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It seems like the apple ipad charger is the gold standard for usb charging (at least based on the things I've read around the internets). Anker may not reach those heights but it seems to be moderately better than the non-name ones that short and catch fire.

I was looking at a teardown[1] of USB wall chargers. Surprisingly the Touchpad charger was rated quite well. I guess that Touchpad was good for something after all.

1: http://www.righto.com/2012/10/a-dozen-usb-chargers-in-lab-ap...

Yeah, even simple no-name usb cables can be dangerous. A friend had purchased a pack of cheap microUSB cables on eBay, and was charging his phone in my car with one of them.

The cable itself started getting uncomfortably warm to the touch. Glad we noticed before things got worse.

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