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V1200 Small Versatile Battery Jump Pack
I own several motorized vehicles that use batteries, which, from time to time, need a little boost from sitting unused over the winter. Here in the Northeast, our lawnmowers, boats, and generators sit for a long time without use, and the batteries that power these machines lose their charge. I like to keep the idle batteries on trickle chargers while waiting for spring to arrive, but it sometimes slips my mind, and I end up with a dead or very low-charged battery.
I needed a battery jump pack, but I didn't want anything too bulky or heavy. I needed a lightweight jump pack that stored easily and could charge my cell phone and laptop in emergencies at a reasonable price point. It's convenient to use a lightweight jump pack to get things going quickly. Battery chargers are great if you have the time to wait or have an outlet close by, but that's not always the case.
The TOPDON V1200 fit the bill for what I was looking for, so I started some research. I started scanning through the customer comments to find any issues that I want to avoid. The V1200 didn't have a lot of reviews, but the ones that were there were all positive, and the price point was where I wanted to be.
Jumpstarting a Completely Dead Battery
It's not generally a good idea to jump a completely dead battery. The overload could cause internal damage, as it says in the battery's owner's manual, and void the warranty. Nevertheless, jumping a very low or dead battery was what I needed from this jump pack. The battery in my Honda lawn tractor had been sitting for over eight years, and I wanted to know if the engine would turn over.
I put the V1200 through the test and it passed with flying colors. The V1200 turned over the engine about 14 times with no problems before it discharged.
For comparison, I have two other battery chargers, and both have boost features for jumpstarting dead batteries, but neither one plugged into an AC wall outlet would jumpstart the dead battery. Once the V1200 jump pack discharged, I connected the smaller of my two battery chargers, and it wouldn't turn the engine over, so I broke out the big charger and placed its dial on boost. Neither of my old chargers would jumpstart the tractor with the dead battery.
So the V1200 is powerful enough to jumpstart an engine with a completely dead battery, which tells me the cranking amps of this little jump pack are within the manufacturer's specs.
Jumpstarting a Half-Dead Battery on a Honda Generator
My Honda generator had been sitting for about eight months since I last used it, the battery had a deficient charge and would not crank the engine over, the starter would only click (see the video). The V1200 had no problem cranking over this engine as well, and now all I needed to do was let the generator idle for a few hours to charge the battery. Nevertheless, this story has a sad ending; the trickle charge would not bring the Honda generator battery back to life and I had to replace it.
Good Customer Service for a V1200 Charging Issue
When I first received the V1200, it came partially charged, as I expected. I plugged it in until its charge was complete. I immediately noticed that the micro charging port was very loose, and the jump pack was not charging correctly. I contacted customer service and explained the issue and also sent a video of the problem. They explained that they had no other complaints about this issue and stated that they would send me a new one right away.
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The new one arrived in a few days, and as expected, the charging port was a tight fit, and it had no problems charging. The customer service at TOPDON is top-notch, and I will have no problems buying their products in the future.
I've had to deal with some companies whose customer service was horrible. Contacting them was impossible, or they would never call you back. Good customer service is the backbone of a trustworthy company, so when you find companies that have it, stick with them.
TOPDON Battery Jump Pack Pros and Cons
- Powerful LED flashlight
- Smart cables to avoid improper connectivity
- Powerful enough to jump several batteries on one charge
- Able to charge USB devices like cell phones and laptops
- 10 safeguard features
- Lithium Polymer batteries 12800mAh-1200A
- Strong battery clamps
- Two-year warranty
- Low price point
- If the engine doesn't start on the first try, the smart cable needs to be disconnected and re-connected.
- Charging port connection problem (but immediately corrected by customer support, no questions asked).
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TOPDON V1200 Comfort and Handling
Another feature I like about this jump pack is the silicone shell. Compared to some other battery jump packs with a hard plastic shell, this one is soft silicone, which is easy to grip and is slip-resistant. The silicone shell also provides covers for every port on the jump pack and creates a barrier that stops water and debris from entering and damaging the jump pack.
The V1200 will be a great addition to my collection of tools, and because it's lightweight, small, and easy to hold onto with its non-slip shell, it will be one of those accessories I carry with me while hiking, boating, and biking to be safe. Knowing I have a backup battery supply stuffed in my carry bag or backpack, I'll have the freedom to listen to my music longer and take more videos and pictures without the worry of my boat battery, camera, or cell phone dying.
If you have any questions about this powerful mini battery jump pack, leave them in the comment box below, and I will get back to you with an answer.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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