Micro Start Jump Box - Randy’s Electrical CornerPosted in How To: Electrical on June 27, 2014
Hi guys! Even with the new guy running Jp, I still get to do this column! It wasn’t a sure thing there for a while, and I thought they might actually finally tell me to take a hike. I mean, I like hiking and all so that would have been fine with me, but somehow “take a hike” also means “we don’t want you to work for us anymore.” I don’t really understand how that works but I’m told that’s true.
This time it all started on a call with West Coast Batteries. A while ago they told me they’d soon have vehicle-starting lithium ion batteries, and you know how much I like lithium. Oh right, so anyway, I was on the phone with West Coast and they told me about this new thing they had. They called it a jumper box. I don’t know about you guys, but when I hear “jumper box” I think of the 3-foot-tall box on wheels that plugs into a wall outlet and buzzes when you try to jump a Jeep. So you can imagine my confusion when they told me the whole kit could fit under the seat of a Jeep.
As it turns out, this thing is the world’s smallest jump starter at 6 by 3 by 1 inches. Made by Antigravity Batteries, it is called the Micro-Star and it comes in its own carrying case with a whole bunch of accessories. It is packed with a monster lithium ion battery (whoo-hoo!), features a flashlight, several charging ports, a blue LED power level indicator, and of course, alligator-clipped jumper wires. It can charge off of household AC power or off of 12 V DC power with the two included charge wires.
While the charging stuff and accessories are all well and good, I didn’t think it would jumpstart a Jeep, much less the 15-20 Jeeps the instructions say it will. West Coast Batteries told me to test it and tell you guys how it does no matter how it does. So, I got to take it out camping. I’m glad I did because Trasborg killed the JK he was driving on two different mornings with his fridge, and we got to use it on a hike to some waterfalls to keep the laptop going too.
Of course, Joy wouldn’t be caught dead camping, and Maria didn’t want to go on a hike, and it was kind of hard for me to take pictures and play with the Micro-Start at the same time. So I got my friend Kayla to play with it while I shot pictures. Here’s how it did in the week or so I messed around with it. All on one charge.