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September 27, 2018

The best car chargers for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2

by John_A


We’ve all been there (some of us more than others): you hop in your car ready to hit the road, and then you check your phone — it’s dying at a rapid pace! You’ve barely enough battery to get to your destination, let alone for the rest of the day once you get there. Well, that’s what car chargers are for, and if you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for it.

Top pick

Aukey Car Charger with 27W USB-C PD and 5V/2.4A USB-A


Aukey’s charger features both a USB-C port and a USB-A port, which is the best of both worlds. You can charge your Pixel or Pixel 2 — or even a laptop — over USB-C at a full 27W, which is the “rapid charge” rate you’d get from the in-box wall charger. At the same time, you can charge another device over USB-A at a respectable 5V/2.4A — enough to get any other phone charged up pretty quickly.

$20 at Amazon

Mid-range choice

Aukey Car Charger with 5V/3A USB-C and Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A


This version of Aukey’s charger has a USB-C port with 15W (5V/3A) of output, which will still charge up your Pixel or Pixel 2 quickly, but doesn’t match wall charging speeds. In return, the USB-A port below it has Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which will charge most other recent Android phones extremely fast, just as they would from a wall charger.

$15 at Amazon

Most Reliable

Anker USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD


Trust and great warranty — that’s Anker’s promise. With its car charger, you get two ports, a USB-C port that supports your Pixel’s fastest charging speeds, and a second USB-A port to top up another device like a tablet. The distinctive blue color is easy on the eyes, and the 18-month warranty lets you rest easy that your charger will work — or it will get replaced.

$30 at Amazon

Double USB-A excellence

Spigen 30W Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB-A car charger


Spigen’s dual USB car charger is a high-quality part that won’t overheat your Pixel or Pixel 2. While not USB-C PD compliant since it uses USB-A, it supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, which offers up pretty quick charging for most Android phones. It supports a total of 30W between the two ports, so even with two phones plugged in, they’ll both charge up at the maximum rate.

$14 at Amazon

Your picks?

Are you using an awesome USB-C charger that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated September 2018: We’ve updated this list to reflect new prices.

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