There are a few types of in-car chargers available for those who want to keep their smartphone juiced up whilst on the move. There’s the traditional single or multi-port USB chargers, that usually carry USB-A ports or the newer USB-C ports like the PowerDrive III Duo. You also have in-car chargers with built-in FM Radio transmitters in them, these usually have a single or double USB port on them. And then finally you have the in-car chargers that have their power cable joined onto the charger itself along with a spare USB-A port alongside it.
Personally, I don’t really understand why someone would want to opt for this kind of in-car charger. Having the cable fused to one of the available ports limits the charger’s ability to charge many other devices simultaneously. In the case of the Anker PowerDrive 2 Elite, the integrated cable with lightning connector is fully prepped with Anker’s exclusive technology to deliver the optimum charge to your iPhone, every time.
This sleek-looking and fairly compact charger has a total maximum power output of 24W, between its single open USB-A port and the 3ft long attached lighting connector cable. This is more than enough power to fast charge any compatible iPhone through the lightning connector cable, or directly through the USB-A port.
The one issue you face with any cable that’s attached is that the whole device’s lifespan rests on the cable itself. Should the cable perish in any way, this leaves you with just one USB-A port remaining or deciding to cast the whole device into the trash. Thankfully Anker’s cable durability continues with the PowerDrive Elite 2 with its long-lasting performance that claims a 12,000+ bend lifespan.
If you or your passenger do not have an iPhone to charge in the char, or you have a device with a different connection type, you can utilise the device’s open USB-A port with Anker’s PowerIQ Technology. At night this port illuminates to make it easy to locate, which is a nice touch there.
The PowerDrive Elite 2 retails for £14.99 from Amazon ($17.99 US), which is similar to the same Anker charger with two available ports. So it really comes down to why you would want to have a single 3ft Lightning cable integrated into with the charger. I guess its this or you are going to have a cable sticking out of it anyway.
At least with this charger, you wouldn’t have to worry about the cable being borrowed or taken out of the car for other uses, or perhaps you also need to buy a 3ft lightning cable for the car also, and this added cable saves you a bit of money there. Either way, if you think a charger type like this is better than other types I have mentioned, then with its 24W max output, I guess you really can’t go wrong with the Anker PowerDrive Elite 2.