Dead Batteries and Flat Tires Have Met Their Match
Nov 14, 2010
Review by John Smith
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy to use, multi-purpose, durable, lightweight (compared to my old one).
Cons:More expensive than some models.
The Bottom Line: The Stanley 450 Amp Jumper with Compressor is lighter than my old jumper and comes with many great features including a compressor, flashlight and USB charger.
My last battery jumper lasted for about a half dozen years before it finally died on me. Because these units are basically batteries, they do require maintenance. Generally, that means giving them some charging time once a month. I was derelict in my duties and ended up with a dead jumper box. To replace my old unit, I purchased the Stanley 450 Amp Jumper with Compressor, which has 900 peak amps of power. There is also a slightly beefier version that runs 500/1000 amps.
Recommend this product?
I purchased the Stanley 450 Amp Jumper with Compressor for around eighty dollars. While searching the internet, I found an identical version available through Amazon for $79.00. I believe I picked mine up at either Costco or Walmart a couple of months ago. The unit is a little bit lighter than my old jumper box and has some additional features that make it attractive. With a name like Stanley behind the brand, I also trust that it will will be a durable unit (based on other Stanley tools I own).
I found out my other battery jumper box was dead when I recently got rid of my 2000 Nissan Maxima. I believe the alternator may have been shot on the car, but I needed to get it out of my driveway. My jumper box did little to help me out. I made the mistake of putting a new battery in it, while I waited to get rid of it. In the meantime, I also replaced my old jumper box with this one. It was a good thing, because the Nissan killed my new battery and needed to be jumped to move it. The box worked like a champ. Not that I expected anything less. It did what it was designed to do. However, this unit has some bonus items.
First, the Stanley 450 amp Jumper with Compressor comes with a small light attachment. The light is far from powerful, but will come in handy if you end up with a battery killed in the cold of winter and a car that has no light under the hood. Rather than trying to juggle a flashlight while you connect the jumper box, you can get enough light out of it to see your way around the battery terminals of your car to hook the device up. In other words, this isn't designed to be a 450 amp flashlight, the light is rather weak. But the light is a convenience in the event you have to jump your car in the dark and have no other immediate lighting. In my experience, cars generally need to be jumped in the dark. So the light is a nice addition.
In addition to the jumper cables and flashlight, this unit also has an air compressor with a built in PSI indicator on the back side of the unit. The hard plastic outer shell of the unit has a built in plastic pocket that houses the short compressor hose. This hose will be adequate for car and bike tires, but is designed for the entire unit to be portable. The hose itself is about a foot long. I had the opportunity to inflate my bike tires today and liked the way this device works. I have a foot pump compressor that has a mechanical PSI indicator that is clunky. This device is efficient with an easy to read display window to get your PSI just right. It is a little bit noisy but worked like a charm.
My old jumper box had the capability of charging cell phones or other devices that operate off of a car charger. I actually used it a few years ago during a power outage to keep my cell phones charged. The jumper box had enough power stored to keep my cell phones going throughout the outage. The Stanley 450 amp Jumper with Compressor comes with this feature as well as a USB charger, both concealed beneath a rubber dust cover on the front of the unit. With the new technology all moving to USB power, that is a nice feature. Hopefully I will never need to use it. It might also come in handy for camping, for those campers out there who need to stay connected. There is a push button that begins power flow to those two charging units to conserve power when it isn't needed.
Other features of this device include a reverse polarity alarm, a power level indicator and an impact resistant injection molded housing. The flashlight has a 270 degree swivel, the compressor has a 120 psi capacity and the jumper clamps are heavy duty quality. The clamps themselves wrap around the back of the unit with storage areas molded into the unit. The device is intuitive to use, multi-purpose, reasonably priced (although not necessarily inexpensive) and appears to be durably built. Overall, I would give this device four stars out of a possible five.
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