Price (RRP): $199
The Uniden UPP 1000 waterproof jump start kit is like a portable medical kit – only for your car, 4WD, boat or campervan.
In fact, the Uniden UPP 1000 will jump-start a 5/7-litre diesel/petrol engine, and is packaged in what is best described as a zippered medical kit pack that would fit unobtrusively in most wheel-wells or boot crannies.
We took the Uniden UPP 1000 for a test drive and discovered more hidden talents as a USB-C PD power bank.
Uniden UPP 1000 jump start kit
Price: $199. We had problems finding it at traditional Uniden retailers so you may have to order it.
What is the Uniden UPP 1000?
- A big 10,000mAh (37Wh) Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
- IP67 waterproof
- Alligator clips for 12V battery jump start
- USB-C PD input/output port for charging the battery and for powering PD devices
- Micro-USB input port for charging
- 2 x USB-A output ports
- LED flashlight
- USB 5V/2.1A (10.5W) walk charger
- 12V utility plug 5V/2A (10W) charger
- Cables – USB-A to USB-C, USB-A to micro-USB, USB-A to mini-USB
- Zippered carry case 20 x 14 x 7cm and gross weight 1kg
The 10,000mAh battery accepts USB-C PD charging, e.g. 5V/3A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A (18W). Charge time depends on the third-party charger you use but expect around 6-7 hours.
Charge with the 5V/2.1A wall charger (not PD) or the utility plug charger takes about 10-12 hours.
The battery will lose about 20% of a full ‘resting’ charge annually, and Uniden recommends a quarterly top-up. It has a very high 1000 full recharge cycle, so it is useful for other things than jump-starting.
Four LEDs indicate remaining power.
USB-C PD 2.0 output
The huge difference between this and earlier models is the USB-C PD 2.0 support. It is a useful power bank as well.
The USB-C Port will fast-charge or power PD 2.0 compatible devices. It is rated for 18W delivery so it will power larger iPads, Android tablets as well as smartphones.
We tested the consistency of the power delivery while it was charging, and it was clean meaning you can charge and use at the same time.
It should recharge a typical device 3000-5000mAh between two and three times.
Interestingly the two USB-A ports also deliver 5V/3A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A if you attach a PD device or are smart enough to charge from any non-PD device. As it can provide 3A, you can expect a faster charge if the device supports it.
The 12V port/cables/discharge capacitor delivers a peak output of 1000A and start current of 500A. Let’s just say that when using it in this manner you probably have two-to-three starts in it before recharge.