10 Best Laptop Car Chargers

So you’re going away for the weekend, away from the office, and ready to enjoy the wilderness perhaps with some friends as well!

You might as well take your laptop for the downtime that inevitably comes with going away, and it’d be great to catch up with some emails, watch a film or two and maybe get in a bit of gaming.

When you’re away from the comforts of home, sometimes the luxuries a laptop can provide you can give you a little bit of a boost. 

But what do you do if you don’t have access to a regular supply of electricity, especially if you are out in the sticks or vacationing on a beach or other location? 

How Do I Charge My Laptop In The Car?

Your car has electricity in it, right? How do you utilize it so you can power up your laptop and other electronic devices? It’s simple to do. All you need to do is the following-

  • Turn on your car- if you try to charge your devices whilst the cars not running, you could end up draining your car battery. If you switch on your car, the electricity your car produces via the alternator will simultaneously charge your car’s battery and charge your device!
  • Plug your car charger into your vehicle’s charging port- this could be the cigarette lighter, or on newer models, straight into a USB port
  • Plug the USB connector directly into your computer or other electronic devices

Couldn’t be simpler! However, there are a few things to watch out for to keep your laptop safe and your car as well. 

  • Make sure your car is running so you can use the power generated from the alternator to charge your devices
  • Never leave your laptop in clear view in the car, or leave it unattended as this can make you a target for break-in attempts and theft
  • Make sure the charging cable you have is a suitable size for your device
  • Make sure your laptop charger is the right voltage and amp for your device so it doesn’t get damaged from power surges 

Best Laptop Car Chargers

What you consider to be the best laptop car charter will depend on your laptop, and what needs you want to be met. Below is a list of some of the highest-rated laptop chargers that work over a pretty broad range of computers.

Again, be sure to check the voltage of your laptop so you know what charger will be right for you.

You can usually check this by checking out the underneath of your laptop, or by searching the web for your laptop’s make and model to find out what level of current is safe to run through your laptop without damaging it. 

Luckily, the portable charging industry has gotten massive over the last few years due to our need to always have some sort of ether to the digital world (hey, we’re not judging, sometimes you just need your daily dose of videos or gaming!) Of course, with this rise in customer demand, there’s a lot of kind of crappy solutions available as well.

We’ve tracked down the best 10 laptop chargers that don’t break the bank but also provide you with a durable and long-lasting bit of kit that’s built to be used again and again, especially for those who love to travel around a lot. 

OUR TOP PICK

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This bit of kit is a great one to start with. It’s heavy-duty, with 300W Power DC to AC inverter that charges your gear fast and efficiently. it also comes with two AC outlets and two USB-A outlets as well.

That means you can get all your gear charging at once, great if you’re fueling up your tech for an expedition the next day.

Both the USB-A ports have a maximum output of 2.4A (perfect for your bigger tech), this model has included one with a 0-2.4A output so you can safely charge your smaller accessories, such as camp lights, smartphones, and other bits without the risk of surging them. 

On top of this, BESTEK has added a 40 amp fuse plug that protects your inverter and any connected devices from under or overvoltage charges, overheating, or short-circuiting. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Fan to cool down inverter from any heat produced from the high power output prevents any internal components from overheating
  • The inbuilt fan is whisper-quiet, great if you’re trying to watch something on your laptop!
  • Super small and lightweight- around the size of an iPhone
  • Plugs into your cars cigarette lighter
  • 2 USB A slots
  • 2 40 Amp fuse plug sockets
  • Durable metal housing for protection against scrapes and knock on a bumpy journey

CONS

  • Doesn’t run with 24V input (commonly found in trucks) so bear this in mind before you purchase
  • The cable is 70cm, not the worst, but not the best cord length

EDITORS CHOICE

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If you’re looking for a bit of gear to run lots of different devices off at once, this one delivers.

This Ansee model has 4 USB A ports (both 2.4 A), an impressive 3 AC outlets (one of which is 3 prong, two of which are 2 pronged), and an additional two cigarette lighter outlets.

On top of this, one of the USB ports is a 3.0 port, which means when used in conjunction with a 3.0 cable, will result in more efficient and faster charging.

All three of the outlets can operate at 100 volts and 50/60 Hz frequency so you can rest assured that your laptop or portable stereos will be safe to charge (again, double-check the voltage of your equipment before you purchase). 

This inverter comes with 8 different protections to prevent surging, overheating, short-circuiting, overload, and high and low voltage protection. It also is reinforced so you don’t need to fret if it bumps about a bit. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Display screen so you can see whether the device is operational or not
  • Display screen show car temp, battery, USB voltage, and current
  • Colling fans on both sides of the inverter to protect the device and your tech
  • Low noise emissions 
  • Super lightweight for packing on the go
  • Quality tested with 8 protection functions
  • 2 extra fuses included with the product

CONS

  • No clear sticker or descriptor of power usage on the device itself, so you may need to write down the specs from the box to remember them
  • Bit of a bulky design so can be a little hard to place in the car

BEST VALUE

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 This Ampeak IVUFA0100 (what a mouthful) is perfect if you’re after 100W output. This device is small but still rammed with features. It contains a 3 pronged AC outlet that’s perfect for charging up your laptop, projector, or speaker system.

It also comes with a USB-A 2.1A outlet for fast charging and connection. The next feature is either an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how you like to use your tech- there’s no cord, you simply plug the inverter directly into the cigarette lighter.

This is great if you hate having annoying cables around when your trying to drive but is a real issue if anyone in the back seat wants to plug anything in unless their device has an ultra-long cable itself.  

But, a great feature of this is that you can adjust the direction of the inverter, and swivel it around, so you don’t need to constantly adjust your device or make sure any annoying cables are obstructing your driving. 

Another great feature of his device is its ultra-durable casing- it’s made with an ABS shell which means it’s also electrically insulated. The two LED lights also show whether the device is operating or not. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Ultra-hard and electrically insulated casing
  • Adjustable swivel design for convenient device location (also great if your car has the cigarette lighter in an awkward location) 
  • Two-color LED lights to show the charging status of the device
  • USB output
  • AV plug output
  • Very small and compact design
  • 3 sided vents
  • Automatic shut down if overheated
  • Protection against Over/Under voltage, overheating, overload, short-circuiting

CONS

  • No cable! This could be a plus however, it just depends on what you’re preference is
  • Pretty cheap, so isn’t as long-lasting as some other models
  • The fan is pretty noisy compared to other models on this list, especially considering the lower workload

RUNNER UP

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With a power output of 110V- 200V, this inverter from BMK is capable of powering a large amount of tech at the same time. It comes with 4 USB-A ports and 2 AC outlets.

The USB connections are not 3.0 but still great all the same, as most devices don’t use 3.0 USB dongles anyway. The USB output can deliver a max of 6.2A, making it great for all your smartphones, android, and gadgets.

All the usual features such as protection against overheating, overload, short-circuiting, and under/over-voltage charging have been addressed in this device. 

This comes with a 60cm cable, which is pretty standard length, allowing access to those in the backseat too. As per every electronic featured in this list, make sure the watt rating of your device does not exceed the car charger inverter you are using, in this case, 200W.

A handy design feature is that when your device is fully charged, a red LED light will display, which means the self-protection mechanism in the device has activated and you should unplug your device. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • 4 USB ports
  • 2 AC charging ports
  • All-around protection from over/undercharging, surging, overloading, overheating, short-circuiting
  • LED light tells you when to unplug your devices
  • Several vents for maximum cooling
  • LCD screen displays information about battery’s voltage
  • 60cm cable

CONS

  • A bit bigger than a smartphone, so slightly larger than other devices
  • Some users found the fan pretty noisy

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This sleek-looking device is another wireless inverter, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your usage. It’s a little more pricey, but it always pays to put the safety of your expensive electronics first.

This does come with three laptop cables, but be sure to check out the specs to make sure your model of laptop is compatible with this inverter.

Both of the USB-A ports are quick charging, so you should be able to get your smartphone and power banks fully charged in the minimum amount of time with this bit of kit.

All the three laptop cables provided are also 1.5m long, which is useful for anyone sitting in the back or if you want to watch a film or game at a different angle. 

This Bat Power model has a maximum power output of 120W and a DC port with a maximum of 90W, so again, just be sure about the specs of your equipment before you plug them in. 

It is super compact and won’t move about during bumpy journeys, though the drawback of its small design is the inability to include fans. So you probably don’t want to leave this plugged in for long periods. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • 2 USB-A and 1DC port
  • Quick charging USB ports
  • 150cm laptop cable lengths
  • Small compact design
  • Supports 12V and 24V input

CONS

  • No fans, so in danger of overheating if you use it for extended periods
  • Wire-free design means the USB ports can’t be accessed from the back seats

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Baseus is a well-known brand in terms of power chargers and cable solutions. Their car charging adapter delivers all of their tried and true features within a sleek and portable device.

This is a car power inverter with 150W output, perfect for charging your various suitable devices from the cigarette lighter. This model features 2 AC outlets for your laptops, consoles, minifridges, or TVs as well as two USB ports.

One of these USB ports is a Type A, and the other Type C, so perfect for your newer Android smartphones or tablets.

It comes with guaranteed protection against overheating, under and overcharging, overloads, short-circuiting, and overvoltage protection. Baseus has also included a fan to protect the internal mechanisms from any potential overheating.

The handy LED display shows you the status of your battery and the power consumption of all of your connected devices. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Useful LED display showing battery and power levels
  • Loaded with safety features
  • Inbuilt fan
  • Sleek minimalist design
  • Rapid charging

CONS

  • The cable length is 40cm, which isn’t that great
  • Not the longest lasting compared to other devices

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If you’re looking for something a little more heavy-duty, this could be the right ticket for you. This POTEK 500W inverter is great if you want to get out the camping gear and have a full barbeque going.

This comes with a port for plugging into the car’s cigarette lighter, but also comes with battery clips so you can use it outside of your car. It comes with a selection of long cables, 2 AC outlets, and 2 USB-A ports as well.

It comes with a full range of protection from overcharging, short-circuiting, overload protection, and overheating protection as well. 

This is the perfect solution for all electronic equipment (of course provided that your equipment is the right voltage, just double check before you use it!) such as BBQ equipment, electric tools, laptops, smartphones, and minifridges to name a few.

It also comes with spare fuses. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • High efficiency for fast charging of devices
  • Fully protected from overcharging, surges, overheating, etc
  • Large integrated fan for cooling
  • 2 AC and 2 USB-A ports
  • Comes with battery clips as well as a car cigarette lighter plug-in

CONS

  • The fan is pretty loud

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This 300W inverter provides a continuous 12V DC and 700W of instantaneous power. It comes equipped with 6 USB-A ports and with 2 AC ports, which makes it the perfect fit if you’ve got loads of passengers all vying for a chance to charge up their gear.

It comes with a large inbuilt fan to prevent overheating, a myriad of safety features, the usual ones we’ve heard before- overcharging protection, surging, overheating, under and over voltage charging, etc. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Fast charging capabilities
  • Multiple built-in protections against overheating, under and over voltage charging, short circuit, overload, and overcharging.
  • Built-in 40A fuse to protect your device
  • 360-degree heat-dissipating internal fan
  • Sleek design

CONS

  • Not the longest connection cord

RUNNER UP

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This 200W car laptop charger is another offering for the USA’s top-selling inverter brand. This device provides 200W continuous DC to AC power and can provide 500W instantaneous power. 

It features 4 USB-A ports all with lighting-fast 3.0 technology for super-fast charging when used with 3.0 USB cables and 2 AC outlets. It is ultra-compact design and has a sleek matte black.

It comes with isolation protection to prevent your electronics from any accidental damage. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Ultra-light and small design
  • Sleek look
  • 3.0 USB-A ports
  • AC outlets are spaced far enough apart that you can fit large laptop plugs on them
  • 18-month warranty

CONS

  • The fan is silent, but not very big, can overheat but turns off automatically to prevent damage

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The last one on our list is a bit of a different shape. You can slot this straight into your cup holder if you like, keeping it out of the way whilst you’re on the move.

It has a power output of 110V-150V, 1 AC port, 2 USB-A ports, and an additional 2 cigarette lighter sockets for any other devices you wish to plug into it. 

The cable length is a good 70cm and is a convenient cup-sized device. 

TOP REVIEWED FEATURES

  • Designed to fit into your cup holder
  • A cigarette lighter plug allows you to switch off the device easily
  • LED indicator shows devices operational status
  • Replaceable fuse
  • Incorporated overload, short-circuit, temperature protection, and over-voltage protection

CONS

  • Could be pretty inconvenient if you don’t have a cupholder to house this
10 Best Laptop Car Chargers

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Charging My Laptop Drain The Car Battery?

Yes, if you charge your gear while the engine is not running. Most of the time this won’t work anyway, but if it does you will drain your car’s battery pretty fast.

Simply run your inverters and charge your equipment with the car idling, or whilst you’re moving. This way the alternatives automatically provide the electricity source without draining the battery of the car at all. 

Can You Plug A Laptop Directly Into A Car?

You can, but you cannot guarantee the voltage so it’s best to go through an inverter so you don’t risk overloading your laptop and damaging it or your car. 

Brett Jones