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[Buyer's Guide ] 4 Best USB Car Chargers in 2016

Best USB Car Chargers

Don't you just hate it when you forget to charge your phone, iPad or some other electronic device that you need the night before and it dies on you during your road trip? We've all been there before and it can be terribly annoying and frustrating when you don't have any entertainment on that three-hour ride.

The summer holiday season is nearly here and according to StatisticBrain, 45% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation, with the average distance traveled on a summer trip being 284 miles (one-way). Interestingly, 91% of summer trips will be made in a car or other personal vehicle of some sort. With this in mind, here are 4 good and reliable USB car chargers you should have in your car to ensure that your phones and other electronic devices never go flat while you're out on the road.    

Scosche reVolt Dual - $14.99

Scosche reVolt Dual USB Car Phone Charger

Tiny and efficient, the Scosche reVolt Dual 202M USB car charger comes with two 10 Watt USB ports for you to charge your iPad and iPhone at the same time. Although the product description states that it is for Apple products like the iPhone and iPad, rest assured that it will also work for Android phones and tablets as well as Kindles.

88% of customers have given the reVolt Dual 202M either a 4 or 5 star rating on Amazon, with most highlighting it's charging speed, reliability and durability. 

Scosche reVolt Dual USB Car Phone Charger 2

Key Product Info:
Weight: 0.3 ounces
Length: 6 inches
Output: 10 Watt / 2.1A per port

Pros: Easy to insert and remove, durable 
Cons: Non-Apple devices require a charge-only cable for optimum performance

Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (696 reviews)

AmazonBasics 4.0 Amp Dual USB Car Charger - $7.99

AmazonBasics USB Car Charger

The AmazonBasics Dual USB Car Charger has two ports allowing for simultaneous 10W / 2A charging per port. This charger works with almost any device, whether Apple or Android, that allows for USB charging. Although, as with the Scosche reVolt Dual 202M above, if you're charging non-Apple devices, be sure to use a charge-only cable for optimum performance.

84% of customers have given the AmazonBasics Dual USB Car Charger either a 4 or 5 star rating on Amazon. Many of the comments have focused on it's value and the fact that it gets the job done. Overall, if you're not too fussed about the aesthetics, this is a good value-buy.

Key Product Info:
Weight: 0.3 ounces
Length: 3.1 inches
Output: 10 Watt / 2A per port

Pros: Cheap and gets the job done 
Cons: Clunky, Non-Apple devices require a charge-only cable for optimum performance

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The Aukey CC-S1 USB Car Chargerat 12W/2.4A per USB port, is one of the more powerful car USB chargers out in the market today. It's AiPower Adaptive Charging Technology detects the input current of the connected devices to maximize both compatibility and charging speed up to 2.4 amps each port or 4.8 amps overall. What this means, is that unlike the Scosche reVolt Dual 202M or the AmazonBasics Dual USB Car Charger, there is no need to use a separate charge-only cable for non-Apple products.    

86% of customers have given the Aukey CC-S1 a 5 or 4 star rating, highlighting the fact that it's a fast charger and has a compact design.

Key Product Info:
Weight: 0.3 ounces
Length: 1.4 inches
Output: 12 Watt / 2.4A per port

Pros: Powerful, fast charger 
Cons: Can be hard to remove

Amazon rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars (1,861 reviews)

Anker 9.6A / 48W 4-Port USB Car Charger - $15.99

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The previous USB Car Chargers we covered all had only 2 USB ports. Most of the time, this would be enough as you can take turns to charge your phone or iPad. However, if you're going on an extra long road trip with 4 or more people, then 2 USB ports may not be enough. This is where a 4-port USB Car Charger like Anker's comes in handy. 

Anker 4 Port USB Car Charger 2

It's 48 watts of power lets you charge up to four tablets, smartphones or other devices at full speed simultaneously. No need for a charge-only cable like less powerful devices. An amazing 95% of customers have given the Anker 9.6A / 48W 4-Port USB Car Charger either a 4 or 5 star rating on Amazon with reviews focusing on it's fast charging and reliability.
Key Product Info:
Weight: 1.6 ounces
Length: 3.35 inches
Output: 12 Watt / 2.4A per port

Pros: Powerful, fast charger 
Cons: None really... just that we don't usually need 4 ports most of the time

Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,156 reviews)

Wrapping up

It's time to prepare for the summer driving season and you can't go too wrong with any of the USB car charger picks listed above. Customer reviews tend to be quite indicative of product quality and rest assured, all the devices listed have pretty high ratings (4.3 and above). Given that the price difference is only $10 between the more basic car charger from Amazon and the more advanced models, I'd definitely recommend getting the Aukey CC-S1 / reVolt Dual 202M instead.

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