Back in the day, jumping your car's dead battery meant flagging down a stranger, hoping they had jumper cables and really hoping that they didn't hook things up wrong and damage your car's electrical system.

If you found yourself in a dark area at night, you were probably also scared for your safety.

Thankfully, modern technology has caught up with the need to jump your car when you find yourself with a dead battery.  No longer do you have to flag down a stranger, wait hours for AAA or call friends.

You can have everything you need in the trunk of your car.

Below, I want to share with you my roundup of the 5 best, highest rated booster packs to get your car running again.  There are a plethora of options out there, so I am here to guide you in making a purchase that will keep you safe in your time of need.

Before we get started, please note that all of these top-rated packs need to be charged from a wall outlet before use, so make sure you have an extension cord on hand to do so!  None of these units contain one in their packaging!

Clore JNC660 'Jump-N-Carry' 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter
Amazon Price: $317.77 $108.45 Buy Now
(price as of Feb 19, 2014)

This top rated unit has all of the basic features you need, with a huge power rating.  You would think that a unit with such high power would weigh a ton, but this great unit by Clore doesn't.  It clocks in at just 18 pounds, about the size of a 4 month old baby!  If you're a parent, carrying this jump pack will be no problem!

Another great feature of this jump pack is a 1 year warranty and a discounted repair coupon for after the warranty period.  That kind of service rocks!

The downside of this jump starter is that it doesn't have any of the extra bells and whistles many other packs have.  So it won't inflate your tires and pool inflatables, play music, or light your work area.  It does however have automatic overcharging protection, so that you can't kill the internal battery when you are recharging it in your home after a successful jump start!

This cute little "Jump-N-Carry" unit, also by Clore, features an amazingly small size and has an included flashlight and power port.  Though it is not strong enough to jump a large van or truck, it has all the power you'll need to start any car.

This unit is a great buy for small cars, minivans and SUV's.  It's tiny size and light weight make it the jump pack that anyone can use without any issue!  And, of course, like other Clore branded packs, this one comes with that post-warranty repair certificate!

In this top-rated Clore jump pack, you receive both an air compressor and a big, 1700 peak amp jump starter!  This pack is one of the highest quality out there and has an amazing feature set.

If you're looking for something to get you out of any roadside pickle, you've got it right here.  Powerful enough to jump anything from a motorcycle to a truck or RV, the JNCAIR also features extra-long, 68" jumping cables and a 12' coiled air hose that will reach anywhere you require!

Not to be outdone by the less expensive packs, this Clore booster also comes with a discount repair certificate for after the warrenty period.  You just can't be these Clore packs!

Simply put, this premium unit is tough to beat.  The only feature lacking is this unit is a flashlight, but it does have a 12v power port included, so you can bundle your own 12v powered flashlight if necessary.  It's also worth noting that the JNCAIR is a little heavy at 24 pounds.

All in all, it's a great unit that will save you many, many times on one charge!

Placing #4 in our top-rated jump starter roundup is the Schumacher DSR ProSeries 1800.  This professional unit packs a big punch with 1800 peak amps, enough to jump multiple large vehicles on a single charge.

Where this unit lacks is in the details- it really doesn't have any special features to speak of.  It's just a jump starter, but a great one at that!

With that said, this Schumacher jump starter has an amazingly low price compared to competitors and does have a 12v cigarette lighter power port.  

It's a great buy if you are a professional user and really just need to jump vehicles often!

Energizer 84022 12V 350 Ca Jump-Start System
Amazon Price: $99.99 $98.17 Buy Now
(price as of Feb 19, 2014)

This last jump starting system by Energizer is a perfect buy for someone who only needs occasional use out of a jump pack.  Its user-friendly design makes it really easy to jump a vehicle, and 24" cables.  In addition, it has a loud, audible alarm to alert you if you hook up your battery the wrong way.  That feature alone makes it a great pack to give to someone who doesn't have much knowledge or cars or batteries!

Clocking in at 400 peak amps, this isn't the pack that you're going to use all day long without charging.  It'll be dead after a jump or 2, so it's imparitive that you charge it after every use, or you'll be let down on the side of the road.

I truly hope that this guide is a help to you in your search for the best product that fits your needs.  If you're looking for a guide on how to use a jump starter, look no further than my guide "Car Jump Starters - What You Need to Know".