Nonda ZUS [Old Version without Reversible USB] Car Charger, 24W 4.8A, 2 Ports - Black
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- Best USB car charger: max 4.8A output, fully charges 2 iPad in 3.75 hours
- Smart car finder: download the free iOS/android app to locate your car in crowded parking lots
- German design: sophisticated European design that breathes class
- Top quality: us military mil-std-810g grade, German Bayer pc + titanium
- 2X lifespan: lasts twice as long as a normal USB car charger
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ZUS is a smart car finder and USB car charger. It charges up your mobile devices at twice the speed and finds your car with the companion iOS/Android app. Say good-bye to time-consuming searches in large parking lots, at the mall, or in crowded neighborhoods.
From the Manufacturer
Old Version WITHOUT Reversible USB
This is the old version without REVERSIBLE USB ports. Find the updated one by searching "reversible USB car charger". With reversible USB, you're able to input a cable into the charger with either side, just as described in the picture on the left.
2X the Charging Speed
ZUS detects what device it's charging and delivers the maximum charging output. ZUS is able to fully charge 2 iPad Airs in less than 4 hours, that’s 2X faster than a normal USB car charger.
Designed in Germany
Sophisticated European design that is unparalleled in looks and function.
Military Grade Quality
The only car charger to meet US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard, holding up to temperatures as high as 100ºC.
Top of the line lighting for increased visibility in dark environments.
To create top quality smart devices that solves everyday problems.
nonda is a smart hardware startup based in Palo Alto, California. We're a group of smart hardware enthusiasts, app developers, go-getters, and industry specialists. We love what we do and hope to share our vision of what the future of smart hardware will look like with the world. In 2015, nonda won "The fastest growing startup" and "The best 10 smart hardwares" in Silicon Valley respectively; and in 2016, two nonda products won the prestigious iF and Reddot Design Awards.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Smart. Sleek. Unique.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
We wanted ZUS to be useful to the everyday commuter, traveler, parent, student, and professional. We rethought the way people used a conventional product like a car charger and made it smarter. We build ZUS to help people save time - time saved from searching for your car and from charging your devices, so that you can spend it on things that you really care about.
What makes your product special?
We invest a lot of thought in our product design and manufacturing to ensure that we make a top quality product. For instance, we use the best raw materials from the chipsets to the Bayer PC material to the titanium coating. No other car charger manufacturers have claimed that they can meet rigorous military high temperature standards like us.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best startup experience so far has been seeing customers rave about a product that we've spent months designing, prototyping and testing. It makes it all worthwhile. We get really pumped up by being able to make a difference in someone's day through our products.
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The charge itself is not very good. In spite of it's claim, It's not a fast charger, as my Samsung S5 barely takes a charge when plugged in, and sometimes even slowly losing a charge when I'm using Waze for GPS directions, or streaming music via Bluetooth. It delivers such a low level of "juice" my dashcam thinks the car has been powered off during a drive!
With only those concerns, the device would garner a 3 star review, except the latest update to the android software now requires a sign-in, which means you have to register an email address to login to the software on startup! Why? To harvest emails to spam you, that's why. Right after I "confirmed" my email address, I received a request to post a positive review. Bogus!
I used a dead email address so I can continue to use it. But I don't even use the charge function anymore. I'm thinking it's almost a waste of money as I'm about to "pull the plug" on the Zus, figuratively and literally.
There are two benefits to this one: 1) car location tracking and 2) reversible USB plugs.
The car tracking app is terrible, but it does offer voltmeter functionality, which is useful for me because my Jeep Wrangler doesn't have a voltmeter. The tracking is so buggy and unreliable that I haven't even bothered to keep the app on my phone anymore.
The reversible USB ports are amazing, because now there's no right or wrong way to insert a USB plug. That makes inserting plugs while driving a snap.
Some complaints I have is that it seems to make a constant high-pitch whine, almost like a high-frequency electricity noise. It bothers me and gives me headaches. It also seems to quit at times and I have to twist it in my 12v power source to get it to work again.
I like the white LED glow it has.
Images L to R: ZUS connected and working in car in an open car park, no concrete / competing free app FindMyCar has no trouble finding cat / ZUS fails to find car. Side-by-side test, same car, same locations. And yes, I did keep the ZUS app running in the background as you're supposed to. Nasty surprise if you ran off for a meeting and just assumed the ZUS would do its' thing.
The ZUS charger can only remember the car's location where you parked last. Once your car is moving: borrowed by a friend/family member or stolen it will lose track of where your car is since the charger and your cell phone has to pair themselves (automatically) within a certain distance every time the engine turns on/off.
If you enter a location with no data/GPS signal and/or park in a multi-structured parking lot such as a mall, garage or airport you'll get a prompt from the app that it is unable to locate you and suggest you take a picture to remember where you parked.
When the GPS locator does work such as in a residential area or shopping plaza it works flawlessly as you able to find your location no problem with the compass always directing you to the right location.
Love how the USB ports on the charger is angled (instead of up front) and are back lit for ease of use. Charging is pretty quick, I was able to charge my Nexus 5 battery from 44-80% during a 30-40min commute. If you ever own a qualcomm fast wall charger you'll notice a similar speed.
The US Military Grade materials are a good feature to have, but I don't think my car will be bombed anytime soon or will I be trying to cause any physical damage to the device
I like how the charger doesn't get hot to the touch like other car chargers I've used in the past despite its fast charging speed.
Love the packaging, feels like you're opening an Apple or Premium product
Overall great feature rich device, just that the smart car locator could use some work.
I received this product at a discount in exchange for a honest review