I’ve come to the realization that I’m the very definition of a hot mess. No matter how much time I spend trying to sort my life out, it’s just a losing battle of clothes not being washed when I need them, batteries not being charged and cables being missing.
I also have a thing about not being late anywhere I go, so I’m usually the person running around my house like an absolute lunatic putting on pants (presuming they are washed and I can find them), throwing everything I can imagine needing into a bag and then falling over my own feet as I rush to get out, only to then end up wherever I’m supposed to be at least half an hour early and with a phone that’s barely clinging to 10% battery life while some other device I own, and most likely need, has a completely dead battery.
Welcome to my life.
Coming back to what this piece is actually about, for just over a week now I’ve been reviewing something that’s changed my life more than I care to admit and that something is the UGREEN Wireless Car Charger.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve dabbled with car chargers in the past but I’ve always found some or other deal breaker with them. I’ve tried the ones that plug into your car and just give you a slot for a USB cable but then I’m always either forgetting to bring my phone’s charge cable with me to my car, or my cable is waaaaay too long and ends up getting in the way, or I’ll have an appropriate length cable and by some miracle I’ll remember to bring it but then I’m at a loss about where to actually put my phone.
I’ve also tried them in tangent with a phone mount but, again, the cable always seems to be a problem and most reasonably priced phone mounts just don’t feel all that secure.
The UGREEN Car Charger promised to be the answer to all of my frustrations – boasting Qi wireless charging so no need for my phone cable, a really secure and padded gripping system both for my phone and to attach the charger to my air vents as well as an extra fast charging USB port for any other emergency charging needs I might have.
But is it really all that great? Yes, yes it is and let’s break down why:
It just works. Everything about it is easy to set up. The attachment that goes into your air-vent is sealed with a soft rubber cover so when it’s installed it feels solid and secure with very little, if any, give.
Then, if you’re like me and intend to use this as more than just a charger, but also as a mount to either use your phone to navigate or vlog, then it has an adjustable 360-degree rotation to help you get that perfect view.
The charger itself has two USB slots, a normal (7.5W) and a fast (10W) charge slot, depending on what you need and it can charge two devices simultaneously pretty damn fast – a few nights ago my iPhone X had died and after a literal 15 minute drive it was back to 50% again.
After some testing and research, I’m pretty confident that it will work on any phone, regardless of the model just so long as your phone a) supports wireless Qi charging and b) is between 4.7 and 6.2 inches (11.9 and 15.7 CM). Oh, and it charges your phone without you having to remove your cover, which is pretty damn awesome.
One of the only things that seem to get in the way of your phone charging and being held securely are phone rings and pop sockets – so if you’re proudly rocking a ring at the back of your cover like I am then you’ll have to get in the habit of taking your cover off, but I actually haven’t found that to be too much of a hassle.
The UGREEN charger is something that HAS made my life just that much easier and less stressful – I don’t have to worry about my phone being charged before I leave the house and I don’t have to worry about my phone dying while I’m out and then not being able to Navigate. It’s also really pretty looking and it turned the hot mess that is my life just a little bit more glam (or, at least, organised).
Do you use a car charger or mount for your phone? Or do you just have a firmer grip on adulting than I seem to have? Seriously, now that I’ve been actively using the UGREEN I don’t see myself going back!
Disclosure: The blog was sent a UGREEN charger to test out.