Micro-Start is the world's smallest jump box. It is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, but it will easily jump-start your vehicle's engine and do it multiple times on a single charge. This seems incredible and hard for your brain to accept, so be sure to prove it to yourself when you receive your Micro-Start.
John did just that when he got his own Micro-Start. He disconnected the battery from his Range Rover and hooked up the Micro-Start. John jump-started his Range Rover 10 different times.
The only reason John stopped at 10 jumps was because he got tired of waiting for the jumper cables to cool between jumps. The Micro-Start's jumper cables get hot because of the high current flow through the cables during a jump-start.
Even after 10 jumps, John's Micro-Start XP-1 displayed three out of five bars, meaning it had about half a charge remaining for even more jumps if John wanted.
This is incredible performance for a unit that weighs less than a pound and fits in the palm of your hand. Furthermore, the lithium battery can hold a charge for up to a year. If you like, you can charge the Micro-Start, leave it in your car, and pretty much forget about it until you need a jump. Or, you can carry the Micro-Start and use it frequently to charge your portable electronics. There is no single way to use the Micro-Start.
If all of this seems too good to be true, do some research. Ask around. Everyone else who has tested the Micro-Start or owns a Micro-Start has obtained the same results. Jump-starting a vehicle multiple times is child's play for the Micro-Start. Photo by Dirt Wheels Magazine.
No matter how good your battery is, you can run out of power some day. This is true even if you have dual batteries and a battery management system. We have seen these battery-management systems malfunction many times. Furthermore, many vehicles don't have the room for dual batteries. The Disco2 is an example. The Odyssey PC2150 shown above has about double the cranking amps and reserve of the factory Disco2 battery. It is pretty much the maximum amount of battery available for a Disco2. There is no room for a second battery. But with a Micro-Start in the glovebox, there is no need for a second battery. A Micro-Start (any model) is also much easier, lighter, and cheaper than a second battery with a battery management system or even just a second battery.
What if your offroading is on a motorbike and you have no room for a second battery? The Micro-Start is small enough to fit into your luggage or in the dead space under your saddle. The Micro-Start will also charge your phone when you are away from a power plug for several days.
The most frequently asked question about the Engel Freezer Fridge is whether it will drain a battery overnight. It won't. But some people like to camp for multiple days in one spot. In that case, the Engel might deplete the battery. Camp any which way you like and have a Micro-Start handy to jump-start the car if necessary. It's that easy. Whatever you do, don't go without a fridge. The fridge changes everything. Photo by Jack Quinlan.
Some people are all into the solar security blankets. Whenever they park their vehicles, they tuck in their trucks. It's pretty funny to watch. A Micro-Start is far smaller, cheaper, lighter, and more convenient than these security blankets. The Micro-Start is also more effective, because solar doesn't work at night when a good amount of power drain happens from lighting.
Hella Worklamps drain a lot of power and can drain the battery if the worklamps are left on for long periods of time. However, cooking in the dark is no fun. With the Micro-Start in your glovebox or center console, run these worklamps as long as you want without hesitation or fear. If your battery is dead in the morning, just jump-start your truck with a Micro-Start. Having a Micro-Start with you will change the way you fourwheel.
There are three different Micro-Starts available at this time that pertain to the offroader or camper. The XP-10 is considerably larger and heavier than the other models, but has much greater cranking power and reserve. The XP-1 and XP-3 are identical in cranking power and reserve, but the XP-1 will power and charge many more types of electronic devices than the the XP-3 (which is based around USB devices). All three have flashlights and may be charged on 110v AC or 12v DC. All three will easily jump-start standard automobiles or anything smaller (like motorcycles).
The XP-10 has the cranking power to jump-start diesel engines. The battery is flat on this LJ78 Land Cruiser because too many electronic devices were left running during the night.
That's just not a problem when you have a Micro-Start with you. Just hook up the Micro-Start,
and start your engine as you usually would. Even diesel engines are not a problem when you have the XP-10.
The XP-10 measures 9" x 3.5" x 1.3". The XP-1 measures 6" x 2.8" x 1". The XP-3 measures 5" x 2.8" x 1". The photo above also gives some scale to familiar objects.
Above are the respective weights of the XP-10, XP-1, and XP-3.
All three Micro-Starts come standard with 110v AC and 12v DC recharging cords for charging at home or in the car.
The primary difference between the XP-1 and XP-3 is what portable electronic devices they will power and recharge. The XP-1 will power and charge a variety of different electronic devices while the XP-3 is limited to USB devices.
The XP-1 has a 19v laptop output, 5v USB output, 12v output, and the EC5 jumper cable output.
The XP-3 has only the 5v USB output and the EC5 jumper cable output. That's it, and the long side of the XP-3 is clean.
The XP-10 has a 19v laptop output, two 5v USB outputs, 12v output, and jumper cable output.
Because the XP-1 has such a wide variety of powering options, it comes standard with a wide variety of power plugs.
The black cable fits the 19v laptop output and will accept different tips to fit various laptop power plugs.
Try the XP-1 cord and tips on your existing equipment and you might be surprised just what the XP-1 will replace. What a mess.
In addition to the black cord and adapters, the XP-1 comes standard with the 4-Into-1 USB Cable, which will accept fit pretty much anything using the 5v USB standard.
The USB input plugs into the XP-1's USB output port.
The 4-Into-1's four different output plugs are Micro USB, Mini USB, Apple 30 Pin, and Apple Lightning Connector. Anything that fits these plugs may be powered or charged on the Micro-Start.
To keep all of these bits organized, the XP-1 comes with a carry case.
The XP-1's carry case features dual zippers and a lanyard strap.
The XP-3 comes like this, with 110v and 12v chargers, jumper cables, USB cables, and compact carry case. The XP-3 has only two forms of outputs: (1) jumper cables with EC5 connector; and (2) USB. Therefore, the XP-3 is either for jump-starting your vehicle or charging your USB devices. If you require other PC laptop charging, get the XP-1. Remember that the XP-3 has the same cranking power and reserve as the XP-1. The primary difference between the two units is the type of outputs.
Like the XP-1, the XP-3 comes with a carry case.
The USB cable plugs into the XP-3's 5v USB output,
and your electronic devices recharge when plugged into the XP-3. If you are the type of person with iPhone, iPad, iEtc. and carry them with you wherever you go, then the XP-3 will be very suitable for you.
This includes the latest Apple products that use the Lightning Connector.
The XP-10 does everything the XP-1 will do and has the same power connectors for laptop and USB. The XP-10 also has considerably more cranking power and reserve than the XP-1 and XP-3. The penalty with the XP-10 is size and weight.
The XP-10's carry case is basically a magnum version of the XP-1's carry case.
If you are are having trouble deciding among the XP-10, XP-1, and XP-3, try to think of the XP-3 as a jump-starter that will also power USB devices. The XP-1 has the same cranking power and reserve as the XP-3, but will also power laptops and other electronic devices in addition to USB items. The XP-10 is identical in concept to the XP-1 and will power the same devices as the XP-1 will, but the XP-10 is considerably more powerful and will jump-start diesel engines.
If you want to carry around your Micro-Start without the jumper cables, Antigravity Batteries also makes the Micro-Start Harness Kit to hard-mount onto your battery's terminals.
The Micro-Start Harness Kit is 12" in length. One end bolts to your battery terminals and the other end has the same blue EC5 connector that the Micro-Start XP-1 and XP-3 jumper cables have. (The XPHK is not compatible with the XP-10 because the jump-start connector is different on the XP-10.)
The blue EC5 connector plugs right into your Micro-Start XP-1 or XP-3.
Just connect your Micro-Start XP-1 or XP-3 to the blue EC5 connector whenever you want to jump-start your vehicle. If you don't want to carry the jumper cables with you, this works out quite well. Remember, this configuration is for jump-starting your vehicle. This configuration is not for charging your Micro-Start. If you want to charge your Micro-Start, use the provided charging plugs and charge your Micro-Start through its charging input. Do not use the jump-starting output to charge the Micro-Start.
The Micro-Start Harness Kit is for vehicle batteries with threaded post (rather than tapered lead) terminals.
The Micro-Start Harness Kit will fit threaded posts up to 5/16" and M8 in size.
Also included with the Micro-Start Harness Kit is a Battery Tender style connector that connects to most trickle chargers and battery tenders.
If you don't drive your vehicle on a regular basis and use a trickle charger or Battery Tender to prevent the battery from going flat, the Micro-Start Harness Kit works as both a jumper lead and a trickle-charger lead.