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Rolls-Royce of chargers

  • Sep 4, 2013
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I received a review sample from the manufacturer and, frankly, expected another variation on a common car charger. How wrong I was.

Specs first: this charger has a fairly wide operating range of 10 to 16 volts DC for input and outputs 5 volts at 1 amp on the aux port and the cable (that is 1000 milliamps per the markings on the body). This easily charges my Samsung Galaxy Note II, which I connect to the cable and my friend's iPhone 4S (or her iPad when she brings it along) via the aux USB port. Each port outputs the 1000 mA, unlike some chargers that will split the output giving each device 500 mA. The micro USB end flawlessly inserts into my phone, which is something my previous charger did not. Indeed, the previous charger's micro USB plug has slightly distorted the phone's power port from poor tolerances.

Right out of the box the first thing I looked for was the weak link in every other changer I've owned: the nut that holds the spring loaded tip and fuse assembly in place. On others the nut covers the entire barrel of the portion that plugs into the lighter socket and typically has coarse threads that will inevitably back off. When that happens the fuse, tip and spring will fly in different directions and this has happened more than once. Not so this. That assembly is housed in a separate assembly that is screwed into the body. It's practically impossible to come loose on its own, but still makes it relatively easy to change the fuse if ever you need to do that.

The body of the device is solid and hefty. More importantly, it inserts and removes easily from my lighter socket, and the housing on the end for the second USB port is solid. In fact, the port is well designed and made because some ports - even on computers and other devices - require a little fumbling (and sometimes cursing) to insert the cable connector. This one does not exhibit that problem.

Finally the cable, probably the most important part of this charger, is heavy-duty. In the past some of my chargers actually picked up my ignition system firing because of cheap cables and the fact that my car has a lot of radio frequency activity from the bluetooth connection to an FM retransmitter. This cable is ultra quiet and does not pick up external signals. If there is one complaint it's the cable is a tad too stiff. I have to exert a little more pull to extend it, but in the overall scheme of things that is a very minor complaint.

Bottom line: this charger is a keeper and I am betting that it will long outlast the others that I have used - most of which fall apart of fail in some way after four to six months. This one is truly the Rolls-Royce of chargers.

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I received a review sample from the manufacturer and, frankly, expected another variation on a common car charger. How wrong I was.    Specs first: this charger has a fairly wide operating range of 10 to 16 volts DC for input and outputs 5 volts at 1 amp on the aux port and the cable (that is 1000 milliamps per the markings on the body). This easily charges my Samsung Galaxy Note II, which I connect to the cable and my friend's iPhone 4S (or her iPad when she brings it along) …
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From your vehicle's 12 or 24-volt power outlet you can power or charge virtually any electronic device that features a micro USB charging port, or has a USB Charging Cable.

Steepower Micro USB Car Charger
The Steepower Micro USB high-performance car charger is a requirement for anyone who is on the road. Through your vehicle power adapter you can talk and charge at the same time so your cell phone will stay charged while you are on the go. The sleek design of the charger will complement your phone as you power up directly from your vehicle's adapter, without having to carry around too many cables.

Charge on the go
Always have power available when you travel, especially for the devices you use when you're in the car.

Dual USB Ports
This car charger has many uses, it features a micro USB adapter that makes it compatible with most smartphones and portable devices on the market, including GPS, MP3 or MP4 players, and more. And also gives you an additional USB Charging port, so you can charge other devices simultaneously.

Popular Compatible Models:
Apple: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4; iPads and iPods (YES, all of them) @ 1 to 2.1 Amp Max (Please use your own cable)
Android Phones: Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Galaxy Note 2 / Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX / HTC One X V S; All models @ 1.5 Amp Max
Other Devices: GPS / PSP / Kindle, Kindle Fire / Nexus 7 etc. @ 1.5 Amp Max
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