TomTom Sat Nav – High Speed Multi Charger

  • TomTom Sat Nav – High Speed Multi Charger
  • TomTom Sat Nav – High Speed Multi Charger
  • TomTom Sat Nav – High Speed Multi Charger

If your car is anything like ours then USB chargers are like gold dust. A typical car journey
sees the kids looking to charge their tablets, the wife wanting to charge her camera and my phone needing a charge. On top of all this wangling and bartering for the chargers we still have to get to our destination. This we can only do if the sat nav is plugged into its charger using the cigarette port. This therefore means that we have one less point for charging devices and the typical chaotic family car journey begins again! This is why I purchased the TomTom Sat Nav – High Speed Multi Charger, in the hope that future journeys will be a little less stressful!

What is the TomTom Multi Charger?

As the name suggests this bit of kit is designed to provide additional USB ports in the car. It has the capability to charge three items at once and one of the output ports is a high speed fast USB charge. If the manufacturer claims are correct then I would have a more peaceful drive and would be a very happy man indeed! tomtom charger

 Design

In the hand the device itself feels sturdy and well made. This is an absolute must in our car. The kids have a habit of climbing over the rear seats and the rear charging point is always in their way. We have had more broken chargers and bent wires than I thought possible in the last couple of years.

The device is almost twice the length of the standard TomTom car charger. It is 10cms in length and just under 5cms in height and just under 3.5cms in width.  I can see that the size and shape of the charger may cause problems for some users. It has a rather bulky head which may not allow everyone to use the three chargers at the same time. Running the various cables from this device will also add size to the unit.

Another feature of this device is a green light on the front just above the lighter section. This comes on when the device is in place and working correctly. It’s only a small thing but it is a useful and helpful feature. On countless occasions I thought I was charging my phone in the car only to find that the unit wasn’t put in correctly and nothing charged.

 

PROS:

  • Fast charge
  • Sturdy construction
  • Green light shows when working
  • Easily charges multiple devices

CONS:

  • Large and bulky design
  • Ensure your car has enough room around lighter unit

Conclusion

For me this sturdy charger does exactly what it says on the tin. It provides additional charging points in the car and it does it well. The fast charge works (great for the iPhone) and the other points mean that those long car journeys are a little easier.

Although it wasn’t an issue in our vehicle I can force problems for those who do not have a lot of room around the lighter unit. There have been some reports of BMW and Jaguar owners finding it difficult to operate due to the lack of space around the console area.

If you have enough room around the console area then this really is an excellent purchase. If you need to charge more than one device simultaneously it’s almost a no brainer 😉

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Specification
Input               12/24V
Output            USB port 5V, 1.2A
Output            Fast charge USB port 5V, 2.1A

Output            12V port max. 25Watt

 

GPS Multi-Charger

8.5 Total Score
Highly Recommended

Does exactly what it says on the tin - charges multiple devices simultaneously. The fast charge works well on iPhones and tablets. Although you should make sure that there is enough space around the lighter unit for the charger.

Design
7.5
Construction
9
Charging Speed
9
Value for Money
9
User Rating: 4.6 (1 votes)
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14 Comments
  1. Reply
    christian wijaya September 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    HI there, thanks for your post. I agree with you that USB chargers are like gold dust. Without them, you can not do anything, especially when you are in your car, you may want to talk to someone and your smarphone is running out of battery. Btw, I am not sure if it’s it true or not, but I have read that you cannot charge your smartphone using the car usb charger everyday. Why, because your smartphone can get damaged and possibly blow up. What do you think about that? or is TOM TOM safe for use? thanks

    • Reply
      Dylan September 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Christian,

      I guess I’m not the only one who’s always looking for a USB charger 🙂

      It’s an interesting point you raise about the safety of USB chargers generally. In fact I may blog about this very issue in the near future. The confusion (and subsequent warnings) with USB chargers stem from the variance between the charging ports and the devices. Some ports may be rated at 900mA whilst others are rated as high as 3000mA. Thankfully today we can charge our devices using most USB chargers. Where problems arise is where people use cheap imported plug USB chargers where the quality control would not be as stringent.

      I would recommend purchasing a quality car USB charger like the one above. This will ensure that you get a sufficient charge that’ll keep your devices running.

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  2. Reply
    Bryan September 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Dylan,

    The TomTom looks like a great charger overall. I can’t stand it when I’ve got to charge any number of devices in my car, only to find that I don’t have enough USB’s for everything. This charger looks like a great way to get some peace of mind. Also, the fast charge feature is definitely a plus! Thanks for the info here.

    Bryan-

    • Reply
      Dylan September 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Hey Bryan,

      Yes it is a great charger – no complaints from me or my kids yet! It has certainly made car journeys more tranquil as now everyone can charge their devices!

      Cheers

      Dylan

  3. Reply
    chrisJ November 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    very solid prodcut review and also a clean and sharp website. I loved the poll and pictures used in this post. It showed me the benefits of the charger and how it is used. It also shows how it can help people and that is the most important thing. The cons were also very helpful. Thanks for the post I am interested.

    • Reply
      Dylan November 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Hey Chris,

      I’m glad you found the review useful and thanks a million for your kind words.

      This little multi charger has saved me heaps of headaches when travelling in the car – it’s absolutely worth every penny! No more kids turning off my sat nav to charge their devices!

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  4. Reply
    Ananomyx November 14, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Great Review. I have been looking for something that allows multiple devices to charge in the car and this looks perfect. It can really be a headache taking turns charging devices on trips but this will be extremely helpful. The bulky size isnt a big deal, well atleast in my car it wont be. Thanks again.

    • Reply
      Dylan November 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Hey there, thanks for checking out my review and I’m glad you found it useful. It really has proved to be a great purchase for our family! As long as you have enough room around the centre console area you should be good to go with this multi charger.

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  5. Reply
    Ankit December 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    The USB chargers have been life saving on so many occasions not only for our phones but keeping that IPad charged for the long rides with kids.
    I have a question – the green light which shows that ‘all is well’, how bright is it? I had one which had a blue light and somehow in dark I found it very distracting, I prefer kind of amber soft light.

    • Reply
      Dylan December 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Hey Ankit,

      I always felt that kids and electronics were a blessing and a curse. During long car journeys with the kids however, they are most certainly a blessing! 😉

      The light on this multi charger thankfully isn’t distracting at all – if you find it is then you can turn it around. As the charger is a little wider than others then you can hide the light altogether if you preferred.

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  6. Reply
    Rhys December 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hi Dylan,
    I never even know these things exited. Now I know I can charge my devices without unplugging the sat nav. It’s always been a case of sacrificing one for the other. In this day and ages it is now a necessity to run all these devices and we are not always home to do it. I’m gonna get one of these.
    Thanks

    • Reply
      Dylan December 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Rhys,

      I don’t think you can go far wrong with one of these multi chargers. It’s a great little device and it makes those car journeys that little bit easier!

      Hope you like it!

      Cheers

      Dylan

  7. Reply
    Alen February 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This looks like it could be a great solution to a problem that has to annoy lots of drivers. Charging all our various devices in the car can be a so frustrating!

    I like the fact that you can see with the light when the charger is properly connected and providing power.

    Many thanks for the review, I’ll let you know how I get on with one of these!

    • Reply
      Dylan February 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Hey there Alen,

      It can be super annoying having your phone running out of juice on the road. The great thing about this is that you can keep your battery topped up whilst simultaneously using the GPS.

      Cheers

      Dylan

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