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Review – BESTEK 600A Car Jump Starter

I’ve used a lot of power banks, but this is without a doubt the most complete setup I’ve ever run across. In addition to the usual assortment of USB adapters that typically comes with a power bank, this also includes a set of jumper cables (more on those later), a 19v 3.5A output port with a wide range of adapters, a cigarette lighter adapter for charging. Everything comes packaged in a very nice carry case with lots of elastic straps to keep everything in place.

Something that was really unique to this kit was the Seat Belt cutter, and Glass Breaker that is designed into this system. While it’s size may make it hard to keep in the glovebox or center console of most vehicles, this is really handy when/if you come upon a vehicle accident and need to quickly provide assistance.

The powerbank itself is nicely styled. It feels solid, and has a very stylish looking case – it’s a lot more ornate than the typical utilitarian-looking powerbank. It has a nice LCD screen to display charge level, and 2 very bright flashlights.

For the usual tasks of charging a phone or a tablet. the power bank has four USB output ports: two 1A; another is 2.4A; and an ‘Auto 0-2.4A’. It also has a 19v 3.5A output for powering larger devices (such as a laptop) and includes 8 different adapters for the included cable to cover most common plug sizes.

Charging the powerbank requires using the included charger – it can’t be charged from a USB port. There are two included chargers: one for plugging into a wall outlet; the other for plugging into the car power outlet. That’s a nice feature since it means you can keep the power bank charged while you’re in the car.

I used the powerbank to recharge a variety of devices without any problems. Works fine, and the 10,000mAh capacity means you can get several full recharges of smaller devices, and close at least two full recharges of a larger device such as a tablet. Missing is any Quick Charge so if you have a device that is capable this will not provide that feature that most newer power banks can handle.

I can’t say if it will actually work to jumpstart a car battery – don’t have the means to test that since my car battery is in fine shape. Keep in mind that using it to jumpstart a car could be a two person operation since you have to unhook the power bank from the car battery within ten to twenty seconds of the car starting to avoid having the power bank overheat. The manual stresses that repeatedly.

I was able to jump start my Craftsman Riding Lawnmower several times to ensure that it does work for jump starting, and as provided by BESTek:

Recommended Vehicle Engine Displacements for Standard Jump Start

• Gas powered vehicles – 5.0L and lower displacements.
• Diesel powered vehicles – 3.0L and lower displacements.

On the plus side, the jumper cables that come with this seem very well made even though they are very short – the powerbank would need to be about six inches from the battery for everything to hook up.

But even if this does not jump start a car, the other features are worthy of a 5-star rating. It’s well-built, comes with a very nice case to hold the many pieces and parts, and it can run a laptop through its 19v 3.5A port, a feature you don’t see a lot of on power banks. While in an emergency it may not be the first thing you grab trying to escape, it’s practicality makes it a must have for families. It’s pricey, at around $50.00 as of this review,  the feature list is pretty impressive versus the typical power bank. And if it can jump start a car, so much the better.

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