Tech Review: We can’t live without our cellphones and they can’t live without battery power. So how best to keep them charged? The Wirecutter comes up with some tips.
We can’t live without our cellphones and they can’t live without battery power. So how best to keep them charged? Nick Guy, senior staff writer for The Wirecutter, The New York Times’ site that evaluates products, plugged the devices into chargers and came up with some answers.
Q: When I type “wall charger” in Amazon, I get 32,819 results. Help me sort it out.
A: The huge number of options out there can seem overwhelming. But it’s not so bad once you know what to look for. Our top pick for a wall charger is Anker’s PowerPort 4. It has four USB ports, each of which can provide up to 2.4 amps per port. Most devices you own can’t draw more amperage than that, so this charger will charge most devices at top speed, including larger phones and tablets. The exceptions are newer devices compatible with USB-C PD and Qualcomm Quick Charge, but those technologies aren’t quite ubiquitous yet.
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Q: I lug my charger around. Could I carry it in my pocket? Would it weigh down a purse or bag?
A: The PowerPort 4 would fit in a bag, but it might be just a hair big for a pocket. We like iClever’s Dual USB Travel Wall Charger as a more portable option. It has only two ports, but it’s about an inch and a half square by just over an inch thick, so it’s pretty compact.
Q: I recently read that public charging stations can be dangerous to use because they could suck down data. Is that a concern?
A: I don’t see it as a huge concern, but yes, it’s certainly possible for people to transfer information to or from your device from a public USB port. Having your own charger definitely eliminates this concern because that information can’t travel over a power outlet alone.
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