ZipKord Solutions is in the business of providing convenient products with retractable cables. One of their many iPod car chargers, the ZipKord 2 Amp Dual USB Car Charger is ironically lacking an included cable, but is still a great solution for on-the-go charging. It can charge two devices at the same time and is one of the few iPod car chargers on the market that can output enough power to charge an iPad. Be wary, however, as this iPod USB car charger doesnâ€™t have a built-in circuit breaker to absorb potentially dangerous power surges.
While neither the packaging nor ZipKordâ€™s website specifies which versions of the iPod this charger supports, it does have the capability to output 2 amps, enough power to charge most devices. However, those 2 amps only manifest when only one device is plugged into the charger. If two are plugged in, each USB port will receive 1 amp. When we contacted ZipKord concerning compatibility, they assured us that all versions of the iPod are supported as long as they have the standard iPod connections. Because this device also has two USB ports, it is compatible with most devices powered by USB like GPS units, smartphones and other MP3 players.
The ZipKord 2 Amp Dual USB Car Charger is larger than its competing iPod chargers, sticking out from the power outlet as opposed to sitting flush with the dash. But while it does slightly stick out, it doesn’t protrude far enough to interfere with your carâ€™s controls or disrupt anything else in the car.
Although this iPod car charger doesnâ€™t include a cord to connect your iPod to the charger, its low price is well worth either using your existing cord or purchasing one separately. ZipKord also offers charging cables at reasonable prices. Of course we wish the cord came with the charger, but the absence makes it possible for you to customize the connecting cable. No matter the cord you do end up using, when receiving power, the ZipKord chargerâ€™s LED indicator will light up. ZipKord is the only brand to offer two USB ports and an indicator light. We find this indicator a very convenient reminder that the charger is plugged in and receiving power.
During our research of the best iPod car chargers on the market, we emailed or contacted every company we selected for the top ten products. Out of all ten, ZipKord was the company that stood out from the rest. Their customer support agent responded very quickly to our initial questions; we asked more and they quickly followed up again. All of the answers were informative and to the point as well as professional. Needless to say, we were impressed. You can contact ZipKord via snail mail, email or by phone. To add to their customer-friendly appeal, they guarantee all of their items with a lifetime warranty.
ZipKord 2 Amp Dual USB Car Charger is a handy little iPod charger at a very reasonable price. It may not have an included charging cable, but it makes up in features for the lacking cord. Two USB ports with the capability of pumping out 2 amps of power is nothing to scoff at. We wish this iPod car charger had built-in power surge protection, but otherwise this is a good pick.