February 7, 2012
- Minimal footprint
- Dual-device charging
- Breakable plastic body
Charging while on-the-go can be difficult, particularly while driving if you have USB-connected devices. The Monaco Extreme Charge adapter is a device that charges two USB devices at the same time through your car's power outlet. It's a simple, inexpensive device that solves a common problem.
We at TechReviewSource like simple gadgets that solve problems that everyone has and the Monaco Extreme Charge adapter does just that. It plugs into your car's power outlet without taking up any unnecessary space in a potentially cramped front seat.
It's made out of plastic and is almost feather light. However, the plastic it is made from feels cheap, so if it is dropped from any considerable distance, it will probably break or crack. It's definitely small enough to keep in your glove box when not in use so you'll always have it when you need it. It also looks nice with a black shiny outside with vibrant red accents.
The charger has two USB ports on the front, one that provides 2.1A of power and the other provides 1A. The 2.1A port will let you charge larger USB peripherals that require more power, like a tablet for instance. This higher-output port will also charge smaller devices, like an Apple iPhone, faster. The 1A port will also charge anything you plug into it, but it will charge at a slower rate because of the reduced output.
In our testing, the Monaco Extreme Charge was able to simultaneously charge an HP TouchPad and an Apple iPhone 4 with no problems. It isn't limited to these products of course, rather it can handle almost any portable USB device that we can think of from phones to tablets.
It is available from WirelessGround.com for $14.95, so it's inexpensive and definitely a must-have for the on-the-go person, especially someone who might have a long commute or take frequent road trips.