This year will be filled with tons of travel for our family, from blog conferences to family vacation and everything in between. We do what we can to find products and tech that makes travel much easier so we were excited to give ZUS – a smart car charger and car locator – a try.
We received a ZUS to facilitate our review. All opinions are our own and were not influenced.
What Is ZUS?
ZUS by Nonda is a dual USB charger that plugs into your cigarette lighter in your car. It has the ability to charge two devices simultaneously and claims to do so with the same quality charge, no matter if your device is an iOS or Android.
It also features something that no other device charger has; it can use your phone’s GPS to help you locate your car. We’ve all had those moments when we’ve landed at the airport after a long business trip or walked out of a busy grocery store, completely devoid of any memory of where we parked our car. ZUS can help!
ZUS will use its free app and your phone’s GPS to locate where you parked last, letting you know the approximate distance and direction that you need to follow to find your car. For me, that makes the low $35.99 retail price worth it.
Another feature that ZUS has that other chargers don’t is the ability to use a cooling system to prevent devices from overheating while they’re being charged.
One issue that we did have with ZUS was the charging speed, which ZUS claims to be up to 2X faster than normal car chargers. When we connected just one of our Samsung S6 Edge smartphones to our normal 2.1A car charger and looked at the charge time remaining, it seemed to be the exact same amount of time as when we plugged it into the ZUS charger.
We asked a rep at Nonda, and here’s what their response was:
Fast-charging can be affected by a number of factors. The first thing you could check is your charge cable. If you are not using your device’s OEM charging cable and using a generic one, fast-charging may not work.In our laboratory tests, with a good charge cable, the charging current can reach 2.4 ampere.Also, ZUS will not be able to fast-charge newer devices running on processors with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, as they require certified accessories to work, which ZUS is not. ZUS can only charge such devices with standard/normal speed.”
Thanks to our friends at Nonda, you can receive 10% off using promo code SMM-AKZUSSUMMER16 when you purchase directly from nonda.co. This is valid until March 31, 2016.