If you have owned a car for a few years, you have undoubtedly had more one of those days where you have gone into your car, put the key in the ignition, and heard the dreaded ‘click’ sound that signifies a dead battery. In almost all these situations, you are in a hurry and have no time to spare looking for a mechanic or a neighbor with jumper leads. This is where the Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter comes into play. This machine promises to be the answer to your problems should you end up in such a situation, and its range of features helps you do a lot more than just jump start your battery.
Stanley J5C09 Features and Functions
The Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter’s main feature is it’s jump-starting ability. This jump starter provides your battery with 500 amps of power to help your engine turn over even when it is fully dead. It will work on most vehicles including heavy-duty pickup trucks, big block V8s, motorcycles, RVs, tractors, and even some boats, meaning that you will never have to worry about lack of power if you own one of these vehicles.
The unit is very easy to use, and comes with controls that are laid out in a way that makes them so easy to understand even a child could use them. The jump starter comes with a unique safety feature that sets off an audible alarm should you connect the claps incorrectly, notifying you that you need to switch the clamps before you begin to jump start your vehicle. Should the audible alarm fail to get your attention, a visual alarm on the control surfaces.
The battery indicator LEDs allow you to gauge how much charge you have left in the battery, ensuring that you never run out of charge when you need it. Recharging the battery is also pretty easy. All it needs is for you to plug it into your car’s DC port using male-to-male DC cables, or alternatively, you could connect it to a household extension cord.
The Stanley J5C09 also comes with a host of other features, the most useful of which is the air compressor that is capable of inflating tires to pressures of about 120 PSI. The air compressor comes with a built in, backlit, PSI measure that allows you to see your tyre pressure even when you are in situations with compromised lighting. The air compressor also comes with an array of pins that enables you to inflate a range of items including sports balls and bicycle tires.
The unit comes with an LED light that rotates through 270°, giving you ample lighting in low light situations. Should you need to charge any devices; the Stanley J5C09 includes USB and A/C charging ports to help you charge everything from your smartphone or iPad to your laptop.
The unit is also very useful as a backup power source, and can be used to power lights and other household electronics for hours at a time without the need to recharge it. For instance, this unit can prove invaluable during emergency situations such as power outages, as well as during things like camping trips. If used judiciously, the unit can last for at least two nights without the need to recharge it.
The Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter is an amazing unit, however, it does have a few problems that need to be addressed. The first is the length of the cables. The jumper cables are extremely short at about 2 feet long. This brings up a couple of safety issues, as the jump starter needs to literally rest on the engine as it is being used.
The air hose is also very short, and measures just over 18 inches. This, in addition to the positioning of the hose on the unit, means that it becomes exceedingly hard to pump tires if the valve ends up in the wrong position, for example, at the top of the tire rather than the bottom. It also means that you are going to have to carry the unit around the car if you are going to pump all four tires. This may prove to be a daunting task unless you are built like a professional wrestler because the Stanley J5C09 is heavy, weighing in at 18 lbs.
Another problem with the air compressor is that the compressor valve is made of some rather cheap plastic, meaning that it breaks very easily. In fact, several units have been delivered with the plastic valve already broken, mostly due to rough handling when shipping, but it just goes to show how easy it is to break the hose and render it useless.
Despite the fact that the Stanley J5C09 is rechargeable, it does not come with a power cord to help you charge it, instead this is an accessory that you are going to have to purchase separately. Another accessory you are going to have to buy if you would like to fully exploit this unit is an extension for the air hose.
The biggest pitfall though has to be the amount of time it takes to charge the unit. When new, it is recommended that the unit be charged for no less than 24 hours before use. However, some users have stated that to gain the longest life from the Stanley J5C09, you should charge the unit for no less than 40 hours when you first purchase it. After this, should you drain the battery on the unit, you will need at least 19 hours to charge it back to full health. The fact that the battery indicator consists of only 3 LEDs means that you only get a rough estimate of the charge left on the battery, which can lead to you draining the battery unknowingly.
It is important to note that many of the pitfalls that some people encounter, such as an inability for the unit to maintain charge, or the inability for the air compressor to pump air properly, usually arise as a result of users not following the manufacturer’s instructions properly. If this is done, then the only disadvantages you should encounter are the ones listed above.
These disadvantages are insignificant compared to the advantages of having the unit, and for that reason, the Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter should be an integral part of every driver’s garage or vehicle storage compartment. And at less than $100 including the optional extras (air hose extensions etc) this unit definitely gives you more value for your money.f