“which is how you end up with things like an ice cream maker with a built in bluetooth speaker and selfie-cam, or a flashlight-on-one-end-stick-blender-on-the-other/UV-light cleaning wand.”
Didn’t a few of these come up in the last meh-re-thon?
Soooo…Either Anker has a new model or… people are traveling less, hence fewer family road trips, and they saw sales of this dwindle during the pandemic? People (including myself) are gonna travel again soon enough. This looks like a solid…
I have had one of these for years, in black. Lets you charge your phone, your passenger’s phone, your power bank, etc, at the same time. If on a road trip with a full, car, you might need all 5 ports.
It is out of stock on anker and no longer listed on amazon, so maybe it’s being replaced, but I don’t see a new version.
I first heard about Anker from a friend years ago (RIP mrbill) and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. There’s barely a room in the house that doesn’t have something of theirs in it — a charger, a power bank, a pile of cables, or something. All of it solid gear that works without issues.
We don’t have a use case in our cars for these… however, we have off grid dwellings on rural property with solar power. These USB port multipliers will be ideal there. Not only for mobile device recharging but also for various micro-USB charged lighting and fans.
Great for long car rides & trips with multiple people that you can’t do anymore because fucking Covid sucks ass stuck in the house wanting to kick babies and eat humans. Overall a nice deal today. Well done ERK
Anker has outstanding customer service - if there is a failed product, it’s no fuss replacement… And they actually get back with you later to be sure the replacement is working properly, and want to know details of failure, as feedback for product redesign potential in future…
I once bought a charger from this manufacturer for a friend who was going on a trip. The item blew up his phone battery. Anker refused to do anything about it. Since then, whenever I see that name in a sentence, I pass over it without reading it.
@robcass that’s unfortunate but I can’t think of a more reliable charger brand with solid customer support than Anker - perhaps RAVPower approaches Anker. We have lots of both brands’ products and they’re all solid.
@TomDavidson I suspect that would be a function of the car’s computer to cut off power to the accessory power ports when the ignition is off. The charging station would have no way to know whether the ignition is on or off - only whether it has 12VDC on its input or doesn’t have 12VDC on its input. I’ve owned vehicles that work both ways.