Why That $9.99 Charger Won’t Make It Past Summer


They’re everywhere – from convenience stores to gas stations to Amazon and Walmart – with pricing all over the place. From a typical consumer’s perspective, it almost seems absurd to pay a higher price for a charger when a wall charger, car charger or cable can be purchased for $9.99 from the 7-Eleven. But here’s the kicker – most phone chargers at that price point are basic with the bare minimum power to charge your phone, grossly made of out of cheap components and offer zero protection from harming your phone. That’s right – harming your $1,000+ device!

However, unless you’re a techie, who’s always in the know, how could most consumers even know better? We’re looking for something to plug into our phone and charge it. It sounds simple and should be, but there’s more to it. Let’s simplify it for you.

Chargers have evolved to include the latest technologies to support the latest feature-packed devices. In doing so, the previous USB-A port on chargers and cables has become outdated and not able to support the new technologies. The newest generation of phone chargers with a new charging port, which is the USB-C port, is becoming more widespread. This connector is smaller yet can support new technologies including fast charge. Thus at Elixage, all our chargers include a USB-C port and our cables have a USB-C connector to plug into the charger.

So, what exactly is USB-C, and why is it really worth that extra cost? Let’s break it down.

SPEED: Gone are the days of sitting next to the outlet, waiting impatiently for your phone to charge to 100% (well, who are we kidding, we know we were just trying to get enough charge to get us through the next hour). With our Elite Power Delivery (PD) 30W USB-C Fast Wall Chargers you can expect to fast charge your Samsung Galaxy S10+ up to 50% in just 40 minutes with the Elite Power Delivery 30W USB-C Fast Wall Charger (with 6-Foot USB-C to USB-C Cable included), or your iPhone up to 50% in just 30 minutes with the Elite Power Delivery 30W iPhone Fast Wall Charger (with 6-Foot USB-C to Lightning Cable included). That’s two times faster than other non-PD wall chargers (also known as standard USB-A chargers). Put that into perspective…charging your device from 0 to 50% with a regular convenience store charger would take 1 hour and 20 minutes so you significantly reduce your charge time. After all, time is money.

360° TESTED: Our chargers are 360° Quality tested in our Chicago Quality Lab to pass the highest standards for stress, mechanical, electrical and device compatibility. Our wall chargers are built with Auto-Detect Power Management that automatically matches the maximum current your device allows. Our Overvoltage Protection and Short-Circuit Protection safeguard your devices and protect from overheating.

So what does all that mean exactly? Our chargers are built and tested to safely charge your phone. Those inexpensive chargers are manufactured with minimum standards so they are likely to break over a short period of time or potentially damage your phone. Our high quality and manufacturing standards allow us to provide a lifetime guarantee on each Elixage product. We are confident that they are built to last because they have been tested by us and third-party test labs.

CERTIFIED PRODUCTS: We all have a drawer full of cables and chargers. It might be a surprise that most of those cables and chargers aren’t actually certified for quality and compatibility. Not all products are created equally. All Elixage USB-C products are certified by the USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum, Inc.). The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality compatible devices and promotes the benefits and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. This certification demonstrates that products have been thoroughly tested and passed all quality and compliance criteria. Our products for iPhone devices are MFi certified by Apple to meet exacting standards for engineering and manufacturing excellence. Most chargers you’ll find under $9.99 or even $19.99 are not thoroughly tested for quality and compliance. By using an uncertified charger, you don’t know how the charger will interact with your device since compatibility between the charger and device has not been tested and confirmed.

In summary, those inexpensive chargers and cables that you think you are getting a good deal on can actually have you spending more money in the end. If you chose certified charging accessories, you are making sure your charger and your phone are safely charged each time you plug it in and that your charger and cable will last longer than just a few short months or weeks. Save time and effort replacing your charger or cable frequently by paying a bit more upfront for a high quality product that will last much longer.

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