NPower Flex Powerpack XL 6-In-1 Powerpack/Jumpstarter, Air Compressor System
NPower Flex-Powerpack – 24928
Like Reviewer Mike 735, I was also hesitant to purchase this item becasue of reviews that said the unit would not accept a standard 35ah U1 battery. But thanks to Mike's review along with Northern's thread response on May 16, 2013, indicating that the UB12350 U1 batteries did in fact fit in the compartment after the black box is removed, I purchased both the Flex and the UB12350 battery. After removing the black box, the battery fit snugly. Both items were shipped the day following the order; however, the battery took about 10 days to be delivered. Have not used the product so I will write a followup review in a few weeks.
June 10, 2014
Everything works.....so far
I thought the battery hook up was quite easy, even for me. Once charged everything on the unit worked as claimed. I will have more of a chance to use it this summer but so far so good.
April 1, 2014
Great backup power
My wife purchased me a Black & Decker battery booster for Christmas one year. The only thing it didn't have was the power plug. This was a feature that I really wanted. After doing lots of online searching I found the NPower pack XL 6 in 1. It is heavier and I got the higher rated battery. The battery was difficult to get in but I was able to install it. I have used it to power the fan on our gas fireplace, powered the pump on an Aerobed and powered our tankless hotwater heater. The power last for a long time on smaller devices. It does take 10 to 12 hours to fully recharge. The light is very bright and the USB charger works great. I haven't used the air pump that much but seems to have a lot of power too.
March 13, 2014
NPower Flex Powerpack XL 6-In-1 Powerpack
Don't buy this product. The compressor broke the first time it was used straight out of the box. Northern tool refunded my money after getting an return authorization and driving to deliver the unit to the closes store which took 2 hrs out of my day.
The Battery was difficult to install. This unit was also heavy, cumbersome using the compressor feature, and to large to standup in my truck toolbox.
February 21, 2014
This is a great product. I especially like the removable battery. I installed a backup camera on my truck and was able to interface it with my OEM navigation screen. Without realizing it, I used a lot of battery power flashing the nav unit and couldn't get my truck started. I hooked up the jump starter and went from a moron in my wife's eyes to one prepared man!
February 4, 2014
A very versatile and competent powerpack
This is a very versatile starter pack. I particularly like the fact that you can put in a battery of your own at any time. Hooking up the battery is quite tedious but no big deal as you don’t have to do it very often. You can also add an extra external battery by connecting through the cigarette lighter port.
The construction is sturdy and feels solid. The tire inflator works well but the pressure gauge reading is off, so you need a separate meter to get the correct reading. The noise of the air compressor is pretty loud but I have not used any other before, so I don’t know if this is common or not.
In terms of charging the battery, you have 3 options without taking the battery out
1. Charge with the included AC adapter
2. Charge through the cigarette lighter of your car (you need to buy an adapter for this from Northern Tool)
3. Charge through the cigarette lighter output on the unit itself (here you need to buy an adapter somewhere else to hook up to an external charger and the charging current should not exceed 15A of the internal fuse).
The customer service of Northern Tool is also great. When I first received the unit, I accidentally hooked up a battery with reversed polarity and damaged the inverter in the AC output. Northern Tool gladly replaced the unit with no charge even though it was my fault.
In view of the replaceable and expandable battery option and flexibility in charging, this is definitely a winner.
October 15, 2013
U1 battery WILL NOT FIT!!!
Even though there are several reviews that state that a U1 battery will fit if the black spacer is removed. This is NOT correct in my experience. I tried many u1 ub12350 agm, gel, lead acid. the 35 Ah battery is to wide for the unit I recieved. I would like to know where I can get a 35 aH U1 battery for this product. For now I tolerate the 22aH battery..... would have given 5 stars if larger battery worked as stated in reviews.
October 2, 2013
I have used several different self contained chargers over the years and am most pleased to have found this one that has the replaceable battery.
I'm glad that I can utilize the same tool for filling a low tire as well as providing some light as well as being able to utilize the available USB port for charging any number of devices we might have in the car at the time.
I like the idea of pulling this out of my trunk as opposed to leaving my vehicle vulnerable to potential electrical damage if the other vehicle were to have a malfunction that could adversely effect my vehicle. And I can secure my car while helping someone out and not leave the contents of my vehicle exposed to possible theft while distracted helping the other party.
It's a wonderful resource and I'm glad I made the purchase.
September 24, 2013
Use it in RV as backup. It is the best one I have owned. I like the fact you can replace the battery and not the whole unit. This is a replacement for one that went bad it is the 3rd one I have purchased. It is by far the best one of all of them. It has the power needed and the accessories are just right.
September 17, 2013
A 35ah U1 Battery DOES fit
I was hesitant to purchase this item becasue of reviews that said the unit would not accept a standard 35ah U1 battery. I use UB12350 U1 batteries in many devices so its use was imperative becasue I have so many of them around. A call to customer service assured me it would fit so I purchased one of the units. A 35ah U1 is a PERFECT fit once the black plastic spacer is removed (2 screws to remove) as in instructions on line and included with the unit. I charged the unit with included charger, charge light illuminated red to green after an over night charge and I proceeded to use every feature of the unit to test it. ALL feaures worked well, the 110 vac outlet powered my shop vac with no problem for a quick clean up out side instead of getting out a long extention cord, the compressor topped off many tires out in the lot instead of firing up the shop compressor and getting a hose out (hose still stores just fine in unit even with U1 battery installed), the LED work light illuminated a dark shop area well enough to work in and if pointed at a tire on a vehicle would illuminate it perfectly if changing a flat on a dark road. The jumper cables work well but if they were 5' long instead of 4' would be easier to leave unit on ground and hook to a battery, at 4 ft they only reach a low car battery from sitting on ground level, for a truck you either have to hold it up or put it on the inner fender or some where else as cables don not reach from ground level to battery terminals. USB charger port charged kids phone but you can not use work light and charger at the same time, that could pose an issue for some possibly but no deal breaker for me at least.
Overall a THUMBS UP rating, it works as advertised and is a time saver for quick tasks around the shop. I would recommend and buy another if the need arose. I can see it as a good present for a do it yourselfer freind or family member. A+++++
August 4, 2013