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Vanair Expands Roadside Jump-Pack With New Adapter Kits

Adapters Increase Options for Cleaner Restarts Using Portable Jump-Pack Launched in October
Jeff Steer
Vanair Director of Sales Jeff Steer says the company's products offer an alternative to traditional clamps, which can be difficult to use in the dark and during heavy precipitation when performing roadside restarts. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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NEW ORLEANS — Vanair, a provider of roadside restart and mobile generator products, has introduced three adapter kits for its dual voltage Start-All Jump-Pack lithium-ion jump-starter by Goodall.

These adapters enable the jump-starter to serve military, construction, mining and agricultural equipment and transit buses along with a broad range of gas and diesel engines and vocational vehicles.

Vanair presented the adapter kits and their components during a March 3 news conference at the 2024 Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.

The company’s products offer an alternative to traditional clamps, which can be difficult to use in the dark and during heavy precipitation when performing roadside restarts, said Jeff Steer, Vanair’s director of sales.

The specialist adapters offer cleaner connections and therefore cleaner jump-starts, Steer added.

There are three adapters on offer: a NATO connector for military vehicles, an Anderson or forklift connector, and an SAE J1283 or Whitaker/CAT connector.

Michigan City, Ind.-based Vanair said the NATO, Whitaker and Anderson adapter kits will be sold separately, and each comes with a corresponding connector and requisite components and cabling.

“Our three new adapter kits are major enhancements to our [Start-All Jump-Pack], making it even more viable as leading technology of its kind in the market today,” Steer said. “The kits’ components are easy to install on our Start-All Jump-Pack’s existing cables and significantly broaden the scope, scale and utility of these lightweight and portable jump-pack solutions.”

Vanair's Start-All Jump-Pack lithium-­ion jump-starter

The adapter kits offer more flexibility for the Start-All jump-starter. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Vanair unveiled the 12-24 volt Start-All Jump-Pack in October 2023. The company took a 12-volt product and made it into a 12-24-volt tool, Steer told reporters, adding that it had been very well received as more original equipment manufacturers shift away from 12-volt electrical architectures.

The jump-pack also employs Goodall Protect-All Safety Technology, making it easy to use on any vehicle and practically impossible for even novice technicians to reverse the polarity or apply the wrong voltage when attempting a jump-start, the company said.

Start-All can charge between four and 10 Class 8 over-the-road trucks on one charge, Steer told reporters, adding that the pack will charge from dead to 100% capacity in eight hours from a regular plug socket.

Weighing in at 18.5 pounds, Start-All also is much lighter than rival products that can weigh 45-50 pounds, Steer said.

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