With today’s generation of technology, power on the go is now a necessity. This is most especially true if you’re someone who depends on a handheld device/s as your daily driver. When it comes to it, we usually depend on travel-friendly chargers and power banks for our portable power needs. However, things are a little different for car owners.
When it comes to vehicles, car owners can actually utilize the 12V Socket, or commonly known as a car cigarette lighter or 12V auxiliary power outlet, as a USB charger with the use of car chargers that are intended for USB charging. With this in mind, we are going to take a closer look at CHOETECH Car Charger TC0005. A fast car charger that converts the 12V Auxiliary outlet of a car to a USB charger.
CHOETECH Fast Car Charger (TC0005)
- The car charger features both Quick charge 3.0 USB-A and USB-C charging ports in one charger. Two ports work simultaneously with powerful total output up to 36W.
- Equipped with advanced PD technology.
- Built-in multiple protections against over-current, over-voltage, over-charging, overheating and short-circuit, ensure the safe charging of your devices.
- Input: DC 12-24V
- Output (Type-C): 5V–3A; 9V–2A
- Output (QC 3.0): 3.6-6V–3A; 6-9V–2A; 9-12V–1.5A
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Unboxing – CHOETECH Fast Car Charger (TC0005)
Straight of the box, the packaging is quite typical with what we usually see. The box is plain white and it feels quite sturdy with a couple of feature highlights. On one side, you will find a security sticker that can be used to verify the authenticity of the product.
At the back, you’ll find more about the product specification, origin, certification, and contact details of the manufacturer. Other than that, there’s nothing else worth mentioning.
Once the box is opened, there isn’t much to show other than the actual product itself which is held tight by hard plastic. Other than that, here’s what the charger looks like.
It also comes with a manual card and a warranty card.
Closer Look – CHOETECH Fast Car Charger (TC0005)
On a closer look, the charger uses a standard 12V Auxiliary input connection. You’ll also find one USB Type-C port and one standard USB-A port for outputs. Both ports are capable of producing 18W of power.
On the side, you’ll find a highlight of Quick Charger 3.0 by Qualcomm and the product certifications. Other than that, there isn’t much else to see.
Performance – CHOETECH Fast Car Charger (TC0005)
Testing the actual performance of the charger was fairly simple. Since both ports are rated to output a maximum power of 18W each, this eliminates the need to test each port. Furthermore, despite the wider charging range of the Type-A USB port compared to the Type-C, both will only output 18W maximum.
Before we start with our test, our testing methodology includes using 3 different USB devices namely Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Huawei P30, and a Nintendo Switch gaming console. We also used USB Multimeter to measure that actual ampere and volt draw from the charger. Additionally, we also used a USB power generator to test the safety feature of the charger and measure the maximum power we can draw from the charger.
We charged each device at 0% battery charge for 30 minutes and measured the capacity charged afterward. Additionally, it is best to know that the charging capability of each port is handled by different charging technology. Meaning, the Type-A USB port uses Quick Charge 3.0 technology while the Type-C uses Power Delivery technology. Theoretically, Power Delivery is designed to charge supported devices faster than the Quick Charge 3.0 can.
As can be seen in the graph above, charging each device from 0% for 30 minutes yielded different results. The results are greatly affected by the input capability and programming of each device as well as the battery capacity. From 0%, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus received a 35% battery charge while the Huawei P30 got about 47% which is almost half of the battery capacity. The slower charge rate of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is due to the larger battery capacity and lower fast charge power support of 15W only compared to the 25W of the Huawei P30.
Unfortunately for the Nintendo Switch, the game console does not support Quick Charge technology but it still draws similar power from both ports. Charging the Switch from 0% for 30 minutes gave us a charged battery of 29% in which the average power draw tested on both ports is 16.5W. It appears that the console prefers a larger voltage than amperage for charging since we almost got a steady charge from the Type-A port of [email protected]
As mentioned above, the charge comes with multiple protections for over-current, over-voltage, over-charging, overheating and short-circuit. By design, the charger will definitely not produce or feed a higher charging rate that how it is designed. But to simply test the built-in protection features, we used one of our USB Power generators to draw power from the charger as high as possible to see if the protection will kick in.
As can be seen in the image above, we can safely draw 18W of power regardless of the amount of amperage and voltage used. Oddly though, we can draw as high as 39W from one port. We are not certain if this is a flaw from the board or an isolated issue. Nonetheless, it should not be of a concern since it’s quite impossible for a single USB device to draw more than the output rating of the charger. Anything above 39W causes our power drawer to shut down and our meter to turn itself off. Meaning, the safety feature is kicking in. However, it seems that the safety features don’t kick in for a single USB port in use and for it to achieve an output capacity of more than 39W would require both USB charging ports to be in use.
All in all, the CHOETECH Fast Car Charger with USB PD and Quick Charge 3.0 (TC0005) is a great option to consider if you want an affordable fast USB charger on the go for the 12V port of your car. You can grab one for as low as PHP300 or less.
At this point, it’s really hard to point out its cons and flaws with that price point. Yes, it’s far from perfect and it lacks the efficiency despite having Power Delivery technology but, all of its flaws can be overlooked since it provides fast charging, in which what most people would need, it’s affordable and compact.