TOPDON JS3000 Jump Starter for Trucks and Larger Vehicles
With an almost limitless set of options, finding the right alternative to jumper cables for your vehicle seems like a daunting task. If you have a larger gas or diesel vehicle, the TOPDON JS3000 portable jump starter might prove worthy. The JumpSurge3000 certainly has the specs—with 3000 peak cranking amps and 24000 mAh (88.8Wh) of battery capacity. It can jump-start your car battery up to an astounding 45 times on a single charge. So, yeah, you might finally be able to toss those jumper cables.
What’s the Big Deal in the JumpSurge3000?
Most vehicle jumpstarters carry enough capacity and power to jump-start smaller passenger vehicles. The TOPDON JS3000 portable jump starter provides enough power for larger trucks. It has the capacity to easily start a 9L gas or 7L diesel engine. That covers a Chevy Silverado 3500 HD with a 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 or a Ford F-350 Super Duty with a 6.7L High Output Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel.
You can tell you’re dealing with something a bit different just from the size of this jump starter. It measures roughly 10.5 x 5 x 2.5 inches. That’s larger than most jump starters we’ve tested to date.
If you don’t attach jumper cables correctly, you can damage the battery, the cables, or even cause more serious issues. The TOPDON JS3000 portable jump starter makes it easy by including electronics that warn you if you have anything mixed up.
Using the TOPDON JS3000 Portable Jump Starter
The TOPDON JS3000 Portable Jump Starter works in normal mode by simply powering on the unit and connecting the color-coded clamps to the battery. The clamps feature nice copper inserts and they’re really thin. That matters for batteries that don’t give you lots of room around the terminals like those found in my F-150 battery.
If your battery lacks sufficient voltage (you don’t see a green light) you can press and hold the Boost button. That feeds power through the jumper cables and lets you jumpstart almost any drained or dead battery. Additional protections exist to disable the jump starter if it detects reversed polarity.
There’s no LCD screen on this unit. I actually like that. Like a tool battery, four green LEDs tell you the charge state of the unit. Plus, since it operates off a set of lithium-polymer batteries, you get to keep using it until it drains almost completely. It also handles cold weather well according to TOPDON. They rate it to -4 and 140F° (-20 and 60°C).
LED lighting options include a 400-lumen flashlight that also has a strobe light and SOS mode. The light illuminates brightly enough for changing tires or simply using it as needed. Just to give you an example of the battery capacity of the JS3000, a fully-charged unit can run the flashlight for more than 30 hours!
We love that many manufacturers have started including zippered hard cases. The one for the TOPDON JS3000 jump starter holds the unit, alligator clamps, and all of its accessories in its two-sided case. As an added bonus, I’ve had the case under the back seat of my truck for weeks and it seems no worse for wear.
TOPDON did something unusual with the JumpSurge3000 as well, integrating both an extendible hanging hook (presumably for when using the LED light) and a metal stand. The hook extends easily, however, the stand requires a screwdriver or similar tool to open it up…unless you have the fingertips of a rock climber.
Connectivity and Power Bank Features
The JS3000 also serves as a portable 24000mAh power bank. It includes 2 USB QC 3.0 ports (3A and 2A), a 16.8V DC port, and a Type-C PD45W bi-directional charging port. That port supports 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, or 20V/2.25A and provides fast charging for devices that support PD protocol, such as laptops, cell phones, and more.
Pricing & Availability
Amazon sells the TOPDON JS3000 Portable Jump Starter (JumpSurge3000) for around $189. TOPDON offers 1 year of quality assurance, a 30-day free refund period, and a lifetime of free technical support. They also offer something called TOPDON Care+, an extended warranty plan that includes 12 months of free replacement and lifetime hotline technical support.
TOPDON JS3000 Portable Jump Starter Specs
- Model: TOPDON JS3000 (JumpSurge3000)
- Output: 3000A Peak
- Capacity: 24000mAh (88.8Wh)
- Battery: Lithium polymer
- Engine Compatibility: Up to 9L gas or 7L diesel
- LED Lighting Modes: 400L LED flashlight, strobe, SOS signal lights
- Intelligent jump clamps with integrated protection
- Hanging hook and integrated stand
- Power Output: Two USB-A output ports (one 5V/9V quick charging ports), USB-C input/output, 12V
- Includes: battery jump starter, jumper clamps, USB-C cable, zippered hardshell case
- Price: $189