ZUS: A Smart Car Charger That Can Locate Your Car
Gadgets have become an essential part of our daily life. We carry phone, tablet, smartwatch and other gadgets with us all the time, which needs to be charged up time to time. Having a car USB charger solves the problem. Car chargers are very common and most of us probably owns a few of them. When we are travelling by car we can easily charge our gadgets. Today I’m going to tell you about a unique car charger. Have you ever heard about a car charger that can locate your car? Sounds interesting?
Meet the ZUS smart car charger and car locator.
ZUS is a nifty little device with some added benefits which no other similar car charger offers. ZUS smart car charger and car locator was a very successful Indiegogo campaign by Nonda, the company behind the device. It is essentially a car charger with dual USB ports which can charge two devices at once. Just plug the charger into car’s cigarette lighter port and you are good to go.
ZUS smart car charger has an attractive design and the build quality is solid, it doesn’t feel cheap in hand. Nonda has used German Bayer material to make this charger and it has Titanium coating on the connector parts. ZUS is designed in Germany and it meets the US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard. That means it can withstand temperature up to 100ºC. While I don’t know how practical it can be in real life, but it’s good to know that it has passed some high quality standards. ZUS has a cooling system that keeps the temperature under control while using it. It will definitely increase the lifespan of of the charger.
The ElegantShine lighting is another notable feature of ZUS. The two USB ports has LED lights hidden inside and these lights up when the charger is on. During the night it is helpful when you cannot see the charger. The light is very subtle and it will not distract you while driving.
The charger has fast charging capability with total 4.8A output. Each USB port can output 2.4A power. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 standard. So Quick Charge enabled devices cannot take the benefit. Nevertheless, it can charge other devices faster than most other car chargers. Additionally, it has smart device detection technology, which automatically detects the connected device and provides the maximum charging speed.
Let’s talk about the most interesting feature of ZUS that makes it a unique car charger. ZUS smart charger comes with a companion mobile app for Android and iOS that helps to locate the car when it is parked. When the car is on, the charger connects to the mobile application through Bluetooth and once you park the car, it automatically saves the car location in the app. ZUS uses a smart trick to obtain this feature. When the car engine is turned off the charger gets disconnected from the app and it works as a trigger. The app then stores the location details on the phone. The ZUS mobile app uses phone GPS to store the coordinates and locate the car.
The car finder feature comes very handy, especially in large parking lots where it is a real pain to find the car. Now you just need to take out the phone and open the ZUS mobile app and it will guide you to the car. How cool is that?
The app displays the approximate distance of the car from your location and shows you which direction you need to follow. It works really good every time and I was able to find my car easily. The app doesn’t require internet connectivity which is an added benefit. The app allows to set parking alarm too, you can set a time when you want to be notified.
There is no GPS inside the charger, It is useless without a mobile phone and the app. If you are thinking to track your stolen car or spy on others using it, then you are out of luck.
ZUS smart car charger and car locator is a really good product with some minor drawbacks. ZUS has a suggested retail price of $49.99 which makes it far more expensive than any other car charger without the smart capability. It doesn’t come with any USB cables, it would have been good if micro USB cable is included in the package. And last but not the least, the absence of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 will put some users away from it. If you are interested in the smart feature, then you should definitely check out ZUS. It excels in the smart capability.