Do Jump-Starter Kits Work?


Ah, the age-old conundrum: you turn the key, and instead of your car's engine purring to life, you get the dreaded chugging of an engine trying desperately to start or worse- complete silence. Chances are, the battery’s dead. So, what's next? Call for a tow? Hope a good Samaritan with jumper cables drives by? Or, do you just sit and sob for a minute? We don’t judge, we’ve all been there. Truthfully, batteries never die when it’s convenient so the only way to get ahead of the game is to be prepared. Enter, the portable jump starter- a compact device designed to bring your car back from its untimely (and inconvenient) nap. We know what you might be thinking: Do jump-starter kits really work? The answer is a resounding YES! But, let's dig in a little deeper.

The Basics of a Jump Starter:

A portable jump starter is essentially a battery pack that can deliver a jolt of electricity to your car's dead battery, breathing life back into it and getting you to wherever you need to be. Sometimes we need a double espresso to get us going, this is that but for your vehicle. Once you get that battery going, you could still have time to swing by your favorite caffeine dispensary for a little pick-me-up yourself because using a portable jump starter is as simple as connecting the clamps to your car battery, turning it on, and in a matter of seconds, you should be able to start your car. When you choose a model like the TYPE S 12V 6.0L Battery Jump Starter with Built-in MFi Certified Lightning Cable (AC532777) with LCD display, you won’t even have to think too hard about it thanks to the step-by-step guide built right in.

Common Car Troubles & The Need for a Jump:

Drivers, especially those of us with a few years under our belts (and perhaps a few stories of vehicular misadventures), know the sinking feeling of a dead car battery all too well. It can happen after accidentally leaving your lights on overnight or when the battery reaches the end of its lifespan. Whatever the reason, it’s always inconvenient and often happens at the worst times—like that early morning when you're running late for a meeting, during a road trip, or when you have a car full of small humans who really need a snack. No one has time for any of that. Would you rather be in any of those situations and have to wait for someone to come assist you, or would you rather be your own roadside hero needing nothing and no one other than your trusty TYPE S portable jump starter? Exactly. 

Benefits of Having a Portable Jump Starter:

Being stuck is motivation enough if you ask us, but just in case you needed a little more convincing that owning a TYPE S portable jump starter is a need not a want, let’s quickly cover some of the benefits.

1. Convenience & Independence: Strangers? No, thank you. You’ll no longer need to wait for a good Samaritan or roadside assistance. You're equipped to handle the situation yourself and you can be back on the road faster than it would take to make the call in the first place. 

  1. Safety: Jump-starting a car with cables requires two vehicles, and sometimes that can be a little tricky. Aside from making sure you’re parked in a way that would allow a second vehicle to get up close and personal,  are you familiar with where the clamps need to go? “Red On Dead” only helps if you know where “dead’ is. There’s a lot to consider and if you make a mistake you might damage the car or hurt yourself. Owning a TYPE S 12V 9.0L ProJump™ Battery Jump Starter with JumpGuide™ takes the guesswork out of it with an integrated Intelli-Step LCD display that gives you step-by-step instructions and includes polarity protection, over-discharge protection, low voltage protection, reverse charging protection, short-circuit protection, overheat protection, temperature control protection and so much more. It’s shocking (pun intended) that you haven’t run to buy one already.

  2. Versatility: Every TYPE S jump starter comes with additional features like USB ports to charge your devices and emergency floodlights or flashlights. Even our most affordable jump starter options are equipped with USB inputs/outputs and the ability to choose between ultrabright white light or vibrant red light. You can even adjust the light to strobe and hazard/emergency S.O.S. light patterns if needed.

  3. Works for Multiple Starts: This isn’t a one-and-done type of thing. When you choose a TYPE S jump starter, you’re going to get the best bang for your buck and several jumps/device charges before needing to You don’t get just one start from a fully charged jump starter; you often get several. This means if you're having recurring battery issues you can rely on the jump starter until you’re able to purchase a replacement. We always recommend you head to your local parts store to have your battery tested ASAP if you do experience an issue.
    Bonus tip: Many places will test it for you free of charge.

Now, with all that said, there are plenty of jump starters on the market to choose from, so how do you know which ones actually work or which model would be best for your vehicle size and needs? We can’t speak for other brands, but for us at TYPE S, we’ve put a lot of time, thought, and testing into developing a line of portable jump starters and battery banks that are consistently reliable and powerful enough to keep you moving when it matters most, whether you drive a small compact car, a full-sized diesel truck or anything in between.

Every TYPE S portable jump starter and battery bank is designed to be easy to use, compact, safe, and reliable so you can drive with confidence. So, let’s talk about how much that peace of mind is worth. With a portable jump starter, you potentially save on:

  1. Tow Truck Costs: Getting a tow to the nearest garage can be costly.
  2. Service Fees: Many roadside assistance services charge for jump starts, especially if you're outside their coverage area.
  3. Time: Time is money, as they say. Avoid waiting hours for assistance and get moving in minutes.

So, to answer the question—do jump-starter kits work? Absolutely! They’re a little magic box of "get up and go" for when your car doesn’t want to do either and when you consider how quickly roadside assistance costs can add up, why not invest in a device that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars and so much time? In our modern world, where we are more connected and on-the-go than ever, having a solution like the TYPE S Portable Jump Starter is not just smart; it's essential. In the end, the tales of our vehicular misadventures can become just that—stories we laugh about over dinner because you made it home in time to sit down with the fam. So, what are you waiting for? Check out our list of jump starters for every budget and make your next adventure stress-free with TYPE S.