Gadgets for keeping your phone charged while driving
Juice up your electronics without leaving your car.
On average, Americans spend just under an hour driving every day. For many, a phone is key to avoiding traffic, catching up on podcasts, listening to playlists, and keeping in touch with family. For all that, your cell needs to stay charged. And, really, there’s no reason a commuter can’t use that time to charge other devices, too. Consider keeping one of these devices in your car so your electronics don’t drain while you’re on the go. Many have a few bonus features, too.
Charge your phone and ask Alexa to play music while you drive. Amazon
Anker’s Alexa-enabled Roav VIVA is a smart speaker and charger for your car that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Ask it to play music, order food, or get directions. It has two USB chargers, so you can keep your phone juiced while driving. Connect it to your car via Bluetooth, Carplay, Android Auto, AUX-Out, or FM transmission.
The Ainope contains a built-in LED light so you can easily plug your phone in while driving at night. Amazon
The Ainope charger is basically the size of your thumb, so it will be discreet in your car’s power socket. Similar to the Hussell car charger, the Ainope can charge two devices quickly. An iPhone XS Max will be fully charged in two hours, while a Samsung S10 will be fully charged in just under two hours. A note: Qualcomm Quick Charge won’t work with this charger.
The Hussell car charger automatically identifies your mobile device to provide the fastest charge. Amazon
The Hussell touts that it can charge up to two devices at top speed. Thanks to the built-in Qualcomm Quick Charge USB port, it can charge one device up to four times faster than a typical charger. The Hussell is 2.3 inches tall, so it’s barely larger than the Ainope charger.
To ensure that the unit is stable, iOttie uses a suction cup to attach the product your dashboard. Amazon
The iOttie iTap 2 mount has a wireless Qi charger that provides top charging speeds for Android and Apple phones. The iTap 2 plugs into your car’s lighter and uses two magnets to keep your phone securely in place on the charger. The charger comes with a guide to show you how to align your specific phone model.
The Zeehoo wireless car charger can be installed on the windshield, the air vent, or the dashboard. Amazon
If phone cords get in your way while you’re driving, then the Zeehoo wireless charger is a great option. The Zeehoo doubles as a phone mount for your vehicle and offers tailored charging speeds for both Samsung and iPhone devices. This fast charger can also sense once your phone is fully charged and will power off to protect your phone’s battery.