Some of you may not know that my husband Cody is an avid racer of off road toys. In support of his hobby I do my best as his “go-to pit girl” : ) The role covers anything and everything it takes to get him and the machines race ready and offer support during the race for anything he may need in the pits. This can include anything from tools, compressed air, holding a flashlight while he turns the spanners, jumping off a dead battery for him or another racer, or making sure our camera gear/electronics are fully charged. This cool tool from Husky has helped out in that area with this compressor/Jumpstart box and I’d like to share the details with you.
The Home Depot provided me with this 8-in-1 Power Source / Jumpbox product to use and abuse then share my thoughts on it. After a few months of use, here are some of the highlights I’ve learned about it.
All of the things I mentioned above can be handled with this unit; Airing up tires, jump starting batteries, charging phones and electronics, providing a small work light, and even recharging the built in battery of the jumpbox with the generator cord – pretty clever.
Although it can air up a dirt bike tire in less than a minute, the dirt bike tire only runs on about 12 psi so it doesn’t provide much of a gage for how well it works on something like a truck or trailer tire. Well just the other day I had a flat on our trailer and this thing came to mind. This compressor took 4 minutes of solid run time to air a 10 ply trailer tire from 5 psi to 80 psi. The compressor unit has an analog gage that is easy to read and displays both metric and standard units.
Fortunately the only time I’ve needed the jump start was for jumping off the tractor after Cody left the key on all night long. Lol. I’ve jumped off plenty of vehicles with cables before but I’m honestly not a fan of keeping up with the cable orientation between vehicles, having to have two vehicles placed nose to nose, and all the other stuff you get to avoid when you use a jump box. This unit made the jumpstart procedure super easy; just connect red to red and black to black, turn the unit on and bang – it does the trick.
The USB, 12V, and 120 VAC outlets work exactly as they should. I’ve used the usb outlet several times to charge camera batteries as well as my phone while we are out in the woods without an electrical outlet. The 120 VAC outlet is rated at 140 watts or 1.2 amps of continuous duty. I haven’t needed to lean too heavily on the 120 VAC outlet too much but it certainly works well for charging a small rechargeable flash light I have.
The last thing worth sharing is the sneaky charging generator which is built into the back of the machine. If you find your self in a pinch and are not any where near a charging cord for the internal battery, you can feverishly yank on the charging chord and through some sort of electro-mechanical magic, charge the internal battery….simply genius : )
This product works well in several different scenarios; whether your in the pits, on the property, or stuck on the side of the road, having an all in one jump-starter/compressor unit is money well spent. Since getting this one we’ve decided to purchase 2 more to keep in the other vehicles in the “side-of-the-road” bag we keep in each vehicle. Good fortune favors the prepared : )
I appreciate you stopping by to learn more about this. If you’re interested in learning more about this product feel free to use this link or one of the links from above. This review was provided in support of the ProSpective Campaign sponsored by The Home Depot. They supply the tool and I supply an opinion. The links in this review are affiliate links and provide a small kick-back to the website which helps to keep the wheel turning. Regardless, I genuinely appreciate your support.