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    Product Review: Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger


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    Ninad Ambre

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    What is it?

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    CarPower One is a charger used to deliver continuous AC power (up to 200W) to any device in a car. Yes, it’s a 12V DC/220V AC 200W car power inverter. So you must have figured, you can even use a three-pin plug adapter in a car then. May it be your laptop, audio speakers, camera charger or even small car vacuum cleaners, this charger will power all these devices as long as it’s rated less than 200W. And, it even gets dual USB ports rated at 5V/3.4A providing fast charging.

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    What's in the box?

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    The box contains this large glass-sized inverter with a 24-inch (two feet) power cable and a manual. This CarPower One has a compact design and with a size smaller than a 500ml pet bottle, it easily fits in most cars’ cup holders. The glossy finish gives it a nice shiny look but it’s a finger-print magnet. Nonetheless, one doesn’t need to worry about dust or any liquids falling on it while the device is not in use, thanks to the protection lid.

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    How to install it?

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    It’s a plug-and-play device so there’s no complex method involved to use this one. Just plug the power cord in the car’s in-built 12V charging/cigarette lighter socket with the other end connected to the inverter. Connect your charger to this device and click the power button. A green LED will glow on the CarPower One device denoting the charging status of the device. Keep it in the front cup holder or centre console, as the two feet long power cable might not reach the cup holders behind. Most cars now also get a 12V charging port in the second/third row, so connecting this unit there won’t be a problem anyway. Just make sure the car’s ignition is on while using CarPower One so that it minimalises the load on the car’s battery.

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    How does it work?

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    Many of our appliances are designed to work on AC current. Not that most of these might be used in a car, but imagine you’re travelling and your laptop runs out of juice while you are drafting something important. This device helps charge your laptop and for that matter other multi-media devices quickly as well. It provides a quick charge through USB and boasts of a multi-layer protection to ensure safety measures for your devices and the car. There’s over-current, over-voltage and over-heat protection and auto-shutdown on higher loads. So, it safely charges most devices and gadgets below 200W when used with 12V DC only (not 24V). Interestingly, it’s integrated with a cooling fan to dissipate the heat from the device keeping it cooler than most adapters.

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    How much does it cost?

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    ‘CarPower One’ comes with a one year warranty and is on sale for Rs 3,499/- in both online and offline stores. We couldn’t use the product for a prolonged period as we do for other products, so we won’t comment about its reliability. But for whatever is available in the market, this looks to be an above-average product, even though, one of the most expensive ones. Since there’s not an easy way to replace a fuse if in case it blows, it makes it a difficult choice to make. Especially when other car inverters in the market offer this. Nonetheless, it’s a very handy tool for individuals who travel a lot in their car and need a power supply for their laptops and alike devices. Also, it might use up one of the car’s 12V power outlet when in use, but it has one to provide unlike conventional chargers.

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Charges almost everything

    Option of fast charging

    Over-current/voltage protection

    Many charging ports available

    Cons

    Uses up a cup-holder space

    Short power cord

    Not as portable as some other inverter chargers

    Expensive

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

    Specifications

    Model Name – POR-003

    Material - Plastic

    Weight – 399g

    Dimensions – 7.2 x 7 x 14cm

    Wattage – 200W

    Input Voltage - DC 12V (DC11-15V)

    Output Voltage - AC 220-240V/50Hz

    USB Output - DC 5V/3,4A

    Input Cord- ABS V0 Anti-Fire

    Portronics CarPower One Inverter charger

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