Even though my iPhone 6 Plus sports a huge battery, I always need to charge it at the most inopportune times – usually while in the car. And a good car charger is a must-have accessory for any iPhone or iPad owner, so we’re highlighting five of the best options.
Just to note, there are two different trains of thought when using car chargers. Some users prefer to pay a little more for an option with a built-in Lightning cord, while others like to bring their own cable. So we’re featuring some of both on our list.
Back to basics
The AmazonBasics line is one of the most well-kept secrets on the retailer’s site. The private-label brand is a perfect way to pick up inexpensive, but well made, small electronics. This charger sports two 2.0 amp USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at one time, even an iPad. A small LED indicator will show you when the charger is positioned correctly and ready to go. It’s also backed by a one-year warranty for the retailer.
You can snag it now for $9.99.
What a jolt
A nice option with a built-in Lightning cable, Griffin’s PowerJolt SE offers a coiled connector that stretches up to almost 4 feet long but doesn’t take up a lot of room in your vehicle. The 10-watt charger can juice up both an iPhone and iPad simulatenously. As a nice touch, the self-resetting SmartFuse protects against any power fluctuations so you won’t need to replace any burned out fuses.
It can be purchased for $22.49 now.
A smaller option with a built-in Lightning cable, Anker’s PowerDrive can quickly charge your iPhone or iPad. Along with technology to prevent short circuits, Anker also designed the PowerDrive to protect from surges and overheating. It’s also backed by an 18-month warranty.
The PowerDrive retails for $13.99 and is available now.
Perfect for the whole family
If your whole family needs to charge their iOS devices on the road, Stalion has a nice choice with its 4 USB Port Car Charger. Each port can automatically detect and then deliver the fastest possible charging speed for an iPhone or iPad. It also comes with a two-year warranty. It can be purchased for $14.99.
A higher-end option, Tylt’s Ribbn features a tangle-free design. Along with being able to charge an iOS device with the built-in Lightning plug, a spare full-power USB port allows users to charge another device at the same time.
Buyers can select from four different colors – black, blue, green, and red. The three-foot cable can be purchased from the company’s site now for $49.99.
Did we miss a great car charger choice? Let us know which one. As for me, I’ve been using the AmazonBasics charger in my main vehicle for a little more than a year, and have really been pleased. It’s been rock solid, and has always done a great job juicing up my iPhone and iPad quickly and easily.