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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 09 November 2012

Arctic Dual USB Car Charger Review

Product Name: Dual USB Car Charger
Model Number: PSAEQ-AC01901-BL
UPC: 0872767005990
Price As Tested: $12.90 (Arctic eStore)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Arctic Cooling.

People love their portable electronics, and can't get escape without their phone, tablet, and digital multimedia devices in tow. We take our ebook readers with us everywhere, carry a Bluetooth wireless headset for calls on the road, and occasionally find time to take pictures with the digital camera. All of these devices require power, and when you're away from home it's hard to keep batteries charged during long trips or after prolonged use. Every vehicle has a 12V cigarette lighter receptacle, but most lack USB power outlets. Arctic Cooling offers the Dual USB Car Charger (model PSAEQ-AC01901-BL) to keep your devices working while on the road, with two USB ports and the ability to fast-charge at up to 2.1 amps of power.

Perfect for older-model vehicles that lack factory-installed USB power outlets, the Arctic Dual USB Car Charger is an easy upgrade that fits into the standard 12V/1A DC receptacle. Since I don't smoke, the 12V cigarette lighter receptacle on my car is rather useless. By adding the Arctic Dual USB Car Charger, I can easily update my vehicle and get more use out of portable electronics when I travel or take long road trips. This is ideal during extended travel, when battery power for items like the Apple iPad or iPhone runs low after a movie.


Dual USB Car Charger Specifications:

Limited Warranty: 2 years
Input: 12 Volts, 1 Amp
Output: DC 5V, 2.1A (Port 1), DC 5V, 1.0A (Port 2)
Dimensions (Product): 45 L x 25 W x 25 H mm
Net weight: 14 grams
Gross Weight 0.15 kg
Item Number: PSAEQ-AC01901-BL
UPC: 0872767005990


On my daily driver there are three 12V DC 'cigarette lighter' receptacles: in the dash, behind the center console, and inside the trunk. None of these have ever been used for anything other than a DC/AC power inverter for the purpose of charging my phone. Now I can do it all with one simple device, using the phone's standard USB charging cable.

The charger fits firmly into the DC receptacle, and sits about 1/8" past the front surface. There are two 5-volt USB ports on the Arctic Dual USB Car Charger, with two separate power output levels: port (1) yields 2.1 amps for a fast charge (or normal charge for large devices), and port (2) pushes a 1.0 amp standard charge suitable for smartphones and headsets.

The Arctic Dual USB Car Charger is available for $12.90 directly from the Arctic eStore and elsewhere online. If you're looking for a simple and affordable update to keep your family's entertainment devices powered-up on long trips, the Arctic Dual USB Car Charger is the perfect upgrade.

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