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Duracell and Belkin in USB car charger race

Power for the long road ahead

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Hooking your laptop into your car’s battery for a little on-the-road juice isn’t the safest of options. So battery business Duracell and IT peripherals firm Belkin have launched competing in-car USB chargers.

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Duracell's USB Charger glows blue when ready

Duracell’s USB Charger is described as one of the smallest and simplest USB charging devices available. Belkin said its Micro Auto Charger sports a compact design that won’t add any extra bulk to your dashboard.

Both models plug into your car’s cigarette lighter, but Duracell’s model glows with a blue light when it’s ready to charge. It’s also capable of up to 5V, but doesn’t appear to come with any charging adaptors.

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Belkin's Micro USB is, well, tiny

Belkin’s in-car charger will pump out up to 1A of current and, for a few more quid, can be bought with a Charge Sync Cable compatible with various iPod models – including the Touch - and the iPhone.

UK launch dates for the Duracell USB Charger or the Belkin Micro Auto Charger haven’t been announced yet, but the Belkin unit is available Stateside now for $15 (£10/€11). An extra $5 also gets you the Charge Sync Cable. ®

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