Black & Decker’s new Simple Start battery booster provides a few extra amps via your car’s cigarette lighter to help get you back on the road — but it also includes a standard 12V accessory outlet to charge your phone (or other 12V-capable gear) so you can call AAA when the boost isn’t enough.
The black and ‘Decker orange casing houses a 3 Ah sealed lead-acid (SLA) battery that’s charged via a 120V wall wart. It outputs up to 8A through the cigarette lighter plug — easily under the fused limit of the car’s electrical system — and up to 5A via the accessory outlet.
Street pricing starts at around $60 — about $20 less than larger units. But while it’s a little cheaper, I’d imagine that most people would choose this because it’s small. Some of the bigger models would be tough to lug around for some family members.