Few things can ruin your day as suddenly as trying to start your car and encountering the dead silence of a dead battery. If you’re unlucky, your best bet is to find someone else with a working car and some jumper cables to get your car running again. However, if you are prepared, you can get it done in seconds.
That’s where one of my favorite devices comes in: a portable battery pack. I keep it in the back of my car and it’s already paid for itself in convenience alone. It’s a 1000 amp 12 volt battery that can skip most cars. The benefits are so simple, but it’s hard to overstate how much of a lifesaver this can be.
Just in time
This was driven home for me while driving home from very far out of state. I had a 24 hour drive spanning several days so it was the perfect time to realize my car battery was dead. The alternator was fine. The car ran as soon as it started, but the battery couldn’t hold enough charge. At every third start the battery was empty.
Without the battery, my options would have been limited. I could have taken my car to a shop to have the battery replaced, although that would have cost time that would have kept me out of the state for much longer than expected. Alternatively I could have bought a battery and replaced it myself (on many cars this is a fairly simple process) but I didn’t have my tools with me so it would have been more expensive than it needed to be.
Plus, to do any of those things, I still would have had to call AAA or some other service, or wait for someone to come by and jump my car so I could take it anywhere. While it’s always nice to get help from a helpful stranger, it’s not exactly a contingency plan.
Luckily I didn’t have to do any of that because I had this battery in my car. Fully charged it was not only able to skip the car once but multiple times it took me to complete the drive home. (Disclaimer: I would not recommend relying on a battery pack all the time. Please have your dead battery replaced as soon as possible!)
In the end, I was able to get home without extending my trip or shelling out tons of extra money to fix my car. Back it was easy to grab a battery off the shelf and swap it out with my tools at home. The dead battery, which could have ruined my entire trip, was a tiny annoyance instead. It’s hard to put a price tag on that kind of peace of mind, but this bundle costs $100, and that seems more than fair.
It’s important to note that while lithium-ion batteries have a reputation for being a little, well, explosive, this particular battery is rated for storage from -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. I have no problem keeping it in the trunk of my car all the time, but the risk/reward equation might change for you if you live in the middle of the desert or somewhere that gets a lot of snowstorms.
But – as if you need another incentive – this particular bundle includes a built-in flashlight and can be used to charge your phone. Even if your car has a bigger problem than a dead battery, your phone won’t die too, so you can call for help.