For a number of years there have been all kinds of power banks that held conventional primary or rechargeable batteries and have a SUB-A socket to allow charging cell phones. This combines that function with the additional capability to jump start a car. These new devices also typically have a flashlight function. They are packaged in a shape that's similar to a cell phone, but somewhat larger.
The first one I hears about is called Lightning Pak (official web page). They make a number of packs with different capacities (6.5, 13 & 15 AH). A friend has the small one.
The paperwork that came with is says it's 8 AH capacity.
But measuring the capacity depends very much on what load is used so I expect there will be a lot of claims about capacity that don't specify the test conditions. More on that later.
The interesting thing is that they both use the same connector for the jump starting functions and the output voltage is very close to 12 VDC. So right away I want to make an adapter cable to a Power Pole with the 45 Amp terminals using 10 AWG super flex wire.
Not sure what batteries it uses. There are similar products on eBay that have no case and no batteries, but are intended to use 6 each 18650 batteries.
I have on order (30 June 2016) one of the "Mobile Power Bank USB DC 6x18650 Battery Charger Car Jump Starter 3.6/5/6/9/12" and some 18650 unprotected batteries for it. The ad says "Car Jump Starter" but the photos do not show any EC5 connectors.
Current Capability Table
* The EL1132 is rated at 300 Watts Max.
Battery Capacity Test Table 4 Amp Load
Note the 8 Amp Hour rating this unit is advertised with did not specify the test conditions. I randomly choose 4 amps for this test.
It turns out that at 4 Amps the capacity is only 1.8 AH. A back of the envelope calculation:
at half the load current the capacity might double to 4 AH, so at 1 amp load maybe 8 AH capacity.
It makes sense the AH rating would be for the lowest current application, i.e. slow charging a cell phone ( maybe 1/2 amp).
The AH rating when jump starting might be 180 Amps & 10 seconds or 1/2 Amp Hour.
* Turned itself off.
12:14 pm back on charge. Charge LEDs still blinking at 6:30pm
The USB-A output is normally off and the button needs to be pressed to turn it on. A quick press turns on the "power on" LEDs. If there is no load the unit turns itself off after maybe 15 seconds.
Pressing and holding the button turns on the Flashlight function. Then a quick press causes fast flashing. Another quick press results in an SOS Morse code flash. Another quick press turns the unit off.
The jump start contact seem to be hot all the time. (That makes sense since switching hundreds of amps is not something that can be done in a small space.
Fig 1 Label side with USB charging cable
Fig 2 Top
Fig 3 Jump start output is 12 VDC
Fig 4 The Jump start uses the male EC5 pins so
the mating cable needs the tube terminals.
Fig 5 Jump Start Cable w/ Polarity indicating LEDs
10 AWG wire 200 deg C
Fig 6 Dual purpose cable:
1. iPhone & USB phone charging cable
2. use for charging the power bank
Fig 7 EL1132 Electronic Load & EC5-PP Cable
ElectroBoom - Learn safety by seeing mistakes
Jump Start a Car with AA Batteries - not directly, but by using 10 to 12 series connected AA cells the car battery will be charged enough after about 10 minutes to start.
Cranking a Car with Super Capacitors (Supercap) - using 6 series connected 400F super caps.
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