Not too long ago I was stuck away from home parked in a High School parking lot in Andrews, TX late at night trying to find somebody to give me a jump for my dead car battery. In the good old days people would almost flock to help you jump start your battery, but tonight at least 5 people motored right on by even though they could see I needed help! I won’t rant too much about the loss of civility these days, but I do want to tell you about a product I wished had been in my possession that lonely night in West Texas. Being in the middle of town of around 10,000 does not truly qualify as stranded, but it is still a rather helpless feeling when your wife and kids are waiting for you.
This experience made me wonder if there were products on the market that could jump start your car without depending on other drivers. Enter the Porta-Jump emergency Car Jump Starter. This bad boy comes pre-charged for 5 years and actually charges your battery through the cigarette lighter! I have not had a chance to test this convenient SWE Inc product. It sells for $40 and is rechargeable. If you have a dead battery, forty dollars is much cheaper than paying somebody to come give you a jump. Even if you have one of those emergency road assistance services, you still have to wait.