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Old 23rd August 2018, 18:27   #1
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Default Review: Noco GB70 jump starter

This thread has been started to share my review of the Noco GB70 jump starter.

This is a US made product and it's primary aim is to jump start a car battery (even a near dead battery). It also doubles up as a power bank for all your travel needs.

Salient features:

1. It is a portable lithium-ion battery jump starter pack that delivers 2,000-amps (15,700 J3S) for jump starting a dead battery in seconds.
2. It has patented safety technology that provides spark-proof connections and reverse polarity protection making safe and easy for anyone to use.
3. It's a powerful battery booster that doubles as a portable power source for recharging USB devices, like a smartphone, tablet and more, or powering 12-volt devices, like a tire inflator, power inverter and much more.
4. It is designed for a car, boat, RV, truck and more with petrol engines up to 8 liters, and diesel engines up to 6 liters.
5. It is completely rechargeable from any USB-powered port, like a wall charger, car charger or laptop but it takes 7 hours. With XGC, you can charge directly from the vehicle's 12-volt auxiliary port and utilize its rapid charge technology to recharge 3X faster — just over 2 hours.
6. The built in 2.1A USB out port can power all of your USB devices, such as smartphones, GoPro cameras, wireless headphones, and more.
7. It has a lithium-powered LED flashlight with seven light modes, including SOS and Emergency Strobe.

Price: US$250.
Price in Singapore: S$350 (Bought mine from Singapore)
This product is available for twice the amount (in rupees) on Amazon India.
https://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?k=noco

What's In The Box:
GB70 Lithium Battery Jump Starter
XGC 12V Male Adapter
XGC 12V Female Adapter
XGC Extension Cable
Micro USB Cable
Microfiber Storage Bag
User Guide & Warranty Information

For more details visit: https://no.co

This product has been very handy for me as I am away from India at a stretch of 4 months (being a sailor) and my car lies idle. When I return, I just jump start my car using the Noco. The reason for buying this particular model (GB70) is that my car is the 3.2 Litre Ford endeavour and this model supports cars up to 6 litres (diesel).
The lower model is GB40 for diesel cars up to 3 litres. The GB40 is much lighter and portable as compared to the GB70. Most of you who plan to invest in this will have to buy the GB40.

The reason for buying this product is that it's a US product and far better than Chinese products available on Amazon.

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Having a jump starter in your car is very useful as in today's times a weak battery will not start your ECU and your car, unlike those days where you could just push the car and take a running start. It could also be helpful like in my case and if you stay in very cold places (in winters off course) and diesel engines sometimes refuse to start.
So friends, before investing in a Chinese jump starter available on Amazon, which may have more power and may be more lighter, kindly consider the NOCO.
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Thanks for sharing. NOCO also makes pretty good battery chargers which I researched online before settling on CTEK and Battery Tender.

I also read about these jump starters. While I don't doubt their utility the US$ price is a turn off. It's over 3x the price of my car battery.

I always carry jumper cables in my car. Just replacing a battery every 3 years and checking the charging system regularly should go a long way to ensure you won't get stranded.

PS - since you are in the Navy do consider buying a smart charger to maintain your car battery for e.g. the Bosch C7 at a fraction of the cost.

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There are batteries which are known to just die down in a span of 2 years and this can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. For me it's a one time investment which also serves as a power bank on my long drives in India. It can also be helpful for diesel engines in cold places.
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There are batteries which are known to just die down in a span of 2 years and this can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. For me it's a one time investment which also serves as a power bank on my long drives in India. It can also be helpful for diesel engines in cold places.
Don't get me wrong mate my father was a mariner too as are many of my relatives. That gadget is no doubt very useful and if the price were lower I'd have probably purchased one.

There are a few things you could do to ensure your car's battery remains in good order when you are sailing:

a) Disconnect the -ve terminal before you sail unless some family member can use the car every 1-2 weeks to maintain the battery.
b) If not, use a smart charger. Connect it to the battery and have your family member turn it on every 10-15 days for 2-3 days at a stretch.
c) Check the charging system at least once every 6-12 months. Buy a nice digital multi-meter and you could perform this test yourself.
d) Do a battery load test every year at a neighbourhood battery seller.
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Don't get me wrong mate my father was a mariner too as are many of my relatives. That gadget is no doubt very useful and if the price were lower I'd have probably purchased one.

There are a few things you could do to ensure your car's battery remains in good order when you are sailing:

a) Disconnect the -ve terminal before you sail unless some family member can use the car every 1-2 weeks to maintain the battery.
b) If not, use a smart charger. Connect it to the battery and have your family member turn it on every 10-15 days for 2-3 days at a stretch.
c) Check the charging system at least once every 6-12 months. Buy a nice digital multi-meter and you could perform this test yourself.
d) Do a battery load test every year at a neighbourhood battery seller.
Thanks for your valuable input. All the points that you have mentioned are valid.
I don't disconnect any terminal as that will disconnect the theft alarm.

My experience with my previous car (XUV5OO) was good, where I used the original battery for 4.5 years. At that time I never had the Noco but use to jump start the car by calling a local batterywalla. He would also check the battery and the battery would also be checked during regular servicing. Never did anything more.

The point of sharing this thread is the review of the product and not why I purchased it, although I have mentioned all the reasons.

You may do all the procedures as listed above and take good care of your battery, but there's always a chance of the battery running dead suddenly. (Some may agree some may not)

Nonetheless, this is a wonderful emergency tool to have in my car for that one unfatefull day, besides using it very 4 months for jump starting and as a power bank on my long road trips.

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Neat review, thanks for sharing! I think this one can come in handy for tourers, offroaders, medical fleets, police, defence etc. But for everyday urban folk (like me), I'd rather not go through the effort of buying, storing & maintaining one when my battery guy is not too far away. I always carry jumper cables too.
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Neat review, thanks for sharing! I think this one can come in handy for tourers, offroaders, medical fleets, police, defence etc. But for everyday urban folk (like me), I'd rather not go through the effort of buying, storing & maintaining one when my battery guy is not too far away. I always carry jumper cables too.
Your observation is pin point.

For me it solves the purpose as my drives are long in India (with family) and also solves the purpose as a power bank on my trips. Another important use for me is jump starting my car every four months when I return home from sea .
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Thanks for sharing. These products can be very useful. One thought on having to jump start your car every time after four months. If possible get a good trickle charger as it will be so much batter for the battery life. Admittedly, you won't get all the other features from a typical trickle charger. When I was away from my home country I ruined a couple of new batteries pretty quickly as I left them too long. First couple of times with a jump start they still worked fine, but in the end it ruined them. I keep all my classic and hobby car batteries on a trickle charger and haven't had to replace any yet over the last seven years.

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Thanks for sharing. These products can be very useful. One thought on having to jump start your car every time after four months. If possible get a good trickle charger as it will be so much batter for the battery life. Admittedly, you won't get all the other features from a typical trickle charger. When I was away from my home country I ruined a couple of new batteries pretty quickly as I left them too long. First couple of times with a jump start they still worked fine, but in the end it ruined them. I keep all my classic and hobby car batteries on a trickle charger and haven't had to replace any yet over the last seven years.

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Thanks.
Can you suggest a good trickle charger and how is it used.
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Thanks. Can you suggest a good trickle charger and how is it used.
On T-BHP you don't have to look far Bosch C7

Jeroen is right. If the battery isn't maintained properly it'll die a premature death.

So, as I mentioned below, have your family member turn it on every 10-15 days for a few days then switch it off. Changers have minor reverse drain but it won't be a problem. The reason I suggest this on-off schedule is chargers can malfunction when run continuously for months on end and could over/undercharge the battery.

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