Welcome to our great car charger test 2022. Here we present you all the car chargers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the net.
With this, we want to make your buying decision easier and help you find the best car charger for you.
You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guidebook. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to, if you want to buy a car charger.
The most important in short
- Car chargers are used to connect your electronic device to your car. A car charger is usually connected to your car via the cigarette lighter socket.
- Alternatively, instead of a car charger, you can also use a so-called car inverter or a powerbank for charging your electrical devices.
- Based on the dimensions, input and output power and design you are able to compare car chargers with each other.
Car charger test: the ranking
1st place: ravpower mini car charger 2-port 24W 5V
The ravpower mini car charger 2-port 24W 5V has two USB ports and is equipped with ismart technology that detects and delivers the optimal charging speed for the electronic device.
Design / dimensions
The design is very simple black. It looks mobile and modern at the external sight. According to the manufacturer, the device is scratch resistant and the housing is coated with a small aluminum alloy.
The size of the car charger is 5,9 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm. It can be easily connected to the cigarette lighter with it. With a weight of 23 grams, the product is one of the lightest in this category
Input / output
The device is equipped with a 12V/24V cigarette lighter and therefore compatible with almost all cars. A battery input of 12-24V is standard on every car. The USB charger automatically adjusts the voltage if the voltage goes higher.
The total power of each USB port is 5 volts or 4.8 amps. Devices can be connected up to this value. If your electronic device is more powerful, you should choose a different car charger.
2nd place: anker powerdrive 2 car charger 24W
The anker powerdrive 2 car charger 24W has two USB ports and belongs to the bestsellers in the category car chargers.
Design / dimensions
The product comes with a black, simple design, which is visually an eye-catcher by the silver elements and the red ring on the USB port. According to the manufacturer, the device is scratch-resistant and consists of a very stable material.
The size of the car charger is 2,8 x 2,8 x 6,5 cm. It can be easily connected to the cigarette lighter without disturbing the car driver. With a weight of 27 grams, the car charger is very light and mobile.
Input / output
The device is equipped with a 12V/24V cigarette lighter and is therefore compatible with almost all cars. It is also equipped with a multi-protection safety system, which includes overvoltage protection and temperature regulation.
The total power of each USB port is 24 watts or 4.8 amps. Devices can be connected up to this value. It is therefore ideally suited for parallel charging of two electronic devices.
3rd place: itracker rollei car camera charging cable
the itracker rollei car camera charging cable is not only suitable for itracker models, but also for most other car cameras with miniusb connector. However, there are itracker models that are not compatible. The manufacturer lists for example the itracker mini0803 and mini0806 in this category.
Design / Dimensions
The device is classically black with a 3.4 meter long and only 3mm thick cable. The shape is very slim and fits very inconspicuously into the cigarette port. All in all, it makes a very modern and sleek impression and thus convinces in the category design.
The size of the car charger is not described in the product description or in the information provided by the manufacturer. But from the pictures you can assume that it is not very different from the other car chargers.
The weight of 100 grams makes it look very robust compared to the other products
Input / output
The itracker rollei car camera charging cable is equipped with a 12V/24V cigarette lighter and is therefore compatible with a car voltage between 12V – 24V. With a total power of up to 80 W, it is an ideal power supply for a car camera other car devices.
The charger cable delivers 5 volts and up to 1.2 amps, making it suitable for most car cameras, even if the device only requires 500ma. The charging cable also offers an additional USB port for another electronic device.
Guide: questions you should deal with before buying a car charger
Where to buy a car charger?
We have listed the most common sales platforms:
- Media market
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How much does a car charger cost??
We have listed below different car chargers that are not only suitable for your car camera but also for other electronic devices such as your cell phone.
What are the connection options in a car?
You should therefore not connect a device with too high a wattage, otherwise the car battery will have too little battery and the car will no longer start. In non-smoking cars, there is usually a socket in the center console.
For whom is a car charger suitable?
It can also act as a power supply for the navigation system that the driver needs for his journey. so you can see that a car charger can offer you many different functions.
Car chargers are suitable for all those who use electronic devices in the car.
decision: what types of car chargers are there and which is the right one for you?
Basically you can distinguish between three types of car chargers:
- One-piece charger
- USB chargers
- USB adapter
The individual types of car chargers differ from each other only by small features. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages that can help you make your purchase decision. Depending on the purpose of use and your personal preferences, one or the other charger is more suitable for you.
Type Description Application
||the charger connects the cigarette lighter adapter directly to the device you want to charge.
||plug the charger into the cigarette lighter and then connect the cable to your device.
||the device consists of a cigarette lighter adapter with a usb output and a usb cable that you can connect to your device.
||Plug the adapter into the cigarette lighter and connect the cable to your device.
||you have an adapter that fits into the cigarette lighter and has a port for USB. With this USB port you can connect various cables.
||Insert the adapter into the cigarette lighter, plug the cable (with USB plug) into the USB port. Connect the cable to your device.
Therefore, in the following section, we would like to briefly explain the different types and their characteristics. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of each type are clearly compared.
How does a one-piece charger work and what are its advantages and disadvantages??
With a one-piece charger, the cable to which you connect your device is directly connected to the cigarette lighter adapter. You don’t have to buy the two components separately, saving you time and money.
Most of the time, one-piece chargers have a corded cable that allows you to flexibly move your device around inside the car without causing a tangle of cables. However, there are also variants where a tension spring ensures that the cable is retracted if you do not need the charger at the time. it saves space and prevents the cable from getting knotted.
- One piece charger
- Flexible and space saving
- cable and adapter cannot be separated
- Plug type cannot be replaced
One of the main disadvantages of a one-piece charger is that the two components cannot be separated from each other. Consequently, you cannot use the cable or the adapter separately. If the cable or adapter is defective, the entire charger must be replaced.
In addition, a one-piece charger has only one type of plug. If you have multiple devices that are not all compatible with a micro-USB, type-C, or apple connector, you will need to purchase a separate charger for each.
How does a USB charger work and what are its advantages and disadvantages??
A USB charger consists of two separate parts. The cable can be disconnected from the cigarette lighter adapter and replaced if necessary in case of a defect. Due to the USB port in the adapter, any USB cable can be connected to it. If there is a defect in the adapter, it can be replaced by another one and the cable can be used again.
- Cable and adapter separable
- Plug type can be changed
Manufacturers often sell usb chargers with a universal cable as well. This has several types of plugs and is therefore compatible with all common devices. This saves you from buying multiple car chargers if you want to charge different devices on the go.
A disadvantage of the USB charger is the cable, as it is neither curled nor has a tension spring. Because it has a specific length, it can affect the flexibility of moving or positioning it inside the car. You have to make sure that your cable is long enough and not in your way.
How does a USB adapter work and what are its advantages and disadvantages??
In addition to the already mentioned variants of car chargers, USB adapters are also available in stores. Basically, they are cigarette lighter adapters with a USB port without an attached cable. You can use the charging cable that comes with your smartphone with these adapters.
- One adapter for multiple devices
- Simultaneous charging of several devices
Most USB adapters have not only one USB port, but several ports. This gives you the possibility to connect multiple devices to only one adapter. The dual or even triple USB adapter allows you to power two or three of your devices at the same time. This saves you space and costs, because with one adapter you have one charger for several devices.
A disadvantage of the USB adapter is the purchase of a new cable, if you do not already have one. However, if you use the USB cable of your device for this purpose, it can limit the flexibility in the interior. Additionally, you must always remember to take the cable with you when you leave your home for the car.
Buying criteria: these are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate car chargers
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate car chargers. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular device is suitable for you or not.
In the following paragraphs you can read about each of the buying criteria and how you can classify them.
The design describes the external shape and form of the item. It is often used as a criterion, since for many it is the first point of contact with the product. In addition to the technical data, the design is then often an important criterion for the buyer.
The shape of the accessory is usually very similar, due to the cigarette plug connection. But there are differences in color and materials. Here, of course, the subjective perception is decisive and the tastes are different. We will try to describe as subjectively as possible the design of the different car chargers.
The dimension describes the size of the product. Here not only the optical effect is important, but also the handiness. A larger product is more bulky and interferes with car travel. The cigarette socket is usually in the middle, so if the car charger is too large, it can interfere with functions such as switching the radio or inserting a CD.
Useful product features explanation
|car charger with multiple ports
||if you want to power several devices at the same time this is an ideal solution.
|Fast charging function
||some electrical devices support fast charging, but others do not. The battery, depending on the size is charged much faster
||very practical to check if everything is working properly
||any charger can overheat, but certain products monitor this and automatically shut down in case of emergency.
|Automatic control of the current
||some chargers are small computers that determine the current required by the device to be charged. This avoids unnecessary load on the batteries and optimizes the charging speed.
|Car charger with ordinary power plug from home
||ideal for people who want to change regularly from normal sockets to car sockets.
Therefore, you should pay attention to where your connection is located and to what extent the size of the car charger affects you. We recommend that you purchase a product that is as small as possible in order to obtain the highest possible level of comfort.
So that the charger doesn’t bother you while you’re driving, go for something handy.
The input is the current that the car charger will draw from the port. In the technical data, the maximum ratings are indicated.
In general, the voltage of a cigarette socket is 12V, although there are also cigarette sockets with 24V. It is therefore recommended to pay attention to the input value to check the compatibility with your device.
The output indicates the power output of the car charger. Usually this is done through a USB connection. The volt number is lower compared to the input, because the car charger itself consumes power.
Therefore, you should pay attention to the current rating of the output, as this tells you how much current is being passed from the car charger to the car camera.
Trivia: interesting facts about car chargers
How car chargers differ from car inverters?
Car inverters are so-called voltage converters. a car inverter converts the 12 V dc voltage of the car’s electrical system into 230 V ac. Usually the inverter is plugged into a 12 V socket of the vehicle and the inverter then provides a "normal" socket into which almost any consumer can be plugged in.
in practice, however, care must be taken to ensure that the consumer plugged in does not require more current than the inverter can supply. To be on the safe side, just take a look at the wattage specifications of the inverter and the load to be plugged in. The inverter should in any case be able to supply more wattage than the consumer needs.
Are there other alternatives to the car charger??
besides the car charger and the car inverter, which both have to be connected directly to a socket in the car, there is an alternative without direct power supply: the external power bank.
A power bank is charged via a USB port on a wall socket and then connected to the car camera via a USB cable. This is especially helpful when shooting when the car is turned off.
further literature: sources and interesting links
 hanus, B. (2009): install hifi, mp3 and amplifier in car by yourself: easy done, money and trouble saved!, franzis verlag, 2009.