Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger Review

Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger Review

Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger Review

Wagan Power Dome EX 400-Watt Jump Starter with Built-In Air Compressor

The Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger is also a MULTI-PURPOSE BOX that is designed to jump-start cars, inflate car tires and provide AC and DC power and functionality wherever you need it.

Built around a rechargeable 18 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery, it also contains a built-in 260 PSI air compressor, a DC outlet and two grounded AC outlets which utilize the built-in 400 watt inverter. Other features include heavy-duty 6 gauge/24″ battery clamps, worklight, USB power port, built-in AM/FM radio and an audio output jack. ** Prices and Discount Rates may fluctuate without notice

Introduction

The Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger is a powerful and portable multi-purpose emergency power source designed to jump-start your car and provide AC and DC power and functionality, whenever and wherever you may need it.

It is a multi-use power pack type unit designed for any emergency or outdoor situation you may find yourself in, whether it be around your home, the campsite, the worksite or of course, on the road.

This unit is built around a rechargeable 18 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery, and has enough jump-starting power to revive most standard-size car batteries. It also contains a built-in 260 PSI air compressor, and can be used to inflate car tires, sports equipment, inflatable rafts and air mattresses quickly and easily.

It has one DC outlet and two grounded AC outlets which utilize the built-in 400W inverter.

Product Description

Apart from these useful features, the Wagan also has heavy-duty 24 inch/6 gauge battery clamps, a USB power port, a 5-LED work light, AM/FM radio, an audio output jack and more.

It can be used to power up your 110V AC or 12V DC applications such as laptops, MP3 players, fans, TVs, power tools, faxes, audio equipment, electrical tools, gaming consoles, cell phones, digital cameras and other such household appliances.

The base function is of course to jump-start your car engine in an emergency situation. The manufacturer recommends to charge the battery for 24-36 hours fully before the first use. After this initial charge, the unit should be charged for around 34 hours every 2 to 3 months, or more frequently with greater use. Simply press the battery status indicator on the volt meter readout, in order to view the amount of charge left in the unit.

The unit also comes with handy safety features for your peace-of-mind, which include short circuit protection, overload protection and UL listed.

Having the Wagan 400 Dome EX on board your car means you can inflate your own tires and jump-start your own weak or dead vehicle battery – meaning not having to depend on a tow truck, or flagging down any random passing driver. The high intensity 5 LED lights assist if you have car troubles at night.

For camping purposes, the Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger also offers maximum convenience. If fixed electrical outlets are lacking, it is good to know that this unit has two, 3-pronged AC outlets providing up to 400W, with an 800W peak-surge power of 110V house current. The unit also has one DC outlet to power 12V appliances when away from your vehicle.

A built-in AM/FM radio with antenna is another useful feature you get with this unit. News and weather updates are a simple switch away during an emergency or blackout. Music is also accessible via the audio input socket for any MP3 or CD player.

The unit also sports a durable rubber housing on the handle and around its edges to ensure strength through wear-and-tear for years to come. This allows for portability from one car or location to another, enabling easy portable power.

You should note that this unit ships with a (1) one-year limited warranty for defective items only. Customers have 1 year from the date of purchase to submit their warranty claim to their customer service department, should an item be defective. A valid proof of purchase is required to activate this warranty. Additional warranty details are listed on the insert card that is shipped with purchase.

This car battery charger unit not only comes with a built-in air compressor, but the associated compressor needles as well, AC and DC adapters to recharge the box itself, and an instruction manual.

Product Summary

The Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger is a MULTI-PURPOSE BOX that is designed to jump-start cars, inflate car tires and provide AC and DC power and functionality wherever you need it. Built around a rechargeable 18 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery, it also contains a built-in 260 PSI air compressor, a DC outlet and two grounded AC outlets which utilize the built-in 400 watt inverter. Other features include heavy-duty 6 gauge/24″ battery clamps, worklight, USB power port, built-in AM/FM radio and an audio output jack. Perfect for camping trips or weekends away where portable DC/AC power is required.

Features and Benefits

  • 600 Amp jump-starter with heavy duty cable and clamps
  • 260 PSI high power motor air compressor with easy-read analog pressure gauge for inflating tires and accessories
  • 400W power inverter (800W peak)
  • Two grounded 115 volt AC outlets
  • One 12 volt accessory outlet for powering DC appliance (loads to 11 Amps)
  • One USB power port for charging/operating cell phones, PDAs, and MP3 players
  • AM/FM radio with built-in speaker, with iPod™ input and audio input jack for headphones
  • Bright high intensity LED light for long battery life
  • AC recharging adapter and DC recharging adapter (fused)
  • Easy-read analog voltmeter for checking battery status
  • Jump start cable polarity indicator for safety
  • Good for those with limited jump-start experience
  • Useful for various SOS situations, both around the house and in the great outdoors

Specification

  • Brand: Wagan
  • Item Model Number: 400 Power Dome EX (EL 2454)
  • Weight: 20.3 Pounds (official)
  • Height: 11.0 inches
  • Length: 12.0 inches
  • Width: 8.0 inches

Pros and Cons

The following lists the pros and cons of this particular model product, based on straight product facts, specifications and actual user feedback:

Pros

  • Easy-to-carry, functional design
  • Powered by a rechargeable 18 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery
  • Most users report a successful and reliable operation of jump-start and AC and DC power operations
    Built-in Reverse Cable Alarm (safety mechanism for when jump cables have been incorrectly hooked up to car)
  • Easy-To-Use unit very suitable for those with limited jump-start experience
  • Multi-purpose unit useful for jump-starting cars and also…
  • Good for charging up laptops, MP3 players, fans, TVs, faxes, audio equipment, electrical tools, gaming consoles, cell phones, digital cameras and some household appliances
    260PSI built-in air compressor makes for efficient inflating of car tires, sports gear and inflatable rafts and air mattresses
  • Useful emergency power source for use during storms and other power outages
  • Handy to have on the worksite, for powering smaller power tools
  • Multiple power outlets available give the user the ability to operate several appliances at once
  • Can be easily and conveniently recharged via any standard household AC outlet, DC cigarette lighter socket, or even solar panel
  • Easy-to-read analog voltmeter for checking battery status
  • Includes 5-LED work light for operating in the dark
  • Solid enough unit
  • Ships with a One (1) Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty

Cons

  • Some users report that the battery does not fully charge, even after recommended allotted time
  • Build-quality seems to be inconsistent (some users absolutely happy, others not)
  • Too heavy and large for some
  • Radio is not much good according to some users
  • Some users report inconsistent results when recharging the internal battery
  • Internal battery life seems to vary from unit to unit (again, inconsistency in the product)
  • Radio can be hard to tune
  • AC inverter does not always work 100% for some users
  • Some report that the LED work light did not function on their unit
  • Unit is not waterproof (needs to be put in plastic bag in the car trunk, for example)

Conclusion

Most users are happy with this car battery charger, saying that it does everything that it says it does. Jump-starting cars, inflating tires and getting good use out of the AC/DC power outlets all seem to be fine. But, and it is a notable BUT, there are a number of people who have complaints. The main one being that the internal battery just would not charge. Or that it had a short life-span.

Minor concerns were that some of the other functions of the unit were not necessarily working 100%. As stated above, it would appear that some consumers receive a good working unit, and others do not. This may be an issue with the manufacturer (a product not yet developed to full potential?)

Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger Review

Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX Car Battery Charger Review
9.3

Ease of use

9.5/10

Battery recharge time

9.5/10

Air pump

9.0/10

Pros

  • Easy-to-carry, functional design
  • Easy-To-Use
  • Good for charging cell phones etc.

Cons

  • Battery may not fully charge
  • Too heavy and large for some
  • Radio is not much good
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