Chances are we’ve all found ourselves stranded with a flat battery at some point in the past – a situation that would be even worse if you then realized your mobile phone is also flat.
What about camping and keeping multiple devices charged up?
The Laser Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter has it covered.
If you own a new car – chances are you’re unlikely to get a flat battery.
Auto off headlights, audible warnings; many cars let you know if you’re about to walk away and leave anything powered up.
But it has happened to me many times in the past – those damn Barina headlights that I kept forgetting to turn off.
It can happen though, so here’s a useful little gadget that you’ll be glad you’ve got in the boot.
First the fun bit – Hyundai are graciously letting me use the Santa Fe as a guinea pig. Lets deliberately drain the battery.
With the accessories turned on, we left the high beams, the hazard lights, stereo, interior lights and air-conditioning on. Every USB and 12V outlet had something plugged in to drain the batter as quickly as possible.
It didn’t take long! Within about an hour, we were in a pickle.
Laser is an Australian company – and their portable power bank and car jump starter has enough juice to jump-start a car 13 times - pretty impressive.
Now to test it out.
It’s very simple, connect the clamps to the corresponding positive and negative terminals on the battery, power up the battery pack then hit the ignition button.
The battery pack is charged via micro USB and either a 12v or mains power.
It needs at least 20% charge to jump start a car and at full charge can jump start up to 13 cars.
It has a wide range of devices covered – micro USB, mini USB, even the older style Apple connector. It weighs only 400g and retails for 129.95.
It also has a built in LED light with three settings, single beam, slow flash or fast flash, so it can be used either to see what you’re doing or as a signal to other motorists.
It’s got a Lithium battery that holds charge for 6 months – so you can pop it in the boot or even the glove box and just remember to check it a few times a year.
I might even stash one in my handbag to charge my phone and iPad on the run.
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