Affordable, compact device provides a fast charging option for cars.
A couple of years ago, I had a small SUV that was over 10 years old. It still ran, but it didn’t have a lot of the amenities that newer vehicles have like built-in USB ports. Today, I have a car that is only 2 years old and it does have those features added on. Even with two USB ports that provide both charging and data sync capabilities, sometimes, you still need to connect through the car’s auxiliary power outlet, formerly known as a cigarette lighter. Syncwire has a great option for a car charger – the Aluminum Alloy Fast-Charging Car Charger.
This car charger supports PD and QC fast-charging protocols that provide up to 4 times faster-charging capabilities. With it, the user can charge two devices at the same time with speeds up to 2.4A in both ports. The maximum power output is 24W. There is a built-in smart chip that helps provide protection against overcurrent, short circuit, over-voltage, under-voltage, overheating, and overpowers. Syncwire designed this charger to be more compact so that it fits easier into smaller spaces. It is universally compatible with common devices that charge using USB-A or USB-C.
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm; 39.97 Grams
- Weight: 1.41 Ounces
- 2 usb ports (2.4A*2)
- Syncwire car charger passes UL 60950, CE, and FCC test. It is certified by UL, CE, and FCC.
The charger comes in a simple retail box. It’s mostly white with some turquoise graphics/writing highlighting the brand’s logo and the product name. There is a photo of the device on the front of the box and the main features of the device on the back. When you open the box you’ll find the charger and a user guide. The user guide is very basic and only describes the warranty policies and safety instructions. The guide is multilingual and includes contact information for Syncwire.
When I first took the charger out of the box I was impressed at how heavy-duty it felt. I like that it’s made with aluminum alloy because I feel like that will be more durable than other materials and since it’s likely to be tossed around a bit in the car, I think this was a good choice to keep the device as durable as possible. There are two ports on it – a USB-A and a USB-C PD port. To use it, you simply plug it into your car’s power outlet and then plug charging cables into it for the devices you want to charge.
To test the efficiency of the charger, I plugged it into a DC charging outlet on a generator that provides 12V of power, which is comparable to a standard car auxiliary power outlet. I plugged my iPad Pro (11-inch, 2018) into the charger using a standard USB-C cable and let it charge for approximately 30 minutes so that I could determine the charging rate of the charger. In that time, my iPad gained 26% and so the charging rate was 0.86% per minute. I also used a USB Digital Tester to check the power being delivered to the connected device. After timing the power transfer for 60 seconds, the tester showed that the iPad was receiving 1.62A.
This car charger from Syncwire is a good value for anyone who needs additional charging options in their car. Even though a lot of newer cars have USB ports for connectivity, many of those won’t provide power for more power-hungry devices like iPads. This car charger can solve that issue and it’s an affordable option to do so.