When it rains, it pours. Such can be said of life, as well as competent chargers for smartphones like the Lumia 950. Aukey, a popular manufacturer of a wealth of computer electronics accessories, has provided us its dual-port USB car charger and its single port USB wall charger for comparison against its Tronsmart and Anker equivalents we reviewed weeks ago.
Both chargers feature standard USB female ports with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The car charger is a dual-port model with only one of its ports featuring the advanced Qualcomm tech. The wall charger only features one port, but that can be easily overlooked given its form factor.
Immediately obvious to anyone who wakes up at night terrified of how much space their wall chargers take up will rejoice at the ergonomically friendly nature of the wall turbo charger’s chassis. Its vertical thinness allows it to wedge itself neatly between any combination of chargers occupying space on a conventional power strip. This nature allows it to accommodate being sandwiched between two lesser chargers that have little concept territorial boundaries, so to speak.
The dual-port car charger is quite similar to the Tronsmart charger reviewed a few weeks ago, albeit with two standard USB ports as opposed to one standard and one Type-C port, making the Aukey arrangement a bit friendlier to the contemporary market. Equally inviting is the transparent, color-coded nature of the respective ports, with feisty orange representing the cutting edge Quick Charge 3.0. Interestingly, this color scheme follows on the single port wall charger as well.
The charging performance is pretty much in the same ballpark as the Tronsmart and Anker chargers previously discussed, with charge times on my Lumia 950 from under 10 percent to over 80 percent happening in the 35 to 45 minute range.
Both chargers come with a standard USB to microUSB cable. Though I would’ve liked the chargers to come instead with the more forward-thinking USB Type-C cable, especially since many probably don’t yet have extra USB Type-C cables and are instead more likely to have extra microUSB cables, but it makes sense they’d target the majority first.