Weego packs serious power in small package with its Jump Starter 44

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We don’t review a lot of gadgets here on Hooniverse. That’s not because we don’t enjoy them, but because we don’t see a ton that make sense for you, the reader, to learn about. Today is a bit different though, because I got a chance to take an up close look at a new portable power pack from a company called Weego. This just might be one that you end up storing in your own trunk or garage.
It’s called the Weego Jump Starter 44 and it’s the latest in a line of pint-sized power packs that can do far more than you might expect of such an accessory. The folks at Weego swung by Casa de HoonTruck to show my all about it.
Click past the break to learn more about this diminutive provider of the delicious electrons that your car (and tons of other gear) desire.

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At it’s most basic level, the Weego Jump Starter 44 is a battery pack. It uses a Lithium-polymer battery with a rating 41 Watt-hours, and it can handle up to 1,000 charging cycles. Those cycles will take you three hours to get it from empty back to full, and the whole thing weighs just 1.5 pounds.
Now, I said that it was a battery pack at its most basic level. It’s got a whole lot more going on than just that, as you’ll notice those jumper cables that come as part of the standard packaging. Weego calls these Smarty Clamps because they’re pretty much impossible to use incorrectly. Yes, I know you’re all jump starting professionals, but not everyone out there can make the same claim. In fact, I’ve chatted with a few people who find the idea of hooking those trusty clamps up to an imposing car battery because they fear they’ll do something wrong. The Smarty Clamps don’t spark, detect the connection to make sure it’s correct, and protect against power surges.
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I assume, at this point, that you’re thinking that the Weego 44 can’t jump anything larger than a Vespa. Well, Weego testing says this little guy can jump a gas engine as large as 6.4-liters. A diesel engine can go as high as 3.2-liters. That covers a ton of engine sizes, as I know most of you out there aren’t packing away C6 Z06s in your garage. Some of you are… and Weego has larger battery packs for you.
The battery pack also has a flashlight on one end that is rated to throw 500 lumens by way of a pair of LEDs on one end. There’s a port to connect a USB cable, and the pack also has ports for some potentially invaluable accessory connectors. Weego offers a 12V DC adapter and a SAE 12V DC Adapter. There’s an OBDII accessory that will let you store all of your electronic presets while you unhook your car battery for under-hood work or when it’s time to swap it completely. Those last three are optional extras.
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With regards to that flashlight mode, there’s a lanyard and hook that come in the standard kit. You can use these to hang the pack from the hood of your car if you need some extra light. It’s bright… I know because I shined it in my face like a complete idiot.
This is a pretty tough and durable unit that impressed me when I picked it up and played with it. Weego says you can leave a fully charged Jump Starter 44 stored and it will only lose 2% of that charge per month, which means you’ll have a ready-to-go unit for quite some time. Considering lots of us drive less than reliable vehicles here, this thing is nearly a no-brainer and deserves a spot in a glove box, under a seat, or anywhere else you have room in your ride.
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It’s not cheap, but it’s not insanely expensive either. The retail price is $149.99, and Weego is taking pre-orders of the Jump Starter 44 right now. We’ll be getting our hands on a unit soon to test it a bit more thoroughly… might be time to run down the battery a bit* in the HoonTruck and see how well it handles those 5.8-liters.
 
*Of course, we can’t let it run down all the way as no jump starter brings you completely back from a battery that is now in the underworld.

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  1. CraigSu Avatar
    CraigSu

    That’s a sweet looking lunchbox they threw in with the kit. Does it come with a Weego thermos as well?

    1. Weego Avatar
      Weego

      Thanks! It doesn’t, but that’s a great idea!

  2. Dave Wills Avatar
    Dave Wills

    As with all of these wonderful website/twitter/toolshop goodies from ‘Merica, just a shame that we can never get hold of them at a reasonable price here in the UK. Either they inflate the prices during conversion to ££ sterling, or the shipping costs are prohibitive.

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      It’s OK, I’m sure Aldi will have something just as good* in store soon.

    2. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      It’s mutual. Try buying Waxoil in Kansas City.

  3. fede Avatar
    fede

    it looks really good!, do you know if it can be used for 6 volt cars?

    1. NapoleonSolo Avatar
      NapoleonSolo

      Logically, if both cables deliver 12 volts, a single cable would get you your 6 volts.

      1. fede Avatar
        fede

        electricity is kind of black magic to me… I always assumed both cables had to be used for chargers and the like.

        1. NapoleonSolo Avatar
          NapoleonSolo

          Just to be safe, I’ll have to confess I was pulling your leg. What I said was logical, but not true. 😉

          1. fede Avatar
            fede

            hahaha, as I said, black magic! 🙂

          2. Weego Avatar
            Weego

            We do not recommend using this for a 6V battery. It will produce too much power for the 6V and could cause a safety issue. Sorry about that.Let us know if you have any other questions.

          3. fede Avatar
            fede

            thanks for the answer!

          4. Vairship Avatar
            Vairship

            You just have to get a pair of scissors and cut each electron in half as it passes through!

  4. Lokki Avatar
    Lokki

    I met a guy who was building a pretty serious Lotus Elise as a toy. He was using something similar to this in place of a car battery to save weight. He said he had to plug in the car now and then to recharge the thing, but -hey- everyone’s doing that these days.
    I was intrigued. I wouldn’t mind losing the weight of a battery from my old Alfa Spider…

    1. cronn Avatar
      cronn

      You can get lithium car batteries that are insanely light these days. They work much the same way as this, but they’re actually designed to replace a normal car battery.

    2. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      I’m at the point that I’d like my battery to lose the weight of my old Alfa Spider.

      1. Lokki Avatar
        Lokki

        Allf
        Oh you say that but you don’t really mean that. You just need a nicer example; you know ALFA stands for Always Looking For Another, right? The next one will be perfect and handle like a dream…. Honest.
        Here’s my latest coming off the transporter three days ago.
        Edit – see post below.

          1. Alff Avatar
            Alff

            Oh, I quite like that. Prugna is a lovely color. Fresh rockers?

          2. Lokki Avatar
            Lokki

            No, actually just the reflection of the aluminum ramp in the paint. They’re not raw steel or chrome, although from this picture, I can understand why you would think that. Here’s another shot, although noting your attention to detail, I’ll mention that the hood is unlatched for access to the battery disconnect. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20ecf8747a1573664d8e306e453cbbf26cb2ee4e8e2cb5bc9be7fdcbf5bd05b9.jpg Oh, and pay no attention to the palm prints on the nose; they were wiped off as so as I saw them in this picture

          3. Alff Avatar
            Alff

            Very pretty. ’74?

          4. Lokki Avatar
            Lokki

            71 with a 1750, and SPICA. She’s a California car that had a rotisserie restoration back in 1998. Side markers removed… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24815ddc506bbb9ee1fa58e09fad10d74d2dd20beff1f6bc6609135700b513ac.jpg

      2. Vairship Avatar
        Vairship

        Park it out in the rain, and that will happen automatically!

        1. Alff Avatar
          Alff

          Lack of rust may be the only thing this POS has going for it.

  5. Lokki Avatar
    Lokki

    Oh, you say that , but you don’t really mean that – you know what Alfa means to us…. Always Looking For Another….
    Face it. You’re addicted. You just need a better example. The next one will be perfect and handle like a dream
    Here’s my latest- fresh off the transporter https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20ecf8747a1573664d8e306e453cbbf26cb2ee4e8e2cb5bc9be7fdcbf5bd05b9.jpg

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