This review is for the new Anker PowerDrive+ Speed 2 in car charger.
I received this as a Power User sample but all opinions are my own. I’ve been using this for the last two weeks as my primary in car charger for the following devices;
Anker 20100 PD Power Bank
Asus Zenfone 5
Starting with the packaging, this is classic Anker with its classic white and blue cardboard packaging, inside of which is a blue inner tray with handy pull tab housing the PowerDrive+ Speed 2 charger, some warranty and customer satisfaction cards. Although it is functional, it’s well presented and looks and feels like quality packaging.
Removing the charger from its soft touch sleeve, it feels well made, not too heavy and the business end houses both a USB A Power iQ output in addition to a USB C PD output. It has the capability to output up to 49w which means this is ideal for fast charging iPhone 8 and X, plus a Macbook if you need to recharge on the road. It also supports fast charging for Pixel 2/XL as well as the Galaxy S8/S9 and other Qualcomm fast charge capable devices. It is made of sturdy plastic which doesn’t feel like it’s going to split and break when being tossed in an out of your car or vans various cubby holes and the main fascia with the charger ports has a soft touch exterior which adds to the air of quality
When inserted into your vehicle’s power outlet, the charger has a subtle blue glow around the outer ring to let you know power is being passed through - this looks very effective at night and adds a nice ambient glow around the area where it’s been plugged in. Nice.
Onto performance and i’m happy to say this performs very well in all conditions. It can recharge the iPhone X to full in a little over an hour, the S9 in around 1hr 30 minutes, the Zenfone 5 and Huawei were done and dusted in just over an hour (matching their standard USB OEM wall chargers easily) and also filling my empty PD 20100 Power Bank to half capacity on a recent 2 hour journey - confirming this is indeed supplying the correct fast PD output via its USB C port to the Power Bank. This is very impressive given its diminutive size and an absolute lifesaver if you need to ensure the Power Bank has some charge in it - i use mine to keep my gimbal and main video camera topped up whilst out filming so in this regard it is worth the price alone for me. All of the above devices are being used as review units for my YouTube channel in case you’re wondering “why so many phones?”.
What really surprised me was the fact it could also power my OnePlus 6 daily to 100% in around an hour and 40 minutes. OnePlus devices are notoriously slow to charge without their supplied USB Fast Charge wall adapter or proprietary in car OnePlus charger, so this meant i could use the Anker charger as my go to in car choice without any worries. I haven’t had an opportunity to try with a Macbook, so i cannot attest to charging performance with this, however, i know my PD 20100 has no trouble so i cannot see the PowerDrive+ Speed 2 being any different.
Yes, it’s an in car charger - hardly exciting stuff, however, it’s an invaluable accessory for any driver and the whole package is extremely well executed and well worth the price premium over its competitors thanks to its rock solid output and flexibility with numerous devices.
For this reason it is a solid recommendation from me - i even picked up a second one myself for the rear power output in the car as we invariably have our two elder sons or friends on board who may need to top up quickly when they need the inevitable lift into town/work!
Stellar work from the Anker team yet again and gets a well deserved Mr West ‘highly recommended’ score.