Low-profile car charger delivers all the power, none of the clutter

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The flush-mount reVOLT car charger tidies up any dashboard.
The flush-mount reVOLT car charger tidies up any dashboard.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

My truck’s getting up in years and lacks many of the conveniences of a late-model vehicle. Forget about an in-dash touchscreen monitor — it doesn’t even have a USB port.

That means I’m stuck using a cigarette lighter adapter to charge my iPhone (which serves as my GPS on many trips). I’ve tried and enjoyed Gosin’s four-port charger, which is awesome for those rare times I’ve got a handful of devices to juice up, but that portly wonder juts out fairly far into the truck’s cabin. Like my truck itself, it is functional but slightly unsightly.

And then there’s the svelte Scosche reVolt dual car charger. Its disarming good looks have ruined me.

This flush-mount, two-port USB charger from Scosche makes an amazing difference when it comes to how my truck’s cabin feels. It sounds absurd, but not having a beefy power supply jutting an inch out of the dashboard makes a world of difference.

I probably look like a regular redneck while I’m rolling down the road, but hop in the shotgun seat and you’ll think I’m testing sleek Apple Car accessories for Jony Ive. Well, maybe not, but the reVolt dual, with its low profile and its two glowing USB ports, is just that elegant. (I like the basic black model, but it comes in three other colors to match any iPhone.)

With a 12-watt/2.4-amp rating, the reVolt dual is powerful enough to simultaneously charge two iPads (or just about any other device). And yet it’s so small it disappears into the dashboard.

I would never have guessed that a tiny bit of feng shui fine-tuning would really matter to me, but that smidgen of saved space surprises me every time I slide into the seat.

Yep, the Scosche reVolt taught me a lesson I’ll never forget (at least until I trade up to an Apple Car in a couple years).

Buy from: Amazon — $9.98

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