Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sharon great quality
love it, has just the right features, quality product
February 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mastadruma The perfect helper in an emergency or for many other day to day needs
I received my new Speedway Powerstation 7-in-1 Emergency unit. Such a small device, I was pretty blown away by all the features it has for being in such a compact housing. It works right out of the box! No crazy installation, battery install, nada...just fully functioning within seconds of opening it. It is super rugged and built with care. The front panel has a very bright flashlight that can change from a solid beam to a blinking strobe. There is a power switch to change between the USB charging jack and the 12 volt "cigarette style" charger. You'll also find the charging indicator light. Turning it to the left, you'll find Jumper cables and the recessed on/off switch to activate them. This is a very key feature since you don't want these to randomly come on. Turning again, you'll find the manual rip cord to power the unit in the event that the internal battery is dead. I love that it has a USB jack. The day that I opened it, I was able to charge my iphone while I was working outside. This unit has everything you might need in a moment of emergency need or just to save you when you're in need of helping a stranger. You'll need to pull this cord for a minimum of 3 minutes to get a good charge value. The final side is the air compressor. You can use this to inflate tires, sports equipment, and bike tires. The kit comes with a wall and car charge cable kit, as well as a very complex manual. I love love love this! I will keep it in my car and buy another one for my garage.
March 31, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JamesC Easy to use. Lots of features. Bright LED lamp. Nice design. Does what I need.
The power station is crafted of thick, durable, black and high-visibility red-orange plastic, and is thoughtfully designed with a place to store the inflator hose and 2-foot charger cables when not in use. The grips of the charger cables are smaller than what I’m used to, but the springs are tight, ensuring they stay firmly attached and don’t slip off the battery terminals during use. The handle at top is comfortable and sturdy, and features a rubberized plastic non-slip grip. An assortment of nozzles are included, for inflating items such as air mattresses, rafts, footballs or soccer balls. I received the Speedway with a full charge, but if necessary, the internal battery can be recharged using the included A/C power adapter or universal 12V vehicle cigarette lighter power adapter. The Speedway is comparable in size to a car battery, which is an ideal size for storage in an SUV or trunk. The operating instructions contain a number of useful illustrations with written text in English and Spanish. Plugs on the USB port and the 12V charger help ensure that water doesn’t get to the internals. The forward-facing portion of Speedway features a 5-LED light with an emergency flasher function that is actually bright enough to be useful. The inflator will produce up to 260 PSI, but the compressor is VERY noisy. I added a few pounds of air to one of my vehicle’s tires. It took longer to inflate than I expected, but was easier than inflating with a hand pump. We took the Speedway on a short road trip, plugging my son's iPod into the USB port. We also charged a cell phone. The Speedway worked perfectly, powering both devices for the duration of the trip, including the return drive. The Speedway features built-in overload, short circuit and thermal protection ensure it doesn’t suffer damage from improper connections or use, which is a nice feature given that I've personally destroyed more than one battery charger by placing the cables on the wrong terminals. My daughter is a new driver and keeps the Speedway in her car for emergencies. I worry about her car breaking down, so her having the Speedway gives me piece of mind knowing that she’s not totally without the means to jump start a dead battery or charge her cell phone to call for assistance. Excellent device.
March 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sryan Gift for my son.
I ordered this for my son, he loves it! Makes a great gift.
January 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mmielke Great to have
This 7-in-1 powerstation emergency inflator has been a great purchase thus far. I leave it in my vehicle at all times just in case I need it. It makes me feel safer and I know I will have it if I ever need it. It doesn't take up too much space, it looks cool and it's just a great product to have. This would be perfect for teens, roadtrips and/or camping.
November 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sarah Awesome Product
This powerstation, in addition to having enough energy to jump start your car, has an air pump, an LED flashlight and USB power outlet. We haven't needed to jump start the car yet, but we have used the air pump.While the air pump does take awhile, it's completely sufficient to top off all four tires or inflate a single flat tire. It charges easily by plugging into a standard wall outlet and holds charge well. If the unit is uncharged there is a hand crank that can generate enough energy to jump start a car in three minutes. All in all it's a great product. I feel much more at ease knowing I have this in my car for an emergency situation.
March 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by james life saver
I have used it to jump my car, and help a neighbor with a flat tire... I may just cancel my AAA membership.
August 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by LEDEngineer Works OK but with caveats
First thing, I tested the jump starting feature by leaving the lights on my second car until the engine would not start - the starter just clicked. I connected the Powerstation, and left it connected as recommended... that's the important part. I waited 5 minutes, and then I was able to start my engine. My car is in good shape, which helped, and I only had to crank it for about 2 seconds before it started.
The light is useful enough to change a tire or provide light for other repairs. It's only about 20 lumens, but it runs a long time. I left it on for 72 hours straight, no problems. The flasher/strobe is the same brightness, I think they could have at least made it flash brighter. At about 300 feet in 'city' darkness, it was enough to catch my attention; you would want to point this into traffic when on the side of the road, changing a tire, etc.
The compressor is very loud - I measured over 90db at 1 yard. It is also slow to inflate. It took 15 minutes to get a 245-40/18 tire from 'flat' to barely driveable, and another 15 to inflate it to recommended pressure. The fact that it does not have a power cord, but runs off the battery, would not be good if you had a flat and the battery was discharged. The good part is that you can reach any tire since it is cordless.
I used the 12v port to run my laptop charger, and the USB to charge my smartphone. Both worked fine. Recharging on AC took forever, over 24 hours. I did not test recharging with the DC charger. I could not get the pull charger to work. I pulled for the recommended 3 minutes, it did nothing. I'm not sure how 3 minutes of charging is possible, when it takes 8 hours on DC and 24 hours AC.
This unit uses a standard lead-acid gel cell for a power source. These batteries are not designed for high current, so your car battery has to be in decent shape for a jump start it. Lead acid batteries self-discharge at about 5 - 10% per month, so it needs to be charged regularly. Operation is simple, it would be easy to use without instructions. I would not rely solely on this for an emergency, but I would definitely carry this in the trunk.
March 9, 2015