By August 15, 2013

AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output) Review

My 2013 Nexus 7 tablet has wireless charging (Qi), and I was anxious to try it out. The micro USB port of Sedagive?’s Galaxy Nexus phone has started to deteriorate from use, and my original Android phone (HTC Droid Incredible) will stop charging if I wiggle the cord just right.

I purchased a Qi-compatible charging pad from Samsung, but it did not include a power supply or power cord. I had a ton of micro USB cords around the house. The power supply was another issue, as the Samsung pad required a charger that provided at least 2.0 amps of output. All of the chargers I had in the house were less than 2 amps, so I needed to buy one.

The Samsung charger was on sale, so overall I still saved money compared to competitors after buying Amazon’s AmazonBasics 2.1 amp wall charger.

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The charger is a little on the large size — you can see it here compared to various other chargers I’ve accumluated throughout the years.

One thing I dislike about the charger is that the prongs fold in very very easily. If you have to fish around in the darkest depths behind your desk you’re going to think of some new words as the prongs go “snapt” over and over again. Maybe it’s just mine.

The unit works just fine, and powers the Samsung Qi charging pad. I was all excited to try it out with my Nexus 7 tablet, and as I was about to go to bed I heard something:

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

What the hell is that? Is it my tinnitus again? I did the usual: popped my ears, rolled my jaw, opened and shut my mouth, and stretched my neck. Nope, wasn’t me.

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

The hell?

I leaned over the bed. There it was, the little beady red eye of the AmazonBasics wall charger.

It’s me — eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

How loud was it? Let’s find out.

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I have no idea how much of an increase 1.7 dB is, but it’s enough to make me give this charger the middle finger. If I can hear it after nearly 40 years of rock concerts, motorcycling, shooting, and getting yelled at by my ex-girlfriends then it’s too fucking loud.

If this is going to be in a loud room or around a lot of other things that generate white noise then maybe the Amazon charger is okay for you. As for me, the search continues.

Not recommended

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