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AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output)

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  • Charges a USB device like a smartphone or tablet from any power outlet
  • Small, portable size lets you take it anywhere you go
  • Outlet prongs fold up when not in use
  • USB port accepts a variety of charging cables
  • Red LED lights when connected to power
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Product Description

USB AC Wall Charger. Allows you to charge your device through a wall outlet using the USB cable of your choice.

The Input Voltage is AC100~240V ~ 50/60Hz 0.3A

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.6 x 3.6 x 1.7 inches
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces
ASIN B005CG2ATQ
Item model number RFQ234
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3.8 out of 5 stars 1,650 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories > Chargers & Power Adapters
#22 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Chargers & Power Adapters > Wall Chargers
#944 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories

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By Amazonian Consumer VINE VOICE on November 7, 2011
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Update 11-18-2011

This compact and foldable 2.1 A (2100 mA) charger can QUICKLY charge Kindle Fire or Apple iPad/iPad2 (you need a different cable for each one). It is NOT one of those "ordinary" USB chargers that outputs only 0.5 A of current.

The Kindle Fire requires just 1.8A of charging current, so this charger is fine (1.8 < 2.1). It is functionally the same as Apple's 10 Watt USB charger which outputs 2.1 A, so it is also suitable for charging the iPad.

You also need to buy a $6 AmazonBasics USB Cable - 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters). Do not use one intended for your cellphone; it may not work.

The total cost is $16, still much cheaper than the dedicated Kindle charger which sells for $25. Apple's 10W charger costs $35.

You enjoy better utility with this charger/cable combo because they are separate, and the charger prong is foldable.

Additionally, the micro USB cable can be used for copying files from your computer to the Fire, and vice versa. This is the kind of cable (USB 2.0 on one end and micro USB on the other) that some reviewers were saying that Amazon should have included in the Fire box.

You can check what both look like in Customer Images on this web page.

The main draw of this AmazonBasics USB wall charger is the 2100 mA current output, which is required for most modern smartphones and iPad/iPad2. You get these gadgets charged the fastest with this charger.

But the shape of this charger will BLOCK adjacent power outlets if it is plugged into the wall or even an extension power strip.
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This is a nice little charger - I like its size and packability, and it's now one of the items to be found in my 'go bag'. I've given it a five star rating because it performs as well as any other high capacity charger I've seen, my only real complaint being that the description on the Amazon page leads one to believe that it will charge everything at a 2.1 amp rate.

iPhones and Android devices will limit themselves to drawing no more than 1/2 amp when charging unless they detect that they're hooked up to a charger and not a computer USB port. This is because computer USB ports generally aren't rated to supply any more current than that. To get around this problem a charger has to be internally wired to let devices know it's safe to do a fast (high current) charge. There are two common methods to do this - one is specific to Apple devices, and the other is more friendly to Android devices.

Out of the box, this charger appears to be wired for Apple devices, meaning Apple devices will take as much of the 2.1 amps as they want, while Android devices will charge at a slower 1/2 amp rate.

There are a couple of solutions for Android device owners.

1 - Consider getting the "Amazon Kindle PowerFast" charger instead. It supplies 1.8 amps of power, and my Android phone detected that it was being fed by a charger and not a USB port. The down side is that it costs twice as much as this charger does.

2 - Consider getting a charge-only USB cable to use with this charger. These cables cannot be used to transfer data, and they contain the internal connections that tells the device it's connected to a charger. Just make sure you don't use one of these cables to connect your device to a computer's USB port.
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UPDATE 5 SEP 2103: I've been using one of these regularly since I got this close to 2 years ago. It's durable.

UPDATE 26 NOV 2012: I received one of these for review purposes and have liked it so much I've since bought 4 more as my all purpose charger. I use them primarily with a few of my Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0 (512MB) units, a couple of tablets, and my Blackberry. Great all purpose unit (but still check the specifications).

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

Pros:

LED light lets you know it's working
Good for both small devices (e.g., cell phones) and larger devices (e.g., tablets)
With 30 pin USB Charging/Sync Cable can be used with iPads and iPhones
Nice fold down plug in prongs (they don't poke out so easier to store)

Cons(iderations):

You'll need to buy extra cables to use this.

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USB wall chargers will have two "Output" values clearly printed on them, albeit in really tiny letters. This charger is listed as:

Output: 5.0 VDC / 2100 MA (5.0 volts Direct Current / 2100 milliamps or 2.1 amps)

Before getting an extra, or a replacement, charger for your device, check the output values listed on your existing charger, or check the documentation for the device you will be charging. You can't go wrong if you purchase a charger with the exact volts and amps as indicated (though higher amps is OK - see below). An output of 1.0 to 2.0 amps is fairly common for many tablets. The 5.
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