We all know the difficulties of a dead battery on our favorite electronics, and for as far as battery technology has come, our modern tablets and smartphones are still plagued by that low battery warning on a frequent basis. For those that enjoy a passenger vehicle on their commute, there is a solution, if your device can be powered by USB, here is our list of the best car chargers.
As always, we’re going to explore some categories of mobile tech car chargers, we believe in the options we are putting in front of you, but there may be others that better suite your needs. Check it out.
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Anker PowerDrive car charger
Starting off our list is one of the chargers that lives in my car, the fairly basic, but small and sleek PowerDrive 2-port USB charger from Anker. Equipped with their IQ technology, this charger is ready to rock all of your mobile gear from 0.5A up to 2.4A per port. No frills, no gimmicks, just a reliable little charger for your car. I will add that the blue LED indicator light is a little bright when night driving, but just make sure it is not pointed to distract you and all will be fine.
While we prefer our technology to be as versatile as possible, we entirely respect those that like dedicated accessories, it appears Amazon does as well. The AmazonBasics Apple Lightning iPhone car charger is MFi certified and ready to supply the power you need for your iPhone or iPad.
Although discrete and sleek are not the name of the game here, this dual-port car charger USB adapter has two Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 ports. The Anker PowerDrive+ 2 produces up to 42W of output, able to charge your hungriest of mobile devices. Backward compatible with all previous USB charging voltages and speeds, this is the only charger you’ll need, you know, unless you have more than two devices to plug in, or have a proprietary rapid charge device you’re trying to use.
If your car is like mine, one 12 volt socket is not enough to handle all your power needs on the road, luckily, there are solutions for that. This Monoprice multi-socket car charger with USB port is not the latest in technologies, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve is still going strong after 5 years of providing juice in my car.
Two additional 12-volt sockets accept any of the other car chargers on this list, the additional USB port provides basic power for your less hungry devices and there’s even a little light. A mounting base and coiled cord keep things tidy in most situations, but allows for extended use, when needed.
With all of the different dash configurations out there, perhaps a charger that sits in your car’s cup holder is better for your needs. CHGeek produces a multi-purpose device that may appeal to you. Packed with two 12-volt socket and two USB ports with combined total output of 3.1Amps. The real reason we’re including this cup holder charger instead of some others is that this one also comes with car voltage detection.
A simple LED readout reports your car’s voltage, helping you monitor if you’re going to drain your car battery when the engine is not running. There are other USB car chargers that handle this function as well, do have a look around if this is a valuable tool for you.