Electricity is a great thing — it powers our cars and household gadgets and of course the cellphones that have become our umbilical cords to every aspect of life. But before we had all these juice-sipping devices, we were still “mobile” as a species — I used to do rock climbing before there was such a thing as a portable phone and went camping with nary a tablet or laptop to accompany me. That’s no longer the case and I, like most people, would feel devastated if my phone ran out of power while in the wilderness. Or my car either. So that’s where Impecca’s Powerit Portable Jump Start and Power Supply Kit comes to the rescue.
Don’t be misled — this isn’t some compact weightless battery charger — it’s over 2 lbs and demands respect because it commands 16,500 mAh of power. It’s as much an emergency kit as a sensible addition to one’s travel toolkit — thank a built-in LED light for that that has an auto-SOS sequence built in. Obviously you charge it up before it’s going to be needed — the power adapter is included. Other obvious bits are that there’s an LED gauge to show how much power it’s got to work with and outputs to use with portables for juicing them up (with an adapter with varied tips to use, depending on the device). And from holding it, there’s enough “heft” to see that it can stand some abuse, although it’s not designed to get wet or dropped on rocks.
Now unlike some of those wimpy “high-tech” car jump kit products, the Powerit expects you to attach clamps to the battery of the vehicle that’s doing poorly. And yes Powerit includes these clamps as well as other accessories that will come in handy. Do you need to know what you’re doing in order to jump start the vehicle with Powerit — heck yes. Should you know already what has to be done — again heck yes, because forewarned is forearmed. But yes the kit gives you instructions and there’s a carry pouch designed to carry its necessary accessories). Now as to use — it does what it says it does, once connected to the vehicle’s battery and short of keeping your eyes closed while its being used, it’s safe to use and simple to operate.
But it’s in the other use, that of charging up mobile devices, which is intriguing. As I said earlier, it’s a bit heftier than some of those mobile chargers you can carry around, but the upside is just how much juice it contains. This translates into lots of charging power so being out and about away from an AC socket doesn’t have to be a one-day affair. All this comes at a price — $159.99 retail — but if you’re looking to be ready for electricity-lacking power when traveling, and that includes the vehicle you’re in, then this will take you there and back again.