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.
We had problems finding it at traditional Uniden retailers so you may have to
What is the
Uniden UPP 1000?
A big 10,000mAh (37Wh) Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Alligator clips for 12V battery jump
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
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
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.
the 5V/2.1A wall charger (not PD) or the utility plug charger takes about 10-12
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.
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.
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.
the consistency of the power delivery while it was charging, and it was clean
meaning you can charge and use at the same time.
recharge a typical device 3000-5000mAh between two and three times.
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.
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.
Now one caveat. The Uniden UPP 1000 is a jump starter and assumes that the existing in-car battery is functional. It cannot start a vehicle without the battery in place.
It is a single 5V LED equivalent to a 25W incandescent bulb. It produces around 500-lumen in a narrow beam out to about 3 metres.
GadgetGuy’s take – the Uniden UPP 1000 is a great for peace of mind
It is well made, well priced, a water-proof jump starter and supports USB-C and PD 2.0 charging. It’s a perfect gift for a motorist, boatie, camper or more.
And for the ideal geek gift try Uniden’s IPP 80S solar battery power bank – GadgetGuy review here.