By Mike Thayer
I recently assisted one of my sons with a phone upgrade at the local Sprint store, he got a Samsung S-9, nice phone.
While there and a bit of traveling on the agenda, I also picked up a 4.8 amp dual USB car charger, made by iWalk.
First mistake: Paying too much for the charger at a phone store, higher markup vs. say, Walmart. Yes, I must admit, convenience got the better of me. I paid $24.99 for the charger. Sprint also offers dual port car chargers made by other vendors, but they're more expensive.
Second mistake: This was an, "Oh yeah, I need one of those," impulse buys. I didn't do any homework on this product, no asking around or reading any reviews regarding quality or performance.
iWalk Car Charger broken after first use
Long story short, I made the purchase and not two hours later decided to give it a try, my phone needed a charge. Not only did I open the box and see a white charger inside even though the box said and the picture showed I was buying a black one, but guess what, the tip that engages the vehicle power port was not attached to the body of the charger, the insulator inside the cone tip was broken. What was supposed to be a one piece gadget, was in two pieces, inside guts exposed. I took the product back immediately and made an exchange, this time checking the product with the sales guy, opening up the box to ensure the charger wasn't broken. This one was in one piece, not two and by gosh it was black just like the picture on the box! But it wasn't removed from the packaging for a more detailed review....... Could'a, Should'a.... Shame on me.
So I start traveling down the road, plug the charger into the port, plugged the phone into the car charger and so far so good. My phone was at 23% and had charged up to 47% when I arrived at my destination. I unplug my phone, pull the charger out of the port and guess what? The tip remained in the port, same issue, broken insulator, rendering the charger useless. Time for a refund.
Broken car charger tip
I'll be going for a different tip design with my next charger and it won't be anything made by iWalk.
The 4.8 amp dual USB car charger, made by iWalk gets zero out of five stars. Even if this was a shipping issue, not the fault of iWalk, it begs the question, "They make it so fragile that a dropped box renders the chargers packed in the box useless?"
I obtained two chargers and they both had the very same issue. Chargers made by iWalk are NOT Bachelor on the Cheap friendly. They suck, they're fragile, they're over-priced.