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Review of the NOCO Genius Boost Sport Jump Starter


Hey guys, Randy here at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the NOCO Genius Starter Pack. This is their Boost Sport. It's going to deliver 400 cranking amps for power to help get your battery charged back up or not charged back up, but at least get your vehicle started so you can get back on the road. And it uses a lithium-ion battery. It comes in a very small, compact size.

So let's pull it out of here, take a look at it, go over some of the features and tell you what I think.When pulling it out, you see it's a nice small, compact size. This is the GB20. You can see 400 amps there. It's a 12 volt system. Basically, we've got our 12 volt out here on this end.

That's where we can plug our cables into. These cables are going to be good and long as far as normal battery situations, being able to get from the positive to the negative there. We'll plug in right there on the side, nice secure fit. And then at that point once it's hooked to your battery, you're just going to turn it on and it'll be ready to jump you.On the other end, we've got a USB and that's how we charge it. Charging cable is also going to be included.

See right there, we can just plug that into a . It can be a half amp, it can be a one amp, or it can be a 2.1 amp charger. Of course, the lower the amperage, the longer it's going to take to charge back to full, and then your USB will just plug in right there to get it charged up. So any standard phone charger, tablet charger, is going to work out fine.Then we've got a USB out. That's going to allow us to, if we want to use the same cable, plug it in there and then charge up any of our devices.

Any cable can go in there as long as it's a USB type and it's going to put out 2.1 amps of charge. So even your iPads and tablets and things like that, this is going to give you plenty of amperage to be sure that they get charged properly. I like that it's sealed up. All the caps are going to go in there and seal everything up when it's not in use.And overall with it being a lithium-ion, you know they put a lot of power in a pretty small package there. This is going to be good. I've worked with customers with this a few different times for a couple of different jump starts, three, four jump starts off the same charge or charging several phones up at the same time, charging a couple of tablets up without having to worry about draining it down. And this can be charged while you're in your vehicle. A lot of people say if you're an Overlander, if you like to go off-road, UTVs, ATVs, things like that, with this being so small and so compact, we can keep it with us, have it on hand at all times. But then if we use it, we can plug it into a 12 volt outlet just through a phone charger or something like that and get it recharging. So while our vehicle is running, while our battery is being recharged, this can also be recharged. So if we need it again, it's readily available.To help ensure that nothing goes wrong, there's a polarity protection here. So if we have this hooked up the wrong way, it's not going to be an issue. It's just not going to work. We'll have to reverse them. And also, if you happen to click the two alligator clips together, there's no sparks. We'll show you that when we use it on the battery here in the Jeep that we've got dead. It's really safe. That's what the biggest benefit to this is, I think is that safety factor. That pretty much is going to allow us to do what we need to do without the hazards that typically come from trying to run cables without them touching or creating sparks and things like that.Just to go over the buttons, we have our power button here. It's going to turn it on and also turns it off. Got our light button here. We'll go over those different modes in just a second. And we've got our override. This, I don't recommend using this unless you absolutely have to. This is going to be one of those cases and it would have to be a smaller battery like a two, three, 400 amp battery, cold cranking amp battery. What you do, you're going to hold that down for three seconds. If the battery gets below two volts, the charger doesn't want to do it or the jump pack does not want to start those. So, you can hold that down. Once it's on, hold that down for three seconds. See, it gives us that flash. That means we're in that mode.But one thing to keep in mind, all the safety features when in that mode are disabled. So if we click the two clips together, they're going to spark. If we hook it up backwards on our battery, it's not going to know, it's not going to recognize. So please keep that in mind. If you're using that mode, you need to be extra careful and not do anything wrong.As far as the light goes, that's right here. We're going to have three functions on the pure light. We're going to have a high, medium, and a low. We're also going to have an SOS, we're going to have a strobe and we're just going to have a flasher. The key to get through those is you have to press the button within three seconds. So I'm going to press it once, it's going to turn it on high, and then we'll work through hitting the button about every two seconds, the different options that we have. There's medium, low. There's our SOS. There's our basic flash. And there's our strobe. We'll let that go and if we wait longer than three seconds, the next time we hit it, it just turns it off. So we hit this, the light goes off and that's regardless of what setting we're in. Say we're in our SOS flash pattern, we'll give it the time after the three seconds. Time to put it out, simply hit that button, it's going to turn off.I think this is going to be a good solution to have around and to have on hand. It's not for heavy duty applications. This is going to be lawnmowers, ATVs, UTVs, small four cylinders, small V6s, things like that. You're not going to take this out to a completely dead F-250 Super Duty and it fire up. Just doesn't have the capacity. And you probably already know that.They do make these in plenty of different types. This one happens to be the 20. They have a 50 XL, they have a I50, so there's lots of variety out there. They all share the same feature. So if you need more power if you have more demands, that's probably going to be a better option. If you're in that smaller area though, the smaller batteries, I think this is an excellent solution.Our alligator clips, we took a look at them. And as I said, I think these are good links for most batteries. But, some of the ATVs, some of the UTVs and things like that, their batteries can get in pretty weird spots. They can be covered up where maybe they're not readily accessible. So something I would recommend, if you look here on the clamps, there's a screw in there. And you can take these clamps off and use that to attach directly to your battery. That prevents you though from being able to use it on multiple rigs. So what I'd recommend, we sell this same pigtail here, it comes up and it's going to have those two eyelets on it just like what we see. So you could attach that to a problem vehicle.Maybe your, I don't know, your lawnmower has a battery up under the seat where you can't really get to it, but it tends to always be dead when you go out. So by having this on there, you can cap it off. It can live on your lawnmower. Then when you go out to use it, just take this out there with you, plug it in, turn it on, give it a few seconds, hit the key and fire it up. I think for certain situations, it's harder to get two batteries. It could be a good option for you.Another thing I like about the cables, they just don't have the plastic that goes around the outside. NOCO always seems to use the best quality products that they can. And what these are, they've got a silicone wrap on them. It helps them to stay very, very flexible, very malleable so we can get them on different angles. Even if it's really cold outside, these really don't get that hardened feel that you get out of some of the other ones.Being able to get all that power out of such a compact size is really nice. It makes for very easy storage. You can see here in the Jeep, you've got it tucked in the glove box. Even with it being about half full of other stuff, these aren't known to be the biggest glove boxes in the world. You can see it tucks in there nicely. Got to be able to store it away. This could also be stored under your seat. It could be stored in your toolbox. ATVs and UTVs, we can put those in the storage area. Really always have it on hand.Of course there's nothing better than a good old fashioned test. So, basically we've got a 4.0 liter. This is the highest size engine that they say this is going to be able to work for. We've left the lights on for quite a while now. The battery is down at about four and a half volts. So very well discharged. Let's take a look, see what happens. Of course, when using these, we want the black to go on the negative side of the battery. We want the red to go on the positive side of the battery, but it's something I think is neat. So you've got a couple of warning indicators here, so let's turn it off. We're going to connect it reverse. So I'm going to put the positive on the black, put the negative on our red. You can see right here, we've got that red LED. That's indicating that we've got a reverse polarity situation. So, it's not going to help us, it's not going to do anything for us.And also something I find really cool, unlike a lot of times when you're using a set of jumper cables, you get a lot of sparks and things like that. With these, you can see where it's connected on this side and this side, you don't have that. There is no sparking. It recognizes that there's a problem and it's going to keep that from happening. Turn it on here. You can see, no sparks, no issues. Just alleviates yet another common problem we see when it comes to using jumper cables.So we've got black on black, we've got red on red, powered on. And basically that's what you're going to see. You're going to see those lights feeding towards the battery. And then that white light that we have on right here then indicates that the boost mode is on. So let's see what happens. This is a pretty big engine with pretty low power for right now. So, see if it can start it. So the battery in here, it's an 800 cold cranking amp battery and we've got it drained well below 50%. And right off the bat, just looking without hitting the key, it would not start it. With the 400 amps of power, maybe we'll just leave it connected. In the instructions it says, if it doesn't start it the first time, leave it connected for about 30 to 45 seconds. That helps to rejuvenate the battery slightly. So we'll give it that time, give it 30, give it 45 seconds. We'll try it again and see what happens.All right. Well, that worked. I'm really surprised with as dead as this battery was, that this small of a jump pack was going to do it. I really didn't think it would, so I'm pretty impressed with it. Of course, we want to disconnect it, turn the power off. I think this is going to be a great charger for really anything below this. I mean, the Jeep's got a big starter on it. It draws a lot of power to get everything cranking with that straight six. I would put this in your small sedan, small coupe, UTVs like we've talked about, ATVs, small tractors even, lawnmowers, ATVs, things like that. Plus the additional feature, that USB out, so we can charge up all of our electronics and stuff. I think overall for as small of a package as what we've got here, it is handy as it could be, this is going to be great to have around.


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