The test winners: jump-start power banks for motorcycles - and cars

Jump-start power banks especially for motorcycles

After seeing a lot of feedback recently on my Experience report on a car jump starter power bank I wanted to write something on the subject of jump-start power banks for motorbikes. I just take various tests as an opportunity to create a meaningful article from them.

Don't feel like reading a lot? Here is the recommendation!

There is some background knowledge in the article that could be helpful for one or the other person. However, if you just want to quickly buy a good start-up power bank for your car or motorcycle, you will find my current recommendation here:

The NOCO Boost Plus GB40 is a good and inexpensive all-rounder for gasoline, diesel cars and motorcycles (Photo: Amazon).

The NOCO Boost Plus GB40 is a good and inexpensive all-rounder for gasoline, diesel cars and motorcycles (Photo: Amazon).

Test winner no longer available

The test winners listed below are unfortunately no longer on the market, which is why I recommend the NOCO devices. This is a personal recommendation as I already have one Charger from NOCO that is very easy to use and works reliably. The build quality is also decent, so I think NOCO's start-up power banks will be no exception.

Are there differences between power banks for cars and motorcycles?

From a technical point of view there are no differences, apart from the fact that a motorcycle starter naturally requires less peak current than one in a car. In addition to the current strength, which can be taken for a short time, the manufacturers often also specify the cubic capacity of a gasoline or diesel engine that can be started with the corresponding jump starter power bank.

The following variants can be found, for example, in the product texts:

  • 400 A for 4,0 L petrol engines
  • 800 A for 8,0 L petrol or 5,0 L diesel engines
  • 1000 A for 6,0 L petrol or 3,0 L diesel engines
  • 1200 A for 7,5 L petrol or 5,5 L diesel engines
  • 1500 A for 7,0 L petrol or 4,5 L diesel engines
  • 2000 A for 8,0 L petrol or 6,0 L diesel engines
  • 4000 A for up to 10 L petrol or diesel engines

The assessment of the maximum size of the motor vehicle's displacement is an assessment of the manufacturer. The manufacturers proceed differently here. Some are very aggressive with the classification and probably go to the limit of their power bank, while others rate the assessment from the safe side.

If the motorcycle needs jump start, there are special power banks (Photo: StockSnap / Pixabay)

If the motorcycle needs jump start, there are special power banks (Photo: StockSnap / Pixabay)

No protective circuit: total failures in the test of the "motorcycle"

I read a test report from the Motorrad-Zeitung, in which the testers also checked whether the power banks had built in a protective circuit against a short circuit. These products attracted attention because they did not have a built-in protection circuit against reverse polarity or short circuit:

  • APA mini lithium
  • BC Booster K1200
  • Revolt 5in1 notebook power bank
  • Performance jump starter PJS 8000
  • Loadchamp energy station LC8-ES
  • IXS Jump Starter SKF8000-12

That's the smallest problem you can have. If the lithium battery is short-circuited, it can also quickly lead to an explosion and subsequent fire. For this reason, when buying it, make sure that the device has an appropriate protective circuit to protect itself from overheating.

Amazingly, only a few jump start devices have a protection circuit against reverse polarity and short circuit (Photo: StockSnap / Pixabay).

Amazingly, only a few jump start devices have a protection circuit against reverse polarity and short circuit (Photo: StockSnap / Pixabay).

Test winner with reverse polarity protection (no longer available!)

The test of the "motorcycle" is from 2016 and already a few years old. For this reason, I only looked at the best-placed devices and checked whether these models are still available or whether there are successors with better features.

The following products, which are currently still available, were well rated in the test:

  • Einhell CC-JS 8 (no longer available)
  • Dino power pack 400-12V (no longer available)

Both start-up power banks are equipped with reverse polarity protection and offer a maximum current of 400 amperes and are therefore suitable for motorcycles. In return, they have the advantage that they are relatively small and hardly matter when traveling.

Users who are looking for a power bank that can also start their diesel car should use jump-start power banks with 600 A and more.

The Dino power pack 400-12V has won two tests and is currently one of the best rated jump start power banks with a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings on Amazon.

The Dino power pack 400-12V has won two tests and is currently one of the best rated jump start power banks with a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings on Amazon.

1. Recommendation Dino power pack

The Dino power pack 12V-400A is a device that has been voted test winner several times in tests: once in the "Motorrad" magazine and once in the automobile magazine "Auto Straßenverkehr". For this reason, the start-up devices from Dino should also come first for me.

In contrast to the start-up power banks from Einhell, the power bank from Dino Kraftpaket is only available in the 400A version. You have a 600A model with a different design and housing in your range, but it has only received mixed ratings and would not fit here as a recommendation.

But what should be recommended is the model that won the two tests:

  • Dino power pack 12V-400A (no longer available)
The old model CC JS 8 performed well in the test. In the meantime, however, Einhell has the new CE-JS model series on the market (Photo: Amazon).

The old model CC JS 8 performed well in the test. In the meantime, however, Einhell has the new CE-JS model series on the market (Photo: Amazon).

2. Recommendation Einhell start-up power banks

As the successor to the CC-JS series, Einhell now offers the following devices, which have revised electronics and thus better battery performance:

  • Einhell CE-JS 8 (400 A for petrol up to 3 L displacement)
  • Einhell CE-JS 12 (400 A for petrol up to 4 L and diesel up to 2 L displacement)
  • Einhell CE-JS 18 (600 A for petrol up to 8 L and diesel up to 5 L displacement)

The Einhell CE-JS 8 and CE-JS 12 both have a peak current of 400 A, but the built-in battery cells have more capacity in the larger model. Basically, the smallest model (CE-JS 8) is sufficient for motorcycles - it can even start cars with small gasoline engines.

Is stronger the same as better?

Basically, you can say that you won't go wrong by buying the more powerful models. The only disadvantage that this brings into the house is the larger construction and the higher weight, which may be an aspect if you like to travel on motorcycles with small luggage.

My Roav Jump Starter Pro jump starter has brought my VW Bus (TDi) back to life several times. It should definitely be enough for motorcycles (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

My Roav Jump Starter Pro jump starter has brought my VW Bus (TDi) back to life several times. It should definitely be enough for motorcycles (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

I have a jump start device with 1000 A (Roav Jump Starter Pro) and even that is still relatively small and looks like a larger power bank. For this reason, I would tend towards a more powerful device, but that is ultimately a matter of taste, because even the 400 A jump-start power banks were able to start a Bulldog with a weak battery in the motorcycle magazine test.

My recommendation for particularly difficult cases

The following recommendation is certainly not intended for pure motorcyclists, but rather for people who may also have a car with a larger diesel engine or even a tractor at home that occasionally has starting problems in winter.

In addition to the Boost Pro HD150, Noco also has smaller models at the start that are also suitable for motorcycles. Reverse polarity and short circuit protection are of course included.

In addition to the Boost Pro HD150, Noco also has smaller models at the start that are also suitable for motorcycles. Reverse polarity and short circuit protection are of course included.

So if you can't have "enough" power, you should take a look at the Noco Boost HD150 Throw with 4000 amps peak current. This even creates diesel engines with a capacity of up to 10 liters and should therefore cover most of what private individuals have in their garage.

For motorcycles this is Noco GB20 with 400 amps the right choice. Of course, even with the smallest model, you get all the safety circuits that make incorrect use virtually impossible.

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