By Braddah Lance
It's one of those things you kinda knew was going to happen eventually but just not when you expected it to and naturally of course, when you stay in one rush.
I load Da Baby and Da Keiki in their car seats to be dropped off at da sitter and preschool respectively, and hop in my trusty Tacoma steed as daylight starts to inch ovah da darkness enjoying da crisp 64 degree morning chill, turn da key and got da dreaded clickty-click-clickty-click-clickty-click.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Damn! Da Wife is gone and I no think she would approve of me taking them on da bike.
At dis point, I'm just praying dat it's just da battery and nothing else so I pop up da hood and then realize dat my charger is buried in da garage. And I mean buried. $h!t!
Then it dawn on me dat I actually had prepared myself for dis exact moment and bought dis exact "backup" tool about six months ago for dis exact emergency. Well, it's actually a "multi-tool" and a damn good one too!
So I dug through my backpack and pulled it out.......
Aftah reading about dis type of device and doing my homework, I still remembah I had to "convince" Da Wife dat we "needed" it. Well, it was a man-tool and she wasn't going to win on dat one but boy has it paid itself ovah and ovah again and again in which she has benefited from as well.
It's called a "personal power supply" (PPS) and there are many different variations and types out there so it's not like it's a one size fits all. One of da biggest - and most common - reason for a PPS is to recharge your phone's energy consuming battery on da fly wen you can't stop and find an outlet.
This particular model by Antigravity Batteries (XP-1) is kinda like a MacGyver of PPS's. It not only can charge multiple devices at once with the multitude of attachments, it can also power your laptop, jump start vehicles (and trucks) and to make it da MacGyver of tools, has a flash light to top it off.
We've used it on many occasions to charge our phones and tablets on da go but dis was da first time I've evah used it to jump start a vehicle. I was a little skeptical at first to see if it could power up a V6 with an AGM Optima battery but she fired right up da first time! Cheeeee-huuuu!
Granted, da battery wasn't fully depleted which helped it crank ovah but it still worked. I still couldn't believe da little $h!t worked! Ha ha ha
Hea's wat da full package looks like:
It comes with a multitude of connectors via USB including iPod, micro-usb, a car charger and various oddah connectors via "socket type" all conveniently packed away in a zippered bag. Da unit is just six inches wide and about a few pounds so lugging it around is probably not one of da best things to do unless you anticipate in using it knowing you'll be away.
We always have a stroller or baby bag so it doesn't bother us to lug it around constantly and I keep it on me wenevah I ride da motorcycle. There are definitely oddah models which are smaller and lighter but da trade off is dat da "power" would be less so it all depends on wat you need it for.
With hurricane season just a few months away, it truly is one of those things dat I would suggest everybody should have in their home especially in dis power hungry world. If you one Tim Allen type like I am, it's a definite must have.