WE ALL LOVE the smartphone. It gets us from home to pitch, tells us the temperature before we get there and even which bar we'll be ordering a drink from that evening.

But don't expect to be doing it for long. As anyone with a smartphone will try to hide from you, battery life takes a huge hit when things get complicated.

There are all manner of apps and task mangers you can download for free in a bid to combat your phone's most memory-hogging functions, but the in-car charger remains an obvious choice.

Overview

WE ALL LOVE the smartphone. It gets us from home to pitch, tells us the temperature before we get there and even which bar we'll be ordering a drink from that evening.

But don't expect to be doing it for long. As anyone with a smartphone will try to hide from you, battery life takes a huge hit when things get complicated.

There are all manner of apps and task mangers you can download for free in a bid to combat your phone's most memory-hogging functions, but the in-car charger remains an obvious choice.

TomTom has launched this 12V three-port charger with a fast-charge function, putting it at an advantage compared to others we've tested.

Google Navigate on iPhone and Android is a very capable navigation app for driving use, but it's a sure-fire way to use all your battery. Even if it is connected via a standard 12V car charger, the battery simply can't keep up with the phone's demands.

With the fast-charge USB port, you won't have anything to worry about, though. You'll be getting 2.1A of power through that port, where other chargers would split it between the three.

With two USB ports, one with fast-charge and a further 12V socket, this £20 accessory is one to buy if you need to charge phones, DVD players or laptops on the move.

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent caravan reviews

The Practical Caravan Elddis Crusader Zephyr review – 1 - The exterior colour is called 'Champagne', but it is really a heathery brown, differentiating it from the blue of its Compass Camino 660 sister van (© Peter Baber/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Lunar Lexon 590 review – 1 - Flush-fitting windows, the sunroof, alloy wheels and the cantilever-action gas locker door all add a touch of class to the 590 (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Sprite Quattro DD review – 1 - This twin-axle from the 2017 range of Sprite caravans has an MTPLM of 1624kg (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Bailey Pursuit 560-5 review – 1 - The single front window may look budget-style to some, but we like the uncluttered view it provides from inside the van (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Compass Capiro 550 review – 1 - The new-for-2017 Compass Capiro 550 has a 1467kg MTPLM (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Sterling Eccles 510 review – 1 - Sharp graphics and a carbonfibre-effect gas-locker lid give the Sterling a unique personality that distances it from its Swift Challenger sibling (© Practical Caravan)