UltraSafe - Safe and easy to use car battery jump starter pack without the worry of incorrect connections or sparks. Safely connect to any 12-volt automotive car battery with our mistake-proof design featuring spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection.
- Multi-Function - It's a car jump starter, portable power bank, and LED flashlight. Recharge smartphones, tablets, and other USB devices. It's easily rechargeable from any powered USB port in 3 hours at 2.1-amps. Plus, an integrated 100-lumen LED flashlight with seven light modes, including emergency strobe and SOS.
- Advanced Design - Our most advanced portable car battery jump starter ever. Featuring high-discharge lithium technology for safe operation in any climate. A rugged and water-resistant enclosure rated at IP65. A rubberized over-molded casing to prevent scratching or marring of surfaces. And an ultra-compact and lightweight design weighing just 2.4 pounds.
- In The Box - GB40 UltraSafe Portable Lithium Car Battery Jump Starter Pack, Heavy-Duty Battery Clamps, 12-Volt Car Charger, Micro USB Charging Cable, Microfiber Storage Bag, User Guide, 1-Year Warranty, and Designed in the USA.
NEXPOW Car Jump Starter, 1500A Peak 12800mAh Battery Starter Q10S (Up to 7.0L Gas and 5.5L Diesel Engine), 12V Auto Battery Booster, Lithium Jump Box with LED Light/USB QC3.0
$48.99 in stock
3 used from $48.50
- 【More Powerful Booster】: With a 1500A peak current, the Q10S car jump starter can start the 12V vehicles up to 7.0L Gas/5.5L Diesel engines in seconds. even in extreme temperatures, The powerful lithium battery booster - up to 20 jump starts on a single charge (just over 25% of power is enough to start your car). Suitable for car, truck, motorcycle, boat, RV or tractor and so on.
- 【Upgrate Protections】: Safe and easy-to-use jump starter battery pack without the worry of incorrect connections or sparks. Particularly spark-proof, reverse polarity protection, low-temperature protection, high-temperature protection, over-load protection. Safely connect to any 12-volt automotive car battery. The car battery jump box/jump cable indicator notifies you of incorrect use with an audible buzz and flashing lights.
- 【A Backup Power Pack】: Q10S Car Starter designed with 2 USB outputs (5V/3A)and (5V/2.1A), the quick charge 3.0 USB port can fully charge your cellphones, tablets, and other mobile devices at the fastest (up to 75% faster than a standard charger). And can power your other car accessories by using a 12V-16V/10A DC port. like tire inflators, inverters, and more.
- 【LED Flashlight 】: The battery starter has 3 LED lights modes: Flash Light, Strobe Light, and SOS Light. This multi-purpose flashlight and which comes in handy in case of an emergency and outdoor adventures.
- 【What You Get】: Portable Lithium Car Battery Jump Starter x1, Smart Jump Cable x1, USB Type-C Charging Cable x1, User Manual x1. 2-Years Technical Support. Please feel free to contact us for help if any questions.
12V Jump Starters Battery Pack with Wireless Charger 3000A Lithium Battery Jump Starter Portable 20000mAh Car Starter Jumper Power Bank Jumper Cables Kit for Car Truck Motorcycle Boat SUV
$94.99 in stock
- 【Powerful Battery Jump Starter】 - Our 74WH battery jump starters could be used to jump start almost all 12 volt vehicles (up to 7.2L gas or 8.0L diesel engines) in seconds safely with its 3000A peak current. A single charge can achieve 20 times jump-start, even in extreme temperatures (-4°F~149°F).
- 【Safe Intelligent Battery Jumper Clamps】- The portable jumpers cables for car with visual notification feature a mistake-proof design with 8 advanced safety protection technologies, so things won’t go away even if you accidentally hook it up incorrectly to your dead battery.
- 【More Than a Lithium Battery Jump Starters Portable】- The BOOKOO H9 jump starters with wireless charger could provide sufficient power to your electronic devices, which is 1.75 times faster than conventional power bank. It weights 1.21 lbs, making storing and transporting a breeze. Can wirelessly charge any device that has wireless charging as a feature.
- 【Multi-Functional LED Flashlights & Built-In Magnet Absorption & IP67 Water Resistant】- Two built in flashlights - one is a fairly standard beam flashlight with 3 modes (flashlight / SOS / strobe) , the other is a cool panel that swivels out to give an area light for a table or other work surface. meets various demands. Its built-in magnet is powerful enough to stick to hood and chassis for illumination. Rugged and water-resistant enclosure rated at IP67 makes it safe to use in any weather.
- 【In The Box】 1X BOOKOO H9 Battery Jump Starters, 1X Smart Jumpers Clamp, 1X Cigarette Lighter Adapter, 1X USB A to USB C Cable, 1X Hard Carrying Case, 1X User Manual. 1 year hassle-free warranty and lifetime technical support. Contact us anytime with any questions.
DEWALT DXAEJ14 Digital Portable Power Station Jump Starter: 1400 Peak/700 Instant Amps, 120 PSI Digital Air Compressor, 3.1A USB Ports, Battery Clamps , Yellow
$139.99 in stock
9 used from $134.39
- 1400 peak amps of starting power instantly jump starts cars and trucks up to V8
- 120 PSI Digital compressor with auto stop and and a surefit nozzle
- Built-in USB port provides portable power for electronic devices
- Built-in AC charging cube--just plug in your own extension cord (not included) to charge
- Reverse polarity protection to assure that jumper cables are connected correctly
HULKMAN Alpha85 Smart Jump Starter 2000 Amp 20000mAh Car Starter for up to 8.5L Gas and 6L Diesel Engines with Boost Function for Totally Dead Battery 12V Lithium Portable Car Battery Booster Pack
$129.95 in stock
- [START COMPLETELY DEAD BATTERIES]: Powerful and safe to start your completely dead car battery. 2000 Amps peak cranking amp, especially for vehicles up to 8.5L Gas/6.0L Diesel engines. Up to 60 jump starts on a single charge.
- [COMPREHENSIVE INDICATOR PANEL]: A user-friendly 3.3-inch smart screen provides you with all the information about operational status, battery level and possible errors. You can start your car.
- [MULTI-PROTECTION]: With its integrated design of the battery protection scheme and built-in intelligent clamps, the HULKMAN jump starter is safe and fully insulated. Its 10 types of protection include spark-proof, mistake-proof and reverse-polarity protection to free you from malfunction concerns like a short-circuit or sparks. Use it to jump start your car confidently!
- [0% to 80% in JUST 1 HOUR]: With our unmatched 65W Speed Charge Tech., it only takes an hour to charge the Alpha 85 Jump Starter from 0% to 80%, and can be fully-charged in 90 minutes. When fully charged, this device can hold the electricity up to 18 months. A 5-min charge can provide a single jump-start!
- [MOST ADVANCED DESIGN]: This car battery starter has been developed with the concept of sturdiness and reliability. The IP65 rating shell material prevents rainwater, dust and external impacts from causing damage to the inner structure, adapting itself to many kinds of complex work scenarios.
GOOLOO GP4000 Jump Starter 4000A Peak Car Starter (All Gas,up to 10.0L Diesel Engine) SuperSafe 12V Lithium Jump Box,Auto Battery Booster Pack,Portable Power Bank with USB Quick Charge and Type C Port
- Powerful And Reliable Car Battery Jump Starter - With a 4000A peak current, it can start all gasoline engines and diesel engines up to 10.0L in just a few minutes. This includes cars, motorcycles, RVs, tractors, trucks, cargo vans, ATVs, snowmobiles, yachts and many more.
- High Capacity Portable Charger - The GP4000 portable car battery jump starter is equipped with dual USB charging output ports (one compatible with fast charging) and a USB Type-C charging port (5V/3A). You can use it to charge other devices or recharge the Jump Starter itself. It can be taken anywhere and can quickly charge numerous portable devices, such as smartphones, tablets, cameras, GPS systems, and more.
- Emergency Life Saver – The GOOLOO GP4000 portable car battery jump starter can jump start vehicles in a matter of seconds so that you aren’t stranded and unsafe for longer than needed. A full charge can boost most vehicles over 60 times!
- Safety & Quality Metal Clamps - Built-in 10 types of protection, free your worries of misuse and sparks. We wanted to make sure our users feel 100% safe when using our product. The GOOLOO GP4000 Smart Jumper Cable is constructed with all-metal clamps to prevent damage caused by long-term use.
- Rugged 12V Car Jump Starter - The hardened plastic and rubber corners make sure the starter can withstand drops without any problem. A built-in flashlight can assist you in vehicle emergencies at night.
NEXPOW 2000A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter with USB Quick Charge 3.0 (Up to 7.0L Gas or 6.5L Diesel Engine), 12V Portable Battery Starter, Battery Booster with Built-in LED Light
$79.99 in stock
1 used from $79.19
- 【UPGRADE QDSP TECHNOLOGY】 With the same battery capacity, our new Quick Discharge Start Power jump starter has 3-5 times enhanced current compare to the old 2nd generation. At the same time, It could balance the temperature by reducing start-up the temperature by disruptive innovation of battery/assembly structure to keep a safe start.
- 【SUPER CAPACITY AND PEAK】: Car jump starter can jump start your vehicle (up to 7.5L gas or 6.5L diesel engine) up to 20 times with 2000-amp of peak current and heavy-duty clamps and cables. Also, our battery starter could start trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATV, UTV, lawnmowers, and yachts up in a few minutes, even in extreme temperatures (-4°F~140°F).
- 【IMPROVED SAFETY TECHNOLOGY】Safe and easy to use car battery jump starter pack without the worry of incorrect connections or sparks. Particularly spark-proof, reverse polarity protection, over-current protection, high-temperature protection, over-load protection. Safely connect to any 12-volt automotive car battery. The specially designed indicator notifies you of incorrect use with an audible buzz and flashing lights.
- 【PORTABLE EMERGENCY POWER BANK】 Designed with 2 USB outputs (5V/3A)and (5V/2.1A), the quick charge 3.0 USB port can fully charge your cellphones, tablets, and other mobile devices at the fastest speed possible.【LED FLASHLIGHT】The LED work light has 3 modes: Flash Light, Strobe Light, and SOS Light. This multi-purpose flashlight is great for camping, outdoors, indoors, emergencies, travel, etc.
- 【IN THE BOX 】Portable Lithium Car Battery Jump Starter Pack, Heavy-Duty Battery Clamps, USB Type-C Charging Cable, User manual, Delicate Carrying Case, 15W Adaptor
Clore Automotive Jump-N-Carry JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12 Volt Jump Starter , Blue
- 1,700 Peak Amps; 425 Cranking Amps
- 22Ah Clore PROFORMER Battery
- 46" Heavy-Duty #2 AWG Cables
- Voltmeter provides charge status of onboard battery.The ideal storage environment is room temperature, or 68ºF
- DC outlet to power 12 volt accessories; DC input to recharge internal battery