Geektest: Inateck 4-Port USB Car Charger & Waterproof Case Pouch
These next 2 products are great for when you’re in your car or away travelling.
Inateck 4-Port USB Car Charger
First up is the Inateck 4-Port USB Car Charger. I’ve used a number of USB car chargers over the years, and generally they feel plastic, badly made, and have a tenancy not to stay in the car’s charging socket properly… This 4-Port charger from Inateck couldn’t be more opposite to that. The construction is as solid as it gets, and hasn’t once, in the 2 weeks I’ve been testing it, slipped out of the car’s socket. It’s solid construction is made with premium ABS+PC fireproof materials, and has short circuit, over-watt, over-current and overheat protection. It is CE, FCC & RoHS certified to ensure its safety and reliability, so there’s no chance of it’s catching fire and ruining your day!
But what about the actual charging? Well, it’ll pump out 48 watts of power through the 4 ports using Inateck Smart Technology to determine what devices are connected to it, which makes sure you get the optimum charge every time. The paperwork says it will happily charge 4 iPads simultaneously, although I couldn’t actually test for that (as I don’t own 4 iPads), I can totally believe it’s true. It was certainly happy to charge my phone, tablet and a charging bank without any issues at all. It also comes with 2 high quality of 4feet Micro USB charging cables, which have been so good, i’ve actually been taking them with me to use around the house too!
10/10 – The best car charger I’ve used by far.
Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case Pouch Bag
The Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case/Pouch/Bag, is… well… a bag… which is waterproof. I know. Shocking. 😉 It’ll take any device (or I guess, anything at all!) up to 5.7 inches which you want to keep free of pesky water. Unlike some other bags of this type which use forms of zip-locks, the IPX8 has 2 solid clasps at the top that clamp the bag together, creating a solid, airtight seal. I did find the clasps a little fiddly at first, but there is no doubt they do the job they were intended to, and that’s keeping water away from whatever is inside.
Once I had it all sealed up, not having a pool (as I live in England), I resorted to dropping it in the sink to test it. After a few minutes, I took it back out, and the contents were completely dry. The pouch does have a tendency to float, so I’m not entirely sure how good it would be if you were trying to swim with it, but it would certainly be handy if you’re away on holiday and want to have your phone around the pool, but are concerned about it getting wet. Or if you were maybe hanging out in a hot tub, or away camping in a ‘lovely’ traditional British summer, and wanted to keep the mud off it.
The other great feature, is your screen is still usable whilst it’s in the bag. I had no issues swiping back and forth or opening apps whilst it was inside. It also has a handy strap so you can carry it around your neck – again, handy if your around a pool, and you tend to have a distinct lack of pockets!
8/10 – Does exactly what it says on the bag.
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.