Heavy Duty Jump Starter: Top 4 Compact Boosters 2016

Lithium Ion battery jump starters are some of the hottest automotive products.  Most are designed for standardHeavy Duty Jump Starter Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start XP-10 Full View automotive use and are not capable of starting larger engines or diesels.  That’s where a heavy duty jump starter comes in.

A Lithium Ion compact, heavy duty jump starter has all the benefits of a compact battery booster with the extra capability that it has at least 300 cold-cranking amps (CCA) especially to start larger engines.  Up until now, starting a large engine or diesel has been a job for a lead-acid battery jump starter like the popular Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter with Built-In Compressor or the Clore JNC660 Jump-N-Carry 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter.

A Lithium Ion jump starter has it all over its lead-acid heavy duty jump starter counterparts.  It’s compact and lightweight so it’s easier to store and easier to use under the hood to jumpstart your vehicle.  A Li-Ion jump starter can typically be charged and left for as much as a year without recharging while a lead-acid model may need to be recharged quarterly.

Heavy Duty Jump Starter Bolt Power G06C Portable Front ViewIn addition, a compact Lithium-Ion booster can jump start a battery as many as 30 times before it needs recharging.  The cycle-life of a Lithium-Ion battery jump starter can be as much as 400% longer than a typical lead-acid model.

Most lead-acid jump starters are only designed to start an engine and aren’t useful as a portable power supply.  On the other hand a typical Lithium Ion battery jumper has several additional features like an emergency light, 12V power port, USB ports, and an S.O.S. flashing beacon.  Believe it or not, one model of car battery jump starter even comes with an air compressor!

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Safety-wise, it is very typical that a Lithium-Ion battery jump starter will have at least some safety protections built-in such as spark-proof connections, over-current protection, short-circuit protection over-charge protection, over-discharge protection, overload protection, over-voltage protection, overheating protection, and reverse polarity protection.

Now that compact car jump starters have hit the mainstream, it’s easier to find a reliable one from a brand name that can handle heavy duty portable jump starter requirements.  If you’re wondering how to jumpstart a car, leave the cables behind and check out a compact Li-Ion battery booster.  Take a look at our list and see if one of these is the perfect model for your needs!

Heavy Duty Jump Starter: Top 5 Toughest Compact Boosters

#4 – PowerAll GOLIATH Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter – 32,000mAh – 800A – 24V Vehicles Diesel RV

Heavy Duty Jump Starter PowerAll Goliath Promotion ViewNOTE: This model is only suitable for 24V vehicles.  It is not designed for passenger cars and light trucks which typically have 12V electrical systems.

We’ve included the PowerAll GOLIATH Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter because it is truly heavy-duty and designed to start 24V vehicles like large trucks, buses, and RVs.  It’s also made by a trusted brand in portable power; PowerAll.

It outputs 800 peak amps and 900 amps of jump start current which is powerful enough to start even a large 5.7L V8 engine.  It has a huge 32,000 mAh lithium battery capacity which can be used for multiple jump starts up to 20 times or to charge portable electronics devices through its dual 5V/2.1A USB ports.  Its ultra-bright LED flashlight puts out 86 lumens of power.  Here are the main features of this 24V-only battery booster.


  • All-in-one 24V-Only portable battery jump starter with 800 peak amps of power and 800 amps of jump starting power
  • Capable of starting even large V8 engines 5.7L or diesels in transit city buses and 24V commercial trucks
  • Very large 32,000 mAh lithium-ion battery has enough juice to start vehicles up to 20 times before needing recharging
  • Standby battery life of 6 months means more time between charges
  • Equipped with dual USB ports (5V/2.1A) to charge two portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets simultaneously
  • Built-in ultra-bright LED flashlight with 86 lumens of output for up to 300 feet of bright illumination and S.O.S. signal capability
  • Included USB adapter cable comes with eight adaptor plugs to fit most major portable electronic devices
  • 2.1A USB output is optimized for tablet charging
  • Advanced current and circuit protection provides safer operation for personnel and vehicles
  • 1-Year limited warranty

#3 – MotoBatt MBJ4500 Lithium Jump Starter

Heavy Duty Jump Starter MotoBatt MBJ4500 Kit ViewWith 600 peak amps and 405 cranking amps, the MotoBatt MBJ4500 Lithium Jump Starter has plenty of power to start everything from motorsports vehicles to large cars and light duty trucks.  Its compact size and light weight make it easy to store and easy to use under the hood.  One USB 5V/2A recharging port allows you to recharge most portable electronic devices and the you will appreciate all the safety features built-in to this model.  Here are its primary features.


  • Powerful 600A peak and 405 cranking amps of power suitable for motorcycles, cars, light trucks, SUVs, and many other 12V vehicles
  • USB power port (5V/2A) provides recharging capability for USB charging compatible portable electronic devices
  • Dual, replaceable LED work lights
  • Low battery alarm warns you of low power while in storage
  • Booster cable clips provide a sparkproof connection and reverse polarity protection
  • Fully protected from overcharge, over-discharge, overheating

Compact at 5 x 2 x 7 inches and lightweight at only 1.7 lbs


  • DC in-vehicle charger
  • AC power wall charger
  • Zipper storage case

#2 – Bolt Power® G06 Portable 600 AMP Peak Car Battery Jump Starter Power Bank Charger

Heavy Duty Jump Starter Bolt Power G06C Portable Jump Starter Main ViewBolt is an up and comer brand in the compact Li-Ion battery booster space and their Bolt Power G06 Portable 600A Peak Car Battery Jump Starter, Power Bank, Charger is one of their most powerful.  Complete with a 16,500 mAh power bank and 12V/16V/19V DC power ports, it features a keyed switch voltage selector and many safety features.


  • Powerful  600A peak car battery jump starter with a large 16,500 mAh power bank and key switch-selectable 12V/16V/19V power port is compatible with cars, light to mid-size trucks, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs, SUVs, boats, and powersports vehicles
  • Can jump start a compact vehicle up to 15 times on one charging
  • 7-in-1 laptop adapters fit many brands of laptops like Acer, Asus, Samsung, HP, Compaq, Panasonic, Lenovo, and Toshiba and portable electronic devices like iPhone, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Motorola, and Sony
  • LED status indicator
  • LED emergency light has high, strobe, and S.O.S. modes
  • Built-in safety protection features include over-current protection, short circuit protection, overload protection, over-voltage protection, and over-charge protection
  • 1-Year limited manufacturers limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship

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  • Very powerful and compact
  • Jump starts even larger engines
  • Fast charging of smartphones and other electronics
  • Durable construction


  • None noted

Heavy Duty Jump Starter Bolt Power G06 Portable Review

#1 – Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-10 Multi-Function Jump Starter / Personal Power Supply

Heavy Duty Jump Starter Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start XP-10 Main ViewAntigravity Batteries is a very popular brand in the compact battery jump starter market and the Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-10 Multi-Function Jump Starter and Personal Power Supply is one of the reasons.  Unlike its other models, the XP-10 is designed to handle the starting requirements of diesel engines in addition to cars, light trucks, motorcycles, and powersports vehicles.  It also functions as a great compact power supply providing 18,000 mAh of power through two USB charging ports as well as 19V and 12V power ports.  This model has a lot of great features listed below.


  • With 600 peak amps of power, (300 cranking amps) the XP-10 is designed to handle the starting requirements of diesel cars and trucks in addition to the gasoline engines of cars, light trucks, motorcycles, and other powersports vehicles
  • Large capacity 18,000 mAh of power means more jump starts without recharging and more power for portable electronic devices
  • The XP-10 has the flexibility to charge a number of portable electronic devices through its two USB charging ports and 19V and 12V power ports
  • A built-in high-power LED flashlight also has two flash patterns including an S.O.S. flashing beacon pattern for emergencies
  • Built-in lighted battery capacity indicator operates at the push of a button
  • One of the safest compact boosters to operate, this model has built-in over-charge and over-discharge protection along with spark-proof, reverse-polarity protected detachable SMART Mini Jumper Clamps
  • The included Black Universal Cable comes with 8 different detachable tips to fit most brands of portable electronic devices like Acer, Dell, HP, Asus, and many more.
  • The included White Universal USB Cable is a 4-into-1 design capable of handling most popular 5V USB-chargeable electronics like smartphones, iPad, eReaders (Kindles), PSPs, GPS, and tablets.  Tips included are an Apple 30 pin, Apple 8 pin, micro USB, and mini USB.


  • Slim leather carrying case
  • Home charger
  • Mobile charger for plugging into vehicle power port


  • Great, lightweight tool for many applications
  • Very powerful
  • Nice safety features
  • Large battery power but very compact size


  • Jump cables could be longer

Heavy Duty Jump Starter Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start XP-10 Review

Heavy Duty Jump Starter Comparison Chart

TitleAntigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-10 Multi-Function Jump Starter / Personal Power SupplyMotoBatt MBJ4500 Lithium Jump StarterPowerAll GOLIATH Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter - 32,000mAh - 800A - 24V Vehicles Diesel RVBolt Power® G06 Portable 600 AMP Peak Car Battery Jump Starter Power Bank Charger With 16500mAh - Emergency Auto Heavy Duty Jump Starter For Truck, Van, SUV and More
Feature18,000 milliamps and up to 600 Peak Amps for massive starting capabilities
Start diesel vehicles as well as car, trucks, motorcycles, and other powersports vehicles
Specifications: 1.1 lbs. 9" long x 3.2" wide x 1.2"tall and packed in a slim-leather carry case
Includes detachable SMART mini jumper clamps with built in over charge, reverse polarity protections
Includes black universal cable with 8-different detachable tips to fit different brands of laptop charging ports (Acer, Dell, HP, Asus, and more)
Long life lithium battery technology with 5x more cycle life and 4x-5x more cranks than lead acid battery jumpers
Convenient and powerful 600 peak ampere and 405 cranking ampere in a 1.7 pounds 5 inch x 2 inch x 7 inch footprint
Spark free, contains no lead, mercury or cadmium
USB Power Supply for charging tablets, phones, mp3 players and more
Low charge warning beeper, dual LED work lights and AC and DC chargers included
Max Output 800amp jump start current
Designed to jump start a 24V battery
32000mAh portable rechargeable battery with dual USB outports to quickly charge two devices at once
2.1amp output for optimised tablet recharging
Advanced built-in current and circuit protection to ensure the safety of all your devices and vehicles
The LED emergency light has 3 modes (high, strobe and SOS)
Unique design and Compact Slim Portable Heavy Duty Jump Starter with 600 Amp Peak.
Built-in 16,500mAh power bank with 12V/16V/19V DC output, it features a key switch to choose different voltages, LED indicator showing the status, 7-in-1 laptop adapters fitting for various brands of laptops
Built-in protection features: over current protection; short circuit protection; overload protection; over-voltage protection; over-charge protection
Jump Start Compact Size Vehicle 10 to 15 times with One Charge.
WarrantyBolt Power offers 12 months manufacture warranty.
Height1.18 inch3.78 inch1.5 inch
Weight2 pound3 pound3 pound1 pound
Width3.15 inch1.57 inch3.1 inch
Length9.06 inch7.99 inch6.5 inch
Rating4.8 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars
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  1. Sommer

    Which of these is made in the US?

    Thank you!


    • Mark Ridgeway

      Hi, as far as I know none of these models are made in the USA. Even some of the American brands are purchased from China and rebranded. China got the jump on the lithium-ion jump starter revolution. Now it doesn’t even make much sense to buy jumper cables.

  2. William Ingledew

    Am interested in the XP-10 for sedan car and diesel 4×4 battery back-up.
    Where are they made and what is the warranty?

    • Mark Ridgeway

      They are made in China like almost all of the Lithium jump starters and the manufacturers warranty on the micro-starts is 1 year. -Mark

  3. Ken Lembke

    I am looking for a lithium Ion jump starter that will start a 3 litre deisel. I could have a possible market for 100 of these if I can find the right one.


    • Mark Ridgeway

      Hi Ken, the article you read about heavy-duty jump starters on our site has some good choices. Our personal favorite is the XP-10. Keep in mind that even though a lithium ion jump starter may be rated to start a diesel, the colder it gets, the tougher it gets to turn that diesel over. If you live in cold weather make sure you choose the highest cranking amps (rated to 32 degrees F) you can find. If you find any cold cranking amps specifications (rated to 0 degrees F) for a jump starter you’re considering, get the highest rating you can find and that rating will be a better indicator for cold weather operation. I hope that helps and Merry Christmas! – Mark

  4. lance kroeger

    Hi Mark,
    Did you happen to notice if any of these have a built in heater to warm the booster up to a reasonable temp, if needed before boosting your vehicle?

    • Mark Ridgeway

      Hi Lance, None of the jump starters we’ve reviewed have built-in heaters. Instead, they come with a rating for cold weather operation. Check the specifications and choose the highest cranking amps (CA) (rated to 32 degrees F) you can find. If you find any cold cranking amps (CCA) specifications (rated to 0 degrees F) for a jump starter you’re considering, get the highest amps for that rating you can find and that rating will be a better indicator for cold weather operation. I hope that helps and Merry Christmas! -Mark

  5. AndyP

    Have you done research on which has the best CCA? Need a lithium booster for ski country.

    • Mark Ridgeway

      You won’t find CCA associated with most lithium-ion boosters, possibly CA, but most likely PA. With that in mind, all of the lithium boosters should start a small to medium-sized car without a problem and probably even a small truck. A measurement of 200 CA should be sufficient for most vehicles in most cases. That’s because you don’t need a measurement that is the same as the CCA of the battery. Remember you’re just boosting the battery, you’re not replacing it. The cases where you want a powerful jump starters is for cold weather or a big engine. Diesels, large engines, and cold weather all make it difficult for the engine to crank over and put a lot of stress on the starter and battery. If that’s what you’re looking for, the jump starters on our heavy duty list should all do the job. -Mark

  6. Wendell Fitzgerald

    Does the Micro Start XP10 or other starters have a connector to charge a MacBookPro. I do not see it listed as one of the computers that can be charged with the connectors that come in the various kits.

    • Mark Ridgeway

      Wendell, your safest bet is to buy a lithium jump starter with a built-in inverter so that you can just plug the macbook in. There aren’t a lot of them, but here is one that has inverter capability. http://amzn.to/1PdhhAl Many of the lead acid models have inverters but I’m guessing that’s not what you’re looking for. -Mark

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