Many people carry a USB power bank with them to make sure their smartphone does not run out of battery, but based on my experience failing to start your car because of a depleted or dead battery will bring ever more anxiety. Interestingly/funnily enough, while this happened to my neighbors last week-end, today I was informed that TM08 multi-function power bank was designed to both charge your phone or laptop, and help start your car.
- Input – 12V/1A
- Output – 5V-2A via USB and 12V jump starter for car with 200A starting current, and 400A peak current
- Capacity – 12000mah
- Charging Time – 3 to 4 hours
- Life cycle – Over 1,000 cycles
- Dimensions – 130x70x25 mm
- Weight – 311 grams
- Operating Temperature – -20℃-85℃
The kit comes with adapters to charge your phone or other devices, as well as cables to connect to your car’s battery. A fully charged power bank will be able to start you car about 20 times, charge your smartphone 6 to 7 times, and charge an iPad twice. A white LED is also included to use as a torchlight or SOS strobe. The pictures above are actually for another model with 19V and 12V output for laptop, but the rest of the accessories are about the same.
I wanted to watch it starting the car, and there are a few videos online including that one clearly showing how to use the power bank to start your car.
The device is available on eBay for $84, but I could also find the pink version for $64.90 on Aliexpress. I initially found the model with 19V and 12V output on a Thai website, but then found it as “MaiTech Portable Car Emergency Start Power” on DealExtreme for $64.99. Finally, there’s a very similar model on Amazon US selling for $100, and user’s feedback is usually positive. You should be able to find more models by searching for multi-function jump starter power bank on Google.
Thank you Onebir!
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.