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Looking for a car phone charger? Here’s a selection to suit different needs.

Your smartphone is literally nothing when it runs out of juice. Doesn’t it seem like this always happenswhen you are driving and urgently need its assistance? Here are some great picks for your in-car phone chargers to save your day.

Smart charge
Anker has a pretty good selection of car device chargers, and if you’re looking at a dual USB charger, the Anker 33W PowerDrive Car Charger is a great option. This high-quality, compact charger is equipped with the exclusive PowerIQ 2.0 technology, and can intelligently identify the type of device in order to deliver the fastest possible charge. Compatible with most devices available in the market today, there’s enough juice for your iPhone 7 or your partner’s Samsung Galaxy S8 or your child’s iPad mini or even a Kindle device; it can even charge two devices simultaneously up to 1.5 hours faster than standard chargers.

Coupled with Anker’s MultiProtect safety system, which protects against overheating and even explosions, this gem of a charger retails for S$39.90 online. If you prefer brick-and-mortar shops, check out Anker’s retail stores at VivoCity, Plaza Singapura or Parkway Parade.

Four-port charge
If you are looking for more ports to charge the multitude of devices you store in the car, consider Aukey’s four-port charger. It has a quick charge 3.0 port plus threeother adaptive charging ports with dedicated 2.4A output each. Its Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technologywill juice up your devices up to four times faster than conventional charging. With its slim profile, this charger will not be too obtrusive, and should be a welcome consideration at an affordable S$30.

Get yours at Aukey’s official online store, Mobyshop (located at Far East Plaza) or any IT retail stores such as Courts and Harvey Norman.

Flexible charge
For more flexibility, which allows backseat passengers access to a USB Hub, the Belkin Road Rockstar is a 2+2 port charger. One two-port charger plugs into the car’s power socket and offers a shared 2.4A for charging smartphones at optimal speed. This is fitted with a 1.8m cable that contains another two-port hub, with each port also rated 2.4A. The cable, which is long enough to extend to the backseat, is perfect for cars without rear USB ports. It’s also great for the kids to watch movies on long road trips.

This retails at S$79 at Ban Leong, located at Ubi Avenue, and online at Lazada.

Wireless charge
Wireless charging is great — there’s no fussing and fumbling with cables, which can get messy and entangled. Simply place your smartphone onto the charger pad to start juicing it up. Cygnett’s Wireless Car Charger Pad is ideal for your Qi-enabled devices, as it delivers really fast charging and offers optimal wireless charging for iPhone 8 (and newer) as well as Qi-enabled Samsung devices. Charging times for other Qi-enabled devices vary. It has an option for either a screen- or air vent-mounted system. The side clamps will hold your phone snugly in place while it charges. With a handy release button, you can easily mount or remove your phone. Once in place, an LED will light up to indicate charging.

Get yours at any Challenger store at S$76.30 for ValueClub member; otherwise it retails at S$109.

AA Singapore promotions

The following two Cygnett models are available at AAShops at very special promotional prices for Members.

Cygnett PowerMini 36W USB-C Car Charge
This model features the latest in charging technology — its single USB-C port can charge your MacBook and other Apple devices, or Android smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, super-quickly. In fact, it offers up to 70% faster charging than your standard 5W car charger. Furthermore, its sleek, matt-black finishing will blend well with almost any car interior.

Member Price: S$26 (U.P.: S$29)

Cygnett PowerMini 4.8 Dual USB Car Charger

This model boasts two ports, which means you can quickly charge (up to 40% faster than your standard 1A charger) up to two devices simultaneously via all types of USB cables. This car charger always delivers the maximum power required using smart charge technology. It comes in a sleek, matt-black finishing.

Member Price: S$26 (U.P.: S$29)

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