Most people just pay attention to the top flagship smartphones on the market and it makes sense to do so, as they’re the ones that have the best specs and build.
Or are they?
Well, it seems that more time goes on, the top brands such as Apple and Samsung are pricing their smartphones the way that they are is because of their brand name and it’s becoming less about the specs of the phone rather the fact that you’re purchasing from a brand that has been on the top for such a long time, they price their phones at very high prices.
So what other options are there? Well, that’s where mid-range flagship smartphones come in and that’s where the Asus’ Zenfone smartphones are. Many might think that larger brands are the only ones that hold quality but that could not be further from the truth.
Plenty of Asus’ smartphones such as the Asus Zenfone 5Z has top specs that can compete with larger flagships and that’s because the phone has an 845 Snapdragon processor, a whopping 8GB of RAM and it also has fast charging. Other smartphones from Asus also have some great specs such as the Zenfone 4 Pro and there’s also the Zenfone 4 Max that have such high battery capacities of 5,000mAh that they act as a power bank, too.
So with high-end specs and high battery capacities, along with the compatibility of fast charging, we’re here to cover the chargers that you should be using with your Asus smartphone to get the best charging experience.
Anker PowerPort Speed 2 Wall Charger
The first thing to know is that fast charging for Asus smartphones is done with a Quick Charge charging electronic. So you’re going to need a Quick Charge charger, and that’s what the chargers in this guide, feature. For the first charger, we’re recommending Anker’s PowerPort Speed 2. This charger is from Anker, which is a brand that’s quite large and this charger of theirs features two Quick Charge ports.
Yes, there are two Quick Charge ports, so you can actually charge two Quick Charge compatible smartphones at the same time and have them both fast charging. This is done because the max output of the wall charger is 39W. Each port has an output of 18W. The form factor of this charger is small, but it does not make use of a retractable AC adapter, but we think that makes the build of the charger better as there’s less of a chance of it breaking.
Once you plug the charger into an AC outlet, there’s a power indicator that turns on to show that it’s receiving power and ready to charge. Overall, this wall charger is perfect if you have to have the ability to charge two Quick Charge smartphones at the same time, as long as you have one and a family or friend also has a Quick Charge smartphone.
Specs of the PowerPort Speed 2 Quick Charge USB Wall Charger:
Each Port: 3.6V-6.5V/3A | 6.5V-9V/2A, | 9V-12V/1.5A
Max Output: 39W
- Input: 100-240V AC
- LED Power Indicator: Single Blue LED Light with Light Sensor
- Size: 4.5 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
- Weight: 6.4 Ounces
Aukey 6-Port Desktop Charging Station with Two Quick Charge Ports
There are also Desktop Charging Stations and these are just like wall chargers, but they use more ports and make use of a power cord. The desktop charger right here is from Aukey, and it features six ports, so you can charge six devices at once. That’s not the only highlight, the other major thing is that this charger also features two Quick Charge ports, just like the previous Anker charger, but in this case, it’s like having the Anker PowerPort Speed 2 along with another four ports.
So you can fast charge two Quick Charge compatible smartphones at the same time, and you also have the ability to charge another four devices. The other four ports on this charger each have a 5V/2.4A charging speed. The max output of this charger is 60W, so there’s plenty of power to use even if you’re charging two Quick Charge smartphones.
Specs of the Aukey 6-Port USB Charging Station with Quick Charge 3.0
- # of USB Port: 6
Standard Port Speed: 5V/2.4A
Quick Charge Speed: 5V-6V/3A, 6V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A
- Input: 100-240V
- LED Power Indicators: Single Green LED Light
- Size: 4.0 x 2.8 x 1 inches
- Weight: 7.3 Ounces
Anker PowerPort Speed 4 Wall Charger
Going back to wall chargers, this is another Anker wall charger that we wanted to recommend and it’s called the PowerPort Speed 4 wall charger. The charger features four ports and it has a single Quick Charge port. This is one of the best wall chargers to own because it can fast charge your Asus Zenfone, and at the same time charge another three devices at once. We think that it’s basically a desktop charging station in the form factor of a wall charger. Even the standard ports are quite powerful with then having a 5V/2.4A charging rate.
The PowerPort Speed 4 also makes use of a retractable AC adapter that makes portability a whole lot easier.
Specs of the Anker PowerPort Speed 4 USB Wall Charger with Quick Charge 3.0:
Quick Charge Port: 3.6 – 6.5V/3.0A | 6.5 – 9V/2.0A | 9-12V/1.5A
USB Port: 5V/2.4A
Max Output: 43.5W or 8.7A
- LED Power Indicator: Flat Blue Power Indicator
- Size: 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches
- Weight: 5 Ounces
EasyAcc MegaCharge D20 20,000mAh Portable Charger
Portable chargers are one of the best charging electronics that you can use, and they can actually be the main charging electronic that you use, as they’re so helpful because they can be taken anywhere that you want. Of course, you’ll have to eventually use a wall charger to recharge them, but other than that, they’re highly reliable.
When it comes to portable chargers to using with your Asus Zenfone then you have to choose ones that feature a high power capacity, as Asus has high battery capacity smartphones, to begin with.
The first portable charger that we have to recommend is an EasyAcc MegaCharge portable charger that has a 20,000mAh power capacity. This much power is enough to charge a Zenfone with a 3,000mAh battery capacity to full power about 5 times. If you’re charging a high battery capacity smartphone such as the Zenfone 4 Max or the Zenfone 3 Zoom that both have a 5,000mAh battery, then you can expect about 3 full charges.
The charging from this power bank is awesome and that’s because there are four ports to use, while most other 20,000mAh portable chargers on the market have two ports. There are three USB-A ports, with one featuring Quick Charge and the other two ports are standard ones but still have some powerful charging of 5V/3.0A (15W). The fourth output that you can use with this power bank is the USB-C port which makes use of a 5V/3.0A charging rate and can be used with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to charge USB-C compatible devices such a Zenfone.
Recharging this power bank is a great part of the charger, and that’s because the Micro-USB input with a recharge rate of 2A and a separate USB-C input port with a recharge rate of 3A can be used at the same time. What you get is a 5A recharge speed that can recharge the power bank within 3 hours. For a 20,000mAh portable charger that is quite impressive.
Specs of the EasyAcc MegaCharge D20 20,000mAh Power Bank Doubin 5A Input:
Initial Capacity: 20,000mAh
Output Capacity: 15,000mAh
Quick Charge Port: 18W and also standard 5V/3.0A charging rate for Non-Compatible Quick Charge devices
Standard USB-A Ports: 5V/3.0A
USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A
Max Output: 33W (6.6A)
Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A
USB-C Input: 5V/3.0A
Max Input: 5A
- LED Power Indicator: 4 White LED Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 5.9 x 2.9 x 0.9 inches
- Weight: 13 Ounces
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Portable Charger with Quick Charge
Yet, another Anker charger in this guide. What can we say? They’re a brand that knows what a charging electronic should feature for its category and in this case, it would be a high power capacity portable charger. Not just any high power capacity portable charger though, this is the PowerCore+ 26800 portable charger has a very high power capacity of 26,800mAh.
This much power is perfect for charging Asus smartphones whether they have a 3,000mAh battery or a 5,000mAh battery. As you can charge either type to full power about 5 times or even more depending on if you’re solely charging your Asus smartphone or other devices at the same time. Speaking of charging other devices with this power bank, you can charge three devices at once.
One of the ports features Quick Charge to fast charge QC compatible smartphones. The other two ports each have a 5V/2.4A charging rate.
To recharge this 26,800mAh monster power bank, there’s a single Micro-USB input port that’s Quick Charge compatible. Thankfully, this power bank comes with a Quick Charge wall charger that you can use to recharge the power bank at its max recharge rate. You can also use the Quick Charge wall charger to charge your Zenfone directly, too.
Specs of the Anker PowerCore+ 26,800mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0:
- Power Capacity: 26,800mAh | Output Capacity: 20,000mAh
Each Standard Port: 5V/3.0A
Quick Charge Port: 5-7V/2.1A | 7-9V/1.6A | 9-12V/1.25A
- Input: 5-7V/2.1A | 7-9V/1.6A | 9-12V/1.25A
- LED Power Indicator: Ten LED Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
- Weight: 1.2 Pound
Crave 10,000mAh Aluminum Slim Quick Charge Power Bank
Even with the mention of two very high capacity power banks, the usage of a slim and small power bank with a mid-range power capacity is definitely a good option to use with a smartphone. That’s because you might not always want to hold around a large power bank all the time. The mid-range power bank that we have to recommend is this Crave portable charger that has a 10,000mAh power capacity.
The charger has enough power capacity to charge a Zenfone to full power about two times, or less depending on which one you have.
Even with its extremely slim form factor of 0.4 inches and short length of 6.2 inches, the charger makes use of two ports. One is a USB-A port that makes use of Quick Charge and the other one is a USB-C port with a 5V/3.0A charging rate. To recharge the power bank you have two ports that you can use. There’s USB-C port that can also be used as an input, and there’s also the Micro-USB input. Both of the input ports can only be used once a time and the have the same recharge rate of 5V/2.4A.
Specs of the Crave PLUS 10,000mAh Slim Aluminum Power Bank with Quick Charge & Type C:
Initial Capacity: 10,000mAh
Output Capacity: 7,400mAh
USB-A Port: Quick Charge Speed for compatible devices or 2.4A for Non-Compatible Quick Charge devices
USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A
Micro-USB or USB-C input: 5V/2.4A
- LED Power Indicator: 4 White LED Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches
- Weight: 9 Ounces
RAVPower 4-Port Car Charger
Then there’s car charging, and it can actually be one of the most useful chargers that you can use as you’re not using your smartphone and therefore it’s charging as fast as possible. The car charger that we want to recommend in this case would be this RAVPower 4-port car charger. With so many ports, it basically covers all your charging needs and it also features a Quick Charge port.
The other three ports each have a 5V/2.4A charging rate for standard devices.
Specs of the RAVPower 4-Port Car Charger with Quick Charge:
Standard USB-A Ports: 5V/2.4A
Quick Charge Port: 5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/2A
- Input: 12-24V
- LED Power Indicator: Four White Power Indicators
- Size: 2.8 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches
- Weight: 1.9 Ounces