Over the years I have used some pretty crappy chargers. I used to have chargers for a 30 pin iPhone, mini USB for my Blackberry, and the proprietary connector for my GPS. Now everything is USB. My cell phones and GPS are now USB so specialized chargers are no longer popular. However, the problem now is that we need multiple USB chargers.
If you aren’t charging your phone and GPS then your passenger probably needs a charge, too. And let’s talk about speed? Is your current charger only 1 amp? No one has time for that. Time to upgrade!
I recently had the opportunity to spend time with the TYLT Y QUIK Car Charger. This is the first TYLT product I have used; I was impressed with everything, starting with the physical box in which the unit was packed. Seriously, it is way cooler looking in person and photos do not do it justice.
Removing the charger from the box you will notice two things. First off, the end that goes into your car is square, not round. I wondered about this briefly but I tried it in three different cars and fitting it into the cigarette lighter is spot on. I felt like it had the right amount of “grip” without being too difficult to remote.
The second thing you will notice is the grippy coating. It is very much like the coating on an old IBM Thinkpad or a nice cell phone case. It isn’t glossy and seems fairly durable.
- Can charge 2 smartphones or tablets at once
- Will output 4.8A, benefiting both Apple and Android products
- Supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
During my testing, I had no issue fitting this charger in several cars. There is a cigarette lighter buried inside my center console of my daily driver but I knew this would not fit well. However, the primary port worked fine. Unfortunately, I simply did not have enough space to work with two devices.
This charger does everything it claims when charging two devices at the same time. I ran my iPad, Tablet, GPS, and several phones with out any issues. I don’t have a Quick Charge 2.0 device, but I did notice quicker charge times than my old ancient 1A unit. Even charging two devices, I didn’t notice the TYLT unit get hot or overly warm. For those curious, testing was performed in the midwest during winter.
Wrapping up this review, I am really having trouble trying to pick on this product. It is well made, simple, and offers high output. But, I can see some situations were a “Y” design would not fit. This is priced as a premium product. In other words, it’s not cheap or cheaply made. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for.
I certainly recommend this car charger if you are in the market for one. This goes double for those of you who often have passengers. As most of today’s devices are utilizing Quick Charge 2.0 and even into 3.0, you’ll want to ensure your short commutes are productive.
You can find the TYLT Y-CHARGE QUICK in blue or black for about $40 from the manufacturer’s website. Swing through Amazon and you’ll find about the same price.
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