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!
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.
- Fast charge
- Sturdy construction
- Green light shows when working
- Easily charges multiple devices
- Large and bulky design
- Ensure your car has enough room around lighter unit
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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Output 12V port max. 25Watt
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.