Best USB Phone Chargers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 29, 2019
When you own more than two mobile devices that require regular recharging, it can be tiresome to carry all the adapters that are needed to charge them. That said, there is a handy solution - a USB charger. The device combines multiple power output ports and may become a true life savior for all of your gadgets. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Input
Output
Total Power
Housing
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The model is armed with a 3.0 USB-C port with up to 46-watt power delivery. It is able to effectively and efficiently charge compatible devices, taking far less time to do so than USB-A. With its foldable two-prong plug, the charger is especially easy to store and use.

CONS

There's only 1 USB-A port. 

OUR VERDICT

Aukey PA-Y12-CA is about speed and future-proofing. Incorporating Power Delivery 3.0, the model is able to charge your iPhone X (or any other compatible device) to 50% in 30 minutes. The plastic build is robust enough and the housing does not heat up at all.

detailed parameters
Input

100 - 240 V

Foldable wall plug

Output

1 x USB-A port (up to 3 Amps)

1 x USB-C port (up to 2.1 Amps)

Total Power

56.5 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Overcharge, overheat, and short-circuit protection

Dimensions

64 x 63 x 29 mm

136 g

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Incorporating PowerIQ™ and VoltageBoost™ tech, the model is able to charge different devices with different cords equally fast. The company's trademark MultiProtect safety system, adopting surge protection, temperature control, and many more advanced safety features, works wonders keeping you and your gadgets safe.

CONS

The USB ports are too close to each other. 

OUR VERDICT

Anker AK-A2124212 is probably the lightest and most compact 5-port USB charger in its price range. It will let you recharge every device/gadget in the house simultaneously. The 1.5-metre detachable power cord doesn't keep you too tied to the next outlet.

detailed parameters
Input

100 - 240 V

1.5-m detachable power cord

Output

5 x USB-A ports (up to 2.4 Amps per port)

Total Power

40 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

PowerIQ™ technology, VoltageBoost™ technology, MultiProtect safety system, LED indicator light

Dimensions

91 x 58 x 27 mm

235 g

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The Auto-ID technology identifies connected devices and provides optimised charging. Equipped with over-charging, over-power, over-discharge, over-current, short-circuit, over-voltage, high-temperature, and anti-static protection, the model will be able to keep your gadgets safe through power outages and every other safety hazard in the book.

CONS

The glossy housing is susceptible to scratches. 

OUR VERDICT

Lencent USB Charger Plug is the most well-balanced product on this list. It is affordable, versatile, and effective. The model comes supplied with interchangeable UK/USA/EU/AUS plugs, so you'll always be able to bring this device with you and charge your gadgets in just about any country there is.

detailed parameters
Input

100 - 240 V

Interchangeable UK/USA/EU/AUS plugs

Output

4 x USB-A ports (up to 4.4 Amps per port)

Total Power

22 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Smart IC technology, Auto-ID technology, 8-stage safety system

Dimensions

65 x 60 x 30 mm

~180 g

Warranty

18 months

PROS

Both ports are equipped with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It is able to provide up to 4x faster speeds than standard 2.0 chargers, meaning it usually takes like 35 minutes for compatible devices to go from 0% to 80%. With just 2 USB ports, you'll have no issues plugging/unplugging different devices separately.

CONS

The minimal voltage input is limited to 110V.

OUR VERDICT

The ports' QC 3.0 support, the company's upgraded INOV tech, and backwards compatibility with QC 2.0 devices will let you charge practically any device out there as fast as possible. The USB ports incorporate LED lights, so you'll be able to tell whether the device is done charging without picking that device up.

detailed parameters
Input

110 - 240 V

Fixed wall plug

Output

2 x USB-A ports (up to 3 Amps per port)

Total Power

36 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

iSmart 2.0 technology, overcharge, overheat, and short-circuit protection, LED lighting of USB ports

Dimensions

65 x 51 x 28 mm

~180 g

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The Smart IC technology does an excellent job recognising connected devices and automatically detecting and delivering the optimal charging current. The plastic housing is scratch-, smudge, and drop-resistant, so it will likely remain looking as good as new for years to come.

CONS

The housing starts to heat up after ~2 hours. 

OUR VERDICT

ULTRICS UT-0105-3PWC-WHI is a really practical product. The price is almost too attractive. The dimensions are minuscule. It weighs practically nothing. The necessary safety mechanisms are there and its effectiveness is just as up to par.

detailed parameters
Input

100 - 240 V

Fixed wall plug

Output

3 x USB-A ports (up to 3 Amps per port)

Total Power

30 W

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Smart IC technology, overcharge, overheat, and short-circuit protection

Dimensions

66 x 51 x 27 mm

~80 g

Warranty

1 year

Aukey PA-Y12-CA

Future-Proofing

For the most part, Aukey PA-Y12-CA is the best USB charger on the list. The biggest contributor here is the 3.0 USB-C port with up to 46-watt power delivery. It is able to effectively and efficiently charge compatible devices, taking far less time to do so than USB-A.

At the same time, the model is packing an additional 10.5-watt USB-A port that has no issues powering all 5V USB devices, featuring an output up to 2.1 amps.

The only issue we have with the charger compared to almost every other entry on the list is that it adopts but one USB-A port. As you'd imagine, you wouldn't be able to use this model to charge more than 2 devices simultaneously.

On the bright side, it is really impressive how this charger is packing combined 56.5W of power into its compact form. Measuring 64 x 63 x 29 millimetres in overall dimensions, the model can be hidden inside just about any pocket. Plus, with its foldable two-prong plug, the charger is especially easy to store and use.

On the safety front, this charger incorporates every safeguard in the book to protect your gadgets against excessive current, overheating, and overcharging.

Bottom line, Aukey PA-Y12-CA is about speed and future-proofing. Incorporating Power Delivery 3.0, the model is able to charge your iPhone X (or any other compatible device) to 50% in 30 minutes. The plastic build is robust enough and the housing does not heat up at all. It offers equally high power and high speed.

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Anker AK-A2124212

Five Ports

Anker AK-A2124212's biggest strength is its biggest flaw too. The model is packing five USB-A ports with up to 2.4 Amps per port. Generally speaking, there's no downside to having as many ports as possible. Besides, we commend the people behind the product for fitting 5 ports into the model's relatively compact form (91 x 58 x 27 millimetres in overall dimensions).

At the same time, you cannot fit so many ports into such a compact form without sacrificing convenience and practicality in return. It's not huge but the ports are too close to each other, often making it difficult/inconvenient to plug/unplug different gadgets separately.

You'd think that 2.4 Amps per port isn't enough but, incorporating PowerIQ™ and VoltageBoost™ tech, the model is able to charge different devices quickly and efficiently.

In the safety department, the charger adopts the company's trademark MultiProtect safety system. Featuring surge protection, temperature control, and many more advanced safety features, the model works wonders keeping you and your gadgets safe.

The LED indicator lights are a nice touch too, especially for home use.

In short, Anker AK-A2124212 is probably the lightest and most compact 5-port USB charger in its price range. It will let you recharge every device/gadget in the house simultaneously. You can use the model as an iPad charger. It is an excellent battery charger. You'll be able to charge multiple laptops. The 1.5-metre detachable power cord doesn't keep you too tied to the next outlet.

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Lencent 613310827986

Charge Your Gadgets Anywhere You Go

Lencent USB Charger Plug is the most well-balanced product on this list. It is affordable, versatile, and effective.

The model comes supplied with interchangeable UK/USA/EU/AUS plugs, so you'll always be able to bring this device with you and charge your gadgets in just about any country/hotel/BnB there is. Its international voltage compatibility will let you charge multiple devices at the same time anywhere you go.

With four USB-A ports that go up to 4.4 amps per port, you'll have no issues effectively charging 3-4 separate gadgets simultaneously. Plus, the Auto-ID technology works wonders intelligently identifying connected devices and providing optimised charging.

All that being said, what we like most about this USB charger is probably its 8-stage safety system. Equipped with over-charging, over-power, over-discharge, over-current, short-circuit, over-voltage, high-temperature, and anti-static protection, the model will be able to keep your gadgets safe through power outages and every other safety hazard in the book.

As far as we're concerned, the only issue with the product is that the glossy housing is susceptible to scratches.

Apart from that, Lencent USB Charger Plug has no business being this effective, full-featured, and versatile at this price.

Review of Lencent 613310827986 USB Charger Plug

 

RAVPower UK RP-PC006(B)

Charge Anything

On paper, RAVPower UK RP-PC006(B) might seem like the least impressive prospect within this lineup. But that's where the specifics come in. Sure, the charger is fitted with but two USB-A ports (up to 3 Amps per port), which is not that impressive on the surface-level.

At the same time, both ports are equipped with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It is able to provide up to 4x faster speeds than standard 2.0 chargers, meaning it usually takes like 35 minutes for compatible devices to go from 0% to 80%.

Along with the company's upgraded INOV (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage) tech and backwards compatibility with Quick Charge 2.0 devices, you'll be able to charge virtually any device out there as fast as possible. Plus, with just 2 USB ports, you'll have no issues plugging/unplugging different devices separately.

Last but not least, RVAPower's very own iSmart charging technology excels at automatically detecting the connected device, identifying the charging input, and then matching the device(s) with its required current.

To put it a little differently, RAVPower UK RP-PC006(B) will let you charge practically anything. The model takes efficiency to another level. Plus, the USB ports incorporate LED lights, so you'll be able to tell whether the device is done charging without picking that device up.

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ULTRICS UT-0105-3PWC-WHI

Lightweight but Powerful Enough

ULTRICS UT-0105-3PWC-WHI is an excellent charger for its price. The model weighs just 80 grams and measures 66 x 51 x 27 millimetres in overall dimensions, making this little charger highly portable.

It comes equipped with 3 USB-A ports that are able to deliver up to 3 amps per port. The first (upper) port adopts Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech, meaning it will be able to supercharge compatible gadgets from 0% to ~75% in half an hour.

The Smart IC technology is present here as well. As per usual, it does an excellent job recognising connected devices and automatically detecting and delivering the optimal charging current.

As far as safety is concerned, this fast charger is reliable enough, incorporating overcharge, overheat, and short-circuit protection.

We really like the plastic housing. It is scratch-, smudge, and drop-resistant, so it will likely remain looking as good as new for years to come. That being said, the housing does usually start to heat up after ~2 hours. The temperature remains acceptable though, so not much to worry about here.

All things considered, ULTRICS UT-0105-3PWC-WHI is a really practical product. The price is right. The dimensions are minuscule. The necessary safety mechanisms are there and its effectiveness is just as up to par.

Review of ULTRICS UT-0105-3PWC-WHI USB Wall Charger

 

What Is a USB Phone Charger?

When you have multiple devices that have different charger inputs, it may be challenging to power them up. In order to do that, you always have to carry multiple adapters inside your bag, purse, or pockets, which is not convenient at all. That’s when USB chargers come into play. These devices are compact, easy to use, and really versatile. A single charger can be used as an all-in-one adapter that can charge all of your mobile gadgets.

There are quite a few variations of USB chargers. While some act as simple switches and adapters for the AC outlets, the others can be used as fully-fledged chargers (although they still need to be plugged into an electrical grid via a power cord). The main advantage of both charger types is their ability to increase the regular power output of the outlets and, as a result, charges your devices almost twice as fast, compared to regular power adapters.

The electric security systems of the wall charges may include protection against electrical discharge, overcharge, and short-circuit prevention that can blow the battery of your mobile device.

If you are looking for more devices that will come in handy during long travels, we recommend taking a deeper look into power banks. Alternatively, you may also be interested in car chargers for fast charging of your mobile gadgets on the go.

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Publish Date: 2019-08-29 14:10:11