Jump Starter “Myth”conceptions
Lithium-Ion jump starters have flooded the market in the past few years – not only with their products, but also with their misleading claims. At Weego we do our homework when it comes to our products and our industry, and we want you to be just as educated – so here are a few claims from our competitors that you should be aware of:
“Made with Grade A Batteries” Sounds high-quality, but in reality “Grade A” has nothing to do with quality whatsoever. There is no industry standard for “Grade A” batteries – each battery manufacturer sets their own standards for Grade A, Grade B, and Grade C. That means one manufacturer’s “Grade A” could be something very different from another manufacturer’s “Grade A”
What’s more, “Grade A” isn’t a quality comparison – “A” is no better than “B” which is no better than “C”. The letters are used to represent batteries with different characteristics, each of which is better suited for certain applications.
“Jump Starts Your Car 20 Times!” This is the most arbitrary claim of all. There’s no way for a company to know how many times their jump starter with jump your vehicle. The true measurement relies on way too many factors:
- Engine size – big engines will consume more power than small engines
- Health of your battery – the more dead your battery is, the more power the engine will need to consume from your jump starter.
- Outside temperature – a cold engine consumes more power than a warm engine
- Specific vehicle characteristics – there are also many individual factors to each vehicle that may cause them to consume more power during a jump start than other vehicles.
It’s very similar to the familiar Tootsie Pop commercial – the world will never actually know how many licks it takes to get to the center of the tootsie pop because the answer will always be different!
Peak Amperage The most common jump starters have a peak current of 400A (just like our Heavy Duty model); for this reason, many jump starters try to claim 400A, but in reality only few actually have those capabilities. In our in-house lab we are constantly testing our competitors’ jump starters and finding that most of them fall short when it comes to peak amperage, never actually reaching close to the currents they claim.
With any product you’re spending a pretty penny on, it’s always a good idea to investigate the company and see what they’re made of. Do they actually know what they’re talking about, or are they just trying to sell you some memorized pitch points? A bit of digging will always save you a lot of money in the long run!