April 18, 2019

The Best Phone Gear for Road Trips

By [email protected] Topic: Chargers Lifestyle

When it comes to road trips, smartphones have replaced folding maps, car radios, books, and even games of “I Spy.”

The only problem? None of those things hogged power the way smartphones do today. And depending on how you charge your phone, you might find your battery near zero half way through your trip.

Car charging comes with three common problems: sometimes it’s slow, there aren’t enough USB ports, and the cables get tangled around everything.

But don’t worry. We have the accessories you need to keep your phone (and your passengers’ phones) charged from Acadia to Yellowstone.

Don’t use your car’s USB port to charge

GPS, streaming music, gaming and video rank high on the list of apps that drain your battery. Chances are you, (or your kids) will use more than one of these apps at the same time while on the road. If that’s the case, your phone’s battery might drain even if you are plugged in.

That’s especially true if you’re using your car’s built-in USB ports because, in most cars, USB ports only charge at 1 amp, a lot less than what most phones can handle. Use too many apps on a long drive, and you may end up arriving with less battery than when you left.

The solution is simple: Use a car charger that delivers more than 1 amp when plugged into your car’s 12-volt socket (formerly the cigarette lighter). If you have a phone that uses USB Power Delivery (these include the iPhone 8 or later, and Google Pixel phones to name a few), check out Ventev’s dashport pd1180. With the ability to charge USB Power Delivery enabled phones up to 70% faster, you’ll arrive at your destination fully charged, no matter what your phone did on the way there.

Passengers put a premium on charging ports

Two people in a lifeboat, eyeing the last bottle of water. That’s what it’s like when drivers have to share a single charging port on a long drive.

OK, maybe that’s a little extreme, but let’s face it, when you are sharing the car’s USB port, it’s a recipe for anxiety, because nobody gets a full charge. If you are going on a long road trip, pick up a car charger with two USB ports.

And unlike lower quality chargers, Ventev’s dual USB port dashports use split circuitry, meaning you will receive the same charging experience no matter what combination of devices you are charging. Low-quality chargers share the total power across two ports.

Cable Clutter

Cable clutter in cars is a real problem, and it’s more than a mere annoyance for us. It’s bad for the cables too. We sit on them, then yank them from under us, and close them in car doors. All of which can lead to fraying or unseen damage to the inner workings of the cable. Ventev’s chargesync helix cable features a springy recoil that stays tangle-free and out of the way. 

Another way to keep your car tidy is by using a dashmount. They not only keep your phone upright and at eye level so you can check GPS, but some dashmounts, like Ventev’s magdock 360 and minipro vent, can help with cable management. Just wrap the excess cable length around the arm that attaches to the air vent, and voilà! No more cable clutter.

If you have a phone that charges wirelessly (and most phones introduced after 2018 do), Ventev’s wireless charging car kit is the way to go. It clips to your car’s vents and comes packaged with a dashport rq1300 and cable. Organize the cable once, and never worry about plugging in again. It features with spring-loaded clip arms for easy docking, so you get all of the convenience of wireless charging.

Rapidly draining batteries make a long road trip even longer. Before you pack up and hit the open road, make sure you’re equipped to keep all your devices charged. You’ll keep the kids happy, avoid getting lost, and arrive with a full battery. Happy travels!

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