CNET First Look
PowerAll Element essential to car emergency kitsWith its 12,000mAh battery pack and 400-amp port, the PowerAll Element can jump-start just about any car and recharge smartphones and tablets, making it essential for roadside assistance.
I'm Wayne Cunningham, here, taking a look at the Powerall Element. This is essentially a lithium ion battery pack. You can use it to charge up phones and tablets or jump start a car. In this end here we have a little LED light, that's very convenient if you're trapped on the side of the road. I've got two USB ports in this end. And this is actually a 12,000 milliamp hour battery, so with it I can recharge a cell phone. I can recharge just about any smart phone a few times over and also recharge any tablet from zero to full. PowerAll includes this little cable adapter to plug into the USB. This has a lightning connector, a 30-pin connector. Those are both for iOS devices. Then a micro USB connector, too, that you can use for other devices. But now we're going to jump start this car with the Power L Element. I've unhooked the battery cables here so we're just gonna be using this to turn over the starter motor. First I've got to open up this special port on the side which has 400 amps, and will actually start up a lot of different engines. I've seen. One's a similar spec to do a V8 engine even. So we plug this little guy in here with these special battery clamp adapters. Now these I'm gonna hook onto the battery cable to the car. First the positive. [MUSIC] Now the negative. This thing is turned on. Jason, can you start the car? And there we go. Car starts right up, this thing is to keep it in your car, it can save you if you get stuck on the side of the road, a little flashlight will help out, this thing cost about $150 list price, you could probably find it cheaper online