Any time you’re driving, it’s a great opportunity to charge up your phone. It’s probably sitting in a car mount using the screen, GPS and data — which will drain the battery — or comfortably out of your reach so you’re not tempted to use it while driving. And if you get the right charger, you’ll make the most of that charging time. Here are the best car chargers to do just that for your Pixel 3.
Aukey Car Charger with 27W USB-C PD and 5V/2.4A USB-A
Aukey’s charger features both a USB-C port and a USB-A port, which is the best of both worlds. You can charge your Pixel or Pixel 2 — or even a laptop in a pinch — over USB-C at up to 27W, which is above the "rapid charge" rate you’d get from the Pixel wall charger. At the same time, you can charge another device over USB-A at a respectable 5V/2.4A — enough to get any other phone charged up pretty quickly.
Quick Charge 3.0 option
Aukey Car Charger with USB-C and Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
This version of Aukey’s charger has a USB-C port with 15W of output, which will still charge up your Pixel or Pixel 2 quickly, but doesn’t quite match wall charging speeds. In return, the USB-A port below it has Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which will charge most other recent Android phones extremely fast, just as they would from a wall charger.
The most USB-C PD power
Anker USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD
With the Anker car charger, you get two ports a USB-C port that supports your Pixel’s fastest charging speeds (and at 30W, it can even charge a modern laptop), and a second USB-A port to top up any other phone at the same time. You pay a little more, but Anker’s 18-month warranty lets you rest easy that your charger will work — or it will get replaced.
Separate cable included
Meagoes Rapid USB PD Car Charger
Meagoes isn’t as well known as other brands, but makes great products and is highly rated. This car charger hits the big features, with USB-C PD at 18W for Rapid Charging on the Pixel 3, plus a secondary USB-A port with Quick Charge 3.0 for other phones that use that tech. It also comes with a 3.3-foot long USB-C cable, which you can use in the car or take with you.
Tronsmart 33W Dual Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0
Charging isn’t about just the charger itself — there’s also the cable to take into consideration. Tronsmart takes the thought out of the buying decision, with a built-in 3.3-foot USB-C cable for an integrated solution with 18W USB-C charging. There’s also an extra USB-A port with Quick Charge 3.0 support for other phones that may join you in the car.
Double USB-A ease
Spigen 30W Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB-A car charger
Spigen’s dual USB car charger doesn’t have a USB-C port like the others, but its dual USB-A ports give you flexibility to charge any phone off of either one. It supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, which offers up super-quick charging for most Android phones, and you’ll get solid (albeit a tad slower) speeds for a Pixel or Pixel 2. But at this price, you can’t complain.
Keeping your phone charged up throughout the day is extremely important, and plugging in while you’re driving is one of the best ways to do it. For your Pixel 3 or 3 XL, Aukey makes the best car charger choice for just $20. For charging your phone or something as power-hungry as a laptop, you can spend another $10 and get a great Anker car charger instead. Going with either one of these, or the other subtly different choices here, you’ll always be able to charge up your Pixel 3 or 3 XL quickly.
November 23, 2018 at 06:03AM