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LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30
Last Updated: Mon, February 4, 2019
LithiumHub, founded in 2018 by engineer and scientist, Martin Koebler, announces a ground-breaking new starter battery designed to jump start a completely dead heavy duty diesel truck. This 12-volt miracle product for over-the-road truck drivers is called the Jumpbooster JP30.
Unlike the heavy cart-based batteries that could weigh 300 pounds or more, this little wonder weighs in at only 11 pounds, but can start a diesel engine up to 16 liters displacement, even without the truck's lead-acid batteries being connected.
"The Jumpbooster JP30 is the most powerful, smallest, lightest and best value lithium-ion jump starter on the market that can instantly jump start your heavy-duty diesel equipment up to 16L," says Martin Koebler, President of LithiumHub.
The secret behind this product is its high-output lithium ion batteries; which boasts 3,000 peak cranking amps, but that uses microchip technology to prevent overheating. It has a seven-year service life, providing up to 5,000 starts. In addition, it is regulated against reverse polarity, and provides low-voltage protection, short circuit overheat protection and over-discharge protection.
As does its smaller cousins that we are all familiar with, the Jumpbooster JP30 comes with a bunch of features and accessories, including two cigarette-lighter ports, two USB ports, an extra-bright LED flashlight, and built-in smart cables. While not employed in cranking over an engine with a low battery, this battery can recharge a laptop, phone, tablet or a host of other electronic devices.
The LithiumHub Jumpbooster JP30 is available for $629 at LithiumHub.com
Tips for jump-starting success with heavy-duty vehicles
Being stranded because of a low battery is no fun, especially if you are a truck driver on a time-sensitive run. It's a good practice to carry a jump starter like the Probooster featured here. But, there's more to jump-starter success than just carrying one of these things in the cab.
Equipment World offers the following tips for jump-starter success:
Buy a jump starter that is designed for the kind of vehicle that you wish to use it on. This might sound obvious, but the cold cranking amps rating is there for a reason. Make sure you have the power to crank that big diesel engine.
Jump starters are batteries, after all. Keep them charged and ready for use. Also, in extreme cold weather try to store them in a warm environment.
It's very important to find a good, strong, conductive ground for the negative cable of the booster. A heavy gauge metal portion of the chassis or engine block is best. Do not connect to a metal fuel line, carburetor or sheet metal part.
Before jump starting a low battery check the water level. Never attempt to jump start a frozen battery.
Check that battery connections are clean, tight and not corroded or worn.
On vehicles with more than one battery always connect the jump starter cables to the battery closest to the starter because the charge running through a low battery will degrade the power.
A final tip: On OTR diesels a more-successful jump will result from pre-lighting the glow plugs before cranking. To do this, connect the jump starter as usual, then return to the cab and turn the ignition switch to Accessories for 20-40 seconds. This lights the glow plugs. After returning the switch to Off, wait a couple minutes to allow the jump starter to recover. Then crank as usual.
Sources: Thomas, Equipment World
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