The bigger our phones get, the more power hungry they are. And the bigger batteries we have, the longer they take to charge. Thus the invention of quick charging was brought upon us, to charge our devices rapidly so we can get back to Snapchatting our lives away.
Though you may not be actively using your phone in your car (nor should you!), streaming music over Bluetooth and using Google Maps can be a real drain on your battery. Regular USB chargers don’t cut it anymore, so Quick Charge in the car is a big deal.
Ports: 1 Quick Charge 2.0 USB, 2 2.4 amp USB
Included in box: car charger, micro USB cable
Where to buy: Inateck, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK)
The charger is really simple, with basic lines and a piano black finish. Though it’s bigger than other slimmer chargers, it looks pretty good and is well made. Instead of the cheap springs on the sides, it uses more solid metal contacts.
The face simply has three USB ports with cables. The Quick Charge 2.0 port is bright green, while the others are black. There’s also an LED there.
The USB cable is very basic, but it is slim and will fit almost any case. Seeing thick ends on cables is an endless frustration.
For the review, I used a Moto X Pure Edition. It supports both Quick Charge 2.0 and the Motorola Turbo chargers. It also has pretty mediocre battery life, so I find myself charging my phone on any long trip. I stream music using Play Music over Bluetooth and use Google Maps, which isn’t easy on any device.
The Quick Charge 2.0 port charged the device very quickly indeed. With that heavy load on the Moto X, I still got almost 1% per minute of charging. It varied from 8% to 10% per 10 minutes, which is quite impressive.
Of course, the other two ports are just regular old USB ports. They’re great for extra devices and passengers who tag along with their own cable. It’s always nice having more than one USB port.
Interstingly enough, the Moto X recognized this charger as a Turbo charger according to the popup when I plugged it in.
Honestly, I have nothing negative to say about this charger. It does what it’s supposed to do, looks decent, and comes with a USB cable. I can’t find a fault in that. It’s a little big, but for three fairly powerful USB ports, I can’t complain.
If you’ve been looking for a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled car charger, check out this one for the extra ports. You can find something cheaper with a single port, but it’s always nice to have extras for the people you’re lugging around.