My neighbor works for a company called Survival Frog. When he found out I do quite a bit outdoors, he gave me some gear to test. As it would turn out, his timing was impeccable, particularly when it comes to the Pocket Jumper.
While we were talking, he asked me about different scenarios. I explained my plan and how I had backups in place in case the primary failed. He then asked what I do if the Jeep dies. I had nothing to say. I pretty much count on the Jeep starting up every time without fail. If someone were to leave a light on inside the cabin and I came out of my tent the next day to find a dead Jeep, I realized I may be in for a long walk back to civilization. That gave me pause.
He told me had something the size of a smart phone that could jumpstart my Jeep up to 20 times. I was really skeptical. I used to have one of those roadside assistance kits with a battery jumper. That thing was the size of a small briefcase. A week later at the neighborhood block party, he handed me one and said, "Just try it."
The Pocket Jumper by Survival Frog - Link to purchase
At first I wasn't sure how to test this thing. I didn't want to purposefully run the battery down. As luck would have it though, a few weeks later, my battery crapped out. It was the OEM on my 2014, so it was due. I took it to AutoZone who confirmed...I needed a new battery. What a stroke of luck! A bad battery is just what I needed! Over the course of about a week while waiting for the new battery to arrive, we ended up relying on the Pocket Jumper about 7 times. That was just off the initial charge. It fired up the Jeep perfectly every time and still shows 75-100% charge on the display. I couldn't be happier.
One thing I didn't like about it: the carrying case. It's made of felt, has these delicate little drawstrings...felt more like something to put jewelery in than something I want to throw in my go bag or keep in the storage compartment of the Jeep as I cross a river. I think I need to work out another plan for this.
Video of it in action
- Affordable ($80 right now but I've seen them on sale in the past two weeks for around the $50 range)
- Multi-use for Jeep, cell phone, GPS, etc
- The bag it comes in. I'll need to find a waterproof container to put it in or store it in the glove box which already has a bunch of stuff in it.