Jul 15, 2015
As our use of mobile devices increases, so does the need to keep them powered. Portable chargers do the the trick, but one key concept is the ability to charge in vehicles.
TYLT has established a name in the power accessory segment, and with good reason. The units it puts out tend to straddle the fence between form and function quite admirably; it’s nice to have a piece that looks good, and, well, works. We recently had an opportunity to review its RIBBN 4.8A Car Charger.
We didn’t hesitate.
It utilizes TYLT’s flat cable design, which, with the rubberized finish, makes this piece quite flexible and stowable. It is pretty long as well (3 feet of primary cable), so it can be deployed quite far from the plug-in part itself. It incorporates an extra USB port, in essence creating a dual prong option that can source devices with different type of charging ports. The plugin portion is fairly long, which allows for it to be removed and reinserted quite easily. It mostly feels well constructed, with care placed in the melds, and it thrives being stored in cars in different weather conditions over time. We got the black piece to review, and it comes in other colors (which can be seen in the gallery at the very end of the article).
One of the best aspects of this unit is the integrated functionality. First, the 2 amp charger just make sense. More devices need it, and those devices are quite mobile, so having an adapter that draw this is invaluable. Secondly, the extra USB outlet allows for one to use a USB cable of any length and just about any type (MiFi, micro-USB, mini-USB, etc), such that an extra mobile device can be attended to quite easily. In one instance, I was able to charge a device used in the back of the vehicle from the front. It spits out up to 2.4A per cable, which is plenty enough to keep most thirsty electronics satisfied; the flat cable is also useful, giving the main cable the ability to be used around corners without crinkling or tangles.
Altogether, it’s a sleek, atypical piece that fills a need properly, and manages to do just a bit more. It’s what we’ve come to expect from TYLT, and underscores why the company remains a serious player in the mobile accessories segment.
The TYLT RIBBN is available for 39.99 via TYLT’s website.