May 17th, 2013, 09:15 AM
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Review of Anker 3.6A dual port wall charger w/pics!!!
This is a review of Anker 3.6A dual usb port wall charger: Amazon.com: AnkerŪ 18W / 3.6A Wall Charger - The First and Only Adapter Capable of Delivering Simultaneous, Full-Speed Charges to iPads and Smartphones: Electronics
Just like cases, wall chargers market starting to get saturated with too many choices any time you search for one. But to find a good quality one that will live up to its current rating, have a reliable design that will not burn out, and with a relatively small footprint and dual output - that's not easy to find. I looked into testing of new Anker 3.6A wall charger to see how it will meet all these requirements.
First of all, the charger itself is very compact and lightweight. Under 80g with a dimensions of approximately 70mm x 55mm x 25mm it will be very comfortable to take with you while traveling. It's slim design is not obstructive if you either plug it into wall outlet (leaving enough room for another plug if its a dual outlet) or power strip where it could be used along side with other cables. For such a slim design it has a very impressive spec of 3.6A of shared output current between two ports. Obviously having a dual usb port is a huge bonus, but being able to supply 3.6A into both of them (combined and shared between two ports) or into each (if only one port used at a time) - this is very impressive! Yes, they have it labeled as one port being Android and the other one Apple, but while testing it with Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus 7 I found both ports work reliably to charge android devices. I guess this just means that you can also use it to charge Apple device with their proprietary charging circuit. I have another dual wall charger from about a year ago where I can't charger Android devices from "apple" port. This Anker charger, which I verified with their car charger as well, has no issues powering up Android devices I tested from their "apple" port. I also verified with my Note 2 that charging current was at max 2A, so the phone will be charged up at maximum speed. Furthermore, I had both Note 2 and Nexus 7 plugged in together, both charging as AC in battery setting, and I have verified Note 2 sinking 2A. Also while charging, I didn't feel any overheating, it stayed cool.
Definitely a highly recommended wall charger and a great value for under $12 for 3.6A dual port slim design which is covered by Anker's 18-month warranty.
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