Today nearly everyone owns a smartphone, and we rely on it to some degree for accessing online services and staying connected to the world around us. Our devices seem to always be running out of batteries, and that’s when a car charger comes in handy, to stop those frustrating times you end up without juice. What if you had a car charger that not only charged your phone at record speed but helped you find your car with an app? You heard me right, the ZUS Smart USB Car Charger can do it all.
When Nonda asked me to review their new ZUS Smart USB Car Charger, which has been given some rave reviews, I was very excited to try it out.
The box that came contained the ZUS device, a quick-start guide, and instructions to download the app to your iPhone/IPad/IPod or Android device. The ZUS device is titanium-coated, which adds to its durability. Just by holding it you can tell it is of premium quality.
The ZUS supporting App for iPhone and Android is easy to download and will locate your car from any distance. Once you download the ZUS app, you just plug ZUS into your car’s cigarette light, then start the car’s engine. The App will search for ZUS using your device’s bluetooth, and will automatically connect. You should be good to go! As soon as you step out of the car, the App talks with ZUS to sync to the car’s GPS location so you can track where you are parked. Its compass design shows the direction and distance from where you should be.
It’s constructed at military grade quality, meaning it can withstand heat up to 140°F and is resistant to chemicals. In the summer here in Florida it can get pretty hot in a car, so having a charger that can withstand that kind of heat is impressive and necessary.
What makes ZUS so special?
This device’s services serve three purposes:
1. Charges your two devices using the cigarette lighter port
2. Helps you locate your car using an app on your mobile device
3. Parking duration reminder
ZUS USB charging ports can charge two USB devices at twice the speed of any normal car charger. It detects what device is charging and delivers the maximum amp output accepted by your device. This means you can maximise the charge to iPhones, iPads or any USB device even on a short drive. If the ZUS is plugged in the 12V or 24V cigarette lighter, you will notice the elegant shine lighting it provides to enhanced visibility in the dark.
The ZUS also has an LED light built in so you can find it more easily in the dark. The USB ports each have light emitting from them and the top portion has a small grill where light is emitted. Once you plug in a USB cable the light is covered but the top portion still shows. The added LED is a nice touch. By the way, the thin strips of light on the side of unit are quite subtle even at night, and they do turn off after you shut off the car.
One of the best things about ZUS, especially for travelers, is it doesn’t require wifi or even a phone signal for it to work. Like I mentioned before, with ZUS plugged in your phone will find your car again even if no phone service is available. So if you go camping, trekking ZUS can tell you if your car is hundred feet or a hundred miles away. ZUS smart hardware captures information, namely when you shut off your car. With this piece of information, and all the other information your phone provides such as your GPS location, direction of movement, and elapsed time, it can then direct you to your car even if it is hundreds of miles away.
For those of us that are constantly forgetting where we parked and are in need of locating the car in parking lots, or park regularly at a location where parking meter rules are rigorously enforced, this little gadget truly works double duty. Using its smartphone app, ZUS acts as a honing device for finding your car where you last left it. No more searching parking lots for hours, and no more running out of phone battery when you get there. You are totally technologically covered.
Every time I turn off my car with the ZUS device plugged in my the cigarette lighter port, it emits a couple of short beeps, to inform me that it has delivered the GPS location of my parked car to my cellphone via bluetooth.
I was walking to my car from the distance of 75 feet away when I turned on the ZUS app, it showed the direction indicator which was very accurate, and never moved away from the actual direction of my path to the car. When I was a couple of steps away from my car, the distance meter said “Your Car is Nearby”.
Another great feature is the Parking Reminder Alert. With the ability to set timely reminders through the ZUS App, you no longer have to worry about forgetting when your parking meter runs out and getting a parking ticket. You can set a timer if you are parking at a meter so the app will notify you when your time is almost up, so no more worries about getting parking fines because you forgot to add money.
Nonda, the Smart Hardware startup behind ZUS has more advanced features planned for the future and has been awarded the 2016 iF Design Award. If you want to go all out, this one of a kind limited edition version of the Zus from Nonda comes wrapped in 24K gold for a stunning and luxurious look that’s second to none.
I highly recommend getting the ZUS Smart USB Car Charger. Not only does it look seek in my car, but I love all the features that come with it. Having more than one charging port is a plus when your driving a family car filled with kids that always need to stay connected. The feeling of being lost and circling around a huge parking lot or garage isn’t a problem anymore with the GPS tracking feature.
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