If you’re like me, you use your smartphone as a satnav, and for playing music whilst driving. Having the GPS on all of the time is a very quick way to drain your device’s battery, and so having some way of charging your phone in you car is really helpful. Modern cars often come with USB ports, but if yours doesn’t, there are plenty of car chargers that use the 12V cigarette lighter port on the dashboard.
Today, I’m reviewing Lumsing’s 24W QC2.0 dual port USB car charger. It stands out from the competition for a couple of reasons:
- It has two USB ports, and not just one
- One of those USB ports uses Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology
The QC 2.0 port means that, if you have a supported device, it will charge much more quickly. It works by increasing the voltage above the standard 5 volts provided by normal USB ports. If your device isn’t supported, then you can still charge it at the normal speed, so it’s safe to use for all devices. The Quick Charge port is coloured orange, with the standard USB port coloured blue.
Quick Charge is only offered on a handful of devices, which are mostly higher-end Android smartphones. Sadly, I don’t own one to test it out. Apple’s iPhones and such don’t offer it.
The car charger itself is a nice, neat unit with curved edges. It doesn’t protrude too far out of your dashboard and seems to work well.
The Lumsing 24W QC2.0 dual port USB car charger is currently on sale at Amazon for £9.99. Whilst it is more expensive than the chargers you can buy in the average pound shop, if you have a compatible device then it will charge it much more quickly for you.