Top 6 Car and Truck Cell Phone Boosters for 2020

Updated November 18, 2020

Need better cellular reception on the road?

Mobile cell signal boosters amplify outside cell signal that’s too weak for your cell phone to pick up and broadcast it inside your car or truck. They allow you to make calls, receive text messages, and use apps for navigation, communication, and entertainment.

Powerful Signal has tested the top mobile cell phone signal boosters from leading manufacturers. Here are our top six recommended systems for this year, sorted by price:

SYSTEM
Cel-Fi GO M
SureCall Fusion2Go Max
weBoost Drive Reach
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0
weBoost Drive X
Cel-Fi GO M G32-2/4/5/12/13M kit
SureCall Fusion2Go Max SC-FUSION2GOMAX kit
weBoost Drive Reach 470154 kit
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0 C27G-5S-BTW kit
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 SC-FUSION2GO3 kit
weBoost Drive X 475021 kit
SKU
G32-2/4/5/12/13M
SC-FUSION2GOMAX
470154
C27G-5S-BTW
SC-FUSION2GO3
475021
Lowest Price (New)
Cel-Fi GO M: $599.99
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: $499.99
weBoost Drive Reach: $499.99
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: $399.99
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: $399.99
weBoost Drive X: $399.99
Powerful Signal’s Evaluation
Cel-Fi GO M: Strongest gain² & downlink power
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: Best at finding & boosting weak signal in our tests
weBoost Drive Reach: Strongest uplink power; widest variety of kit options
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: Strongest downlink power in the low‑price category
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: Strongest uplink power (tied) in the low‑price category
weBoost Drive X: Widest variety of kit options in the low‑price category
Carriers Boosted Simultaneously¹
Cel-Fi GO M: One at a time
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: All
weBoost Drive Reach: All
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: All
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: All
weBoost Drive X: All
Max. Uplink Gain²
Cel-Fi GO M: 65 dB (mobile); 100 dB (stationary)³
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 50 dB
weBoost Drive Reach: 50 dB
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 50 dB
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 50 dB
weBoost Drive X: 50 dB
Avg. Uplink Power
Cel-Fi GO M: 20.2 dBm
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 23.1 dBm
weBoost Drive Reach: 24.6 dBm
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 18.5 dBm
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 23.7 dBm
weBoost Drive X: 23.7 dBm
Avg. Downlink Power
Cel-Fi GO M: 8.4 dBm
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 8.5 dBm
weBoost Drive Reach: 5.0 dBm
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 8.2 dBm
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: −3.2 dBm
weBoost Drive X: 2.5 dBm
Cellular Bands Supported
Cel-Fi GO M: 12, 13, 5, 4, 2
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 12, 17, 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
weBoost Drive Reach: 12, 17, 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 12, 17, 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 12, 17, 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 12, 17, 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
Smartphone App
Cel-Fi GO M:
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach:
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X:
OTR/Trucker Version
Cel-Fi GO M: TS551011
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach: 472154
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X:
RV/Fifth Wheel Version
Cel-Fi GO M: TS559119, TS559129
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach: 470154-RV
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X:
Marine/Boat Version
Cel-Fi GO M: TS559110
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach: 470154-MA
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X:
Desktop Version
Cel-Fi GO M: TS559111
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach:
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X:
NMO Version
Cel-Fi GO M:
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach: 470254
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X: 475021-NMO
Outside (Donor) Antenna Type
Cel-Fi GO M: Monopole
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: Shark fin
weBoost Drive Reach: Shark fin
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: Shark fin
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: Monopole
weBoost Drive X: Monopole
Outside (Donor) Antenna Coax Cable Type
Cel-Fi GO M: LEONI Dacar® 302
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: RG174
weBoost Drive Reach: LMR100
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: RG58
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: RG302
weBoost Drive X: RG174
Outside (Donor) Antenna Coax Cable Length
Cel-Fi GO M: 10′
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 10′
weBoost Drive Reach: 12.5′
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 10′
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 10′
weBoost Drive X: 12.5′
Inside (Broadcast) Antenna Coax Cable Type
Cel-Fi GO M: RG174
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: RG174
weBoost Drive Reach: LMR100
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: RG174
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: RG174
weBoost Drive X: LMR100
Inside (Broadcast) Antenna Coax Cable Length
Cel-Fi GO M: 13′
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 10′
weBoost Drive Reach: 10′
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 10′
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 10′
weBoost Drive X: 10′
Coax Cable Connectors
Cel-Fi GO M: SMA (NEMA 4‑rated)
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: FME
weBoost Drive Reach: SMB
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: SMA
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: FME
weBoost Drive X: SMA
Power Supply Features
Cel-Fi GO M: NEMA 4‑rated connector
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: On/off switch
weBoost Drive Reach: Pass-thru 2.1A USB‑A port
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: Additional 2.1A USB‑A port
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: On/off switch
weBoost Drive X: On/off switch
Power Supply Cable Length
Cel-Fi GO M: 17′
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 12′
weBoost Drive Reach: 11.5′
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 6′
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 12′
weBoost Drive X: 10.5′
AC Power Supply
Cel-Fi GO M: Contact us
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach: TS440054
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X: 851111
Hardwire Power Supply
Cel-Fi GO M:
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach: 850022
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X: 851111
Impedance
Cel-Fi GO M: 50 Ω
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 50 Ω
weBoost Drive Reach: 50 Ω
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 50 Ω
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 50 Ω
weBoost Drive X: 50 Ω
Booster Case
Cel-Fi GO M: Metal
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: Metal
weBoost Drive Reach: Metal
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: Metal & plastic
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: Metal
weBoost Drive X: Metal
Signal Readout
Cel-Fi GO M: LED light & smartphone app
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: LED lights
weBoost Drive Reach: LED light
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: LED lights & smartphone app
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: LED lights
weBoost Drive X: LED light
Manual Adjustment
Cel-Fi GO M: Smartphone app
SureCall Fusion2Go Max:
weBoost Drive Reach:
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0:
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0:
weBoost Drive X:
Return Policy¹⁰
Cel-Fi GO M: 90 days
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 90 days
weBoost Drive Reach: 90 days
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 90 days
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 90 days
weBoost Drive X: 90 days
Manufacturer’s Warranty
Cel-Fi GO M: 3 years
SureCall Fusion2Go Max: 3 years
weBoost Drive Reach: 2 years
HiBoost Travel 4G 2.0: 3 years
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0: 3 years
weBoost Drive X: 2 years

Notes

¹ Most cell phone signal boosters are carrier agnostic—they boost signal for all major cellular carriers at the same time. Cel-Fi boosters from Nextivity boost one carrier at a time; you can boost your choice of Verizon (4G only), AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, or GCI Alaska.

² Measured in RSRP. Gain is the increase in the strength of the signal received by the booster. The higher the maximum gain, the stronger the signal the cellular phone will receive. Gain is measured in decibels (dB), which are logarithmic: An increase of 3 dB doubles the signal strength, an increase of 10 dB is ten times the signal strength, and an increase of 20 dB is one hundred times the signal strength. A booster’s maximum gain varies across the different cellular frequencies it supports; some frequencies will have a higher maximum gain; others, lower.

³ The Cel-Fi’s GO boosters have two gain settings: a 65 dB mobile setting for use while driving and an optional 100 dB stationary setting that can be used while parked or inside a building. The maximum gain is set using the Cel-Fi WAVE smartphone app.

 Uplink power is the amount of output power the booster uses to communicate with the cell tower’s antenna; the more uplink power, the farther the booster can reach to distant towers. Uplink power is measured in decibel-milliwatts (dBm), which are a logarithmic measurement of milliwatts (mW): 20 dBm is 100 mW (one-tenth of a watt); 25 dBm is 316 mW (about one-third of a watt), over three times the power of 20 dBm. The figures in the table above are the booster’s average uplink power across all the cellular frequencies it supports and are drawn from test data submitted to the FCC.

 Downlink power is the amount of power the booster uses to reach cellular phones and devices inside the building. The more downlink power, the larger the area of indoor coverage and the greater the booster’s ability to penetrate walls and floors to reach phones. Downlink power is measured in decibel-milliwatts (dBm), which are a logarithmic measurement of milliwatts (mW): 10 dBm is 10 mW of power (one-one hundredth of a watt); 13 dBm is about 20 mW of power (one-fiftieth of a watt), twice that of 10 dBm. The figures in the table above are the booster’s average downlink power across all the cellular frequencies it supports and are drawn from test data submitted to the FCC.

 Cellular phones and devices operate across multiple bands of cellular frequency. See the table at the bottom of our Cellular Frequency Bands web page for more information about these bands and which carriers use them.

 A non-magnetic option (NMO) antenna is permanently mounted in the vehicle’s roof by a professional installer. NMO-mounted antennas are frequently used in fleet vehicles.

 The Cel-Fi GO M’s booster enclosure and connectors are NEMA 4 rated, which protects against falling dirt and windblown dust, rain, sleet, snow, splashing water, hose directed water, and the formation of ice. Read more about NEMA enclosure types (PDF).

 Cell signal booster systems must use coax cables that match the booster’s impedance. 50-ohm mobile boosters use 50-ohm coax (including LMR100 and RG174).

¹⁰ Powerful Signal offers a 90-day return on most products. (See our complete returns policy.)