Here are our favorite USB car chargers to keep your Pixel topped up on the road.
We’ve all been there (some of us more than others): you hop in your car ready hit the road, and then you check your phone — it’s dying at a rapid pace! You’ve barely enough battery to get to your destination, let alone for the rest of the day once you get there.
Well, that’s what car chargers are for, and if you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, this list should be particularly resonant for you. Here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for your Pixel or Pixel 2.
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 over USB-C at a full 27W, which is the "rapid charge" rate you’d get from the in-box 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.
The fastest possible charging speeds, plus an extra USB port for your copilot’s phone, wrapped up into one small device that barely protrudes from your car’s outlet. All this for just $22.
With 27W of output, this Aukey charger can even charge up USB-C tablets and laptops, which is another big plus. Just remember, you’ll have to bring your own USB-C cable to use this charger.
Aukey Car Charger with 5V/3A USB-C and Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
This version of the charger has a USB-C port with 15W of output, which will still charge up your Pixel or Pixel 2 quickly but doesn’t match wall charging speeds. In return, the USB-A port below it has Quick Charge 3.0, which will charge most other modern Android phones extremely fast, just as they would from a wall charger.
It’s a small trade-off and really depends whether you value being able to rapidly charge your Pixel or other USB-C PD devices more than getting top-speed phone charging on the USB-A port. Get it for just $16.
This is a slightly different version of the first car charger, and you have to look at the details to tell which one you’re getting — the quickest way to tell is that this model has Quick Charge 3.0 branding. The rest of the casing is the same, which is to say it’s compact and doesn’t stand out.
Anker USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD
Trust and great warranty — that’s Anker’s promise. With its car charger, you get two ports, a USB-C port that supports your Pixel’s fastest charging speeds, and a second USB-A port to top up another device like a tablet.
With its distinctive blue color, Anker’s car charger is compact and reliable. You can grab it for $29.99.
Spigen 30W Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB-A car charger
Spigen’s dual USB car charger is a high-quality part that won’t overheat your Pixel or Pixel 2. It uses USB-A, and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, which still offers pretty quick speeds for Pixels and can also charge up other phones extra fast.
The beauty of the Spigen charger is that it supports a total of 30W between the two ports, so even with two phones plugged in they’ll both charge up at the maximum rate. The best part? It’s only $13.
Are you using an awesome USB-C charger that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!
Updated August 2018: We’ve updated this list with Anker’s excellent new USB-PD charger, which pairs beautifully with the Pixel or Pixel 2.
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August 9, 2018 at 09:06AM