Audew 10,800mAH Portable Jump Starter with USB-C & QuickCharge 3.0 Review
A few months back, I took a look at a portable jump starter that was sent to us by Audew. This was pretty decent timing because the battery in my car was giving me issues, which gave me the opportunity to test it on something that was actively causing me trouble. Since then, we’ve looked at several of their automotive products. One of the things I wished was included with the first jump starter was USB-C, so when Audew reached out to us to test out a new USB-C Jump Starter, I had one sent over.
The model I’m looking at today is the 1,000A 10,800 mAH Portable Jump Starter. Despite having a smaller battery than the first unit we reviewed, this works on much larger engines and has a higher peak amperage output. The jump starter is designed to work on gas engines up to 8 liters and diesel engines up to 7. Fully charged, the unit is supposed to be able to jump start up to 30 times.
Like the previous Audew products we’ve reviewed, the packaging is very well done and remains uniform with their other items. I have yet to run into any blister packaging from them. The Jump Starter comes in a semi-rigid nylon zipper pouch that is divided into two sections — one to hold the device and the other for the accessories. There’s a small strap on the side, just like the other model.
Inside the box is jump starter, the jump starter plug, a USB-A to USB-C cable, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and the aforementioned pouch. You’ll notice one thing that is missing: a wall charger. While I would have liked one to be included for convenience, this thing is charged through the USB-C port using a standard USB charger, which most people have several of.
On the front of the device is the power button, which activates the jump starter, displays the current charge, activates the flashlight when held down for 3 seconds, and cycles through the two other flashlight modes (on, strobing, SOS). The top has three USB ports — two type-A & one type-C — and a flashlight. One of the sides has the jump starter port and the other has a 15V 10A output. All of this is housed in a blood orange & black lightweight plastic shell.
There are two USB-A ports which are activated by connecting a device and pressing the power button. One port is 5V 2.4A and the other is a QuickCharge 3.0 port (5V, 9V, 12V). Next to those ports is a USB-C port that indicates “in/out”. As explained above, the USB-C port is for charging the jump starter, but can also be used to charge your phone or tablet. Unlike the other two USB ports, the power button does not have to be pressed to turn on the USB-C port. I was pleased to find out that it is also QuickCharge 3.0, so you can charge compatible devices fast.
The 15V 10A was throwing me for a loop. The previous device had a 12V 10A output and included a cigarette lighter socket adapter, so you could run 12V DC devices. I’m not sure what you can use 15V for, but it’s there nonetheless.
The battery on my car is brand new, so I wasn’t about to run it through the same test as last time. I also don’t have access to an 8-Liter gas or 7-Liter diesel engine. This unfortunately limits the extent of my testing to smaller engines. I was able to help a friend jump start their car without issue, though the engine is only a 2.4L. I will update this review if I can test it out on a larger engine vehicle in the future.
Testing the Battery Performance
I double checked the 15V output with my multimeter to make sure it wasn’t a misprint and confirmed it was actually outputting 15V. Since I didn’t want to push an extra 3V to the fan I have, I wanted to test the battery capacity by charging some devices. I got the jump starter down to 2/4 lights while messing around with it and I wanted to give the device a full charge, so I plugged it into a USB wall charger. It took about an hour to get it fully charged and now I was ready to test it. I started by charged a completely dead iPad 2 that I had sitting here. The iPad 2 has a 6930mAH battery inside and getting this to 100% took the jump starter down to 2/4 lights, which is roughly in line with what I was expecting. I plugged my Moto Z2 Force, which was down to 32% battery at the time, into the QuickCharge 3.0 USB-C port. “Turbo Power Connected” displayed on my screen, indicating it was fast charging, so I let it charge to 100%. The thing still had a light displaying, but I was out of devices that needed charging. Though I didn’t get the fun of running a fan until it died while monitoring everything with my multimeter, I figured this was good enough to prove the battery has enough juice to charge a smartphone and full-sized tablet.
If you are looking for a jump starter that has USB-C and QuickCharge 3.0 built-in, this is an easy recommendation. The only thing I would have liked to see included would be a wall charger. The upside is that it charges over USB, so nearly everyone has a couple extras laying around.