If you drive around and travel a lot, then a car charger is one of the most important car accessories (yep, you too, car mount) worth buying. Whether you are using Google Maps on your phone or streaming music, a phone's battery can deplete faster than you can anticipate. That's when a car charger comes to your rescue.
Agreed that a power bank is also equally helpful in similar situations. But, it's more feasible to invest in a decent car charger then to carry a power bank around. Of course, you will have to juice up the power bank often as well.
In this post, we will share our recommendations of the best car chargers that are available in the market.
What to Look For
Before you hit the buy button on just any charger, you need to look out for a few things. First, how many ports do you need? If you travel alone most of the time, a single port will do. But if not, it's always wise to invest in a dual-port charger.
Also, some chargers, especially the in-expensive ones, are known to damage the internal circuitry of phones. So, a peek in the worst review section always helps, especially if the brand is not known to you.
Another critical check is the charging capacity. If your phone supports Qualcomm Charging 3.0 or higher, look for a product that is QC compatible. Or if not, look for one that has higher power output. After all, you wouldn't want your phone to stay plugged throughout your journey, right?
The Aukey car charger combines two charging technologies — Quick Charge and AiPower. While one of the ports supports QC 3.0, the other comes with the in-house AiPower adaptive charging. Both are designed to deliver optimal charging speeds. If we talk numbers, then the output of the secondary port is at 2.4A.
The Aukey 44.5W charger has received some great reviews so far. Whether it's the speed or the durability, it has not disappointed its user base.
On Amazon, this product has raked a review rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.
2. Anker PowerDrive AK
Anker is another popular name in the accessories market for power banks and speakers. And the good news is that this company also manufactures pretty solid chargers as well as cables.
The Anker PowerDrive AK is certainly one of the pricier options on the list, and this one delivers what it promises. It comes with Quick Charge 3.0 support on both ports, bringing your phones' batteries to full capacity faster than regular chargers. Also, two people can make the best of two fast charging ports. Anker's car charger is compact and fits well in most accessory ports.
The top of the charger is slightly textured, which provides a better grip. The soft LED light on the ports makes it easy to find the charger at night. However, the best use case is that the light makes it easier to tell if you have properly inserted the charger.
When it comes to user reviews, multiple Amazon users have echoed about the quality and the charging speed. This product works as advertised.
Samsung users should take note that your device won't show the Charging rapidly message on the screen.
With over 1000 user reviews on Amazon, the Portronics Car Power is the third item on our list. Unlike the two above, this charger comes with three ports, which can really come in handy when you are traveling in a group. Two of the USB ports supplies 1.2A charging speed, while the primary one supplies at 2.4A. That means only one phone could be charged quickly, however, others will continue to juice up at a relatively slower speeds.
Other than that, the Portronics Car Power also comes with a micro-USB cable. However, with phones moving to USB-Type C ports, you can always use it to charge older phones and other gadgets.
The Car Power has received its fair amount of reviews over the years on Amazon. It has a rating of 4-stars out of 5, with over 48% positive reviews.
Many of the people had good things to say about this all-white charger. Note that it also comes with a blue LED light, which becomes annoying in the long run as per some users.
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4. boAt Dual Port Rapid Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0
When it comes to an affordable and durable car charger, look no further than the boAt Dual Port Rapid Car Charger. One of its port supports Quick Charge 3.0 certified charging speeds, while the other one banks on the in-house Smart IC technology to power Apple and other devices that lack Quick Charge support. The secondary port can juice your devices at 2.4A, meaning that you’ll get a slightly faster charge compared to some of its peers.
There are no bells and whistles associated with this charger. It is slim and weighs just 49.9 grams. Moreover, the design is sleek and slender. The makers claim of including safeguards to prevent overheating, overcharging, and prevent excessive current.
It's worth to be noted that a good number of users spoke about its durability and charging speed. For its price, the Boat Dual Port Car Charger looks decent. However, expect it to have look as if it is made entirely of plastic.
If you're not bothered much by the charging speed, you can try out the Tech Sense 3.4 Dual USB Car Charger. As suggestive of its name, it has dual USB ports, capable of providing juice at 1.0 amps and 2.4 amps. Like most of its counterparts, this one has a soft LED light ring at the top.
The Tech Sense charger measures around 2 inches and the makers claim it to be one of the smallest chargers available.
This charger has been around for quite some time, and some of the reviews go back as far as 2016. And it still continues to receive amazing reviews regarding its quality, charging speed, and customer support.
Amkette’s Power Pro is another car charger with three USB ports. The Amkette Power Pro car charger has one port with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charging support and two ports for juicing non-QC devices. More importantly, there are safety features in place to keep the phone safe from overheating and voltage surges.
Amkette also ships a braided USB Type-C cable with it which is strong and flexible. The length is right for you to charge your phone conveniently.
The charger looks good for its price and doesn't have one of those cheap plastic looks. And when it comes to charging, rather fast charging, it seems to do the job as promised.
Travel like a Boss
When you are driving, cell phone batteries die out sooner. That happens mainly since your your phone keeps searching for cellphone signals continuously and the time the screen remains on. And at the end of the day, it's no fun to drive with a dead phone. So grab one of the car chargers mentioned above to stay connected and enjoy the drive with some melodious tunes.
Next up: Are you looking for universal power adapters? Read the following post to find the best travel adapters with USB ports/outlets.