All of us have mobile devices that are, well, mobile. And they all need to be charged from time to time. And we can’t always just run home to use the plug-in wall-wart charger the device came with. :) Thus, chargers designed to be used in cars are almost a necessity, and the better those work, the happier we all are. Aukey’s CC-T7 Quick Charge 3.0 Dual Port USB Car Charger (to give it its full official name) claims to be able to charge devices up to four times faster. Is it really the quicker charger-upper? Let’s find out.
Unboxing the charger
Aukey’s packaging says “Go Green with Aukey” and they’ve definitely lived up to that motto. The charger came in a nice, sturdy plain brown cardboard box with the product name and a drawing of the charger on the front, and contact information for the company on the back.
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Inside, you’ll find the charger, its USB cable, a brief manual in six languages and a warranty registration card.
The charger has two ports, one for charging phones, tablets and other USB devices (lined in green), and another that uses the Qualcomm Quick Charge technology (lined in orange), which is the basis for the “up to four times faster” claim. Not all devices have this technology, so not all devices will reap the benefits. Find out more about Quick Charge here.
You can find Aukey’s official page for this charger here.
Putting it to the test
My first-gen Moto X doesn’t have the Quick Charge technology, and I don’t have a scientific method of comparing how much faster the charger worked, as we do with other products like routers and modems, but I do have an older, non-quick version of the Aukey, an older American model car, and a 20 minute daily commute (by an older American driver). :) So I did some testing by running the phone down to below 10% and then charging it up on my drive to work several times.
The older version of the Aukey charger, with a generic USB cable (that one didn’t come with its own cable) generally charged my phone about 8 to 10 percent. It’s enough to rescue a nearly dead phone, but nothing to write home about. (NOTE: this may be the fault of the cable rather than the charger. I did not test this.)
I was expecting a noticeable improvement with the new charger, and I got it.
The Aukey CC-T7, using the non-Quick Charge port (which the company says adapts itself automatically to the needs of the device being charged) charged my phone between 18 and 20 percent. So, non-scientifically, even with a phone that does not have Quick Charge technology, the charge was about twice as fast.
I also ran the phone down to 1% and put it on the Aukey CC-T7 and let it charge fully. That took about an hour and 40 minutes, as opposed to over three hours with the plug-in charger that came with the phone, so the “twice as fast” finding held up.
The charge was also about twice as fast when two phones were connected to it at the same time, although there was one hiccup: When an HTC One was initially plugged into the non-Quick Charge port, it reset itself. This didn’t happen with the Quick Charge port. (The company says that plugging non-Quick Charge phones into the Quick Charge port is OK.)
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Here is where a “pro and con” discussion usually goes, but honestly, I could not find anything “con” about the Aukey CC-T7 3.0 Dual Port USB Car Charger. It’s easy to use, stays firmly plugged into the power socket in the car, and delivers a faster charge even to a device without the Quick Charge technology. It’s inexpensive, and the fact that it comes with its own high speed USB cable is a definite plus. The packaging can be fully recycled, which some people will also consider a plus.
The Aukey CC-T7 3.0 Dual Port USB Car Charger gets a full 5 stars. It’s a well made product with an attractively low price, and it does what it says it will do. It’s one of those things that genuinely “just works.”