SIMPLY TECH: Portable Power
by Greg Gazin
Weego goes wherever you go
We all have stories about batteries running out on smartphones, tablets, computers – and our vehicles. To the rescue is Weego Jump Starter 44. This compact gadget jumpstarts cars and boats, powers air compressors and charges all of your devices.
The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true-cranking amps – power the battery can deliver for 30 seconds at 0˚C. It’s more than enough to jump start a car, as well as a truck, a boat, ATV and motorcycles – anything with gas engines up to 7 litres(L) and diesel engines up to 3.5L with 12V lead-acid batteries.
The Weego 44 has a handy charging port for all of your standard USB-type devices, plus a 12V/10A accessory port and a 19V/3.5A laptop port – both of which require optional adapters. The 12V port can power accessories that have a cigarette lighter plug, like a lantern or an air compressor, as well as some laptops. The 19V port can charge some popular laptop models. Note: this excludes MacBook Pro, which uses Apple’s proprietary MagSafe connector. MacBook with USB-C can be powered only via the USB port.
With a 12,000mAH Li-poly battery, Weego 44 can charge devices like the iPhone 8 more than six times, or a Samsung Galaxy S9 more than four times. When depleted, Weego 44 can be fully recharged in about three hours. This can be done up to 1,000 times, and it can sit on standby for up to three years.
CAPTION: The 12V port can power accessories that have a cigarette lighter plug, like a lantern or an air compressor, as well as some laptops.
For added functionality, Weego 44 also has a handy built-in 500-lumen, dual-LED flashlight that can light the way for up to 14 hours. In case of an emergency, it also has strobe and SOS modes that will flash for up to 28 hours.
Weego 44 includes a jumper cable that is equipped with proprietary Smarty Clamps. More than a cutesy name, the clamps provide a snug grip on the battery terminals, and won’t activate until they are properly connected. This avoids sparks and possible battery damage if the clamps are inadvertently attached the wrong way. The clamp’s smart box guides you with both sight and sound. A green light with no beeps means that you’re good to go. The Smart Clamps will also shut down in the event of a power surge.
Since not all devices charge at the same rate, the Weego 44 has a Detect-O-Matic charging system, which is cleverly designed to charge your phone and tablets at the fastest possible rate.
Weego Jump Starter 44 weighs less than 1.5 pounds, and is water, dirt and dust resistant. This power companion comes with one set of Smarty Clamps, wall and car chargers, a hook and lanyard for hanging, as well as a water-resistant pouch, a manual and quick-start guide, plus a respectable 18-month warranty. Available at Walmart, Amazon and myWeego.ca.
|Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster (host and producer), and contributes to canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life magazine.|