Jump Starter Reviews

PowerGo Jump Starter

PowerGo Jump Starter

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“This may be my best purchase of 2014”

Verified Owner

 


 

Premium Jumpstart “No Recoil” cables
Charge laptops tablets smartphones
LED Flashlight and SOS Signal
Largest capacity Lithium Ion
Ultraportable

 


The PowerGo Jump starter is an ultra compact travel jump starter that doubles up as a phone and laptop charger. It comes with unique safety cables designed to prevent current from flowing back to the charger after the vehicle has started. It’s priced around the same as other lithium ion jump starters, with similar specifications. Unfortunately there are a few issues that have led to this particular jump starter performing the poorest in our customer satisfaction survey, see below for more on this.

For more information on the manufacturer of this model see our Chromo Inc page.

Still have questions? Leave them in the comments box at the foot of the review and we’ll post a helpful response!


 PowerGo Jump Starter Level of Customer Satisfaction

We’ve analysed every PowerGo customer review we could find and collated the statistics into the following chart so you can see at a glance how the PowerGo is rated by actual verified owners. These reviews were collected from large online retailers and totalled over over 100 individual reviews from actual verified PowerGo owners.

powergo customer satisfaction

If you have browsed our other Lithium Ion Jump Starters, you will probably recognize quite quickly that the customer satisfaction for the PowerGo is noticeably less impressive than other alternatives.  With almost 20% of customers unhappy with their PowerGo purchase, there is something very wrong with this jump starter – and we reveal those issues later in this review.


 What’s Special about the PowerGo Jump Starter?

So, apart from a poor customer satisfaction rating, what makes the PowerGo “special”?

There are actually three redeeming features that make this jump starter stick out amongst the competition. The first is the manufacturers claim that they include the safest jump start leads used in lithium ion jump starters. This is thanks to a safety feature that will prevent power flowing back to the charger once the engine has started. Chromo Inc. call this feature “No Recoil”.

The second feature that makes this a stand out jump starter is that is boasts the highest capacity battery, with 13,800 mAh. This exceeds even our favorite’s capacity, the PowerAll!

Finally, although other jump starters will charge gadgets and accessories, and will even come with a range of adaptors, the PowerGo comes with a wide range of laptop adaptors such as we have not seen with other jump starters.

 


 Who the PowerGo is Perfect For

Considering the large range of laptop adapters, this particular jump starter will be a favorite of anyone who travels a lot and is fed up with their laptop running out of charge!

The safety feature may also be a draw for the more safety conscious motorist looking for maximum protection.


 PowerGo Features

  • 400 Amp Peak Current
    • Same power as a conventional battery powered jump starter!
  • 13,800 mAh
    • Enough amperage for up to 20 jump starts on one charge
  • Weight : 2.4 pounds
    • Slightly heavier than other similar jump starters, but still incredibly light.
  • Dimensions 10.5 x 7.5 x 2.6 inches
    • Slightly larger than other lithium ion starters
  • Charge time of 3-4 hours
    • Fast charging, so always ready for action!
  • Bright LED light with SOS Flash
    • Handles just like a torch thanks to handy size.
  • “No Recoil” cables
    • Unique Safety Feature
  • Multiple gadget charge adapters included
    • 7 laptop adapters, iPhone cables included (Both types)
  • 8 Jumpstarts 
    • Capable of up to 8 jump starts on a single charge
  • Zippered carrying case
    • Keeps it safe and tidy

 


 

PowerGo Images

 


 

What we liked about the PowerGo

  • “No Recoil” cables – great safety feature
  • Lots of laptop adaptors
  • Above average battery capacity

 


PowerGo jump starter laptop adapters

PowerGo jump starter laptop adapters


 

Caution

As stated above, this particular jump starter has some poor customer feedback, in fact possible the worst customer rating we have seen for a lithium ion jump starter – and the reason became clear when we started investigating the reason for this. Please read the results of our investigation in reliability issues with this jump starter below.

  • The PowerGo has a limited warranty of only 30 days, compared to the Brightech Scorpion which has a 3 year warranty.
  • There are reports of the PowerGo melting and leaking during use
  • Reports of the battery swelling and bursting the case. This can be due to the type of battery used, as these are Li-Polymer batteries which can be known to swell.
  • There are many reports that the PowerGo will not hold a charge and therefore fails when you most need it

 


PowerGo Demo Movie Clip


 

Tips and Questions for the PowerGo

The PowerGo uses a 3 cell lithium polymer battery, similar to the one shown below.lithium polymer battery

 

This will charge the laptop battery but will not work as a power supply.
No, there are eight laptop chargers but these may not fit all makes. For example a number of Dell Latitude laptops and HP laptops may not operate with the PowerGo

powergo laptop adapters


 

Conclusion

Although we like the fact that the PowerGo comes with a suite of laptop adaptors, and that they have provided safety jump start cables, there is no escaping the number of issues users have had with the PowerGo. Either it does not hold a charge, or there is a danger of it swelling and becoming hot. For that reason we find it difficult to recommend this jump starter.


 

Two Alternative Jump Starters to Consider

For a similar lithium ion jump starter that does not suffer with the safety concerns of the PowerGo take a look at the PowerAll.

For a more powerful conventional jump starter see the Clore JNC660


 

Customer Reviews around the web for the PowerGo

Steve Verified Owner
Product is pretty amazing however I can’t seem to get the SOS lights to work properly and there is no adapter that fits my laptop.
Kevin Verified Owner
I’m pretty impressed because it not only can jump a car, but it’ll power just about any device you have all while being able to fit in your glove box!

Kelly Verified Owner
I put this thing on a jumper it was a small car and it started smoking and it melted the plastic case

Epix Verified Owner
Bought this just under a year ago and while it’s size is nice it really struggles to start my vehicles

 

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the warnings, I’ll be giving this one a miss!

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