I left my battery charger in the hotel room in NSW over the weekend. With the hundreds of different chargers for sale, I don't know what to put in the search text box to order another charger.
I want to charge my Eleaf iSticks when I'm away from home.
240v AC to I think 5v DC ? Should have a USB outlet ? to I dunno, micro USB/macro USB, I can't remember. To save postage time I was hoping to buy in Australia.
Anyone have any ideas ? Thanks.
The Anker USB chargers seem to be getting good reviews, and from the specs they are very capable chargers, for example the five port 40 watt charger should be able to charge two isticks, a phone, and a tablet all at the same time. Add in a power bank to charge as well and you'll still not have quite topped out it's capacity.
I don't have one, but if I needed one I'd be putting this on my wishlist.
I think they have a 20 watt version as well, for about half that price, which would be OK for charging a smaller number of devices. Most people have lots of things to charge these days though, so it's handy to have just one charger to carry for everything. I've also found it harder to forget just one thing with lots of cables hanging out of it when it's the last thing that needs to be packed in the overnight bag in the morning. I pull the wall plug, then just keep wrapping everything up into one little bundle, then stuff it in the bag. Job done. (Wrapping keeps cables from getting twisted or kinked).
There's another reason not to buy this from China (apart from the risk of getting dodgy goods) and that is they often only offer US or EU plugs, so you finish up using a deathdapter with them. Buying from Australia ensures you get an AU plug.
ETA: you probably left the cables as well, and you'll have to buy them separately. Cheap cables are often false economy - they can't carry enough current, and they break too easily.
The three main types of plugs are 1, 4 and 5 off this chart:
1 - USB 'A', used as the output on USB chargers, power banks, and computers
4 - USB 'B' mini 5 pin used as the input for power banks, GPS, dashcams etc
5 - USB 'B' micro 5 pin used on a lot of phones, samsung, probably most mods etc.
USB 3.0 are different, see the pics below the USB 2.0 ones. The most likely is the USB 3.0 micro, used on some phones, though that seems to have been replaced by USB 'C' these days (new tech Samsung phones). USB C
A source for cables if you are in a pinch is the supermarket and even cheap shops. Don't buy the cheapest junky cables though - search out the quality. If you see any "Everready" branded cables going cheap snap them up - they are good cables.
They usually come *with* the cable, so make sure you get the right one.
If you're on a budget, then select anything that claims to be at least 12 watts output (actually probably 10.5 watts) or 2.1 amps. Avoid at all costs anything that costs less than ten bucks, is 500 mA (2.5 watts), or which fails to even state the output. 1 amp chargers (5 watts) are mostly junk on the cheaper end of the spectrum as well.