With USB-C devices becoming more prevalent, more accessories are becoming available. Our Belkin USB-C Car Charger+Cable review takes a look at a charger for your vehicle that’s backed with a $2500 connected equipment warranty.
The Belkin USB-C Car Charger+Cable has the following features and specifications:
- USB-PD chipset:
- Charges Ultrabooks up to 27W/3A
- Charges smartphones/tablets up to 70% faster
- Any USB-C device
- Compatibility chipset supports most brands
- USB Type-C port
- LED Indicator
- USB C-to-C
- 4ft. cable
- Charge/sync capability (supports USB 2.0 data transfer)
- Polycarbonate Overmold
What’s in the Box
- 1x USB-C car charger
- 1x 4′ (1.2m) USB-C to USB-C cable
The Belkin USB-C Car Charger has a tapered design with a matte black finish. The finish is actually quite nice and soft to the touch. The Belkin wordmark is imprinted on the top of the charger. The end is gloss black, and houses the USB-C port and an indicator light which turns green when in use.
The included USB-C cable is matte black as well, with gloss black housings around the USB-C connectors. The Belkin “man” logo is printed on each side of the housings.
Overall it’s a pretty sleek design, and as most USB car chargers go it’s pretty simple.
Ease of Use
Like any other car charger, simply plug the USB-C car charger component into your 12V DC socket, plug the USB-C cable into that and then into your USB-C device. Simple as that, and you’re good to go.
Upon connecting my Nexus 6P to the car charger, I was immediately greeted with the “Charging rapidly” message on my device. Charging was as quick as expected, and I had no issues with the charger when using it. The Belkin USB-C Car Charger also has the USB-PD chipset for faster charging. As Belkin puts it:
The 27Watt/3 Amp charger connects to any USB-C device through the cable. A USB-PD chipset within the charger automatically detects the connected device to allow and deliver optimal charging up to 27 Watts. This means up to 70% faster charging for smartphones/tablets* and higher power delivery for larger devices such as Ultrabooks and laptops.
*70% faster than 5W charging when charging a Google Pixel C or similar device from 0% battery
This means that not only can you charge your smartphones, you can also charge other USB-C devices like the Google Chromebook Pixel just fine (unfortunately I don’t have one to test it out).
Before you go asking if this charger and cable are “Benson Leung approved,” Belkin has also included a $2500/€2000/£1500 Connected Equipment Warranty with the charger. With the warranty Belkin will:
“repair or replace electronic devices damaged by an electrical charge while properly connected to this charger, up to $2500/€2000/£1500.”
So regardless of whether or not this product is “Benson approved,” you can rest easy that Belkin has you covered should something happen while your device is properly connected. You can visit belkin.com/cew for the full warranty details.
The Belkin USB-C Car Charger + Cable is a bit pricier than other USB-C car chargers on the market, and retails for $44.99. However, if you have a device that can take advantage of the USB-PD chipset and faster charging that it provides, the value for the price is definitely there.
If you’re looking for a USB-C car charger which supports USB-PD and has you covered should something happen to your device with the included warranty, you can’t go wrong with the Belkin USB-C Car Charger + Cable.