Smartphone technology has advanced at an exponential rate, with significant improvements to be seen with regards to the display, processing packages, the camera, and others year after year. However, one aspect that hasn’t particularly kept the pace has been battery life. While OEMs have attempted to address these concerns with larger batteries and features like fast charging, most current generation smartphones don’t provide more than a full day of use, which reduces dramatically with heavy usage.
Having an option to recharge your phone while on the go is important, and if you have a long commute, or use your phone for navigation, music, and more, while in the car, having a good car charger can make a world of difference. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best USB car chargers that are currently available. Let’s take a look!
Anker PowerDrive 2
The Anker PowerDrive 2 USB car charger comes with 2 ports, allowing for the charging of two devices simultaneously. Power IQ technology detects your device to deliver its fastest possible speed, up to 2.4 amps per port, however, keep in mind that this particular charger does not Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0/3.0. Anker’s MultiProtect system menas that you get surge protection, temperature control, and more advanced safety features keep your devices safe. The Anker PowerDrive 2 is currently priced at just $7.99.
5ive 2-port charger with Quick Charge 2.0 support
The 5ive car charger is a Qualcomm certified Quick Charge 2.0 charger, and comes with two ports that support it, allowing you to fast charge two devices simultaneously. Apart from being able to charge QC 2.0 compatible smartphones and tablets, the charger also comes with smart identification to recognize non-QC 2.0 devices, and provides the maximum possible charge in this case (5V 2.4 A). Multiple built-in safe guards ensures that that your device is safe from damage from over current, overcharging, and overheating. If you have a smartphone that comes with Quick Charge 2.0 support, the 5ive dual-port USB car charger is a great choice, and is currently available at a heavily discounted price point of just $7.99.
Anker PowerDrive+ 2 with Quick Charge 3.0 support
The Anker PowerDrive+ 2 comes with two ports, one with Quick Charge 3.0 support, and the other with Quick Charge 2.0 support that is coupled with Power IQ technology to allow for the fastest charge possible. This is one of the most compact dual port car chargers in the market, and comes with a sturdy build, along with a LED ring to indicate its use in low-light conditions. The charger also comes with surge protection, protection from overcharging, over current, and overheating, to keep your devices safe. If you have a smartphone that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, this is the car charger for you. The Anker PowerDrive+ 2 is currently priced at $24.59.
UNITEK 3-port charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support
The UNITEK car charger provides multiple ports, for you to charge up to 3 devices simultaneously. One of the ports comes with support for Quick Charge 2.0, that lets you charge your QC 2.0 compatible smartphone or tablet 75% faster than a standard charger. The other two ports don’t come with fast charging capabilities, but it auto detects the plugged in device to provide the faster charge possible, up to 2.4 A. As is the case with all other car chargers on the list, this one also comes with multiple safe guards to keep the device safe from over current, overcharging, and overheating. The UNITEK 3-port charger is currently priced at just $13.99.
Aukey 4-port charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support
This Aukey car charger lets you charge up to 4 devices simultaneously if you need to do so. One of the ports comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support, allowing you to charge your QC 3.0 compatible smartphone 4x faster than a standard charger. The charger comes with a microUSB cable, but if you have the appropriate cable handy, you can use this charger to charge smartphones with a USB Type C port as well. The other three ports don’t come with fast charging, but allows for the fastest possible charge, up to 2.4 A. The charger also keeps your devices safe from over current, overcharging, and overheating. The Aukey 4-port charger is currently priced at $25.99.
Spigen USB Type C charger
More and more Android OEMs are adopting the USB Type C standard, and if you have a smartphone with such a port, the Spigen USB Type C car charger is the ideal charger for you. The charger comes with an attached Type C cable, that lets you charge your device faster than a standard charger, by charging at 3 A. The charger also comes with a standard USB port, that lets you charge another device at the fastest charge possible, up to 2.4 A. The Spigen USB Type C charger is currently priced at $14.99.
Aukey USB Type C charger
This is another USB Type C charger, but unlike the Spigen charger above, the Aukey charger doesn’t come with a cable attached, but instead, comes with a USB Type C port. The port also comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0, a combination that is available with most current generation flagships. The charger also comes with two other standard USB ports, allowing you to potentially charge up to three devices simultaneously. The charger also comes with built-in safe guards to protect your device against excessive current, overheating, and overcharging. The Aukey USB Type C car charger is currently priced at $25.99.