SCOSCHE strives to keep your gear ready for everyday use with their 30W Fast Charger for Car.
I remember growing up in the 1990’s, having to hunt down individual car chargers for each device. If devices were portable, they came with hard-wired car adaptor ends. If not, you could hunt down a universal charger at a store like Radio Shack. The sparse accessory ports allowed us to charge/utilize a single device at a time, which was not typically a problem unless the car had an additional outlet. Fast forward to 2019, and it is shockingly apparent that car charging tech has drastically lagged behind the advancements in portable devices. When we consider the need to charge multiple smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, GPS machines, dash cams, etc., the glaring lack of charging real estate becomes a nuisance. Luckily, there have been some modifications to accessory outlet adaptors, which allow us to access single to multiple USB output ports. We can now choose to rapidly charge a single or a few devices or charger more devices but at lesser speeds. Until the car industry intensifies the focus upon accessory tech, devices like the POWERVOLT POWER DELIVERY 3.0 USB-C/USB-A Fast Charger for Car can be lifesavers.
The POWERVOLT Fast Charger arrived in a 3 1/16 inches wide by 6 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches thick retail package. Along the top of the cover, you will see the device name printed in bold-font English and grey-colored French and Spanish. Along the middle, I found a 2 3/16 inches long by 1 3/16 inches wide photograph quality image of a dual port car adaptor. The silver adaptor prongs starkly contrasted the black shell of the charger, and it was evident that the device had a USB-A and USB-C output. Just above the charger image, there was a 15/16 inches tall by 7/16 inches wide battery image, with a much-needed splash of green coloration. The battery was labeled with 3X and displayed “More power than typical chargers” just beneath the battery. There were two additional icons on the cover, which detailed the ability to charge two devices and showed compatibility with music players, phones and tablets. Lastly, I was pleased to find the SCOSCHE company name boldly labeled along the bottom.
Rotating the packaging ninety degrees counterclockwise, you can see an off-white colored SCOSCHE title filling the entire panel. The opposing side panel provided a valuable list of product specifications and compatibilities. The packaging promised the ability to accept 12-24V DC/3.2A, to output 5VDC/2.4A (12W USB-A) and 5VDC/3A, 9VDC/2A (18W USB-C), and has a 3-year limited warranty. The back panel provided a graph with “Charge Time” on the X-axis, “Battery %” on the Y-axis, and charging data for 18W USB- PD on iPhone X and Standard 5W on iPhone X. The graph had time markings for 45 minutes, 115 minutes and 165 minutes. The green (18W USB-C PD) line showed a rapidly accelerating line from zero to forty-five minutes and showed nearly 75% charge. The rate of charge dropped significantly to 115 minutes, but the phone was fully charged. The black line (5W iPhone X) showed a slower trend from zero to forty-five minutes and a similar rate of charge from forty-five to 115 minutes, when compared to the faster charger. From 115 minutes to 165 minutes, the 5W charger seemed to power devices at a similar, yet slower, pace to the 18W charger. I was excited to test the power output and to see the benefit of 18W USB-C and 12W USB-A charging. Additionally, I was interested to see what the packaging meant by “Charge with up to 3X the power of a standard USB.”
Within the box, I found a thin clear plastic tray/box housing the 3 inches long by 1 1/8 inch diameter charger. The internal packaging was a dual layer plastic design, with a lower form fit plastic tray and a smooth upper top. I do not think that the top layer was needed as the box/tray liner would satisfactorily contain the charger. Since I do not specifically know the packaging costs for the device, I cannot know what they would save by eliminating the top box-panel of the plastic tray. However, I do know that any savings would detract from the overall cost because the top of the tray was completely unnecessary.
When I plugged the device into my 2011 Chevy Silverado or my wife’s 2015 Dodge Caravan, I found that it only stuck out about 1 1/4 inches. The fit was quite secure, and there was very little wiggle within the console. To test the power of the device, I plugged a DROK USB-C LCD Multimeter into the USB-C port of the car adaptor. I then plugged a USB-C to lightning cable into the USB-C output port of the multimeter. I plugged the lightning cable into my iPhone XS Max and found the multimeter read 5.26V/2.41A. Starting at 87% power at 12:20 pm, my phone was fully charged in 14 minutes. As I depleted the phone to <30%, the phone seemed to charge at about 1% per minute. I was using the navigation features and found my phone to be back to 50% within 30 minutes. I was pleased with the rate of charge of the adaptor.
For my second test, I plugged the USB-A port of the multimeter into the USB-A port on the charger and then a USB-A to Lightning cable into the multimeter. Charging my iPhone XS Max via USB-A showed a rate of about 5.15V/1.79A, which was similar to the USB-C port. Again, I found that my phone was able to charge at a little more than 1% per minute while using this charger. I plugged my Nintendo Switch into the USB-C port via USB-C to USB-C RAVPOWER cable and found it to charge at 9.04-9.12V/0.25-.73A. I moved the multimeter to the USB-A port, kept the Switch on charge and found the output to be 5.15V/2A. I was not able to prove the 3X power claim but found that the power output was more than adequate to charge two devices. With 12V car adaptors on a 15A fuse, the device used only 30W of the total 180W total power. Comparing the device to the old 0.5A chargers is simply ridiculous as most modern devices are now charging at 5V/1-2.4A. The car 12V output port is not an ideal shape for the vibrations/road noise that the adaptors experience. Until the industry standard changes, I will continue to dual port car adaptors to keep my tech charged. As devices move towards USB-C charging, devices like the SCOSCHE POWERVOLT PD 3.0 Fast Charger for Car become even more useful.