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NOCO Genius UltraSafe Battery Charger and Maintainer Review

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Review of the NOCO Genius UltraSafe Battery Charger and Maintainer


Randy: Hey guys, it's Randy here at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at The NOCO Boost XL. Now this is a lithium ion battery pack, it's designed to deliver up to 1500 amps of jumpstart power. You are going to have two very nice high-quality alligator clips designed to connect to your battery and then jump you when you get in those tougher situations. There's also a nice storage bag that comes with it. Keep everything all in one place, and you're going to have a charger.

The thing I really like about this, it uses a regular micro USB charger, you can plug it into your 12 Volt outlet inside the vehicle, charge it up, that way once you're done using it or you can also plug that into a standard wall charger, it'll charge off of a half amp, one amp or 2.1 amp charger.Of course, the lower amperage you put into it the longer it's going to take it to charge. That's all going to happen here on the end, there is our USB end so we'll simply plug that in, charge it up. You can also charge whatever type of electronic that you want. See, we've got our USB out here so we can plug our charger cable directly into that, charge up our iPads, tablets, phones or just about anything else that uses a USB micro, type C, the newer type, the lightening cables, just about any of them are going to work, you plug them in there as long as they have that USB outlet. There's something else that I really like about this that we don't generally get out of one of the really heavy jump boxes that we have to pack around or out of jumper cables.

There's a lot of safety, NOCO designs their products with accidents in mind.Things are going to happen, maybe you hook the cables up the wrong way. If you do that with jumper cables, you're going to be melting something on one side or the other. If you do that with a jump box, it's just the damn battery that you're clamping on there, it has no idea that those are reversed so it's going to send out power. This does, it recognizes it immediately and it's going to quit sending out that power so you're not going to have to worry about any accidents. Also, even with it turned on the two cables that come with it, these are spark free cables.

So you can touch the two of them together nothing happens, no spark, no issue, it recognizes that it's made connection to itself and it doesn't send out the power. If you spark a couple of jumper cables together and touch a couple of jumper cables together you get a lot of sparks, the same with the jump box.So I like that that's all built in here, uses a lithium ion battery and working with customers, they've mentioned leaving these things in their car for four or five months, battery goes dead and they bring it out, clip it on and it works great. I definitely think this is going to be an awesome thing, it's such a small, compact thing. You can throw it underneath your seat. You can throw it in your trunk, whatever you might have and really get you out of a tight spot.

We also have a couple lights on here and we'll go through what those mean right now. We only have one here that looks like a snowflake, that indicates to you that the charger is too cold so we need to get it warmed up or that our boost pack is too cold. The thermometer here with the plus arrow, that means it's too hot.So if we leave this out in direct sun and it gets too hot, it doesn't want to discharge itself until it gets to a more stable temperature. And then we've got the diamond there with the exclamation point, that's a reverse polarity indicator. You can see by hooking those two together, it triggers that to indicate we've got a problem we need the handle. Now the other one we'll take a look at once we have it hooked up to our battery that's going to be our boost light. So of course, when connecting these red goes to red, black goes to black.Once these LEDs start moving forward it's ready to go. Now it's going to look just the same, if we reverse these you notice no sparking no issues, immediately it indicates, hey, we got a problem get it sorted out. That white light. So we get it connected properly and it's ready to send out that power, ready to send out that charge. We do have one button right here, red one with the exclamation point, that puts it in an override mode. Right now this is 800 cold cranking amp battery, we've got it down to about four volts, so it's very well discharged. If it gets below two volts, this doesn't want to deal with it, it doesn't want to try to jump that. So what you can do, if you need to override that, you're going to hold that button down.You see, we start to get that flashing light, that indicates to us that regardless of our battery condition, even if it is under two volts, it's still going to try to start it. The thing to remember when you put it in that mode, if you touch the clamps together, they're going to spark. If you hook it up backwards on your battery, you're going to have negative results from that. It overrides all of those safety features by putting it in that mode, so I would use that as your last stitch situation. Last effort that we're going to do, override it and get our jump on. Now we're going to go just back to normal mode, hit our button there, white light comes on, trickles through. And this one's little brother started the Jeep when it was at about six volts so I don't think this one will have any problem at all with this, starting it down at four volts.Keep in mind the rule of thumb, this is going to be for many applications, just about any type of vehicle as long as we're under the seven liter gas engine size which is a significant engine, the seven liter engine or under 4.5 liter diesel. So that's going to be smaller diesels, your Ford Super Duties, your Chevy Duramaxe's, things like that. Those are generally over, 6.9, 6.7, 7.0, 7.2 this isn't designed for that. If that's what you're looking for, I'd go with the 150 model. That 150 model delivers 4,000 amps and it will be plenty to get those bigger trucks up and running.Right. See what it does here Yeah, perfect, started right up. Once our vehicle is running, we'll just shut the jump pack off, remove our cables and we can get this thing stored away until we need it next time. Another thing I think really sets this one apart from a lot of the other ones out there, it's actually in the cable here. The clamps are very high quality, a lot attention to them there. And you see they're thinner, so in the tougher spots we can get in there. But it's a silicone wrap cable rather than being a rubber wrap cable, that's just going to help this stay a lot more flexible and malleable so we can get these on the right angle without having to fight them or without them trying to pull back off. In some situations, your battery is going to be hard to get to, maybe it's tucked in and underneath the seat, like in the sprinter vans or maybe it's back in the trunk where it's a little bit tougher.Maybe you're going to be using it on a utility tractor side-by-side where it's tucked in and under something and these clamps just won't get there. What they have is an option it has eyelets, two, three, eight eyelets that you can put on your battery and leave it attached. Then when you do have that issue, where it's time to jump you're just going to take this out there, plug it into the eyelets already connected to your battery, turn it on and fire it up. Gives you good flexibility there, you can put that on three or four or five different rigs if you have battery issues with them or if they sit for extended periods of time before you use them. And this could just be your handy thing, walk out there, jump it. You're not trying to stretch extension cords and charge batteries, you're not carrying a big, heavy jump box. Pretty convenient and pretty handy.We also have a work light built-in here, it has several different functions, we've got full power, 50% power, 10% power, we've got SOS flash and we've got strobe. So the way you do that, you hit the button once to turn your light on, it's always going to go to 100% power and within three seconds, you hit it again it's going to switch to that next one. So we'll turn it on, go to medium, go to 10%, we can go to our SOS. We can go to the flash there or we can go into strobe mode. Now, if you don't press the button for three seconds it's going to stay in that same mode, and the next time you hit it it'll go off. So if we're in highlight and we let it stay on for more than three seconds, hit the button, it automatically goes off.Let's keep that in mind, I don't think this is going to be a spotlight you'll be able to see 100 yards with or anything, but I do think it would do a good job of at least lighting up the area so you can make your connections. It's on the same side where our cables are, so if you turn that on you'll be able to get your clips connected even if it is dark outside. I like the convenience of the storage bag, it's going to keep everything together so we don't have to look for it, but it also has a nice compact size. And going in the glove box here, Jeeps, their glove boxes aren't all that big. Got some stuff in there, but we lay it in there, just tuck it in. See it closes up pretty nicely, we could just as easily stick that under one of the seats, stick it in a tool box. One of the starch storage compartments on the side-by-side and it'll always be there when we need it, which I find incredibly handy.


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