City Bike: Weego = Get Going Again
My daily rider is a dirty BMW R1200R, and the goddamn thing, while an excellent all – (not tall-) rounder, eat batteries like…well, like I eat pizza. Positively voracious.
Not only do I have to keep it on a trick-charging battery shepard, if I turn kill the motor without immediately turning the key to off and saying a quick prayer, odds are that I’ll be a push-starting the sumbitch when I return, probably on an uphill one-way street. I don’t know why, most because I’m good with the push-starts and I’m too busy to troubleshoot that shit. I’ll figure it out some day – or maybe Triumph will bring their new Tiger Sport to the US and some other sucker will end up dealing with it.
In spite of being the perfect use case for these jump start in a tiny box products, I’ve sort of scoffed at the concept. “Why, in my day, we just pushed the bike down the street, and if it didn’t start, we pushed it home. Uphill, in the goddamn snow. Kids these days!”
But Weego packs a lot of power (groan) into their little boxes. I tested their JS12 Heavy Duty Jump Starter: smallish black box, just a smidge bigger than my first cell phone back in the nineties, which was coincidentally just a smidge bigger than the current crop of mega-phones, but thicker. Weego says its capable of jump starting a gas engine up to 6.4L, and diesels up to 3.2L, in case you’re one of those suckers with one of them there “clean diesel” V-dubs.
In addition to jump starting, it can charge USB devices and laptops, and even includes an LED flashlight with strobe and SOS features. It comes with a USB charging cable with three tails: new iPhone (AKA Lightning), micro USB, and old school iPod; a passel of laptop charging tips (sorry, everyone in SF – no MagSafe) and charging cable; wall and car chargers, a carrying case and oh yeah, jumper cables, the cutest little ones you’ve ever seen.
Article written by Surj Gish – City Bike