Weego’s Crankenstein delivers ‘monstrous’ power to landscaping equipment
By Mike Jiggens
May 7, 2019 – Weego, innovators of portable jump starters, has launched the Crankenstein® Jump Starting 12V/24V Power Pack – a powerful, new, combination 12- and 24-volt portable jump starting solution, designed for light and heavy-duty equipment in landscaping. Crankenstein revolutionizes jump starting with industry-first features built into a compact power pack that is just nine pounds – 80 per cent lighter than comparable lead-acid jump starters.
“When you are far out in the field cutting and digging multiple jobs in a day, having reliable power is critical,” Gerry Toscani, CEO of Weego, said. “Any time spent dealing with a dead battery while under deadlines can mean the difference between a good day and a bad, expensive one. Instead of stopping everything to try to get a jump service or auxiliary equipment in motion, you can reach for Crankenstein with literally one finger. It’s a real time-saver and workhorse on any landscaper’s truck.”
Crankenstein provides 1,200 cranking amps and 5,000 peak amps for 12-volt systems and 600 cranking amps and 5,000 peak amps for 24-volt systems. Unlike many portable jump starters, Weego Crankenstein will jump start 0-volt batteries safely and automatically, eliminating down time (until a replacement battery is installed).
A premium OLED screen clearly walks users through the jump and communicates warning messages, light brightness level and connection quality for intuitive, effective and safe use. User training is not required. A built-in voltmeter is included to measure battery voltage. Crankenstein’s patent pending Connection Detection technology displays the quality of battery terminal connections so users can adjust the clamps to achieve maximum connectivity with minimum resistance; this reduces the amount of time to make adjustments and initiate multiple start attempts with lead-acid jump boxes. In addition, Weego’s Hotfoot™ technology allows operation in temperatures as low as -28 degrees Fahrenheit, warming up Crankenstein’s internal batteries to -5 degrees Fahrenheit for an assured jump in extreme cold.
Weighing only nine pounds, Crankenstein is guaranteed to be the easiest to transport, store and use. The premium, high-performance, lithium phosphate (LiFePO4) battery is ultra-stable, making it an incredibly safe lithium chemistry for jumps requiring durability and resistance to potential over-heating situations. Crankenstein is built with reverse polarity, anti-spark, over-current, over-discharge, voltage detection and temperature protections to ensure the user, equipment and Crankenstein are safe.
Crankenstein’s reinforced case is built to withstand the rigors of repeated use and handling in the harshest of environments. It is IP65 rated for water, dust and dirt resistance. And it works in extreme temperatures with an operating range of -28 to +140 degrees Fahrenheit. Crankenstein’s battery is rated for up to 2,000 life cycles and will hold a single charge for over one year.
An intense 1,000 lumen LED work light with adjustable focal length and brightness level is built-in offering 15 hours of extra light on a single charge. Crankenstein can be recharged on the go in just six hours with the supplied USB-C DC charger or from a standard AC wall outlet. It includes two USB-A ports with fast-charge technology and a USB-C port for phones and tablets. A 12V/15A CLA port accepts power inverters and other 12-volt equipped tools and gear, capable of running laptops and other AC-powered devices away from a wall plug.
Crankenstein is designed and engineered in the USA, lab tested both externally and internally and is covered under a one-year warranty. It is certified to the standards of the BC, FCC, CE and RoHS. Each unit includes a USB-C 15V/2.4A wall charger, a 12V DC USB-C car charger, a 40-inch charging cable and storage bag.
Crankenstein is priced at $699 and now available at www.myweegopro.com.