Olixar Travel Adapter

Review: Olixar 4-USB Travel Adapter

  by Dave Dean5 Comments


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As a traveller, what’s the one thing you never have enough of? Money? Vacation days? Sets of earplugs?

Well, it’s probably all of those things — but for me at least, there’s something else as well. Power sockets. Few of the hotel and dorm rooms I’ve stayed in have had quite enough sockets for the number of gadgets my girlfriend and I carry, and even some of the short-term apartments I rent seem to be been designed before electricity was a thing.

With more of my gear moving to USB charging, at least the bulky power adapters are starting to disappear. That’s a good thing, but I’m still left with either having a rats nest of cables hanging out of my laptop, or carrying a power strip and a bunch of USB plug adapters around.

Neither problem is the end of the world, but it does make travelling light even more difficult than usual. I recently received a review sample of something aimed at dealing with this problem, the Olixar Travel Adapter. Here are my thoughts after a week using this four-port USB charger that’s tweaked for travellers.

Specifications and Design

Olixar with attachmentsThe adapter is relatively inexpensive, and as a result I didn’t expect much from the design. Surprisingly, it’s actually quite sleek — a compact, lightweight white and grey cube, with four USB sockets laid out in a two by two grid along the back.

The front has a small cut-out section, into which you insert whichever power plug you need. The Olixar comes with four plug attachments — US, Europe/Asia, Australia/New Zealand and UK styles — and they all fit into place firmly and easily.

Each of the USB sockets is rated at up to 2.4 amps, but the adapter itself has a maximum output of 4.8 amps. What does that actually mean? Well, in practical terms, you could charge two tablets or four smartphones at the same time, or a tablet and pair of smartphones, or a few smaller gadgets like e-readers and such, at full speed.

It’s unfortunate you can’t simultaneously run all four sockets at their maximum rating, but it’s unlikely to be much of a drawback unless you’ve got a lot of high-amperage gear.

Real World Testing

After unwrapping the adapter and connecting the European plug attachment (I’m currently in Spain), I connected the charging cables for a Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus 5 smartphone and iPhone 5, and plugged it into a wall socket. It stayed firmly in place with the cables hanging off it, no matter how much I nudged and wiggled it.

Given how often my usual plug adapter falls out of the wall in Europe and Asia due to loose-fitting sockets, it was a small but welcome bonus.

Plugging each of the respective devices in, they lit up with charging icons one after the other. There was no noticeable charging speed difference for either the phones or the tablet, although things slowed down a little once

I also connected a portable battery pack requiring 2amps. Given I was exceeding the maximum output by around 25% at that point, it wasn’t exactly a surprise.

Since I’m a geek, I then spent the next ten minutes plugging every single USB device I could get my hands on into the adapter. Two models of Kindle, two other battery packs, a GoPro, even a USB-powered electric toothbrush (no, really) — they all worked without a hitch.

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Verdict

I liked this travel adapter, and found it useful. It’s very much the kind of thing I’d take with me on the road, especially when travelling with someone else who also has gear that needs charging over USB. For £19 (or $25 in the US store), it’s an inexpensive way of dealing with both a lack of wall sockets and a bag full of adapters.

The inclusion of various wall plugs is a nice touch, and that, combined with the price and lightweight design, lifts the Olixar above similar products on the market.

The only addition I would have liked to see was a small carry case or pouch to keep the plug attachments in, rather than digging around at the bottom of my bag when I need them. That’s a small niggle, though, with what is otherwise an easy product to recommend.

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Dave Dean

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Founder and editor of Too Many Adapters, Dave has been a traveler for 20 years, and a geek for even longer. When he's not playing with the latest tech toy or working out how to keep his phone charged for just a few more minutes, he can probably be found sitting in a broken-down bus in some obscure corner of the planet.

Comments

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    Great little tool! Is it actually Apple compatible? I’ve had a hard time as my darn iPhone charger doesn’t work on just anything if it’s not Apple. I used to use the Tentacle, and then all of a sudden, it’s incomptabile, same with my adapter, This hasn’t happened to you?

    1. Dave Dean Author

      Nope, haven’t had that problem at all. It’s been charging an iPhone every day for the last few weeks (with the standard Lightning cable) without a hitch.

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    I purchased this item from MobileFun.com on Feb. 3, 2017. Only after ordering, did I realize that it was being shipped from the UK. I am leaving on a trip in early March and wanted to take this along. The company has sent me two different emails asking how I like my purchase and to send a review. I have yet to receive my order. I have emailed them about this and asked for a delivery date. I wish I had just ordered one from Amazon, but I trusted your review. I may not receive my order before I leave. If I don’t, it’s money down the drain. I will have to purchase another from a big box store which I’m sure will cost me even more money. Lesson learned. I will be looking to order from US suppliers from now on.

    1. Dave Dean Author

      Oh, I hope it shows up in time! It’s definitely a shame Mobile Fun doesn’t ship from the US or sell this product on Amazon.com, as it’d make it easier (or at least, faster) for US buyers to get it. They do list estimated delivery times on the site, but it’s easy to overlook them.

      If it’s any consolation, the adapter is still going strong for me — I continue to take it on every trip with me. For those looking for a similar product on the US Amazon store, this is a good alternative.

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