Best car chargers for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2
We’ve all been there (some of us more than others): you hop in your car ready to hit the road, and then you check your phone — only to find it running on fumes! You’ve barely enough battery to get to your destination, let alone for the rest of the day once you get there. That’s what car chargers are for, and if you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for it.
The most USB-C PD power
Anker USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD
With this Anker car charger, you get a USB-C port that supports your Pixel’s fastest charging speeds — 30W can even charge your Chromebook or MacBook — and a USB-A port to top up any other phone or peripheral at the same time. You pay a little more, but Anker’s 18-month warranty lets you rest easy that your charger will work — or it will get replaced.
Great speed, better price
Aukey 27W USB-C PD Car Charger
Aukey’s charger features both a USB-C port and a USB-A port, which is the best of both worlds. You can charge your Pixel or Pixel 2 — or even a laptop in a pinch — over USB-C at up to 27W. At the same time, you can charge another device over USB-A at a respectable 5V/2.4A — enough to get any other phone charged up pretty quickly.
Maxboost 63W Universal Car Charger
Need to charge all you tech on a quick drive to a board meeting? This bulbous car charger may have a large footprint, but it has an even larger capacity, letting it charge your laptop and/or phone at top speed thanks to a QC 3.0 USB-A port and a 45W Power Delivery USB-C port for charging most new Chromebooks at top speed.
Separate cable included
Meagoes Rapid USB PD Car Charger
Meagoes isn’t a well-known brand, but it makes great products and is very highly rated. This car charger ticks all of the usual boxes, with USB-C PD at 18W for Rapid Charging on the Pixel, plus a secondary USB-A port with Quick Charge 3.0 for other phones. It also comes with a 3.3-foot long USB-C cable, which you can use in the car or take with you.
Tronsmart 33W Dual Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0
Charging isn’t just about the charger itself — there’s also the cable to take into consideration. Tronsmart takes that thought out of the buying decision, with a built-in 3.3-foot USB-C cable for an integrated solution with 18W USB-C charging. There’s also an extra USB-A port with Quick Charge 3.0 support for other phones that may join you in the car.
Compact USB-C charger
AUKEY CC-Y12 18W PD Car Charger
This is a charger you can plug in, shut the cover, and forget it’s there until you need to charge your Pixel or Pixel 2 at top speed. It may be a little harder to extract this adapter as it’s meant to sit flush with your car’s dashboard or center console, so if you swap vehicles frequently, this adapter might not be for you.
Plug in and pedal down
It’s easy to find a car charger, but it isn’t always simple to find the best one for your phone. The Pixel and Pixel 2 really do benefit from USB-C Power Delivery charging, and that’s why we recommend Aukey’s PowerDrive Speed+ 2 charger. There are a few other options here that balance different features with different price points, depending on what’s important to you, but you can’t go wrong with Aukey’s great car chargers, big or small.
If you’re constantly on the move like me and need to charge both your phone and your laptop, you might want to consider super-sizing to the Maxboost Universal Car Charger, because 45W charging is the top charging speed for most Chromebooks and will even charge MacBooks at a reasonably fast speed.