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PULL DOUBLE DUTY WITH THIS MULTI-TOOL

ChargeHub V2

We all store items in the cabs of our work trucks—work documents, empty water bottles, mobile device charging cables, emergency kits, etc. While some of those items are in no way necessary for daily operations, there are other items that you can’t work without, such as work documents and emergency kits. When carrying items in your work truck, you need functional, multi-use products that take up as little room as possible. This is where ChargeHub V2 comes in…

When I’m driving down the road and need access to my device, the last thing I want is to grab it from my bag or pocket to read “Connect to power” on its screen. To ensure I’m never dangerously low on charge, I keep a device charger and charging cable in my car at all times. When I received a ChargeHub V2, I was excited to try something I knew I’d use every day.

WHAT IS IT?

ChargeHub V2 is a three-in-one device charger and vehicle emergency multi-tool. It features two USB charging ports, a glass breaker, and a seat belt cutter for emergency use. The ChargeHub V2 charges your devices with patented SmartSpeed Technology when plugged into a cigarette lighter—although charging takes longer if both USB ports are in use. ChargeHub V2 features a zinc alloy casing and a tungsten steel tip glass breaker. The razor-sharp seat belt cutter is concealed to prevent accidents, but convenient enough for a quick grab and tear of the belt in an emergency.

I TRIED IT

I used the ChargeHub V2 to charge devices for a month. The ChargeHub V2 is a heavier weight than most vehicle device chargers, which I appreciated considering most chargers feel so flimsy they could break any second. I’m not a big fan of double USB ports on a vehicle device charger, but it did turn out useful a time or two. Something else useful: A blue light on the charger illuminates when it is successfully plugged into the cigarette lighter. No more waiting to see if your device is charging to know if the charger is working.

Don’t try this at home, kids!

After I charged my devices for about a month, I thought it was time to check the safety features. I called several junk yards in the area, and the guys at Standard Iron and Metal in Birmingham, Alabama, came to the rescue—although a little confused at my request to “simply break a car window for a product review.” A coworker and I went to Standard Iron and Metal and saw an old, ill-fated Ford Focus parked in the yard. I strapped on my safety gloves and psyched myself up to make a mess. A few seconds later and with glass across the seat, in my gloves, and lodged in my arm (don’t try this at home, kids), I labeled the glass-breaking feature on the ChargeHub V2 as a complete success. 

Next was the seat belt cutter. I walked to the side of the car with less glass in the seat and pulled the belt as taught I could with the help of my coworker. Folks, if you’re ever in an emergency situation, please spend more time trying to untangle yourself from the seat belt than trying to cut yourself loose with the ChargeHub V2. Although sharp, the size of the tool makes it very difficult to quickly cut through the thickness of the belt.

TAKEAWAY

I had a lot of fun reviewing the ChargeHub V2 three-in-one vehicle emergency multi-tool. This tool is compact and convenient—not to mention takes up such little space! Instead of those window-breaking bats rolling around under the seat of your truck or van, your device charger can pull double duty. This tool is great for charging mobile devices, and it shattered the window of that poor Focus with little effort. The seat belt cutter isn’t the most efficient part of the tool, but it will cut if in a last resort situation, just hope your emergency isn’t time sensitive. The ChargeHub V2 retails for $29.99 at www.limitelessinnovations.com.

MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: APRIL 2019 ISSUE

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