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Re: USB Car charger not working
Bumping up an old thread, but posting in the correct section matters more, so-
Of late, I have blown up 2 mobile chargers in the SUNNY. Both belonged to the Callmate brand, purchased from Reliance Mart (not Autozone).
1) The charger/s were used continuously for a period of an hour or so - time required to commute from home to office and vice-versa.
2) Sometimes, the charger was used for a couple of hours while the cell did GPS duties - recent trip to Pondicherry.
3) I remember starting the engine often while the charger plugged in the socket - not sure if the circuit was able to withstand that.
4) The 1st charger stopped working in 7 days, the other in about 45 days.
5) No smoke, no sound, nothing. The BLUE light on the charger doesn't glow and the mobile doesn't charge.
Not being sure of the quality, and my habits on using the charger wisely, I decided to check something else, and came across the brand DIGITEK. The link posted below shows just one component of the entire kit.
The entire kit comprises of wall charger with USB Port, Car charger and a cable with various mobile charging ports, etc. and is priced at 496/- in MORE Megastores.
What are your suggestions?
1) Am I using the charger correctly?
2) Any better brand?
3) How's NITHO compared to DIGITEK?
4) I am vary of BELKIN since there are lot of duplicates. However, I am planning to buy the BELKIN Car Inverter kit priced around 2000/- to open up the possibilities of more devices that can be charged. By using it, I also have an option of directly plugging in the wall-charger to charge a cell phone.
5) Any other suggestions based on your consistent satisfactory experience.
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Re: USB Car charger not working
Around the same time last year, I had been through this ordeal of faulty car chargers. Callmate 6-in-1 worked for a month and started showing problems. Same for another changer of another brand which is at approximately at the same price point.
I went for a Nokia car charger in July, 2014 and it has changed my life (TeleShopping style! ) it costed roughly 800/- + but I find worth the penny.
One, it has got 2 USB ports for charging so you can charge 2 phones simultaneously.
Two, they provided one USB to micro USB cable and a USB to old small-pin cable that is useful for charging the old generation non-smartphones of Nokia (something like Nokia 5230). Of course, you can plug off any one and use the second one for USB/small pin as required.
Three, I have found to be charging at a rate of 1% per minute. I remember picking a friend at Delhi airport whose phone battery was dry. By the time I reached my destination at Noida, a 40-minute drive took the phone's battery level from 2% to 42%! And we are talking of a Nexus 5 here.
Four, this pertains in general to any good car charger. It is, is, a huge safety issue to have a good car charger in your car. Do keep an alternative if required. Whether you need to check out maps for navigation at odd hours in the night, or if you are stuck on the highway and need help from roadside assistance of your manufacturer, or calling up the emergency numbers due to any unforeseen unwanted circumstances. If the battery is dry, only a stroke of luck can help in such extreme circumstances.
Since Nokia as a brand has almost died, the good quality car chargers did remind of the impeccable build quality of the old phones it had. I am not sure if they continue to manufacture considering the Nokia-Microsoft deal.
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