4.0 / 5.0121 ReviewsDurability4.4 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance4.1 / 5Ease Of Use4.5 / 5Value4.2 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (94)No (14)Would You Recommend?YesSo far it’s working great. It can charge my phone quickly but it slowly charges my iPad. The display is pretty dim during the day but not too bright at night which is my preference.September 15, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSeems to work better than Apple oneSeems to work better than Apple one which was heating up but it is still a bit early to know for sure. Doesn't always seem to carry the charging to the items attached. Not sure if it's the item or if it's something in the receptacle.September 12, 2018Purchased
1 month agoWould You Recommend?YesNice chargerNice charger, it works in the plane and also, in a vehicle. Haven’t had it long to see how durable it is, but it should last a long time, well made.September 11, 2018Purchased
3 weeks agoSeptember 3, 2018Purchased
1 month agoPerformance1 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoLED Display Digits Impossible to Read Except in the DarkI like the charger except for one huge flaw. The reason I bought this charger is that the LEDs on its face provide a digital voltmeter and ammeter readout when plugged in. However, the blue digits are literally impossible to read (asked three other people if they can read the digits - they can't). Sportys should replace all previously sold units with new units that work according to Sportys advertising.September 3, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood product, but needs engineering updateThis USB power supply is a solid performer in the aircraft and I think the voltage/current readout is a nice feature.
2 engineering updates are required to make it a better product.
One, the low voltage beep alarm is a good feature for the aircraft, but there needs to be a way to clear the alarm during a real system failure as the alarm is really distracting in this situation, or if you just want to power your device from the aircraft battery without the engine running.
Two, the display intensity is just about right for night flight, but there should be a way to make it brighter for daylight operation.
I can live with the current display issue, but the alarm needs to be corrected as it really reduces the usability of the product to only when the aircraft or auto is running. Perhaps only alarm for 1 minute and then mute when operated at 12 or 24 volts.
One other note, I had purchased 3 of these units and the voltage display accuracy between them is a difference of .5 volts which is a rather large difference.August 20, 2018August 16, 2018Purchased
1 month agoAugust 15, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesAmazing QualityJust a wonderfully made high quality charger. Have never seen one quite so well made. Have 2, may get 2 more.August 3, 2018Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?No1.0 Amp is all it will provide.When I plugged this charger into my dc outlet in my car the readout both outlets only say 1.00 amps. Do I need a different rated lightning wire to receive 2.40 amps? Voltage says 14.
Or will I only receive 2.40 amps from a plane's dc charger?August 1, 2018Response from Sporty's Pilot ShopThank you for the review. The charger will provide whatever is needed by the device that is plugged in. For example, I have a 9.7" iPad Air. When it has a low battery, under 20%, it will pull over 2 amps. When it is over 80% charged, it will pull around 1 amp. This will be similar with other devices. When I have both my iPad and iPhone plugged in and they are low, I normally pull over 3 amps.August 6, 2018Doug R
- Question and Answer
Browse 23 questions Browse 23 questions and 37 answersIf the DC input is listed as 12v to 24v, and since airplanes with a 24v battery use 28v internally, won't such an airplane exceed the specs of the device? [On July 3 I had smoke in the cockpit during flight when another brand USB charger started overheating and melting. Proper specs and high quality are necessary in the cockpit environment.]BEST ANSWER: This device is designed to work with both 24V and 12 V aircraft system.What voltage will it work with?BEST ANSWER: This unit will work with both 12 and 24 volt systems.Will this unit cause noise on my radios?BEST ANSWER: It should not cause noise on the radios.Has anyone tested this with an IPAD running Foreflight on long flights? My other 2A chargers don't keep up.BEST ANSWER: I have used this device many times now with my iPad Air running the Garmin Pilot app in a Skylane. It performs as specified delivering 2.4 amps from each output which will keep both devices connected fully charged indefinitely. One possible negative is that on a 12vdc source it will beep continuously. BTW, I had previously used 3 different Dual 2.4 USB Cigarette Lighter Chargers #6588A. Each of them only delivered 1.0 amps per output and therefore unable to hold a charge on a single iPad which would eventual die on a long flight.Has this been tested for EMI that degrades performance of avionics, especially, but not limited to, GPS navigators?BEST ANSWER: I fly a 1956 Cessna 180 VFR only. I fly with an iPad with a Bad Elf GPS. I have not noticed any changes with the Bad Elf or my Garmin 396 GPS. I have not noticed any change to VHF radio static either. I love this charger!The charger for a garmin 696 will work. My car charger for my iPhone won't. Will this work?BEST ANSWER: What are you trying to charge?Does this unit have an internal fuse? if so, what is the amp rating?BEST ANSWER: This charger does not have a fuse, but uses a built in "smart circuit" design that protects from overcharging and aslo over current.Today with 26.3 V connected, external power, to my 24 V airplane, all was well until I connected my iPad. Shortly after I got a red blinking warning along with constant beeping. The iPad was drawing about 2 amps, same as it did in my 12-14V truck with no warning. My airplane system usually runs close to 28V in flight. So, 26.3V... Too much or too little?BEST ANSWER: 26.3 volts would be too low to charge a "24V" battery. If you are not experiencing progressive battery discharge with your airplane, most likely you have a voltage drop with the circuits between the battery and the phone charger.
First make sure cigarette-lighter socket is clean, and the phone charger is snug when plugged-in. Next possible problem would be the connection behind the cig-socket, then the circuit breaker, followed by the master switch.
Similar things to check with the car, (except the master and circuit breaker).
Mine works without beeping in my car, but beeps in my brothers' van during engine start.
In a typical rental plane, mine beeps when cutting the alternator breaker when checking the charging system during runup.
Note- try cleaning the cig-sockets with a small wire-brush, BUT, make sure master is OFF! - Otherwise you'll short-out the lighter circuit, and with the car, you should disconnect one of the battery terminals...How many watts is this unit?BEST ANSWER: The packaging says the output is 4.8A @ 5V, which makes the max wattage 24W.I use this device in my car also. One real annoyance is that when my car engine automatically stops and starts the device beeps until the voltage comes back up. Is there a way to silence the loud beeping?BEST ANSWER: This is not.im assuming it’s ok with my 14 volt system in my 206. Right?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it works with both a 14 Volt and 28 Volt systems.The display is unreadable in daylight conditions. Why was it not designed for use in all ambient light conditions?BEST ANSWER: I will pass this along to our product manager.Why does it beep on a 12 volt system?BEST ANSWER: It will beep if the voltage drops below 12 volts.is this filtered to avoid interference with avionics?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is filtered.My aircraft accessory port is rated at 2A max at 24V. Will the 2A draw be exceeded when charging two devices at 5V and 2.4A? In other words, what is the current draw at 24V?BEST ANSWER: The unit should not draw more the 2.4A at 5V.How much noise does this charger generate and how was it measured? Does it interfere with a Bluetooth interface between an external GPS and iPad?BEST ANSWER: The manufacturer does not list how much noise is produced by this item. The charging cable may not be shielded well. This is more likely the problem than the charger.Is this made in the U.S.?BEST ANSWER: This item is made in China.I have one of these, and it only shows 1 amp draw for my ipad mini 2 and my Iphone 6+. I think that they should each be drawing 2+ amps. Do I have a defective unit?BEST ANSWER: The iPad and iPhone will only draw 2+ amps when the battery is really low. If the battery for the iPad and iPhone is almost completely charge it will only draw the 1 amp.One of the reviewers mentioned it is not able to charge the iPad, but only maintain the charge. Can someone confirm or provide some more details? Thank you.BEST ANSWER: This device is able to charge the iPad.Can I use this in my car as well?BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be used in a car.Will this work in my car?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will work in your car.What is the wattage output?BEST ANSWER: It puts out 2.4 amps on both ports.I need to know if the reach on the end of the device will reach 1.5" into the socket. If it is shorter than that it will not contact the power at the bottom of the socket?BEST ANSWER: Yes it will reach 1.5" into the socket.
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