Whether you’re using your phone for navigation or some on-road entertainment, there will come a time when your device is going to need some juice to keep things going. But, with so many chargers on the market, knowing which one is best for you can quickly become something of a minefield.
It might be tempting to go for some dirt-cheap unknown car charger for your phone, but it would be wise to stick to the more well-known and high-rated ones. That way you are guaranteed better materials and most importantly, better current and power management to protect your device.
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Our top picks at a glance:
Wired car chargers:
Anker 24W PowerDrive 2
Anker is probably one of the companies you’ve heard the most about when the topic of chargers and batteries comes up, and that’s for a good reason. Throughout the years, it has managed to become a household name in this segment thanks to the incredible reliability, build quality, and innovative approach.
The Anker PowerDrive 2 is a 24W phone charger for your car, that provides the company’s attention to detail in a more affordable form factor. It is a rather small car charger that fits two USB-A ports, which can provide up to 24W combined, ie 12W per port.
Ainope 48W Super Mini
While there are many car phone chargers out there with a small form factor, the Ainope Super Mini is probably the slickest and most compact of them all. It is one of the most popular brands online that makes car phone chargers, and it seems to be loved by buyers.
For just a few dollars more, you get double the charging speeds of the Anker PowerDrive 2! This specific Ainope Super Mini car charger also comes with a USB-C (PD3.0) and a USB-A(QC3.0) port. The former can charge at up to 30W, while the latter at 18W. What’s even better, is that you can charge two devices at top speeds simultaneously, without any drops in power.
To top it all off, this little bad boy is made out of high quality materials and comes with a durable USB-C to USB-C 3.3ft nylon cable. If you would like to make use of the USB-C port that is the more powerful of the two, however, you’d have to get your own USB-C to Lightning cable.
Elecjet 63W PD PPS
The 63W charger from Elecjet seems to be a perfect fit for owners of phones capable of super fast charging speeds as it supports a standard called PD PPS. A good example are the Samsung Galaxy phones that require Programmable Power Supply (PPS) to charge at maximum speed.
The Elecjet 63W comes with a USB-C PD3.0 port that’s capable of charging speeds up to 45W and a USB-A QC3.0 port that goes up to 18W. It’s high power output also allows for charging laptops with a USB-C port like a MacBook Air /Pro, or a Dell XPS.
Anker 48W PowerDrive+ III Duo
Once again, we stumble upon an Anker device in our search of a great car phone charger. The Anker PowerDrive+ III Duo is one of the few out there that come with two USB-C ports. One of them can charge your device at a maximum speed of 30W, and the other at 18W. Thankfully, both USB-C ports can charge at their highest speeds at the same time.
The PowerDrive+ III Duo is made out of high quality and durable materials, and thanks to Anker’s PowerIQ 3.0 technology, it is universally compatible. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that it does not come with a cable, so you would have to get your own.
Anker assures maximum safety, thanks to its MultiProtect safety system, which prevents overloads, controls the temperature, and more.
Wireless car chargers:
Okay, so we listed you what we think are some of the best car chargers, but what about the wireless ones? Well, our first proposition is the iOttie wireless car charger, which is quite the popular choice among buyers.
This car wireless charger can juice up an Android phone with up to 10W and a iPhone up to 7.5W. It can automatically grab or let go of your phone once it senses you’ve placed it there. On top of that, you can choose between three different attachment options: cupholder, dashboard, and vent/CD.
The iOttie wireless car charger comes with the Auto Sense mount, a dual USB car charger, dashboard pad, and reflective sticker inside the box. The mount is very versatile in terms of its movement, so you should be able to find a comfortable position in your car.
Yes, Anker makes wireless car chargers too, are you surprised? However, the Anker MagGo is a rather niche product intended for iPhone 12 and later. That’s because it is a MagSafe wireless car charger.
It is a on the pricier side of the spectrum, but boasts amazing grip both of your phone and the mount itself. It’s made with great attention to detail and high quality materials. In the box, you will find an included 2-port USB Anker car charger, 5ft USB-C to USB-A charging cable 4 cable clips (self-adhesive), mounting pad (3M), and documentation.
For convenience, the MagGo comes with ambient light on it that helps you place your phone in dark conditions. It can put out a maximum of 7.5W while charging. Keep in mind that it is only compatible with MagSafe-enabled phones and cases.
The power is yours!
So, there you have it—our selection of the best car phone chargers in 2022 to buy. Of course, there are many niche products out there that cover specific needs, so don’t hesitate to add your own personal choices in the comments down below!