We wanted to put together a thorough buying guide for car chargers. We purchased these car chargers, tested them, and gave it an honest assessment.
We’ve found a few USB car charger comparison websites / posts out there on the web, but many of them simply have too many ulterior motives or clearly favor one brand or another. While Anker does tend to be our personal favorite in general for Android chargers, car chargers is the exception. There are many manufacturers of car chargers that are really pushing innovation forward.
I don’t know about most of you, but buying an Android car charger can be really confusing, and really quite weird. For starters, even a lot of cars built in 2017 don’t have USB ports built into them. Yes, many of them do but for some reason they just aren’t a “standard” feature as of yet. Even cars that do have USB built into them, it is tough to really tell what kind of amperage is coming out of these things, without actually measuring. So we are left to deal with the “cigarette lighter port.”
Below you’ll find our comparison table. We could have easily added 50 products to this list, but we decided to stick with 8. These 8 chargers are all extremely well reviewed, and well priced. We compared the following data:
- photo – after all, we can be quite vain when it comes to our cars
- product name – for obvious reasons
- quick charge ability – a feature many of us are finding it hard to do without
- number of ports – with multiple people needing to charge their devices at the same time in a car, this is important
- notes – anything else we’ve left out
We left out price, because it changes so often and many people prefer to buy used.
|Photo||Product||Quick Charge||USB Ports||Volts / Amps||Notes|
|Tronsmart 4.8A Dual USB Car Charger||Quick Charge 2.0||2||5V/2A Per Port||Includes 2 Micro-USB cables|
|Anker Quick Charge 3.0 24W USB Car Charger||Quick Charge 3.0||1||5V/3A||Tiny, good for small spaces|
|RAVPower 54W 4-Port USB Car Charger||Quick Charge 3.0||4||5V/2.4Amps 9V/2Amps 12V/2Amps||Best 4 port car charger with a Quick Charge 3.0 port|
|AUKEY CC-T7 Car Charger||Quick Charge 3.0||2||Tiny, good for small spaces|
|Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 Quick Charge 3.0 39W Dual USB Car Charger||Quick Charge 3.0||2||39W||Personal favorite|
|Anker 48W 4-Port USB Car Charger||NA||4||2.4 amps per port or 9.6 amps overall||Most ports per cubic inch|
|Anker 50W 5-Port USB Car Charger, PowerDrive 5||NA||5||50 Watt||Most ports, extension cable|
|Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger, PowerDrive 2||NA||2||24W||Compact, Best Seller|
Favorite Car Charger: Anker PowerDrive Speed 2
For the majority of cars and trucks, 2 USB ports will do. We are going to make that assumption right up front. Anker’s PowerDrive Speed 2 is truly everything you could possibly want in a charger:
- it has 2 USB ports
- it has Quick Charge 3.0
- it is compact
- has a sick finish
- 39W – plenty of juice for both ports
It is kind of crazy how some chargers can have such good designs, while others so bad. This charger is the perfect size to fit into even the tightest of spaces. It also won’t break the bank. No, $25 or so for a car charger isn’t cheap, but how many gas station chargers have you bought / broke in the last few years. I take really good care of my charger.
Runner Up: Anker PowerDrive 5
This charger is kind of “overkill” when it comes to car charging, but we are very serious about charging our phones and devices. We love this devices for 3 main reasons:
It has an extendable cable
The great thing about this, is that the actual charger reaches all the way back to the back seat if necessary. So if you have 3-4 people trying to share a charger in the back, you don’t have to rely on the length of the charging cable alone. While a lot of newer SUV’s and vans/cars have cigaretter lighter ports in the back, many older ones don’t. When this is the case, this is the perfect charger.
It has 5 freaking ports
Recently we used this car charger on a trip from Florida to New Jersey when we had to evacuate for Hurricane Irma. This charger consistently charged (3) mobile phones and (2) iPads for about 6 hours per day. Luckily we had some long cables to pair this with including:
- 2 Amazon Basics 6 foot lighting cables for our Apple devices
- 2 Veckle USB-C cables for our USB-C / Android devices
The only downside to this product is kind of inherent – being that it has 5 ports, things can get mighty tangly if you don’t keep up with it. 5 ports = 5 cables plus the cable that attaches to the cigarette lighter.
I also like that the main cable is red. That is a major benefit being that you can tell which cable is the main cable and which one is a phone charging cable.
5 ports is damn well enough for anything you need to do. If you need more than 5 USB ports in a car, you should reevaluate your entire life.
It is made by Anker
I’m not going to pretend to not be biased, Anker is the best charging company on the planet Earth. They have a great return policy, warranty, and they make quality products with quality components.
Help Us Add More, Please
Right now we’ve added 8 chargers. This isn’t becase there is a shortage of competition, we really only want to test quality car chargers. If you’ve found a quality USB car charger that you think should be added to our comparison table, please let us know! The same goes for errors and corrections. Thank you!