Jumper cables are a basic and low cost essential trail item, but what if you don't have another vehicle to jump start you?  I highly recommend a portable jump starter.  They're a back up plan FOR THE BACK UP PLAN.  


There's one brand that stands out for being durable, reliable and trusted so I'm only going to recommend the NoCo units.  You'll see many of their models below.  Basically, the more you spend, the more uses and peace of mind you will have.


**Warning** I've tried saving $30 by going with the cheaper Amazon value unit, but it wasn't dependable.  I'm not affiliated with Noco, I bought my GB40 with my own money.

PORTABLE JUMP STARTERS

Noco Boost Plus GB40

Noco Boost Plus GB40

Noco Boost Plus GB40

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$99 - 126     1000AMP

-START DEAD BATTERIES: Safely jump start a dead battery in seconds with this compact, yet powerful, 1000-amp portable lithium car battery jump starter pack - up to 20 jump starts on a single charge - and rated for gasoline engines up to 6 liters and diesel engines up to 3 liters.

-Spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection.

-Safe operation in any climate (-20ºF to 140ºF). A rugged and water-resistant enclosure rated at IP65. 

-lightweight design: 3. 2 x 1. 7 x 6. 7 inches and weighing just 2. 4 pounds.

Noco Boost XL GB50

Noco Boost Plus GB40

Noco Boost Plus GB40

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$131 - 190     1500AMP

-START DEAD BATTERIES: Safely jump start a dead car battery in seconds with this compact, yet powerful, 1500-amp portable lithium car battery jump starter pack - up to 30 jump starts on a single charge - and rated for gasoline engines up to 7 liters and diesel engines up to 4. 5 liters.

-Spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection.

-Safe operation in any climate. A rugged and water-resistant enclosure rated at IP65. 

-lightweight design: 3. 4 x 1. 9 x 7. 7 inches and weighing just 2. 7 pounds.

Noco Boost HD GB70

NOCO Boost HD GB150

NOCO Boost HD GB150

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$199 - 251     2000AMP

-START DEAD BATTERIES: Safely jump start a dead battery in seconds with this compact, yet powerful, 2000-amp portable lithium car battery jump starter pack - up to 40 jump starts on a single charge - and rated for gasoline engines up to 8 liters and diesel engines up to 6 liters.

-Spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection.

-Safe operation in any climate (-20ºF to 140ºF). A rugged and water-resistant enclosure rated at IP65. 

-lightweight design: 6.0 x 2.5 x 8.6 inches and weighing just 5 pounds.

NOCO Boost HD GB150

NOCO Boost HD GB150

NOCO Boost HD GB150

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$300 - 376     4000AMP

-START DEAD BATTERIES: Safely jump start a dead battery in seconds with this compact, yet powerful, 4000-amp portable lithium car battery jump starter pack - up to 40 jump starts on a single charge - and rated for gasoline and diesel engines up to 10 liters.

-Spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection.

-Safe operation in any climate (-20ºF to 140ºF). A rugged and water-resistant enclosure rated at IP65. 

-lightweight design: 7.0 x 2.7 x 12.3 inches and weighing just 7.5 pounds.

My recommendation:

Buy the GB40.  You can use "power stations" to recharge this unit in case you have many failed attempts.  Click below to go to the "Camping Gear Power Station" section.

JUMPER CABLES

Cartman Booster Cable 4 gauge

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$24

-Fits top and side post batteries; Luxurious carry bag for free.

-Sufficient CCA (Copper coated Aluminium).

-Ideal for use with full size pickup trucks, large recreational vehicles and freight hauling vehicles.

-For 800Amp use. Over 50% greater conductor than of a 2 Gauge.

-TPR material of cab

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***WARNING***

Avoid cheap jumper cables.  The rubber handles on this pair ended up tearing off, which wasn't that big of a deal because I used duct tape to cover the copper handles.  After more uses... the handles snapped!  It's not worth trying to save a few bucks by buying bargain cables.