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LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, January 23, 2019

Last Updated: Mon, February 4, 2019

A North Carolina startup that specializes in lithium battery technology is giving big-rig truck drivers the same portable jump-start capability enjoyed by car and light truck drivers.

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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