Author: Rick Stella


Fitbit Ionic review

A mainstay in the fitness tracking industry for years, Fitbit’s ascension to the cream of the wearable crop was originally met with subpar competition. Today, companies like Garmin, Suunto, TomTom, and Samsung properly push Fitbit forward, preventing t…


Plug that phone in while you navigate: Our 10 favorite iPhone car chargers

There’s no reason your traffic-laden commute to work can’t double as the perfect time to charge your Apple device. Although there are plenty of car chargers with Lightning connectors out there that are capable of getting the job done, only a select few deserve your attention and hard-earned money. Some may tout a lightweight design or additional USB ports[1], while others are compact and attempt to save space, but nearly all of them provide a quick and convenient solution for charging your smartphone[2] via the 12-volt socket — aka the circular cigarette lighter — housed within your vehicle’s dashboard or main interface. Below are a few of our current favorites.

Best iPhone car chargers

iOttie Rapid Volt Dual Port USB Car Charger

  • MFi Certified: No
  • Length: N/A
  • Warranty: None
  • Price: $12

iOttie’s[3] car charger doesn’t include a USB cable, but it makes up for it by having two USB ports (each charging at 2.5Amp / 12.5-Watt each port). Not only can you charge multiple devices at once when you’re on the road, but the green halo glows to indicate the charger is on and working. When your device is at 100-percent capacity, the Rapid Volt’s ‘Smart Charge’ technology stops charging to avoid premature battery wear.

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PowerBear Car Charger

  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: 24 months
  • Price: $22

PowerBear’s[5] offering is another charger that comes with a built-in Lightning cable and also has two extra USB ports for charging other devices simultaneously. The charger will adjust to the connected device to charge it as quickly as possible. Unlike the Shine Future charger, it is smaller, but depending on where your car’s 12V socket is, the USB ports and cable may be harder to access or, at the very least, the cable will be bent in an uncomfortable-looking direction. Should anything happen to the charger, it’s covered by a 2-year warranty, so you can reach out to PowerBear to get a replacement.

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E. T. Pocket Car Charger

  • MFi Certified: No
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: Limited
  • Price: $13

The car charger from E. T. Pocket features a retractable Lightning cable that puts out 1.2 Amps. It also comes equipped with one additional USB port in case you need it, and that’s really all this particular charger has to offer. Its design is straightforward and easy to use, which may be exactly what you want from a car charger.

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Anker PowerDrive Car Charger

  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Length: 3 feet
  • Warranty: 18 months
  • Price: $14

If you don’t care about extra USB ports or the ability to retract the cable, and just want a charger with one use, Anker’s[8] car charger is the way to go. It just has the one, 3-foot Lightning cable built-in to it and, overall, it may be one of the smallest products on this list. Anker notes that its charger isn’t compatible with Lifeproof or Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, so if you prefer cases from those manufacturers, this charger may not be for you. On a more positive note, though, it is backed by an 18-month warranty.

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1byone 3-Port USB Car Charger

  • MFi Certified: No
  • Length: N/A
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Price: $10

If two USB ports just won’t cut it, 1byone’s three-port charger has you covered. At just $10, this is one of the cheapest ways to charge multiple iOS devices[10] while assuring you don’t overcook your toys. Up to 2.4 Amps of power can be delivered to whatever is connected. An LED light is displayed when the device is on and delivering charge. Also, that red aluminum casing looks pretty snazzy.

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