The Best USB Car Chargers for Your Next Road Trip

MakeUseOf | 2/21/2019 | Kannon Yamada
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USB car chargers cost very little these days. But that doesn’t mean you should buy just any charger. Whether you’re looking for a USB-C or micro-USB charger, our curated guide will help you find the best.

Buying a USB-C car charger is tricky. Not only will many USB-C chargers fail to charge your device at its maximum speed, but some may not charge your device at all. Also, a large number of poorly designed USB-C chargers will destroy your devices. If you aren’t sure whether a charger is worth buying, you can check to see which USB-C chargers are safe and which are dangerous.

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Fortunately, micro-USB cables and USB-A chargers aren’t as complex, or potentially dangerous, as USB-C chargers. This means that you can safely buy one of the cheapest dual-port models. However, USB-A ports are incompatible with USB-C Power Delivery. That means you can’t fast charge devices that lack Quick Charge.

The Anker PowerDrive Speed+ 2 includes two ports: a USB-C and a USB-A. The USB-C port is compatible with Power Delivery (PD), meaning it can fast charge PD-compatible phones. The USB-A port is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible, so it will work with most Android devices and iPhones or iPads.

News - PowerDrive - Speed+ - Certification - Amazon

All the news about the PowerDrive Speed+ 2 is good. It comes with a USB-IF certification. Its Amazon rating of 4.5-stars out of five and an A-grade rating on FakeSpot give it strong credentials. It also shows up on many top-ten lists.

You should be able to use a USB-A-to-C cable in the USB-A port. Just make sure to buy one that includes a 56k resistor, like the Anker Powerline USB C cable.

AmazonBasics - Dual-Port - USB - Car - Charger

The AmazonBasics Dual-Port USB Car Charger can simultaneously charge a dash cam and your phone or GPS device. It doesn’t matter whether you have an iPhone or Android device. However, this charger...
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