A few days ago I shared on instagram stories about this Tacklife Jump Starter I was adding to my truck bag. The amount of inquires about that particular jump starter, and people not knowing those were a thing was crazy… so I wanted to dive deeper into the Tacklife T8 800 Peak Jump Starter, and why you need to have at least one Jump Starter in each of your vehicles. We were packing up from The Found Cottage Mercantile, and a few people had dead car batteries, and I left my one and only (at the time) jump starter in the Liz’s Jeep. So when I got home I wanted to ensure I had one in each of my vehicles, and that is where this Tacklife T8 jumps in… (see what I did there).
First, a quick story!
So literally the same day I shared that jump starter on my stories, Liz and I went to get our new family addition, the 1971 Airstream! If you don’t know what I am talking about, head over to Liz’s blog (here) to read all about it. To cut right to the part about this jump starter, we were getting the quick run down from her great uncle, all about the airstream… where things go, how things work and so forth. The last step, was to hook it up to the truck and check the exterior lights, because we would be driving home in the dark and it hasn’t been driven a whole lot in the past 5 or so years.
Hook everything up, and there are a majority of exterior running lights, and all of the crucial brake and turn signals are working, we are ready to ride. Where we were picking it up form, was a few doors down from Liz’s parents cottage. So once her great aunt and uncle handed over the keys and title we headed back over for the cottage for dinner and a little family time before we headed 40 minutes south on the first tow home.
Dinner and family time came to a quick end, and we headed back to our new camper. Threw the keys in the truck and tic-tic-tic… dead battery! Then the audible, looks like a light was left on in the bathroom… yes, we left a light on during our tour and I left it plugged into the truck. The airstream has been stored and the batteries that go to the camper have been removed, so the only source of power was my truck battery (lesson no.1 learned).
With a fresh charge on my Tacklife T8 800 Peak Jump Starter, we were about to put it to a quick trail run. I pulled it out of its carrying case, hooked up the jumper cable attachment, placed it on the battery and followed the charging instructions. Within 30 seconds, truck was running and I was tucking the Jump Starter back in its carrying case. It leterally took me longer to find the lever to detach the hood and lift it up, than it took to charge the truck.
Why you NEED a Jump Starter
While my Airstream story is harmless, and kind of funny… I cannot tell you how I tell everyone that means something to me, that they NEED a Jump Starter in their car, especially with a Michigan winter around the corner. For my example, I just had to get to my truck bag, pop the hood, and I was ready to go… I didn’t need to find jumper cables, find someone that has a vehicle nearby, go get the vehicle and park it within reach… you get the point. This is a one person job, and a third of the time. A good Northern winter takes a toll on your car batteries, and the real-real cold can zap them overnight. Having a jump starter with you, when nobody else is around is more than convenient, it could be life saving! Okay, I’ll hop down my soap box, I think y’all get the importance by now… let’s talk about what I like about this Tacklife T8.
Tacklife T8 800 Peak Jump Starter
The main items that I like about this jump starter over my older one is that amount of starts if can do off of a single charge. The Tacklife T8 800 Peak Jump Starter states it can jump the average car, van, and truck up to 30 times. This compares to my old one that has six jumps off of a full charge… granted my truck wasn’t terribly dead, one jump took my charge from 100 to 97 percent. Now both of my chargers do offer usb plugs for phone charging, this one has multiple charging ports, so two phone can be charged, another potential lifesaving feature.
I also like that the user friendly layout of the battery cable plug… it lets you know when its ready to charge. My other one will beep at you after you try to jump, and you have to disconnect it and reconnect it again to do another jump, and if I didn’t fully read the manual I would struggle with using it. The flashlight is quite powerful that is attached to the T8, completely lighting up any space you are working in. I am not sure how that effects the overall use of power within the Jump Starter. Lastly the rugged exterior of the T8 accompanied with a floating compass. I wouldn’t want to intentionally drop it, but it feel like it would handle a drop much better than my other one. The other one looks similar to the large phone power banks, and it appears to have a slim chance at surviving any fall from any height.
Overall I think that you need at least one Jump Starter in each of your vehicles, regardless of make and mode of the Jump Starterl. I truly think this Tacklife T8 800 Peak Jump Starter is a great deal at $80.00 for 30 charges. I think you should buy this for self and give it as gifts. I would much rather have it in the car and never use it, then need it on a cold an snowy day, waiting for a tow truck or friend to dive to me… I hope this helps and I hope you enjoyed this quick review. Let me know if you have any questions or recommend any other Jump Starters. As always… Give Grace and have a great day!