How To Convert A 12V DC Jump Starter Into A 120V AC Power Source

How To Convert A 12V DC Jump Starter Into A 120V AC Power Source

It is not a secret that we are big fans of “Whole-Enchilada Jump Starters”, or “Bells-and-Whistles Jump Starters”; so dubbed to signify the whole panoply of features, specifications, and functionality they sport, and you come to expect from a Jump Starter, affectionately referred to (by us) as Compact Multipurpose Power Plants.

Complete Jump Starters

The features and specifications of a Complete Jump Starter are:

  • Jump Starter
  • Compressor
  • Power Inverter (AC Power)
  • 12V DC Power Socket
  • USB Power Port to charge cell phones, tablets, cameras, etc.
  • Analog or Digital AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • MP3 Player
  • Digital Clock
  • Emergency Flasher and Lighting

Basic Jump Starters

Unfortunately, most basic Jump Starters come with only bare bone features and specifications (forget about all the bells and whistles), and they are:

  • Jump Starter
  • Compressor (optional)
  • 12V DC Power Socket
  • USB Power Port (optional), and
  • Emergency Lighting

That is the extent of the “bells and whistles” you’ll enjoy as an owner of a basic Jump Starter. But despite the meagerness of features, we have to tell you that you are better off than a non-owner of a basic power supply, and better prepared for emergencies such as electronics charging (cell phones, tablets, cameras, etc.), temporary lighting, etc., in the event of  blackouts and/or widespread power outages. Congratulate yourself!

Bells-and-Whistles Jump Starters

We know of two (2) Whole-Enchilada Jump Starters you can buy right now: Power Dome NX 2485 and Power Dome EX 2454.

Power Dome NX 2485

The Power Dome NX 2485 is known as a 9-in-1 Emergency Kit, and its features and specifications in a nutshell are:

  • Jump Starter
  • Compressor (260 PSI)
  • Power Inverter (200W AC)
  • 12V DC Power Socket
  • USB Power Port to charge cell phones, tablets, cameras, etc.
  • Digital AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • MP3 Player
  • Digital Clock
  • Emergency Flasher and Lighting

For a detailed list of the Power Dome NX 2585‘s features and specifications, read Power Dome EX 2454 vs Power Dome NX 2485 – The Winner is…

Power Dome EX 2454

The Power Dome EX 2454 is referred to as an 8-in-1 Emergency Kit, and its features and specifications in essence are:

  • Jump Starter
  • Compressor (260 PSI)
  • Power Inverter (400W AC)
  • 12V DC Power Socket
  • USB Power Port to charge cell phones, tablets, MP3s, etc.
  • Analog AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • MP3 Player
  • Emergency Flasher and Lighting

For an exhaustive list of the Power Dome EX 2585‘s features and specifications, read Power Dome EX 2454 vs Power Dome NX 2485 – The Winner is…

Basic Jump Starers

If you search for Basic Jump Starters (Booster Packs), you’ll find a myriad of brands and models to contend with. But for illustration’s sake we’ll consider just the following three (3) models by brand Wagan Tech.

They are all sealed lead acid Basic Jump Starters (Battery Packs) with varying degrees of differences in terms of:

  • Jump Starting Power
  • Compressor
  • Amperage (300A vs 600A vs 900A)
  • Number of 12V DC Sockets
  • USB Power Port
  • LED Work Light
  • Weight
  • Warranty (1 Year), and
  • Instruction Manuals

In an upcoming article we’ll delve into the similarities and dissimilarities among the threesome in a head-to-head comparison. In the meantime, read 600 Amp Battery Jumper 2509 | A Must-Have

What’s Missing?

All three (3) foregoing Booster Packs are decently equipped to handle any features and functions-related emergency (jump starting, tire inflation, electronics charging, temporary lighting, etc.), but conspicuously absent among the threesome is a source of AC power. How does one turn that frog (Booster Pack without AC power source) into a prince charming (Jumper with AC power source)? The answer lies in a Power Inverter.

Power Inverters

A Power Inverter converts DC power into a source of AC power, to tap and to plug almost all your home AC appliances and electronics (TV and Radio sets, Laptops, Modems, External Hard Drives, etc.) into, within potential power capacity (amperage, voltage and wattage) and range.

Types Of Power Inverters

There are two (2) types of Power Inverters: Pure Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave. The differences lie in the waveform output and the quality of the electricity. To see the differences in waveform outputs and their implications, read What Is A Power Inverter?

Pure Sine Wave Power Inverters cost more, produce clean AC home electricity (little harmonic distortion) and are used to power sensitive electronics and appliances.

Modified Sine Wave Power Inverters cost less, produce regular AC electricity (modified square wave) and are used for non-sensitive electronics and appliances. (We know you can’t resist the temptation to say it’s dirty electricity. Go ahead, get if off your chest; for your freedom of speech is constitutionally guaranteed as long you have nothing meaningful to say!)

Which Power Inverters Do We Recommend For The Threesome?

It depends on a number of factors:

  • Number of 12V DC Socket outlets and Load Amperage
  • Power Inverter’s Input Power (Voltage and Amperage)
  • Types of Load (sensitive vs non-sensitive), and
  • Energy Consumption

Choice Of Power Inverters

Jumper Models

# of 12V DC Sockets

Power Inverter Model #

300 Amp Battery Jumper 2467

2 (load up to 11 Amps)

2405-5 thru 2600

600 Amp Battery Jumper 2509

1 (load up to 11 Amps)

2405-5 thru 2600

900 Amp Battery Jumper 2412

1 (load up to 15 Amps)

2405-5 thru 2600

600 Amp Battery Jumper 2509 & 900 Amp Battery Jumper 2412

Because two (2) of the foregoing Jumpers (600 Amp Battery Jumper 2509 and 900 Amp Battery Jumper 2412) have only one (1) 12V DC Socket respectively, if you want to preserve the availability of a 12V DC Socket Outlet while using a plugged-in Power Inverter, the best Power Inverters for that purpose are the Smart AC 100W USB+ 2405-5  and the Smart AC 120W USB 2413-6: both have an extra 12V DC Socket and a USB Power Port.

300 Amp Battery Jumper

This Battery Pack is blessed with a pair of 12V DC Sockets, therefore you don’t have to concern yourself with sockets unavailability; the panoply of Power Inverters you can use ranges from the Modified Sine Wave Smart AC 100W USB+ 2405-5 to the Smart AC 200 USB+ 2402-5, and the Pure Sine Wave Elite 200W PRO 2600.

To reiterate, as for the 300 Amp Battery Jumper 2467the unavailability of a 12V DC Socket Outlet while using a plugged-in Power Inverter is a non-issue, because it comes with two (2) built-in 12V DC Socket Outlets.

In any event, if you don’t mind losing the socket’s availability, you can use any of the following Power Inverters:

Modified Sine Wave: Smart AC 80 USB 2107-6, Smart AC 100 USB 2348-6, Smart AC 150 USB 2221-6, Smart AC 210 USB 2295-6, Smart AC 120 USB 2382, Smart AC 150 USB+ 2395-5, Smart AC 150 USB+ 2620, Smart AC 150 USB Traveler 2406, Smart AC Power Strip 120W 2621, Smart AC 150USB+ 2401-5, and Smart AC 200 USB+ 2402-5. The Input Power is 12V.

Pure Sine Wave: Elite 200W PRO 2600. The Input Power is 12V.

Simple Conversion

To convert  any 12V DC Socket into a 120V AC Power Outlet, just insert any of the aforementioned Power Inverters’ DC Input Terminal into the Jumper’s/Booster Pack’s 12V DC Socket Outlet. Voila! Now you can power a range of AC electronics and appliances, which, without the conversion, would have been impossible to energize. 

Conclusion

Now that you know How To Convert A 12V DC Jump Starter Into A 120V AC Power Source, if a good deal on a Booster Pack (without power inverter) comes your way, buy it with confidence; because, thanks to this article, you now have the intellectual wherewithal to customize it (conversion of DC into AC power source) to your heart’s content subsequently.

You may also be interested in:

How To Convert Any AC Outlet Into A 12V Socket DC Adapter

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