It’s not inexpensive, but it’s really good. I’m talking about the new Genius Boost GB30 from the Noco Company, a new jump starter for your vehicle that makes pretty much everything else on the market obsolete.
It’s $159.99 at Canadian Tire, which is a competitive price for this product based on my online search. What makes this mighty mite different from its barely luggable competition is that it uses a lightweight and compact lithium-ion battery, meaning it packs its 400 amp peak current rating into a package that weighs under a kilogram and fits in your coat pocket.
The GB30 arrives with a partial charge onboard, requiring you to complete its initial charging via the included mini-USB cable (it took less that three hours on my desktop iMac). Right away you’re dispensing with the heavy-duty three-prong adapter or extension cord needed with older style units, and the 24-hour initial charge-up that they typically require.
The USB input and output is rated at five volts, 2.1 amps, and you can use the GB30’s USB port to charge your devices. The GB30 contains enough power to jump-start up to 20 vehicles on a single charge and retains its power for up to one year. It’ll jump start any single-battery engine (car, truck, RV, motorcycle, boat) of up to 6.0L of displacement. I guess that rules out the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, but I didn’t try…
Temperature doesn’t faze the GB30. Its operating temperature is between -30 to +50 degrees Celsius. You can leave it in your car and it will function as intended regardless of the temperature. Specifically, the manufacturer states: “At either high or low temperature extremes, the GB30 will operate based on its smart chip technology as it would in moderate temperatures. In the coldest months, it may take 1-2 attempts to get the internal battery “warmed up” before it will successfully jump the battery.”
Using the GB30 under the hood is beyond simple. It features spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection. Attach the red clamp to the battery’s positive terminal and the black clamp to the negative, press the power button, a white light illuminates and you’re ready to start the car.
Connected the clamps to the wrong terminals? No problem. A red light illuminates and you can fix your error. In fact, even if you accidentally make contact between the clamps with the GB30 turned on, they won’t arc. Nothing happens at all until a battery is “sensed” by the GB30.
Furthermore, if your vehicle’s battery is completely dead (that is, it’s showing zero volts and unable to take a charge), the GB30 can actually function as a temporary replacement battery by clamping onto the battery terminal leads and starting the vehicle.
There’s a seven-mode LED flashlight onboard. One of the modes flashes SOS for those who know Morse code. And there’s a separate 12V USB charger included that you can use in your vehicle’s 12V powerpoint to charge your phone and other devices while on the move.
The Noco Genius Boost GB30 is a real advance over existing jump-starters, rendering them virtually obsolete. It started my hibernating hobby car no problem; it’s a piece of cake to use. It’s small; it’s light!
On the downside, some may prefer to charge the GB30 from an AC outlet, and for that you’ll need a USB/AC adapter (not supplied). Such devices are inexpensive and widely available, however. And a customer review at CanadianTire.com lamented the lack of a storage container, but it does come in a box that can be re-used.
This will make a great gift, starting with one for yourself.
The NOCO Company