After reviewing the Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger Power Bank, I was happy to receive the company’s 2.1A Dual USB Car Charger. I expected the same attention paid to build quality and features, and was not disappointed. At only $10.97 on Amazon, it’s also a great value, and is available in either black or silver (I received black).
The top USB port of the Lifeguard Dual USB Car Charger is what the company refers to as an +IQ USB jack. It automatically detects the power requirements of your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, digital camera, etc., and safely “fast” charges the connected device with up to 2.1A. The bottom USB port forgoes the extra smarts and simply outputs 1A, which is suitable for smaller smartphones and other modestly sized USB-powered devices, or trickle charging larger devices.
I’m happy to say that the Lifeguard Dual USB Car Charger has replaced the less feature rich charger (1A max, single USB port) I was using in my car (a Toyota Prius) with my Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Using the Lifeguard charger’s top port, I can say that my iPhone 6 Plus definitely charges noticeably faster, plus there’s the added convenience of the second port being free for when a passenger needs a charge as well. (On a side note, you may ask why I don’t use the car’s USB port. It’s because it’s in a somewhat inconvenient position and I prefer to use my phone over Bluetooth rather than in iPod connectivity mode.)