Universal, huh? -- The Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger
Jul 24, 2009
Review by dlstewart
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:quality materials used in construction, nice length cord that stretches, back lighting
Cons:will not work well with all cell phones
The Bottom Line: Do some research before buying this car charger. The Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger won't work well with all phones.
When I bought my latest cell phone from Verizon, I decided it would be a good idea to also purchase a car charger for it. That way, if needed, I could charge the phone while on the road. So I bought the Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger.
Recommend this product?
This Verizon vehicle charger is designed to fit most micro USB charging ports. One end of the charging unit fits into a car outlet, and the other end fits into the micro USB port on the cell phone. The cord is about 24 1/2" long, and 13" of that cord is "coiled" like a spring. When connected, part of the black charger illuminates for easier viewing.
Verizon states that this is a rapid variable rate charger. It can charge a phone battery in 90 to 120 minutes. It also has double circuit protection.
First, let me say that I bought this at the Verizon store. The sales person who sold me the Motorola Krave cell phone personally chose this Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger as the perfect match for my phone. I bought this knowing I would not use it right away (I only planned to use it if my phone battery was dead and I needed to charge the phone while on the road).
Imagine my surprise when I used this cell phone charger for the first time. Perhaps my phone does not match the "fits most micro USB port" claim. The charger micro USB connector is very loose in the phone port. The slightest movement wiggles the cord, and often the USB connector pulls out of the phone USB port.
The only way I can successfully use this charger is to plug it into the phone and the car outlet, and then prop the phone a certain way in one of the bins in my Toyota Camry. I have an open storage bin located right in front of the car charging port. However, as we all know, roads are not bump-free. If the car sees too much uneven road action, the charging cord works loose from the phone.
Also, my work commutes are not long enough to gain much of a charge from this charger. The Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger needs at least 90 minutes to charge the phone. While I do some long-distance travel, for me, this charger would most likely most useful if the battery on the phone ran down during an electrical outage, then I could use the car charger to recharge the battery ... but then we run into the cost of gasoline. Still, in an emergency if one needs a phone, this charger could come in handy.
The Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger is constructed from quality materials. The coiled cord allows a good amount of stretch in case it is needed. However, since the micro USB connector does not fill well in my phone, the coiled cord (if stretched) pulls the connector out of the phone.
This vehicle charger retails for $29.99. I received a discount on it when purchasing my cell phone.
I highly recommend that you test this Verizon Universal Vehicle Charger in the store with your phone before buying it. Make sure the micro USB connector is a snug fit in your cell phone. I would not purchase another one of these without knowing for sure that it would work well. I'm not happy with it and am surprised that the Verizon store recommended this vehicle charger for my phone.
I hope you found this review useful.
Enjoy the day,
Please read my other reviews:
Motorola Krave ZN4 - Touch Screen Flip Phone
Sony Walkman Digital Media Player
Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera
My Toyota Camry
Copyright 2009 Dawn L. Stewart
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