Best Car Chargers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 16, 2018
Are you someone who relies on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet while on the road, especially on long road trips? If so, then you probably need a good car charger for your mobile devices. Read on for our reviews of five of the best car chargers available. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The VoltageBoost Technology determines the resistance of the cable and compensates for it by smoothing the output voltage - this ensures the highest charging speed, regardless of the length and condition of the charging cable.

CONS

The backlight is quite bright, which can be a little irritating.

OUR VERDICT

The PowerIQ™ technology and support for QuickCharge 3.0 will make the fastest charge of any gadget, from advanced devices using Android and iOS to cameras, portable consoles and many other devices.

detailed parameters
Ports

2 USB ports (with up to 3 Amps per USB port)

Total Power

Up to 39 W

Housing

Plastic with anti-slip carbon-fiber mesh grip

Extras

Quick Charge 3.0 supporting, PowerIQ™ Technology, VoltageBoost™ Technology, MultiProtect safety system, LED-lighting

Dimensions

2.6 x 1.4 x 1.4 inches

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

AUKEY EntireProtect™ provides reliable protection for connected devices because it prevents their failure due to problems with the electrical output of the car. The MCU controller eliminates the risk of breakage due to short circuits.

CONS

Glossy plastic is susceptible to scratches.

OUR VERDICT

Many people are used to thinking that car chargers are inferior to wall outlet chargers in terms of performance, but this model will dispel this myth: even the most capacious battery can be charged here in less than an hour.

detailed parameters
Ports

2 USB ports (with up to 3 Amps per USB port)

Total Power

Up to 39 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Quick Charge 3.0 supporting, AiPower™ Technology, EntireProtect safety system

Dimensions

2.4 x 1.26 x 1.26 inches

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The case is made of plastic and has flexible external molding of TPU in a place where such devices are most often subject to wear and tear - this not only gives the device a stylish appearance but also extends its service life.

CONS

Two sockets are oriented in the opposite direction.

OUR VERDICT

This inexpensive yet practical charger from MaxBoost features 2 ports of 2.4 amperes each so that you can charge two devices at the same time and get equally high and stable voltage for each port.

detailed parameters
Ports

2 USB ports (with up to 2.4 Amps per USB port)

Total Power

Up to 24 W

Housing

Plastic with with the flexible external molding of TPU

Extras

Intelligent Circuit safety system, LED-lighting

Dimensions

2.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 inches

Warranty

1 year

PROS

In addition to LED backlighting, there is also an intelligent LED indicator: it displays the current status of charging the device so you can find out when the battery of the connected device has reached 100% charge.

CONS

Gets hot during long charging sessions.

OUR VERDICT

This car charger is famous for the fact that it quickly charges phones, tablets and other modern devices, and iSmart technology prevents rapid wear of the battery for a long time.

detailed parameters
Ports

2 USB ports (with up to 2.4 Amps per USB port)

Total Power

Up to 24 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

iSmart technology, Sophisticated circuit design, LED-lighting

Dimensions

2.32 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches

Warranty

Limited lifetime (registration required)

PROS

USB ports are located at a sufficient distance from each other so that even with the simultaneous connection of two massive USB cables, they will not interfere with each other. An important point from the point of view of ergonomics.

CONS

Not compatible with several models of cars (list on the manufacturer's website).

OUR VERDICT

Incredibly small size and Flush-fit design make it possible to turn the socket from the cigarette lighter into a full charger for 2 devices. Moreover, charging does not stick out or get in the way while driving.

detailed parameters
Ports

2 USB ports (with up to 2.4 Amps per USB port)

Total Power

Up to 24 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Flush-fit design, AiPower™ Technology, EntireProtect safety system

Dimensions

1.61 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches

Warranty

2 years

Anker AK-A2228011

Sleek USB Car Charger

Anyone who is familiar with using any electronic device through a car cigarette socket knows how bulky the power adapter usually is. Instead of a small plug, there is usually a large, bulky part of the power adapter that sticks out from the socket, even while plugged in. When dealing with the limited confines of a car cabin, they can more often than not get in the way. Thankfully, not all car chargers are like that. The Anker AK-A2228011 39W Dual USB Car Charger is a great example of how a car charger can be small and sleek while still being powerful.

This USB car charger features two USB charging ports, giving you the ability to charge more than one mobile device at a time. Furthermore, the device features Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which allows all connected devices to be charged rapidly, even from a completely depleted battery. Both ports output 39 W, which is enough to power and charge even the most power hungry devices, so there are few devices that wouldn't find this charger to be more than sufficient for them. To top it all off, the small form factor of this device takes up a minimum of space, allowing you to drive comfortably without worry of the charger getting in the way. Anyone who values a compact car charger will be sure to love this model.

Review of Anker AK-A2228011 39W Dual USB Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0, PowerDrive Speed 2 for Galaxy S7/S6/Edge/Plus, PowerIQ for iPhone X/8/7/6s/Plus

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Aukey CC - T8

Quick Charge Your Device

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets can sometimes be finicky devices. Certain functions of these devices seem to consume battery power at a rapid rate, quickly leaving you with a useless device. This is especially troublesome when going on a road trip, where such devices are often used to assist with navigation, among other uses, and having it work without worrying about battery power is mandatory. The Aukey CC - T8 Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0 will help out anyone in such a situation.

Featuring two USB charging ports, this portable car charger will rapidly charge your smartphone or tablet using the Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which allows for rapid charging. This allows for full use of the device without needing to worry about the rate of battery drain. This charger also includes built-in safeguards to help prevent your devices from being damaged by rapid power fluctuations that are common with car cigarette sockets. It also prevents your devices from overheating from a rapid charge, something that is common with fast chargers. The universal compatibility also ensures that this charger will work with almost any device plugged in. All of these features combined in a small car charger make this model a must buy.

Review of Aukey CC - T8 Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0, 39W Dual Ports for Samsung Galaxy Note8 / S9 / S8 / S8+, LG G6 / V30, HTC 10 and More | Qualcomm Certified

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Maxboost CARCHARGER-BBLK

Sturdy and Reliable

One of the problems with car cigarette lighter power adapters and chargers is that the build quality of them tends to be less than stellar. Often made out of cheap plastic with flimsy metal connectors, such devices have given all products of their type a bad name. Finding a high-quality car charger can be tricky, but it is certainly not impossible, as can be attested by the Maxboost CARCHARGER-BBLK 4.8A/24W 2 USB Smart Port Charger. This high-quality car charger features a high-quality build, with a double injected frame featuring a polycarbonate inner layer and a flexible TPU external molding. This gives the charger a sturdy build that feels of much higher quality than most other car chargers.

The build quality isn't the only feature of this 2 port USB car charger. Maxboost intelligent circuit design gives the device exceptional protection against power spikes and other power anomalies that are common with a car cigarette socket, keeping your charging devices fully protected. The dual USB ports allow for charging or powering two devices simultaneously, and the compact design keeps this charger out of the way while operating your vehicle. With such features as these, this car charger sits at the top of the heap and is sure to please anyone who purchases this model.

Review of Maxboost CARCHARGER-BBLK 4.8A/24W 2 USB Smart Port Charger [Black] For iPhone X 8 7 6S 6 Plus, Galaxy S9 S8 S7 S6 Edge, Note 8

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RAVPower RP-VC006

Small But Powerful Charger

There is much to be said about a car charger that is small and remains out of the way while driving. Many car cigarette socket power adapters have tended to be quite bulky, so someone who is used to those will find much to love with one that is small and compact. The RAVPower RP-VC006 USB Car Charger is a small yet powerful car charger that allows for charging multiple devices. The charger features two USB ports, both using the iSmart technology to automatically adapt the power charging levels for each connected device. This technology also helps protect devices from power anomalies such as surges and spikes, which can tend to damage a device.

This small car charger also features a lightweight design with a very small footprint, keeping it almost unnoticeable while plugged into the car cigarette socket, and even being small and light enough to comfortably fit in your pocket while you are not in the car. The aluminum alloy body also allows it to have such a light weight while still being quite sturdy, meaning that the device won't quickly wear out from repeated use, nor will it overheat from extended charging sessions. Such a small and sturdy charger is sure to be a welcome addition to the interior of any mobile device user's vehicle.

Review of RAVPower RP-VC006 USB Car Charger, 24W 4.8A Metal Dual Car Adapter for S9 / S8 / S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 with iSmart 2.0 Tech

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Aukey CC-S1

Great Fit in Any Socket

Car chargers can often have a number of problems associated with them, with one of the most common being that they often don't fit very well in the car cigarette socket. These devices tend to be either too large, requiring an excessive amount of force to plug in, or tend to be too loose, making them pop out of the socket easily. Having a car charger that fits snugly into the socket while remaining easy to plug in and remove almost seems too much to ask. Thankfully, the Aukey CC-S1 Car Charger seems to meet this demand.

Featuring a small, compact body, this car charger has become a popular model thanks to the fact that it can fit into almost any car cigarette lighter socket quite easily, while firmly staying plugged in during the course of driving. This means no more worries about it coming out at the least opportune time. Along with its snug fit, this device boasts has optimal charging capabilities for charging two devices at the same time, thanks to the two USB charging ports. The built-in safeguards will also protect any connected devices from power anomalies, as well as protect both the devices and the charger from overheating. This great little car charger may just be the best car charger for anyone's needs.

Review of Aukey CC-S1 Car Charger, Flush Fit Dual Port 4.8A Output for iPhone X/8/7/Plus, iPad Pro/Air 2/mini, Samsung Galaxy Note8/S8/S8+

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What Is a Car Charger?

Car chargers have been around for quite a while now, so most people are familiar with what they are. For those who aren't, however, car chargers are devices that are used to provide charging power to a mobile device in a car while driving. This allows for the constant use of mobile devices without the need for worrying about the device running out of battery power.

Car chargers work by plugging into a car's cigarette lighter socket, which actually outputs a large amount of electrical power. As almost all cars contain such a socket, this allows for the ability to power or charge a device in almost any car. The device simply plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and is ready to use. The power used by the device is actually drawn from the car's electrical system instead of directly from the car's battery, which means that using the socket for such a purpose will not drain your car's battery.

As the cigarette lighter socket is generally used by a myriad of different devices meant for cars, such as radar detectors and GPS navigation devices, many car chargers will include more than one power output to allow for using more than one device through the socket. This, however, will depend entirely on the model of car charger that is purchased.

If you are looking for a charger to help charge a mobile device while not in a car, take a look at our reviews of five of the best rechargeable battery chargers.

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Publish Date: 2018-08-16 10:55:09