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RAVPower or Anker Car Charger

Hi all,

Anyone have experience with either Anker Powerdrive or RAVPower series of USB car chargers? Looking for something budget friendly (shocking, I know!), but more importantly safe and with reasonable charge speed for iOS devices (2.4A). Open to other suggestions as well, but I didn’t any specific reviews on BLF for these models. HKJ didn’t seem to happy with most of the car USB chargers reviewed, so I’m wondering if anyone has found any good ones. Bonus, would be something to supply power for the XTAR SV2 I just ordered, though I’d likely need a proper usb cord for that. Weight and size is also a factor as I’ll be using this in rental cars while travelling.

Thanks!

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I haven’t bought specifically what you are asking about, but I bought an Anker USB battery pack (20,000mah) and a box of Anker USB micro cables off amazon and both purchases have been great. Will definitely buy Anker products again.

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Their build quality seems decent, so I thought they might be a safer bet then the questionable no-name ones, but of course they are considerably more expensive ($15-25 CAD).

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FWIW, I recently bought an Aukey (there was a coupon code on SlickDeals) with a QC2.0 port and it quick charges my Samsung S7. I only paid like $7 and it included a cable on Amazon.

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Thanks, Blitzwolf seems more economical, so I’ll check them out.

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just upgraded to an Aukey 28w solar panel and of the 10 various solar panels I’ve had its the best built.

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I have the previous version of Anker's Powerdrive 5 in my car. 40W with 5 ports, been doin' it's thing for about 3 years now without problems. What I like about it is the cable, means I can hide the usb part somwhere under the dash, while plugging the 12V plug into the accessory port.

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I started out using Anker until I discovered Blitzwolf. I’ve been extremely pleased with both. Also, from what I’ve seen Aukey and Blitzwolf might share an OEM.

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Last Christmas I gave my SIL a small jump starter. After trying to find a good one I got a Bolt Power D28. It had good reviews, and was recommended by CR. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/jump-starters/buying-guide.htm. Recently they had occasion to use it and it worked as intended. I also got one for myself. Both were bought off Amazon.

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L4M4 wrote:
Blitzwooooolf
https://www.banggood.com/BlitzWolf-Qualcomm-Certified-Quick-Charger-QC-3...

For cables, I chose Ugreen and I am very happy with them (I also have Blitzwolf and a lot of OEM Cables – the Ugreen seem to charge the fastest – but that’s just my feeling)
https://ugreen.aliexpress.com/store/301635

Since all Blitzwolf Carchargers were tested “good” by HKJ, I assume, that the BW-C8 is also good (my phone still lives, so…)
http://lygte-info.dk/review/USBpower%20BlitzWolf%2048W%204-port%20smart%...
http://lygte-info.dk/review/USBpower%20Blitzwolf%20USB-C%20and%20QC2%20c...
http://lygte-info.dk/review/USBpower%20BlitzWolf%2051W%204-port%20car%20...
http://lygte-info.dk/review/USBpower%20Blitzwolf%202%20port%20car%20char...
http://lygte-info.dk/review/USBpower%20Blitzwolf%204%20port%20QC2%20car%...

It looks good and is tempting but I don’t see it listed under Qualcomm’s Quick Charge Device List

Wonder then if the QC is “mimicked”.

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paul02 wrote:

It looks good and is tempting but I don’t see it listed under Qualcomm’s Quick Charge Device List

Wonder then if the QC is “mimicked”.

There is no mimicking, anybody can make a QC device when using a QC chip.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): http://lygte-info.dk/

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HKJ wrote:
paul02 wrote:

It looks good and is tempting but I don’t see it listed under Qualcomm’s Quick Charge Device List

Wonder then if the QC is “mimicked”.

There is no mimicking, anybody can make a QC device when using a QC chip.

Is it/would you recommended then? After all, they don’t get their power banks “certified” by Qualcomm.

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Is it/would you recommended then? After all, they don’t get their power banks “certified” by Qualcomm.

You can see in each review what I mean about the chargers. The ones with many ports had one issue, that is that they can deliver very large current on a single usb connector, this can happen when using a defective usb cable and may damage the usb connector and in very extreme cases be a fire risk (The cable has to be damaged exactly right (or is it wrong) and be placed against something easy flammable).

The Qualcomm certificate cost money and do not necessarily give a better product. I will expect everything with a Qualcomm logo probably is certified, even if it is missing from the Qualcomm list.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): http://lygte-info.dk/

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HKJ wrote:
paul02 wrote:
Is it/would you recommended then? After all, they don’t get their power banks “certified” by Qualcomm.

You can see in each review what I mean about the chargers. The ones with many ports had one issue, that is that they can deliver very large current on a single usb connector, this can happen when using a defective usb cable and may damage the usb connector and in very extreme cases be a fire risk (The cable has to be damaged exactly right (or is it wrong) and be placed against something easy flammable).

The Qualcomm certificate cost money and do not necessarily give a better product. I will expect everything with a Qualcomm logo probably is certified, even if it is missing from the Qualcomm list.

Thank you for the insightful post.

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Would someone provide a link of car chargers tested?
Thanks,
Jerry

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jerm03 wrote:
Would someone provide a link of car chargers tested? Thanks, Jerry

I do not have a index of tested car chargers, but they can be found in this list: http://www.lygte-info.dk/info/indexUSB%20UK.html

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): http://lygte-info.dk/

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Thanks, I just bought a Belkin, and wish I had bought a Blitzwolf. Your tests are great and make the difference in what many of us choose.

Edit: HKJ, Please excuse my ignorance, but using the Aukey CC-T1 30W Dual Port Car Charger with Quick Charge 2.0 Dual-Port Is there any reason I could not use both or either USB port to charge a tablet? I am not sure why there are two different ports??
Thanks,
Jerry

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jerm03 wrote:
Thanks, I just bought a Belkin, and wish I had bought a Blitzwolf. Your tests are great and make the difference in what many of us choose.

Edit: HKJ, Please excuse my ignorance, but using the Aukey CC-T1 30W Dual Port Car Charger with Quick Charge 2.0 Dual-Port Is there any reason I could not use both or either USB port to charge a tablet? I am not sure why there are two different ports??
Thanks,
Jerry

It is a question about price, a QC outlet is much more expensive than a 5V outlet, any device not requiring the QC part can be used in both and will charge at about the same speed if it can accept the coding.

Multiple outlets often means that you can charge multiple devices simultaneous. In a family that may mean 3-4 phones and a couple of tablets, you need a lot of usb charging connections for that.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): http://lygte-info.dk/

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Many thanks, HKJ. That is very helpful to one whose abilities here are about like an oak stump. Blushing
Best regards,
Jerry

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jerm03 wrote:
Many thanks, HKJ. That is very helpful to one whose abilities here are about like an oak stump. Blushing

I am a technical person, but I try to explain things in a not too technical way. Sometimes I succeed in it, sometime not and sometimes I publish something that is supposed to be technical.
If you are interested in batteries and chargers my article list may be something for you (Some articles are rather technical): http://www.lygte-info.dk/info/indexArticles%20UK.html

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): http://lygte-info.dk/

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