5 VDC USB port (2A maximum) for charging mobile phones and other devices.
12 VDC coaxial port (10A maximum), suitable for portable DVDs, cameras or gaming devices.
19 VDC coaxial port (3.5A maximum), to charge compatible laptops or notebooks.
12 VDC dual pin jump start port (covered by flush mounted protective cap, and recessed LED, which is very bright, with flashlight, strobe and S.O.S (international distress signal) modes built-in (located beside the jump start port).
Included in the Kit
All connection essentials are provided in the iStart kit.
Included are the power pack module and a USB cable with three interface connectors (Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin and universal micro-USB).
Also, a short coaxial interconnect lead with a set of eight coaxial adapters to satisfy most power charging interface requirements is included.
And there’s a dual-plug jumper cable harness, along with 12V automotive-style and AC-DC chargers.
Finally, there are two small pocket-sized fold-out Owner Manuals, one in English and Spanish and the second in French.
Functions and Performance
The Quick Cable iStart Power Pack continues to return the investment made on a daily basis.
It has 5V, 12V and 19V DC outputs, the 12 VDC jump-start capability and (bonus) a very powerful LED flashlight with three useful modes.
Whether in my house, shop (garage), visiting a fellow motorcyclist to do some work or travelling by four or two wheels, it seems there is always something for which the iStart power pack can be used.
It spends a lot of time recharging portable devices like smartphones, navigation devices and portable test instruments (small form factor test and analyzer tools are wonderful for motorcyclists).
5V Output: On average, the iStart power pack can fully charge at least three to four smartphones and a Gen 1 Nexus 7 tablet and only lose two of its five battery status LEDs.
So I’m pretty comfortable in saying that a fully charged power pack could keep that essential communications device recharged for a week or more if absolutely needed.
12V and 19V DC Output: The 12 VDC and particularly the 19 VDC outputs see lots of use as well.
I use them particularly as emergency power to a couple of my well-used, well-travelled notebooks, whose batteries tend to drop off quickly (usually at the wrong time of course).
I’ve managed to get almost two hours of notebook life support out of the power pack before the last LED started to flash, sending me a clear visual that the power pack itself needed recharging.
On one occasion I did let one of the notebooks discharge completely and used the iStart power pack to charge it up again.
It took just over two hours, which is pretty much in the window identified in the specifications.
The LED Flashlight
I don’t know the exact output of the LED flashlight, but it puts out a nice beam pattern that lights up an entire room.
For distance purposes, it is totally useable out to 15 to 20 meters (50 to 65 ft.).
Holding the iStart power button for three seconds activates the LED flashlight and a second push initiates the very fast and very attention-getting strobe (as intended).
A third push activates SOS mode; the international Save-Our-Souls signal comprised of 3 short, 3 long and 3 short flashes.
A fourth push turns the LED flashlight off.
And speaking of on/off, the iStart automatically turns off after 30 seconds if not used in any way and it has built-in protection to prevent over-charging and over-discharging.
And like many other modern technology power cells the module does get warm, but never uncomfortably so.
But I have been present at a demonstration where a fully charged iStart Power Pack successfully boosted two small cars and the iStart didn’t seem to be even breathing hard, serving to validate just what the module can do.
A specific warning made in using the dual-plug blue connector is that it must NOT be left connected to the vehicle jump-started for more than 30 seconds after the engine has started, as damage may be incurred.
Recharging the iStart
Using the included AC-DC wall charger, the iStart Power Pack takes just over three hours to recharge from a near zero state, within the range stated in the specifications.
The same task using the included 12VDC automotive charger takes a bit longer.
But at least it can be done from a vehicle source (I use a DIN Plug to Automotive Power Socket cable).
The five (blue) capacity indicator LEDs provide a visual indication of its storage or charging state:
5 LEDs = 100%,
4 LEDs = 80%
3 LEDs = 60%
2 LEDs = 40%
1 LED = 20% percent
When all five indicators are flashing storage or charging is at 10% or less and if the indicators do not light up the unit is depleted.
Regardless of how it is done and with an eye kept on the visual indicators, keeping the iStart power pack at full charge is pretty easy.
Just don’t forget your international power adapters if needed.
Most of us know that modern motorcycle batteries are, for the most part, far more reliable than they were not long ago. This is due in large part to relevant technologies that minimize or obsolete maintenance.
Also, most of our accessories today are more electrically efficient than they were in the past, as well as being very effective for their intended use.
But however reliable we think our motorcycles are, as riders we still need to be prepared.
This means the ability to cope with a battery — old or new — that just won’t crank the engine as needed, whether it’s yours or someone else’s.
To the rescue comes the Quick Cable iStart Power Pack, which is easily carried but not forgotten when needed.