Car chargers are actually able to have many charging ports because it allows for more people to charge devices their devices at the same time. many car chargers come in different shapes and sizes but the size and design are all connected to the amount of charging ports they’re connected to. It can actually get to a point that too many charging ports can make a car charger rather too big and be obstructive but they try their best to be as small and non-obtrusive as possible.
This is the Anker PowerDrive 5, and it utilizes 5 charging ports. This is a really strange and innovative kind of design for a car charger. Take a look on how 5 charging ports fair in this Charger Harbor Review.
5 Output Charging Ports | 5V/2.4A Per Port | Max Output – 10 Amps
So of course, the PowerDrive has 5 charging ports and as a result, you can charge 5 devices at the same time. Not only that, the charging speed is great with the each port being able to deliver 2.4 Amps of charging. However, the max charging Output is 10A.
This means that you can potentially connect 4 iPads to the PowerDrive 5 car charger and each of them will be able to charge at their max speeds of 5V/2.4A. Charging 4 iPads at the same time will place the Output at 9.6A, which is just at the edge of the Max charging Output. If you were to connect a 5th iPad to the car charger, then each of the ports would default down to 2 Amps, in order to equate to the max charging speed of 10A.
Even when the charging speed is maxed out, 2 Amps per port will still be able to charge tablets relatively quickly and will most definitely be enough power to charge smartphones near or at their max speed. Although, this car charger does not feature Quick Charge, so Quick Charge compatible smartphones won’t be able to charge at their max speeds.
So the design is much different than your run of the mill car charger because it doesn’t have the charging ports directly on the car charger. Instead, the charging ports are placed on a separate block that’s connected to the car charger with a cable.
So there are two measurements that need to be taken into account. The charging block with the ports is 3.2 inches in length, 1.7 inches in width, and 0.7 inches in thickness. It’s not that big and it’s used to accommodate the usage of 5 charging ports, which is something that isn’t done with many car chargers.
The car charger itself is 3.5 inches in length, 1.7 inches in width and 0.7 inches in thickness. Since the car charger itself doesn’t have any charging ports on it and just a cable connected to it; it’s basically the size of a 1-port car charger that’s going to be very low profile but we’re guessing that doesn’t really matter since the 5 port charging plate is going to be very noticeable.
Okay, so the design of the car charger is absolutely necessary. We’ve reviewed a 4 port car chargers in the past like Aukey’s 4-Port car charger and the Anker PowerDrive 4. These 4-port car chargers are taken to the apex of what can fit onto them and anymore charging ports would make them too large and obtrusive. Instead, the PowerDrive 5 takes a smart approach with 5 charging ports and uses a 36-inch cable to make it very versatile to move around.
Can it be obtrusive? Maybe. This is because there’s a rather long cable that the car charger uses and then you’re going to be using many cables connected to the car charger. So many cables being used can get confusing and make everything look messy.
The build is something that you need to be careful of. The charging pad and the car charger itself are not something that you need worry about. Instead, it’s the cable in-between them. If the cable gets damaged, the car charger can stop working and the cable that runs between the two pieces is just like any other charging cable. Not many car chargers actually have cables because it’s just the ports ON the car chargers. So it’s important not to strain the cable, so the car charger can be constantly used.
As for the material, both of the main pieces are made of plastic and they’re structurally strong, but what mostly matters is what’s inside of them. Inside is Anker’s Multi-Safe Protection System that utilizes many safety tech features like Voltage-Control, Surge Protection, Current-Stabilizer and Short-Circuit Protection.
However, the most useful type of tech is the use of PowerIQ and Voltage Boost that are able to deliver a lot of power to the devices that you’re charging.
It’s a very reliable car charger and it may very well be one of the most reliable car chargers on the market. It uses 5 charging ports, so you can charge anywhere from 1 device to 5 devices all at the same time. This car charger will be very useful for things like road trips because you just place the charging pad in the center of the car and everyone can just connect their charging cable to the pad. We find this to be a very versatile car charger that can deliver on the apex of what car charging tech can deliver. Adding another port would be ridiculous but hey, why not?
The power of the PowerDrive 5 is nearly perfect because each of the charging ports is able to deliver 5V/2.4A, which is the max standard charging. Even with the Max Output being 10A, each of the ports will be able to deliver 2 Amps of power and that’s still enough to charge any device quite fast.
It’s an odd design but a logical one. There are two separate pieces of the car charger, the charging pad, and the car charger plug. There’s a 36-inch cable that connects the two pieces. It’s easy to use and it’s nice to place the charging pad wherever you want, but the cable for the charger and charging cables that you connected to the pad can get messy.
It has a good physical build but the cable that connects the charging pad and the car charger’s plugin just like any other charging cable that can break, so it’s important to be gentle and lot let the cable tangle.
Of course, it’s a reliable charger with it having 5 charging ports that can charge 5 devices at once with really good charging power.
Specs of the Anker 50W 5-Port USB Car Charger, PowerDrive 5:
- # Of Ports: 5
- Output: 5 Output Charging Ports | 5V/2.4A Per Port | Max Output – 10 Amps
- LED Power Indicators: No
Charging Block – 3.2 × 1.7 × 0.7 inches
Car Charger Piece – 3.5 × 1.7 × 0.7 inches
- Weight: 3.8 Ounces
- 18-month warranty
- Comes with Welcome Guide
There are not many car chargers with 5 charging ports because most people don’t imagine the need to charge 5 devices at once in their car. But here we are, this car charger is ideal for those family road trips, when having your devices all charged up and ready to go is vital.