Just a few months ago I reviewed Anker's dual usb car charger with 3.6A combined output. One of the comments I heard back was about charging Note 2 and iPad 4th gen. As you know, Note 2 needs 2A for a full charge while 4th Gen iPad needs 2.4A. Or perhaps you got Note 3 in addition to Note 2 and need to charge up both of these 2A phablets in your car. In that case 3.6A doesn't cut it. The solution: 4.8A charger with dual usb port output each being able to deliver 2.4A.
Continuing with their new environmentally safe cartoon package, this one arrived in a neat little box. In addition to car charger, it came with Instruction manual which I want to mention specifically since Anker has been updating these with more and more useful details. They might as well call it a car charging Guide. But one thing I do have to mention, even so this charger has 2 ports labeled Android and Apple - in case of Note 2 or any other newer Galaxy phones, both ports can be used to charge your phone at full speed as I captured in the pictures below using Galaxy Charging current app.
This new 4.8A charger is the same size as their previous 3.6A model. Its very compact at 31g with 2.9" in length and 1" x 0.9" at the dual usb port opening which is smaller than some of the other single output car charger. This car charger is able to accommodate simultaneous charging of 2 plugged in devices at 2.4A each for a total output of 4.8A, and according to instruction manual has built-in multiple circuit protections. With Anker's standard 18 months warranty from the date of purchase, and a current price of $11.99 - this is one fantastic value and definitely a highly recommended accessory if you want to charge multiple power hungry devices at full speed in your car.
Does this mean if I run GPS and stream Bluetooth music for 5 hrs my battery will actually charge instead of hold steady/slowly drain?
... and keep screen on and take some calls As long as you don't have usb cable with thin pc-wires (intended for 500mA current) - you can get your battery to 100% in 5 hrs. I use GPS 2hr+ a day at full brightness (with iBolt car dock app), stream SiriusXM and take occasional calls. Battery charge goes up by 10%-20% in an hour.
Just remember, full speed 2A charging is a combo of the charger and the cable.
Device(s): One X, Sensation, Desire HD, Xperia Tablet S
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I'd like to add that Customer FAQ from the Anker web site
Q2. How is the Anker car charger customized to charge Android products at full speed?
Unlike Apple products, some Android phones will enter into USB data sync mode and charge at only half speed (500mA/h) when they detect the D+/D- pins of non-OEM chargers. To address this conflict, the Micro USB power wire of the Anker car charger adopts a unique circuit design to properly set the D+ / D- pins and signal the Android device to charge at full AC charging speed (1000mA/h or higher). In this way, the Anker car charger is custom-designed to charge both Apple and Android products at full speed.
Google Translate is to blame for my grammar
In that case, do you have any theory why Anker didn't just make both ports to the 'Apple spec'? If that were the case then all bases would be covered and neither would need to be labelled.
Actually, not all phones will charge from Apple port. Samsung works, some other phones might not or will charge capped at 500mA. You know how apple puts proprietary hooks in their specs for everything, Sammy guys find a way around it
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