3 Best Ways to Choose the Best USB Wall Chargers

Just like many other charging electronics, the USB Wall charger is the most used kind of product when it comes to charging not only our smartphones but a bunch of other devices; Such as Bluetooth headsets, controllers, Laptops and much more. There are many USB Wall chargers on the market. Some wall chargers may look premium and aesthetic to look at but the tech behind them is weak. Some wall chargers are dangerous because they may have many charging outputs but they don’t have the safety tech to keep you or your devices safe. Some wall chargers are simply obsolete pertaining to their size and tech.

Charger Harbor is here to let you know what makes the best wall charger the best choice for you to get. We’ve created ways for you to find what makes a USB wall chargers a quality charging product so you’re satisfied every time you use your wall charger. Let’s get started on what to look for when purchasing a wall charger.

#1: Amount of Charging Ports / Charging speed Per Port

Current wall chargers are becoming a more multi-port product only. That means wall chargers usually have two or charging ports to them. So the first thing you’re going to need to know is how many ports do you want your wall charger to have. If you think that you may only need a single port wall charger, then that may not be the best idea because you may need to charge multiple devices in the future and if you’re searching for a wall charger that has a single port, it’s most likely going to be a Quick Charge wall charger. That’s because a single port wall charger does not give too much usability other than charging a single device with it, which is why many One port wall chargers take advantage of Quick Charge technologies.

This is why we recommend for those that get a wall charger, you should usually start with a 2 port wall charger and work your way up from there but if you absolutely only need a 1-port wall charger then get a Quick Charge one; They’re low in price and deliver the fastest charge possible even for non-Quick Charge compatible devices.

2 Port wall chargers are the sweet Spot of wall charging

On from the one port range, there is a wide range of charging possibilities that open up with every charging port that a wall charger has. Starting at the two port wall charger category is perfect because this is where many wall chargers are at their most powerful and most portable. A 2-port wall charger should have either have a maximum charging Output of 5V/2.4A or a minimum charging output of 5V/2.0A. Gone are the days of 2-port wall chargers that have a charging output of 5V/1A; That kind of charging speed is simply very slow at charging a modern device, especially for tablets.

On from 2 ports lies greater charging possibilities.

If your needs take you beyond the 2 port wall charging category then you most likely have an idea of how many devices you’d like to set on charge at any given time or you simply want many ports so all your cables are ready to be used. 3-Port and 4-Port wall chargers are where the max charging speeds of wall chargers at 5V/2.4A charging speed tends to stay the same if you’re looking for a wall charger that is able to provide an optimal charging speed for all ports.

Once you get into the higher 5-port, 6-Port and even 10-port wall chargers, the output tends to go down because the Amperage current that is going out of the wall charger generates too much heat; As a result, the Amperage must be lowered per port if/when the wall charger has many charging ports.

Where to get these Wall Chargers?

So how do you get wall chargers that are in the port ranges that we mentioned and at fast charging speeds? Simple, you must get your wall chargers from online. We’re absolutely serious when we say that wall chargers that are sold in retail stores do not hold the same quality standards that you’re able to find online. Especially if we’re talking about charging speed.

The Interconnectedness of Wall Chargers

Overall, getting a powerful and well-ported wall charger is important for your overall charging needs. Wall chargers are nearly relied upon by every other charging electronic. Power banks have to be recharged through a Micro-USB input that is connected to a wall charger. Wireless chargers still have to be connected to a wall charger to function and charge a smartphone. Tablets can charge faster when there is a higher Amp Output. This is why it’s vital to get a wall charger that is capable of fast charging speeds, so you’re able to recharge a power bank faster, increase the charging speed of a Wireless chargers and charge devices like iPads and smartphones faster.

Always remember to look at the Output of the Wall charger before purchasing.

Output charging speeds:

5V/1.0A – Slow: Wall chargers with 1 Amp charging speeds are very slow because many devices today can charge at higher Amperage speeds. You’re basically settling for a slow charging experience with 1 Amp and that goes for an all your charging needs.

5V/2.0A – Medium: 2 Amps of charging speed is faster and a more commonly used Amperage that is just fast enough to charge devices quickly. However, it won’t be pushing any charging limits, it’s a highly relied on charging speed.

5V/2.4A – Max Standard Charging Speed: The most used and most trusted charging speed that will charge nearly any device that uses a USB cable to be charged at full potential. It’s with 2.4 Amps is a device able to choose what’s the most amount of Amperage it should accept and charge at the fastest possible speed. Recharging power banks, and using Wireless chargers will provide the optimum charging experience.

5V/3.0A – Quick Charge / USB Type-C: Special charging technology like Quick Charge will charge compatible Quick Charge devices at 3 Amps speed and non-compatible devices are provided with a possible output of 2.4 Amps. The best thing about owning a wall charger that uses Quick Charge is that you can depend on it to give fast charging even when you don’t have a Quick Charge compatible device.

Type-C cables are also implemented within Wall chargers for a device that uses the USB Type-C cable for charging. A Type-C to Type-C cable can be used on wall chargers that feature a Type-C input so the device can take advantage of the fastest possible charging speed of 3 Amps.

#2: Safety Tech

Safety Tech with wall chargers is an absolute must. Safety charging tech allows you to have absolute confidence with the wall charger that you’re using because they are able to provide tech that’s going to control the entire charging process when it’s happening; As a result, charging is able to go as smooth as possible.

This is a major thing to look out for with USB wall chargers that have lots of charging ports because the more devices that you have connected to a wall charger, the more current it’s outputting and the higher chance that the charger will generate more heat and cause damage to your device or to the wall charger itself.

Consider these safety tech features when you’re searching for a wall charger to purchase:

Output / Input Current Control: Amperage within chargers are the most powerful force within a charger. It’s the energy that actually charges your device and it must be controlled because if there are too many Amps being sent to your device, then your device will get damaged. A wall charger should have an Amp Current controller to make sure that the Amp current being sent out is always stable.

Voltage Regulation: Voltage is the energy that regulates the Amp current. If there’s not enough Voltage for the Amperage, then the Amperage could potentially lose control and cause damage to the wall charger itself or your devices.

Over Heat Protection: Heat is a very bad thing when it comes to charging in general. In this case, wall chargers need to have the ability to avoid generating too much by changing Voltage and Amp current. This way the generation of heat is stabilized if you’re within a warm climate and as a result, the Amp current may go down. Sure, you will be getting slower charging speed but it’s to keep the wall charger and your devices safe.

Short Circuit Protection: Avoiding a Short-Circuit is a something that should be standard on every charger. Regardless of how low quality it is. A Short-Circuit can do very severe damage because a current is being sent out without being regulated.

All of these safety tech features should be present with all wall chargers because they provide the necessary technology that will keep you worry free. Even with wall chargers that are 10-ports, these safety features are able to allow you to connect 10 devices, charge them efficiently and keep the 10-port wall charger and your devices safe from harm’s way. You should not have to worry about what’s going to happen if you plug in “Too Much” devices within a wall charger because a wall charger should already be built for what you’re going to use it for.

#3: Design & Size

Designs of a charger are important for the wall charger, it may not be an aspect that’s nearly as important but a USB wall charger should have a good design and a size that generally makes sense. These days, they’re becoming more compact, they’re more minimalistic and are very easy to travel with no matter how many charging ports they have. Some wall chargers even have retractable pins that make the wall charger very portable because when you place the plug pins within the wall charger, the charger simply becomes a cube without any outward facing obstructions.

Although we do warn you that some wall chargers with retractable plugs tend to be lower quality than others. There are some cases that the wall charger may sag down or the plug pins are placed weakly within the wall charger and as a result, the plug pins fall out.

Here are some main Design aspects that are the best when it comes to USB Wall chargers:

Charging Ports are clearly visible and labeled

Charging ports on a wall charger are what the wall charger is all about. You should be able to see the charging ports and be able to use them quickly. Vertical placement of charging ports is the best practice because it provides the most optimal room for ports. Labels on charging ports is another important aspect; Such as pointing out that a port is 5V/2.0A or features smart charging tech. Quick Charge ports on wall charger should be labeled with the Quick Charge logo or at least colored a distinctive color.

It’s with these design choices that a Wall charger will be the most straightforward to use and easy to use.

The Wall charger has a LED power light

Knowing when your devices are charging is a great way to enhance the charging experience. This is not available on many wall chargers and that’s OKAY. Although LED charging lights that indicate when Normal charging is taking place and when Quick Charge charging is taking place is good to have. There are even wall chargers that have LED charging lights that turn off when your device is fully charged and the charging itself stops as well.

This design choice is minimally used, and simply is a plus to a wall charger.

There are round corners on the wall charger

Products that have sharp edges tend to be less friendly to carry, take up more space and more prone to taking damage. With round edges, a wall charger is able to be more versatile because it takes up less space and if it falls, it’s the shock damage from a fall will be less severe because round edges are able to dissipate damage better.

Doesn’t Take up other Outlet Spaces

Taking up another outlet can be very frustrating because you may want to use the outlet next the wall charger but you can’t because the wall charger is covering the outlet next to it. Even the most efficient kind of wall chargers do this; They take up the space of an outlet either when they’re on a wall outlet or a Surge Protector. If possible, you should get a wall charger that takes advantage of its vertical shape and doesn’t block other wall chargers.

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How to Choose the Best power banks (With Infographic)

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Power banks are one of the most used types of charging electronics. There are a lot of different power banks that features lots of different aspects. It’s easy to get confused about what features you should look within a power bank. That’s why Charger Harbor has created our very own guide on what to look for in a great power bank. By looking for these features or at least considering these aspects while you search for a power bank; You will end up purchasing a power bank that delivers exactly what you needed.

What’s a power bank?

First, let’s just go over the simple topic of what is a power bank? A power bank is a device that holds batteries and the purpose of the power bank are to charge devices. What devices does a power bank charge? Any compatible device that uses a USB charging cable to charge can be used with a power bank.

Power banks come in all sorts of sizes that vary with sizes, power capacities, and different charging technologies. They’re a great solution if you find yourself with a low battery on your smartphone throughout the day because a power bank can go with you nearly everywhere.

Now let’s move onto the aspects to focus on when you’re looking to buy a power bank.

1. Capacity

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If there’s one thing that is very different from one power bank to another, it’s the capacity. Capacities within power banks are measured by milliampere-hour. The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last. This is something to look out for when you’re buying a power bank because you want a high enough capacity that’s going to charge the device that you want to charge your power bank all the way.

If you’re purchasing a power bank for solely charging your smartphone, then we maybe getting a power bank in the 3,000mAh range is the best option. That’s because many smartphones have a battery capacity of at least 2,000mAh. With a 3,000mAh power bank, you’ll be able to charge your smartphone all the way and still have a little more power left over.

Then there are circumstances when you may need a higher capacity power bank because you want to charge your iPad, smartphone and other electronic devices that you think you’ll use a power bank to charge with. This is when going into a higher capacity such as 20,000mAh power banks are the best choices. Higher capacity power banks allow you to not worry about recharging the power bank until a few days after when the power is depleted. Usually, when a power bank is depleted of its power, it’s best to recharge it overnight since you’re not depending on it when you’re sleeping.

We recommend that you start at the 3,000mAh range because a capacity of 3,000mAh is the modern standard of a Mini capacity power bank. Mini pertaining to size and capacity of the power bank. Then go higher from there and see what suit your needs. Figure out just how much power you need through your daily life and match it up along with your power bank.

2. Charging Speed

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Power banks also have quite a few charging speeds. Knowing what charging speeds a power bank has is the difference between being extremely dissatisfied with your power bank or having your device well charged.

This is why it’s important to know how to read Output and Input levels on power banks. The Output charging is the charging that is done to the device that you’re charging . The Input charging is the charging being done to the power bank itself, so Input charging, in this case, means recharging speed of the power bank.

Let’s go over how you should choose what charging speeds mean what and what speeds you should look for; But first let’s go over two main terms.

Voltage: The voltage is basically the regulator of the charging process. The voltage is able to keep the Amp Current constant so the speed of charging is constant. The more current there is while charging, the more constant the charging speed will be.

Amperage: The Amperage is the charging speed of the charging process. Higher the current, the faster the power is delivered to the device that you’re charging. However, the Amp is regulated the by the Voltage and may not always be constant if the Voltage of the charger is low. For the Amp current to be constantly fast, there needs to be enough Voltage to support the charging speed.

Now that you know both of the main terms to actually understand what charging entails, let’s move onto charging speeds.

Output charging speeds:

Slow – 5V/1A:

Medium – 5V/2A

Fast – 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge – 9V/3A

This is the standard of Output charging. If an output charger has a 1 Amps of charging current, then you’re going to experience somewhat slow charging, but it’s mostly the Mini power banks that have a charging speed of 1 Amp, so you shouldn’t be too hard on the small power banks. Medium charging rate is at a 2.0 Amp charging current that is quite common for a lot of power banks, this is especially the case if power bank has two ports where one port may have 2A charging and the another port has 1.0A charging; Although the 2.0A rate of charging is actually starting to die out since faster charging rates are beginning to arise.

Then we move onto the higher charging bracket where the 2.4 Amp of charging is actually the latest and fastest type of standard charging that doesn’t require any special charging technology. The 2.4A charging speed is a becoming more of the standard because it heavily boasts a quality of a power bank by providing a charging speed of a wall charger within a power bank. Then there’s Quick Charge charging that pushes into the 3.0 Amps of charging. However, the Quick Charge technology is only available with devices that are compatible with Quick Charge technology and the power bank must have Quick Charge enabled charging ports as well for Quick Charge speeds to actually take effect.

Now that you know what charging speeds you can expect from power banks and know what they mean, you should be well on your way to getting a power bank that charges your devices quickly. Also, you should check if you have a Quick Charge compatible smartphone, and if you do, then you should purchase a power bank that features Quick Charge ports for super-fast charging. iPhones are not compatible with Quick Charge, though.

3. Portability

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One of the main reasons power banks exist in the first place is because they’re highly portable. That’s why their other name is known to be Portable Chargers because they can charge your device while you’re on the go.

Nearly all power banks are portable in some way, it’s just that some power banks are more portable than others. Portability is actually matched to the capacity of a power bank because when the capacity of a power bank is higher then the battery pack must be bigger; Although that is mostly true, with today’s portable chargers even though the capacity may be quite large, the size of the power bank will be relatively small. So we’re getting to the point of putting high capacities into smaller sizes.

With that said, if you wanted a power bank that would fit into your pocket or basically a small power bank that you’d take with you every day; Then you would choose a Mini power bank that is cylindrical and about 5 inches long. It’s these kind of power banks that offer optimum portability that allows you to freely charge your smartphone without feeling held back. The same goes for Slim power banks, that are about the same size of smartphones.

If you’re going into the higher capacities, then you should expect some size change, but also quite a difference in weight. Let’s give an example of 20,000mAh power bank. 20,000mAh is a lot of power as a power bank that will last you for days but it can still be portable, although not in the same manner that a 3,000mAh power bank would be. Instead, a 20,000 mAh power bank would be alright for on the go purposes but even better for taking it to a location where there isn’t a way wall charger, so you’d use your 20,000mAh power bank. Power banks that are larger aren’t always convenient to use for everyday purposes but they can be great in certain situations.

Know what you’re going to do with your power bank and where you may take it. You want to feel comfortable and confident with the portable charger that you purchase.

4. Ports

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Different power banks have different amounts of charging Output ports. Charging ports are very connected to the amount of capacity that a power bank holds. That’s because a power bank with a capacity of 3,000mAh only has one charging port because two devices pulling power from such a low capacity doesn’t make sense since the capacity of the small capacity power bank will deplete very quickly and both devices would be barely charged.

If you wish to charge many devices at the same time freely then we recommend a power bank with many ports. Power banks with many ports can range from having two, three, four and even five ports on some high capacity power banks. These kind of multi-port power banks are also great to use for a charging hub for friends, family, at the office or even strangers in the library that are looking for a harbor to charge their smartphones. You could very well be a charging hero if you give people the power to charge their devices.

Ultimately, how many ports you want will depend on what capacity you need. Perhaps you will find that having too many ports is too much of a hassle and want a lightweight portable charger that is a plug and goes case.

5. Price

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The price point of power banks is directly related to all the aspects of power banks that we mentioned above but the price of a power bank is still part of what the power bank is and it’s also a vital way to choose a great power bank. With all the aspects mended together and the understanding what a power bank should have, then comes the price of the power bank.

This is where you need to match up the charging speed, capacity, size and the technology that the power bank uses to know for sure that the charger you’re purchasing is indeed worth the price. You should also make sure the power bank is built to standards, meaning that the charger is well built for frequent use so it doesn’t fall apart. So you shouldn’t be paying $20 dollar for a simple Mini power bank because it’s the base of all power banks and should actually have a price of $12. The same goes even for high capacity power banks within the 20,000mAh range. Some high capacity power banks are actually priced absurdly high because some companies may think that people searching for power banks may believe a 20,000mAh capacity is actually worth $80. That’s not true at all.

Even higher capacity power banks are priced low than you’d think from reputable charging electronic companies. At this stage of getting a power bank, things can be a bit hazy and pricing options can be misleading; But that’s why Charger Harbor is here to help you set sail in the right direction so you can get the best power bank that you’re looking for. Just a look at our Power Bank Reviews section to get started on setting sail.

Conclusion:

Searching for the correct power bank that you need can be somewhat challenging but by following the guidelines that we’ve mentioned, we’re confident that getting a power bank is actually very easy. Power banks are at a point where they’re very advanced and lots of work is being done to advance them even further because so many people need them. You’re well on your way to getting a great power bank if you’re searching for one.

 

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Are Built in Charging Cables Good or Bad?

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Charging electronics are mostly universal which means that they have charging ports that are able to work with many different devices and all that’s needed is the dedicated charging cable that is compatible with the device that you need to charge. This is the most common type of charging electronic and is true for Car chargers, Wall chargers, and power banks. People usually want to use their own charging cables to charge their devices when using different charging electronics; Or at least many people expect to use their own charging cables.

However, that isn’t always the case. Some charging electronics actually their own dedicated built-in charging cable for certain devices. With a built-in charging cable, that means the user no longer has to carry around a charging cable and worry about bringing it with them to actually charge their device since their charger already has a charging cable. Although there can be limits to this kind of design, because having a built-in charging cable with a power bank and car charger can especially have its limits in certain situations.

Let’s take a look on why this double edge sword should be thought through before getting a charging electronic with a built in cable.

What are the Limits of getting a built in charging Cable?

Let’s get the limits of a built-in charging cable out of the way first.

1. There are limits in length

When you have a built-in charging cable with a power bank, then the charging cable length will most likely be very short. Charging cables that are built in aren’t actually cables either since they have to go into the power bank itself; The cables are more like short stems that are designed to simply change angles to come out of the power bank and go back into it. There’s not a lot of versatility with built in cables since they can’t really be bent to accommodate the location of the device that you’re charging to the way you’re holding it.

A limit with length is especially troublesome when you take into account that power banks are portable. If you want to take a power bank while you’re on the go, then you have to make sure the device and cable are placed where they’re always facing each other. It’s a tedious problem and this is where the main limits of built-in charging cables come in.

The same can be said about built-in charging cable for car chargers and wall chargers. If their cables are too short, then it’s a great inconvenience since you’re going to have to move closer to the charger itself or you’ll have to leave your device unused while it sits and charges. You realize just how convenient and awesome separate charging cables are when you realize built-in, also means “Limited Range”

2. You or someone else may want to charge an incompatible device

With so many devices that do different things better than other and people having so much different preferences over other products, it’s quite common for people to have different smartphones and tablets. When you have a built-in charging cable, the cable tends to cater to a single device and its single way of charging. This means that another device that uses a different charging cable cannot charge with a Power bank that uses a Micro USB built-in charging cable because an iPhone is not compatible with it.

This limit can pertain to you personally and to someone else that may want to use your charger but can’t because you don’t have a compatible charging cable. If you have an Android smartphone that uses Micro USB charging cable and you own a power bank that uses a built-in Micro USB charging cable, then the smartphone is perfectly fine to charge; But what if you also have an iPad, and you’re on the go with your power bank but your iPad needs charging? You’re out of luck because the power bank only accepts devices that use Micro-USB.

Another scenario could be with a car charger and this one could be a bit worse.

Having a car charger that only has a single Lightning cable built into the car charger is a good charger if a user always and only charges their iPhone with the car charger. However, you may have friend or family in the car that is running low on battery power with their smartphone and needs to charge their phone but alas they cannot because they don’t have an iPhone. As a result, the ones sitting in the car with a low battery power must have their device die. In the end, you don’t have anyone’s back when it comes to a sole charging cable that is built into a charger.

3. The charging cable may break

Normal wired charging cables are becoming more and more stronger but even then charging cables may not last long but they all have their thresholds of use and eventually break. The same can be said about built-in charging cables and more so, it’s more of a severe problem when it comes to built-in charging cables because the cable is built into the charger; Then there’s no way to replace the cable and as a result the charger becomes useless.

This is most likely someone’s biggest fear when they have a built in charging cable with their charger because once the cable breaks, there’s no way to take it out and replace it with separate charging cable. Instead, when a built-in charging cable breaks, then it renders the charger useless and in the end you’re stuck with a useless charging device.

If you’re getting a charger that has a built-in cable, make sure of these 3 things:

  1. The cable is tough
  2. The charger has a long warranty or if it has a warranty at all
  3. The charger has a USB Output port to plug a cable into for more free charging

You may have to expect the charger to be replaced a few times.

What are the Benefits of getting a built in charging Cable?

1. You are the sole user of the charger

When you’re the sole user of a charger, then you know what to expect from it. If you’re the only person that uses the charging cable that’s built into your power bank or Car charger, then you’re always going to be prepared to use it; There’s no need to carry around a charging cable separately or having remembered to take a charging cable with you when you’re heading out with your power bank. Instead, a power bank with a built-in charging cable is somewhat of an improvement because it already has a built-in cable that’s ready to charge.

Using a built-in charging cable also means that you’ve thought about what device you have and what charging you need, so there are not expectations on what is compatible to charge.

To truly benefit from a charger that uses built-in charging cables, you need to evaluate your needs for charging. If you don’t want to worry about carrying around a charging cable with you, then a built-in charging cable may be for you. It creates a convenient experience for those that are seeking a streamlined approach to charging.

2. The charger has Output Charging ports

Above, when we mentioned the limits of having a built-in charging cable, we said that there’s a limit because you can only charge single devices with some chargers. However, this is solved with chargers that have built-in charging cable AND USB Output ports that allow the user to use any charging cable that they want. This means that they can charge other devices that don’t adhere to the built-in charging cable.

It’s Car chargers, Wall chargers, and power banks that have a built-in charging cable and Output charging ports are the best to get. In some cases, it may actually be better to get a charger that has a built-in charging cable and has Output port because it’s always a sure-fire way to have your most reliable and used charging cable on hand.

We recommend car charger with built-in charging cable because you will always have your cable in the car, while there are other ports for other people to use. Same goes for power banks, with your cable always on hand and if someone else wants to charge their device, they can plug their cable into the Output ports.

Should You Get a Built-in Charging Cable Charger?

It depends on what you’re circumstances are. You must know what you expect from your charger. If you’re going to be the sole person using the charging cable, then we say go for it. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t take really good care of their cables, then you may want to rethink getting one.

However, we are very big advocates for Built-in charging cables when they come along with a car charger that has Output charging ports. That’s because it gives more options to the sole user of the charger and gives other chances to take advantage of the charger. If you own an iPhone, then purchasing a car charger or power bank that features a built-in Lightning cable is a good option, only if the chargers have Output charging ports. The same goes for devices that take Type-C and Micro-USB cables. By having Outputs along with your built-in charging cable, it’s a fallback plan just in case the built-in cable were to get damaged.

Pros & Cons of getting a Built-in Charging cable charger:

Pros:

  • If you’re the sole user of the charger
  • The charger with the built-in charging cable comes with Output charging ports

Cons:

  • The charging cable may be too short
  • A charger with a sole built in charging cable renders the ability to charge different devices useless
  • If the built-in charging cable breaks, then the charger ultimately becomes useless if it has no output charging ports.
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Best Ways To Charge Your Smartphone Faster

We want our smartphones to be charged fast and there are no questions about it. Although the battery technology that goes into our smartphones hasn’t been improved very much, the capacity of batteries has increased and so has the charging speed of charging electronics. People still want and expect their devices to charge faster and although wanting something to happen is quite great, you need results. We’re going to cover the best way to make your smartphone charge faster and don’t worry, these aren’t some sort of technical tricks. The ways to make your smartphone charge faster is actually very simple and you may even be able to start charging your smartphone faster today.

1. Use the Proper Charging Electronics

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5V/2.4A Charging Speed Per Port

The absolute most important thing that we stress a lot at Charger Harbor is knowing what’s the quality of your charging electronics. Whether it’s your car charger, wall charger or power bank; You want your charging electronics to be able to deliver a fast charging speed. To do that you must understand where to purchase the best charging electronics and what to look for in a charging device, no matter if its power bank or wall charger.

Know your charging Output speeds and Charging Terms

Voltage: Voltage of a charger is something that keeps the Amperage stable. Since the Amperage is the overall speed of charging, the Voltage is able to keep the charging speed constant. The higher the voltage, the more stable speeds your device will charge at.

Amperage:  Amperage, also known as “Amps”; Is the charging speed of the charger. The more Amps, the faster your smartphone or other devices will charge.

With those two things in mind, the more voltage that a charger has, the more it will support the Amperage charging speed to stay constant.

Let’s take a look at the charging speeds of chargers that you should put your most focus on when you look for charging electronics to purchase.

Good Output Charging speeds:

Charging SpeedRating
5V/2.0AFast
5V/2.1AFaster
5V/2.4AFastest Standard Charging Speed
9V/3.0Quick Charge / USB Type-C Charging

These charging Output speeds are ideal for giving a fast charging speed because they give a sufficient amount of voltage and Amp current to charge your smartphone as fast as possible. If you’re searching to buy any charging electronics, make sure that you’re getting ones that match the Outputs that we’ve mentioned above. Wall Chargers should almost always have each ports rating at a 2.4A speed, car chargers and power banks are basically at the same standard of delivering 2.0 Amps of charging speed and well into the 2.4 Amp charging speed.

However, the 9V/3.0A charging speed category is either Quick Charge or USB Type-C territory and we’ll get to that later.

Then there are charging Output Speeds that you should generally avoid:

Charging SpeedRating
5V/1.0ASlow
5V/1.5ALess Slow

These charging speeds are most integrated into either old chargers, Mini power banks or wireless chargers. It’s expected for Mini power banks to have these kinds of charging speeds and wireless chargers are also known to have these charging speeds. But for any other charging electronics, these charging speeds are bound to leave you frustrated as they send low Amperage to your smartphone and charge it slowly.

Choose car charger, wall chargers and power banks chargers that have a higher Amperage.

2. Put your smartphone into Power Saving Mode

power-saving-mode

Putting your smartphone into power saving mode makes use of less processing power (What? No Way!) and as a result, it takes off more stress from the battery. It’s a great way for the smartphone to get more charging done because it uses less battery power to run. Just a bit of a warning, though, when you put a smartphone into Power Saving mode, the smartphone can be slower because it’s powered down. This means that using it normally may be a bit frustrating because you’re tasking the phone to do more than it’s capable of within its current state.

Using Power Saver mode is great for recharging a smartphone quickly; However your user experience will likely suffer. Go into power saving mode if you’re just conducting simple tasks on your smartphone.

3. Turn Off Applications Not In Use

Turning off all the applications that you’re not using is a great way to recharge your smartphone fast because every application that runs in the background take up CPU power. The more CPU power being used results in more battery power consumption. Closing down all the applications that you’re not using and including the ones that are running passively is a perfect alternative to putting your phone into Power Saving mode. This way, you can use your smartphone normally and just focus on the applications that you’re currently using.

The kind of applications to turn on or stop:

  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Stop any updating apps
  • Close apps that are running in the background
  • Turn off GPS
  • Turn Down your brightness
  • Put your phone on Vibrate or Silent

4. Purchase a Smartphone that is Capable of Charging Quickly

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Many smartphones that are have come out in the past two years, as well as newer smartphones, are beginning to feature fast charging technology that is able to break the barrier of standard charging speeds and push into the 3.0 Amperage speed.

The two main charging technologies are Quick Charge and USB Type-C.

Quick Charge Compatible Smartphones

Quick Charge is compatible with devices that have Qualcomm’s certain processors that enable Quick Charge charging speeds once they’re connected to a Quick Charge charger. There are two main types of Quick Charge versions that are being used currently: Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 3.0

Quick Charge 2.0 is the most widespread type of Quick Charge because there are more devices that have currently been made for Quick Charge 2.0 charging electronics. Quick charge 3.0 is the latest version of Quick Charge and has very few smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 tech.

Charging speeds for the Quick Charge technology feature higher Voltage that is capable of 6V/9V/12V/20V and an Amperage of 3.0 Amps. Quick Charge 3.0 is able to deliver more Voltage than Quick Charge 2.0; Quick Charge 3.0 smartphones are backwards compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 2.0 smartphones can be used with Quick Charge 3.0, but they will receive QC 2.0 speeds of charging.

So check to see if you have a smartphone that is compatible with Quick Charge chargers; That way, you’ll be able to get charging electronics like power banks, car chargers and wall chargers that feature Quick Charge charging ports that will allow you to rapidly charge your smartphone.

Note: iPhones ARE NOT compatible with Quick Charge at all.

If you don’t have a smartphone that is capable of Quick Charge charging and want your next phone to charge quickly, then we recommend buying a smartphone that is compatible with Quick Charge technology.

Smartphones that use USB Type-C

Smartphones that use the Type-C input are smartphones that use the USB Type-C charging cable. These smartphones are capable of charging at the same speeds of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology. Type-C smartphones are able to charge at 6.5V-9V/3.0A. The best thing about Type-C is that it’s dual headed so you’re always going to get the charging into the smartphone the first time.

Although Type-C isn’t Quick Charge; When you’re using a Type-C smartphone, you still need a wall charger that is capable of having an Output of 3.0 Amps. That means getting Quick Charge wall charger or any other charging electronics with Quick Charge would be the best option because Quick Charge ports have an output of 3.0 Amps.

If you want a cable that is easier to use and a faster-charging smartphone, then look into smartphones that use USB Type-C.

5. Turn off your phone and charge it

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This is probably the last thing you want to do. We know it’s hard but if you absolutely don’t need your smartphone on and know that you don’t have any plans for the day, then turning off your phone to charge is an option. When you’re phone is off, it’s going to charge at the fastest possible rate since nothing is running and only the smartphone itself is focused on recharging. This way of charging is actually beneficial if you want to focus your time and energy on something more important because your phone may be a distraction.

Look at it from this perspective: If your phone is off, then you can’t browse Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or watch funny videos on Youtube. Instead, your smartphone is charging and now you can focus on the important things like homework or studying. Perhaps cleaning the house? Whatever it is, to turn off your smartphone to charge is a difficult thing to do and to ease the pain try finding something else to do so you’re focus isn’t on your phone. When you come back from being productive, your phone should be very well charged and ready to go.

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Hold back on Anker’s USB Type-C Cable

Type C Doom

Here at Charger Harbor, we’re a quite a great advocate of Anker’s charging electronics products; However with recent events regarding their Type-C charging cable, you need to steer clear.

What’s wrong with Anker’s Type-C cable?

Type-C is a new charging cable that is introducing a new way to charge. With most new things, there are bumps in the beginning and the same goes for charging technology. In this case, Anker’s Type-C cable can somehow remember the voltage from the highest voltage rated device it’s connected to and when connected to a device that requires less voltage, it sends out the same high voltage. As a result a devices like a smartphone or similar that require 5 volts to charge can get damaged because the Type-C cable is somehow remembering that it should sent out 15 Volts of power.

This problem was brought out in the open by Nathan K., whom heavily looks into problems with charging electronics. When he was using the Type-C cable from Anker, and using a voltage checker, the voltage for a smartphone (He was using a simulator device) would read 5 Volts. Then he connected it to a Laptop and it read 15 volts; The 15 volts for a laptop is absolutely normal, but after he disconnected it from the laptop and then back to a smartphone simulator, the voltage was 15 volts.

If the Type-C cable was actually connected to a smartphone, such as the Nexus 6P as he had in the video, then it would damage the phone. Smartphones can’t handle that much voltage and will get fried. This is a strange case because the USB Type-C cable is somehow remembering the voltage from its highest rated voltage charged device and is able to input that into other devices. Along with this serious problem, Anker has notified people that have purchased the cable and will provide refunds:

Anker Message:

“We are offering all of our PowerLine USB-C A8185011 users a full refund. In addition, we would like to offer a free Anker PowerLine USB-C cable to affected customers once we have improved Anker PowerLine USB-C A8185011.”

In short, this is a recall from Anker and even though their Type-C cable is faulty and some have suffered from it; It’s good to see that they have responded rather quickly to a very serious problem.

So for now, absolutely avoid purchasing your Type-C charging cables from Anker, until we’re notified that the cable is back to being usable.

Here’s the video of Nathan showing the problem with the Anker Type-C cable. He seems to be quite stressed out! Just as any other user would be or even more stressed if your smartphone got damaged.

 

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The Future of Charging Technology with Quick Charge & USB Type-C

Charging technology isn’t on the fastest change but it’s changing just fast enough. It all started with just 1 Amp of charging and then that slowly grew into 1.5 Amps and the current standard of charging is 2.0 Amps. That’s because technology doesn’t change with us, we change, then the charging technology follows. Our needs within the modern day are to have fast charging technology. Think about it, when you’re downloading something you want it to be done quickly so you can experience what you have downloaded. The same goes for gaining or losing weight if you’re exercising. People want to see their body change as fast as possible and want results.

All of this want to see results goes into something that is actually very pertinent. Charging devices. Nearly every device that we use in our daily lives that’s electronic and portable requires charging. Since a portable and wireless device is so free to use, it also comes with a drawback of charging it. Charging is a hassle. No matter when or how you’re doing it, if there was a choice to banish charging and have devices run on an unlimited energy source then we’d do it. Alas, that’s not possible and won’t be for a long time. Instead, we have to rely on larger battery capacities and faster chargers to keep us going as fast as possible.

Sure, the battery capacities are going into the higher capacity range but there’s always going to be the need of charging. That’s when charging tech becomes better and the way we charge changes. The two main charging technologies that are paving the way to charging our devices as quickly as possible is Quick Charge and USB Type-C. I’m sure you may have heard of one or the other but if you haven’t that’s perfectly fine, because we’ll get you in the know of what makes these charging technologies so important for the future of charging.

Quick Charge

 

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Quick charge technology is fast charging technology that is available with select devices. Quick Charge charging enables devices to charge at 3.0 Amps. That’s some fast charging because it’s about 50% faster than your 2.0 Amps of charging. This fast charging tech has some requirements to actually take advantage of though.

You see, to take advantage of Quick Charge there must be two main components for you to get 3.0 Amps of charging. The charger that you’re using must feature Quick Charge technology. Whether it’s a Car charger, Wall charger or power bank charger; If one of the ports has a Quick Charge USB port output then it can be used for Quick Charge charging. Then the other component is the device that you need to charge must have a compatible processor to work with the Quick Charge technology that’s in the charger. Compatible processors are made by Qualcomm, the company that created Quick Charge. The compatible processors are called Snapdragon processors. Different Processors are compatible with different versions of Quick Charge.

There are processors that are compatible with only Quick Charge 1.0, which is the oldest version of Quick Charge. Then there are devices that have Snapdragon processors that can charge with Quick Charge 2.0 and are backwards compatible with QC 1.0. Lastly, the latest and very few devices are compatible with Quick Charge. 3.0. Devices like smartphones or tablets that are compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 are compatible with all versions Quick Charge.

 

Main components to use Quick Charge:

  • Compatible Device With Snapdragon Processor. Example: Smartphone, tablet, etc…
  • Quick Charge charger

And on the bright side, if you don’t have a compatible device with Quick Charge at all, the charger automatically charges your device at 2.4 Amps, which is the max standard charging speed.

Quick Charge charging offers fast charging, and there’s no doubt about that but there’s one main flaw. The need of having to match technologies to actually get the fast charge. Not everyone is going to own a Quick Charge charger and a compatible device. These kind of devices, although used quite a lot, are not something that easily scales. There has to be a standard with fast charging because fast charging can’t be something that will always be a premium since charging will always be a need.

Although Quick Charge is fast, the needs of compatibility is simply a setback. How much higher can they go with the versions of Quick Charge until the devices and charging electronics infrastructure becomes less stable and more widespread? With 2 main versions of Quick Charge, it’s alright because there’s a focus of fast charging for just those technologies. However, if more Quick Charge versions were to come out, there would be more questions about what devices are compatible with what versions of Quick Charge. Fast charging is great but Qualcomm should be careful to not confuse their customers in the future.

USB Type-C

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UBS Type-C is the new charging cable that is compatible with very few smartphone and other devices. Okay, so there are new smartphones that are being created with new charging input ports and they’re charged using the Type-C cable. Now you’re probably thinking, wait that’s the same thing with Quick Charge charging with having compatibility! Well that’s actually not what’s going on. You see, Type-C charging is just as fast as Quick Charge with a charging speed of 3.0 Amps.

Type-C is a standard of charging that actually scales to match charging within a variety of phones. If all smartphones (Expect for iPhones) were made with Type-C inputs, then that would standardize the type of charging cable that the majority of portable devices would need; Which would be Type-C. Then Type-C would automatically be the standard charging cable to use which would overall provide 3.0 Amps of charging speeds to most devices. There doesn’t have to be some special type of charging technology if Type-C grows.

Macbook with Type-C

At least for now Type-C is a type of charging cable that very few devices are compatible with. However, there will most likely be a rise with devices that use Type-C because of the overall charging experience. The Type-C cable provides fast charging, it has reversible charging head, faster sync for sharing files and best of all the charging components of the cable are within charging cable. With the components in the charging head, they’re protected by the head of the cable. When you look at either the Micro-USB or Lightning charging cable, you’ll notice that the charging features are directly out in the open and that can cause damage. The Type-C has a smarter design with everything covered.

Not only the does Type-C offer fast charging but it brings what the other two main charging cables have done  correctly, and brings it all together. What you’re left with is a new way charging that can truly become universal.

Lastly, Type-C can not only bring a standardization to smartphone or tablet charging. It can bridge the charging gaps between laptops and smartphones. The MacBook uses a USB Type-C charging cable. It’s an amazing thing because someone that uses a smartphone that uses a Type-C charging cable, can also use the Type-C cable to charge their laptop. If everything uses the charging cable, then it won’t matter what kind of cable someone has because we’ll be able to charge any of our devices with a universal cable. To make this, even more, clearer, this could even mean that the future iPhone may use a Type-C cable to charge because of all the benefits that the Type-C cable brings and seeing that the MacBook now uses a Type-C to charge, the chances can only be higher.

After analyzing the two new types of charging, let’s take look at their pros and cons more closely.

Quick Charge

Pros:

  • 3.0 Amps of charging (Fast charging)
  • Available with select chargers
  • Compatible with Many Android devices

Cons:

  • Two main components needed: Phone and Charger that are Quick Charge
  • Scale-ability will be a problem
  • A premium outlook on charging, rather than an overall improvement

USB Type-C:

Pros:

  • A Type-C Cable for fast charging
  • Smartphones and other devices already have the output
  • It’s a charging cable that takes the best of charging cables and put it into one
  • Very scaleable if future devices follow the same path
  • Many devices will be able to use Type-C. The MacBook even uses Type-C.

Cons:

  • Not many devices are using the Type-C Input

What the Future of charging will bring:

People want their devices charged fast and that’s the kind of charging technology we can expect. We can expect that 2.4A charging to eventually become obsolete and we can expect 3.0 Amps of charging to possibly become the norm. All of these expectations can very well lead us to instant charge. What does that mean? It could mean that charging devices may just take an instant of 5 minutes to be fully charged. The most certain thing about the future of charging is that our habits of charging will begin to change. Currently, if we’re going somewhere, we want our devices charged well enough beforehand, but that won’t be the case in the future.

The future of charging will have us simply charge our devices while we’re getting ready to go somewhere. We’ll be living on the edge of having a device dying, to it being near fully charged in a matter of minutes. Although batteries for smartphones and tablets may not change so much, there’s the constant improvement of charging that we have to look forward to.

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Best Charging Cable Bundles

Charging Cable Bundle

Charging cables are an integral part of charging. You may be using a wireless charger at times but we know that most of the time and for the majority of people, that charging is mostly done with a charging cable. Sometimes there are bad choices with the charging cables that you may buy and so they break after about 2 weeks of use. You can learn how to make the best choice for buying a charging cable here.

We’re here to tell you the best deals for purchasing charging cables in bulk. These bundles have quality charging cables that you can rely on. Buying charging cables in a bundle is a great choice for a few reasons:

  1. One Charging cable may become too damaged to use after a long period of time. Now you can rely on the other great charging cables that you have because you bought a bundle pack.

2. You want to have multiple charging cables because you can have them in different situations. If you want to have a charging cable at home, for work, and for the car; That can be done by purchasing a bundle.

Buying charging cables within a bundle is better than buying multiple singular cables because most of the time the cost of the bundle is much less than if you were to buy it separately.

Let’s get started on the best bundles for charging cables.

Best Micro-USB Bundle Packs

Micro USB cables are one of the most used charging cables. That’s because they’re simple to use and for charging purposes they are very efficient. Although there’s just one problem with Micro-USB cables, they are not very durable when it comes to the charging head, because the charging hooks on the head become worn down. After the charging hooks wear down, keeping the charging cable in the device for charging can become frustrating as it always falls out. This is when having another charging cable is always helpful because then you don’t have to deal with the unhinging charging hooks.

Anker PowerLine Micro-USB Bundles

Anker’s PowerLine charging cables are the top of the line variation of charging cables. They have structural integrity that makes them last longer than other cables. This is done by having the inner construction of their cables enveloped with Kevlar wrapping. The Kevlar construction makes the inside of the cable stronger and less susceptible to damage even if it were bent to the extremes. If the cable were ripped open, the Kevlar constructions would still make the cable usable.

Heads of the PowerLine charging cables are enveloped with PVC. The bottom head of the charging cables is enveloped with Soft PVC, the pressure of being bent doesn’t do any damage and rip the cable open. The top part of the charging head is hard so that the charging piece of the head doesn’t fall out or bend. The construction of a PowerLine cable is meant to make the cable more resilient with continuous use.

 

[6-Pack] PowerLine Micro USB Cable Combo

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The Anker PowerLine 6 Pack cable bundle is the apex of bundles that Anker has for its Micro-USB cable bundle. With a total of 6 charging cables, the bundle is great if you want to have high quality charging cables in nearly every charging situation. Best of all, the cables within this bundle are all PowerLine, so they’re very durable.

  • # of Cables: 6
  • Length of Cables: Two – 1 Foot / Three – 3 Foot / One – 6 Foot
  • PowerLine: Yes
  • Price: $14.99

It would be far better purchasing this bundle because a 6 Foot PowerLine Micro-USB cable costs $6.99. Buying two of those single PowerLine Micro-USB cables already puts it into the price range of the 6-Pack, that has 6 cables.

[5-Pack] PowerLine Micro USB

PowerLine Micro 5 PACK

On from the PowerLine 6 Pack bundle of charging cables, the bundles go down with how much cables they include. The next bundle includes an assortment of 5 PowerLine Micro-USB cables. This bundle is about $2 less than the 6 pack bundle, so you’re not going to see or get much of a difference with the experience that this bundle brings or the cost of it.

  • # of Cables: 5
  • Length of Cables: Two – 1 Foot / Two – 3 Foot / One – 6 Foot
  • PowerLine: Yes
  • Price: $12.99

 

[4-Pack] PowerLine Micro USB

PowerLine Micro 4 PACK

The 4 pack Micro-USB bundle is for those that are alright with having short charging cables. That’s because the four Micro-USB cables within this bundle are all 1 foot. So if you don’t mind having a really short cable for most of your charging uses, then this bundle is for you. We recommend purchasing this cable if you’re a frequent power bank user, because power banks are usually kept close to the user, so it’s perfect to use a short cable with power banks.

  • # of Cables: 4
  • Length of Cables: 4 – 1 Foot
  • PowerLine: Yes
  • Price: $9.99

 

[3-Pack] PowerLine Micro USB

PowerLine Micro 3 PACK

Last of the PowerLine Micro-USB bundle is the 3 pack bundle that includes 3 three foot Micro USB cables. It’s quite an awesome bundle for those that want 3 charging cables that are at a universal length because they can be used everywhere. That’s because 3 feet for a cable is just long enough so that you can still use your device and short enough that the charging cable isn’t going to be a hassle to use. Wall charging, power banks chargers and car charging are perfect for these kinds of cables.

  • # of Cables: 3
  • Length of Cables: 3 – 3 Foot
  • PowerLine: Yes
  • Price: $9.99

 

Best Lightning Cable Bundles

Lightning cables are the second most used type of charging cable because they are used for Apple’s devices like the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. There are lots of people that own those devices and as a result need Lightning cables. However, Lightning cables are known to not have a high durability level and as a result, people purchase Lightning cables constantly. Here are the best Lightning Cable bundles that will offer the most quality and last you a longer time.

Zeus Products: Lightning Cable 4 Pack

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This pack of Lightning cables has 4 charging cables. Overall it’s a great charging cable pack because the cables are 3 feet long. Also, the cables are all MFi certified which means that they’re at the quality of Lightning cables that you’d purchase from Apple themselves. The length of the cables are standard, and just long enough for nearly any charging needs. Lightning cable bundles are usually thought to be rip offs but that’s not the case here. The cables are actually at the quality you’d expect with them being able to charge and sync to share files.

If you’re worried that this bundle if too good to be true, there’s no reason to worry because Zeus Products has a created a quality path with selling Lightning cables within a bundle. Overall, what would be the use in selling a bad product? That would result in fewer sales!

  • # of Cables: 4
  • Length of Cables: 4 – 3 Foot
  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Price: $12.99

[3 Pack] Anker PowerLine Lightning

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If you’re looking for a bundle of Lightning charging cables that are even higher on the quality spectrum, then there’s always Anker’s PowerLine charging cables. Yes, Anker even has a PowerLine lineup of Lightning cables and as well as USB Type-C cables which we’ll get to soon. The Lightning charging cables feature the Kevlar construction within the cable and PVC protection at the head of the cable so the cable is damn near impossible to damage.

The above 3 pack PowerLine Lightning cable has 3 Lightning cables that are 3 feet long. This pack of Lightning cable is quite pricey in terms of charging cable because it’s $23.99. Yes, the price of the 3 pack cables is quite high but it’s the result of creating a quality product. The cables are long enough so they can be used freely. The structural integrity of the cables is great with the PowerLine construction methods providing longevity. This Lightning cable bundle provides the best quality of Lightning cables and as a result, the price matches the quality.

  • # of Cables: 3
  • Length of Cables: 3 – 3 Foot
  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Price: $23.99

[2-Pack] Lightning to USB Cable

Standard Lightning Cable

However if you’re looking for an alternative for high-quality Lightning charging cables that still holds their quality but with a lower price tag, the standard two pack Lightning cables are your best bet. It’s a set of two cables that are 3 feet long. The cables are not PowerLine but still have a very long bend life.

  • # of Cables: 2
  • Length of Cables: 2 – 3 Foot
  • MFi Certified: Yes
  • Price: $12.99

 

Best USB Type-C Cable Bundles

USB Type-C cable is the latest and greatest type of charging cable. The cable is compatible with only a handful of cables but it’s going to be compatible with many devices in the future because of the faster charging and syncing capabilities. The Type-C cable can achieve charging speeds up to 3.0A charging speed. That charging speed is as fast as Quick Charge charging speeds. Another aspect of Type-C cables is that they are reversible, meaning that both sides of the cable are able to go into a device and charge it. USB Type-C brings the best aspects of charging cables and bring it all together. Getting a bundle of Type-C cables is actually like getting the best charging cables but within a pack.

[5 Pack] AUKEY USB-C to USB 3.0

Aukey offers a 5 pack Type-C bundle. The cables are at the quality that you’d expect from the PowerLine products that Anker offers. The most notable quality is the very bendable bottom piece on the head of the cable. It offers resiliency for when the cable is bent even into the extremes. The cables within the bundle vary in length but it’s a bundle that anyone looking for a Type-C cable bundle would love.

  • # of Cables: 5
  • Length of Cables: 1 – 6 Foot / 3 – 3 Foot / 1 – 1 Foot
  • Price: $24.99

Aukey also offers a 3 pack of Type-C cables that are 3 feet each, but the above 5 pack is much more worth the money, because it already has three 3 foot cables and plus two more cables. The 3 pack is priced at $19.99 and although cheaper, it’s simply not worth the price drop.

USB Type C Cable, CHOETECH [6 Pack]

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Then there’s a Type-C bundle from Chotech that has 6 USB Type-C cables. Yup, 6 Type-C cables that offer the blazing fast charging that Type-C cables are known to give. This means that you can have fast charging nearly anywhere you go. Whether it’s at work or at home and even if you going hiking. This bundle has got you covered at nearly every turn. The six pack bundle has some cables of different sizes but four of the same. Take a look below for the contents of this Type-C bundle. Most of all, the price of the bundle is not bad at all. Coming in at $19.99, you’d think that the price would be greater but Chotech might just be playing it real and pricing the bundle for what it’s really worth.

  • # of Cables: 6
  • Length of Cables: 1 – 6 Foot / 4 – 3 Foot / 1 – 1 Foot
  • Price: $19.99

Conclusion: Charging cable bundles is great way to purchase charging cables because owning charging cables can be a tricky situation. Some cables break, some cables go missing or you may have left your one charging cable at home and you have your power bank with you at work that you can’t use. Whatever the reason, charging cables are good to have in numbers because they’re a necessity when it comes to charging your electronics.

For more information about everything charging related, head on over to our homepage for more Charger Harbor charging guidance.

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Safe Charging Products

Safety

There are so many charging electronics, it can be difficult to remember that your safety always comes first and then the quality of the charger that you’re purchasing comes second. With charging electronics, there’s actually a chance of having material that can cause harm to the user. This harm can be inflicted either by what materials the charger is made by or the internal electronics of the charger.

How do know what makes a safe charger? How do you protect yourself and realize that the charging electronic that you’re using will keep you safe? Charger Harbor has put together the main traits that a charging electronic will have. These necessary specifications go into the multiple categories of charging electronics that includes: wall chargers, car chargers, power banks and basically any other charging electronics that you can think of.

It’s important to know what standards your electronics need to meet, so you’re able to purchase not only the best chargers but also the safest chargers.

 

What is RoHS?

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You’ll see RoHS on a lot of charging products. RoHS stands for Restriction of Harmful Substances. This kind of certification is very important for charging electronics and well…nearly every product being made because it means that the products is completely free of substances that would do fatal harm. This is especially necessary for charging electronics because they’re used so much and with charging electronics like power bank chargers, where they’re always with us, then the RoHS certification is what makes holding power banks and not worrying about harmful substances possible.

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The impact of RoHS certification goes to electronics chargers because of the 4th category, which is Consumer Electronics. RoHS limits the use of substances of the following:

  • Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
  • Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm

It’s these materials that are supposed to be less than the prescribed amount. This is done so the materials are not harmful to the users or environment. You should always take a look at your charging devices and know whether or not they have the RoHS logo on them or you can even check online with either the company itself or it will be on the product page of Amazon. If it’s not specified that a charger is RoHS certified, you check with the company to confirm that their chargers are safe to use.

Most electronics charging devices are RoHS certified because many companies know that they should meet a certain criterion that holds merit. In this case, RoHS certified products will only help a company sell their products by showing trustworthiness.

CE Marking

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  1. The “CE” marking that you may see on charging electronics is an abbreviation for European Conformity. This kind of certification meets requirements for products that include the Harmonized Standards that are meant for European standards. This kind of harmonized standards include:
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer & Worker Protection
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Electric & and Electronic Engineering
  • Services
  • Sustainability

It’s these traits for products that are in good standards, are the products that are able to be CE Certified.

2. The CE marking means that the country in which it’s being sold in is actually legally being sold in the country

3. Possibly the most important attribute of a CE certified product is that it can be freely moved throughout many countries. It’s great to have this kind of certification on charging electronics because you can bring all the great chargers you have with you and still have a great charging experience in another location.

4. If there is a CE marking on a product and yet it does not conform to the CE certification, then the product can be taken from the owner. This kinda sucks, we know, but please understand that the CE certification is a way to protect you and those around you. By keeping the CE certification pure and ongoing, the end result are products that hold no harmful materials and hold quality.

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UL Certification
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The UL Certification for a product is for making sure that the product is performing accordingly to how it’s supposed to perform. In an electronic charging sense, it’s great to have a UL certification for charging electronics. Charging electronics have many components that make a charger safe and charge as fast as some charging electronics do.

UL Certification is perfect to ensure the Safety technology within a charger is working because that means that the company simply didn’t slap on a UL certification logo on their charger. There’s merit behind UL certified products because then we know the product as advertised is what the end user is getting. The same thing goes for Quick Charge charging electronics. Sure, someone who purchases a Quick Charge wall charger or power bank could test if it’s really charging at Quick Charge speeds but with the UL certified test, it’s simply more assurance that it’s a legit product.

UL certification is basically like having an organization testing that a product is up to standards of what it says so that customers don’t have to worry about the quality of the product being poor.

What is FCC?

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FCC is an abbreviation for the Federal Communication Commission. The FCC is a governmental organization that sets the regulation and guidelines for what a product of a certain category should feature. Possibly their strongest power is to evoke rulemaking regulations that are called Legislative Rules. These rules are set forth because of safety concerns or hazardous possibilities that a product may have. With charging electronics, this may be the amount of voltage or amps a certain charger may have. Whether it’s the input of the charger or output, an FCC certification may be connected to the technology that a charging electronic has.

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Although it may seem that the FCC could be limiting the potential for charging electronics, it’s most likely for a good reason. That’s because if charger electronics were made without any regulation, then there would be a higher chance of devices getting damaged since there’s no standard for how a charger should work.

It’s a good certification for a charger to have because then you know that it has standards.

Why these Safety Certifications Matter

All of these safety certifications matter for one main reason and that’s to create higher quality and a more secure product. These kind of precautions not only make charging electronics better products but also other products are ensured that they will perform at the quality they’re supposed to. With these way of confirming that a product is up to standards, the future of what makes a product so great should be a bright one.

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Best Charging Electronics for Travel

Traveling can be fun and but with traveling comes the need to charge your electronic devices. Your thinking to yourself: “What charging electronics am I going to pack with me?”. You’re going to need the best kind of charging electronics for travel and these charging electronics include Wall Chargers and Power Banks chargers that are great for traveling.

Let’s get started on what charging electronics are great for traveling purposes.

Best USB Wall Chargers for Traveling

#1: Anker PowerPort 2

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The Anker PowerPort 2 takes traveling charging to its limits with its small design and powerful charging technology. It may not be the ultimate wall charger ever, but it may very well be the best wall charger for traveling.

This is because the wall charger is very small and durable with its curved edges that are able to distribute any shock damage inflicted onto the wall charger. The wall charger also has a retractable plug that is able to completely go into the wall charger itself so it stays safe from damage.

On the technology side, the PowerPort 2 wall charger has two ports that feature Anker’s PoweriQ charging. Since the two ports have PoweriQ charging, both ports can charge at 2.4A speed at the same time. The charger also has a LED light above the two USB charging ports that indicates when charging is taking place. When the light is green, charging is taking place. When the light is blue, there is no charging happening.

  • Weight: 3.4oz / 96g
  • Size: 2.2×2.1×1.1in / 57×54×29mm
  • Output: 5V / 4.8A
  • USB Ports: 2

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#2: PA-U35 AiPower 3 Port Wall Charger

Going into the the 3 port category for wall chargers, the Aukey 3 port USB wall charger is perfect if you want to upgrade from a 2 port Wall charger because it brings what makes a 2 port wall charger so great, into a 3 port category.

The size of the 3 port wall charger is just a bit smaller than a credit card. The curves make the wall charger easy to carry and avoid it from taking damage. The plug on the wall charger is retractable, just like many other wall chargers should have as a standard feature.

3 of ports on the Aukey wall charger feature AiPower charging tech. This means that all 3 charging ports charge at 2.4A charging speed and can charge 3 devices at full charging speed.

If you have a smartphone that is compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 or 3.0, there’s a Quick Charge variant of the 3 port wall charger that features a one port with Quick Charge 2.0 for faster charging. You find it here.

  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Size: 2.8″ x 1.0″ x 1.9″
  • Output: 2.4A per Ai USB Port
  • USB Ports: 3

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#3: Anker PowerPort 4

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Bringing it back to Anker, the PowerPort 4 is a 4 port wall charger that holds the same design that you should expect from the wall chargers that we mentioned earlier. Curved corners make the wall charge smaller and less susceptible to damage. In addition, the PowerPort 4 has a retractable plug to avoid any damage.

The 4 ports all feature PoweriQ charging, although the charging for each port has a limit of 2.0A charging speed. The charging limit most has to do with the 4 ports on the wall charger. Going any higher with the Amps could result in a safety hazard. Overall it’s a wall charger that can charge 4 devices at the same time, at relatively fast speeds. Couple the power with the portability and you’ve got yourself a charger that can more than provide for your traveling needs.

  • Weight: 145g / 5.1oz
  • Size: 65×65×29mm / 2.6×2.6×1.1in
  • Output: 5V / 8A
  • USB Ports: 4

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Best Power Bank Chargers for Traveling

#1: EasyAcc Monster 26,000mAh

 

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With a enormous capacity of 26,000mAh, the EasyAcc Monster power bank is definitely a monster. If you’re searching for a power bank that could very well last you your entire traveling time and journey back home, the Monster is power bank that you should consider getting. The capacity is simply enough to charge smartphones about 8 times or more.

The power bank charger comes with loaded with 4 charging ports that can either charge your device at 2.4A if you’re charging a single device but the charging speed goes down to a 1.2A for each port if you’re charging with all 4 ports at the same time. The charger also comes with a flashlight.

Recharging the power bank is done through two Micro USB inputs. This is quite a major thing because recharging is usually done through only one Micro USB input port, but in this case there are two Micro USB inputs that recharge at 2.0A charging speed which recharges the power bank faster.

If you’re searching for similar power bank like the EasyAcc Monster but at a lower cost, there’s a Monster 20,000mAh variant.

  • Capacity: 26,000mAh
  • Output: 2.4A for a single charging device. Other wise, the charging output is 1.2A
  • Input: Two Micro USB recharge at 2.0A
  • USB Ports: 4
  • Small Features: Flashlight, LED Capacity indicators
  • Size: 6.57 x 3.1 x 0.86 in. / 167x 80 x22 mm
  • Weight: 1.2 Pounds

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#2: Anker PowerCore 5000

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Smaller power bank chargers like the PowerCore 5000 are perfect for traveling because it has a good capacity and the size makes the power bank extremely portable. With capacity of 5,000mAh, the power bank will be able to charge most smartphones 2 times.

There are LED Light indicators at the top of the power bank to show capacity, and the power button is right next to the lights. There’s only 1 USB output charging port that has an output of 2.0A.

This power bank charger is great for traveling because it’s so portable and able to charge just more than once. It also has a quite a fast charging speed for a power bank of its size.

  • Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • Output: 2.0A
  • Input: 2.1A
  • USB Ports: 1
  • Small Features: PoweriQ, LED Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4.2 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 Ounces

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#3: 10,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 2.0

The Aukey 10,000mAh power bank is the perfect size and capacity that you can take for traveling. A flat rectangular size with smooth edges makes the power bank charger very easy to carry, whether it’s in your hands or your bag.

The 10,000mAh power bank will give you about 4 charge cycles for most smartphones until you have to recharge it. It’s got 2 USB charging outputs. One Output port features Quick Charge 2.0, if you don’t have a compatible Quick Charge device, then it will default to charging at 2.4A charging speed. The other port on the power bank charger has a output of 1.0A. There’s a flashlight in between the two USB charging Outputs. The input recharging speed is 2.1A  through a Micro USB input.

It’s a power bank that can suit your needs for portable charging because of its great size and a capacity that can last you quite a long time.

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh
  • Output: Quick Charge Compatible Devices: 3.0 / Non-Quick Charge Compatible devices with QC Port: 2.4A / Other Port: 1.0A
  • Input: 5V 2A
  • USB Ports: 2
  • Small Features: Flashlight
  • Size: 6.5″ x 2.9″ x 0.6″
  • Weight: 8.8 oz

 

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Lastly, if you’re traveling international, don’t forget to purchase adapter plugs so you can use your awesome charging electronics around the world. We recommend this Plug Adapter.

 

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The Worst Scenarios to Have Low Capacity Battery Power

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There are times when we have everything ready to go, those are times of bliss. Then are there are times when we don’t have everything put together. In this case, we’re talking about battery power for devices that you depend on in certain situations. Within these scenarios, you want to make sure that your devices are charged and ready to go or else you’ll be filled with regret and anxiety as your dependence disappears because the device has died.

These are situations where charging can make or break your experience.

#1: Going to the Gym

 

 

Whether you just got into the routine of becoming fit or you’ve been hitting the iron for quite some time now, you need your electronics charged when you’re in the gym.

If you use Bluetooth headsets for listening to music like the HBS series from LG, then charging them and headsets alike are mandatory. Going into the gym for any kind of workout, you want to be pumped for it and motivated enough to get through it. That’s what your music accomplishes. Your headset dying and your music no longer playing, is going to leave you with the bland gym music and the screaming guy that yells every time he lifts his weights.

Not only is your headset in danger of making your workout go downhill but your smartphone, the device that it’s being played from should be charged as well; Because if your smartphone dies, then you’re stuck in the same situation without any music and without any motivation to power through your workout.

Solution: Charge your headset overnight. When you’re sleeping, you’re not using your headset at all, so charge while you sleep so you can use it for the entirety of the next day.

If your smartphone is low on charge while at the gym, then we recommend a power bank. A small one should suffice because you need something that isn’t going to get in the way or break.

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#2: Road Trip / Going to an Unknown Place

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If your going someplace that you don’t know very well, then your best guide is your phone. If you want to know the nearest gas station or where on earth your destination is, then that’s where you smartphone is going to come in and guide you.

You may charge your smartphone or your GPS navigation device to 100% before you got into the car but remember that using applications like Google Maps require a lot of battery power and if you’re going on a very long trip, then 100% may go down to 0% quickly. If your navigation device does die, your stuck and have no idea where to go. It’s 2016, you most likely don’t have a physical map within your car. You could just take a exit and ask someone for directions but how much would that really help?

The end result is that you’re stuck without any direction of where to go and dependent on the people around you. It’s not bad to be dependent on the electronic device that you were using to guide you but forgetting the dependence of energy that the device needs, is what led to it dying.

Solution: Keep a car charger within all your cars at all times. A car charger is the best charging device that you can have within your vehicle. Always having a car charger and charging cable connected to the car charger to ensure that you no longer have to worry about becoming lost because your device lost charge. Getting a quality car charger is very important because you want your devices charged and not just stabilized at a certain point of power.

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#3: In the Outdoors

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The outdoors is a great place to be and a vital place to have great power banks as mentioned here.

Although the outdoors is a great place to be when you want to relax, it can become a dangerous place if your electronic gear is not charged and ready to be used.

When you’re in the outdoors: Going hiking, camping or biking it’s important to have your smartphone charged because in case of an emergency, you may have to call for help. If your device is dead and you can’t move because your injured, then the best thing to do is to just stay put or if possible, trek back where you came from. Staying in the same spot will most likely make it easier for someone to find you because that’s where your last location is.

Other devices that would prove useful if they are charged is a rechargeable flashlight. If you’re out camping, and it’s getting dark, then using a flashlight to scope out your surrounding is the best device to use. Or if your stuck in a location at night, flashing a flashlight at night would be a great way to alert people of your whereabouts.

However, if your electronics are dead, then the outdoors become a place that should not be taken too lightly. Always remember, nature is not constructed with humans in mind, nature is simply the way it is and does not conform to our needs and neither do the animals within it. How do you stay safe and secure when you enter the wild?

Solution: If you’re going into the outdoors for about a day’s time, then we recommend a small power bank. However, if your going for a long period of time, then we recommend something of higher capacity and with multiple charging ports.

Take a look of our RAVPower Rugged power bank review. It’s a power bank that was made with nature in mind.

#4: Paper Due in a Few Hours

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So you’ve procrastinated on that research paper assignment that your professor assigned to you 2 weeks ago and now you’re rushing to complete it before the submitting deadline on Blackboard. It’s time to batten down the anchors, open the 20 tabs for scholarly sources and type at the speed of light.

You’re at the library because it’s the best place to be to get work done without any distractions, you did that right but you forgot that your battery depletes very quickly, you don’t have your wall charger with you and suddenly your laptop dies without saving your work.

Gone are all the cited source. Gone are all the filler words to reach the word count quota. Gone is all the time and energy that went into the paper. You now have to start all over.

Solution: First thing, always make sure that auto save is on with the program that you’re writing your paper with. Second thing is to make sure that you’re near a wall outlet and that you have your wall charger and laptop charger with you. If you’re not near a wall outlet because people have already claimed those outlets, then make sure you have a power bank that is able to charge your laptop. A power bank will allow you to sit where you are and charge your laptop.

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#5: Using your Device Normally

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The most important times that we use our electronics devices are not marked to be important but it’s the moments that we use our devices normally are the times that we take for granted the most.

Whether we’re using our smartphones to take picture of our pets, texting someone or looking something up on Google, it’s the small actions that are the most important to have a charged device. These mini scenarios accumulate into one whole big experience of how we use our devices. If your smartphone is constantly at a low battery power, and you constantly have to charge it with a wall charge and stay near the wall charger to use your phone, then the best solution is to user a power bank, because then you’ll be free to use your phone and still be mobile.

The small experiences make the experience whole. If your device isn’t charged well enough for the actions that you want to take, then it’ll be one mini bad scenario after the next to sum it all into one big very bad scenario of having a low battery capacity.

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