Jump pack

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Q I have al­ways car­ried jump leads and have used them on a few oc­ca­sions to help oth­ers and on my own Ford Fo­cus af­ter flat­ten­ing the bat­tery. I now have a Suzuki Vi­tara bought new a year ago and I'm look­ing to buy a booster pack as you rec­om­mended in the June 2018 is­sue. The Sealey RS13 12HV costs £96, but the more modern Sealey SL1S is £240. Which would you rec­om­mend? Mark Pash

A The Sealey RS13 12HV is a good jump pack and, if kept charged, will serve as a good stand-by unit for your Vi­tara. How­ever, the Sealey SL1S is more ver­sa­tile and can also be used via a USB lead to charge de­vices such as mo­bile phones, tablets, etc. It also has the ad­van­tages of a lithium-ion bat­tery, which holds its charge for about five times longer. Plus it's a phys­i­cally smaller unit, so it can be stored in a ve­hi­cle more eas­ily.

At present, the cost of the SL1S is £239.94. The al­ter­na­tive is, of course, road­side as­sis­tance and, at the mo­ment, the AA are of­fer­ing a year’s cover for £39.

The Sealey SL1S jump pack.

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