Best Power Banks for Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 is one of the most famous smartphones out on the market and for simple reasons. It features the latest in tech with its Snapdragon 820 processor that provides amazing performance, a screen that’s awesome to look at, and of course, a very large battery capacity. Also, along with the large battery comes its compatibility with Quick Charge 3.0 because you’re really going to need it with the big battery that it has.

Even though the Galaxy S7 does have a big battery, it’s still going to run out sooner or later and you’re going to need a charge when that happens. Not just any power bank is going to do the job when it comes to charging a Samsung Galaxy S7 because there are few smartphones like it. A power bank that’s used with the Samsung Galaxy S7 is going to need to have a power capacity and charging to match its standards.

This is why Charger Harbor has put together a list of the best power banks for your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s important to know that the Galaxy S7 has a power capacity of 3,000mAh and the Galaxy S7 Edge a capacity of 3,600mAh.

#1: Anker PowerCore 10000 with Quick Charge 3.0

Anker is known to be one of the best charging electronic companies and this rings very true when it comes to their power banks because if not all, most of their portable chargers offer great quality. This goes for their power capacity, the conversion rate of the power capacity, charging speeds, build quality and overall aesthetic of their portable chargers.

In this case, this Anker PowerCore 10000 is one of their very popular power banks because it’s able to bring a strong package when it comes to charging a Galaxy S7. With that said, it’s important to know that there are 3 variations of the Anker PowerCore 10000.

Here are 3 Different Versions of the Anker PowerCore 10000

There’s the Normal Anker PowerCore 10000, then the Anker PowerCore 10000 with Quick Charge 3.0 and then there’s the Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 QC that uses Cooling Technology and also uses Quick Charge 3.0.

What version of the Anker PowerCore 10000 is best to use with the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The plain Anker PowerCore 10000 is best to used with standard charging devices, meaning devices that aren’t compatible with Quick Charge technology.

With that said, the PowerCore 10000 with QC 3.0 and the PowerCore Speed are the best versions to use with the Galaxy S7. Both of them have Quick Charge 3.0 tech that’s going to charge your Galaxy S7 at its max charging and that means that it’ll Output 5-6V-3A | 6-9V/2A | 9-12V/1.5A of charging speeds. Also, important to know that the Anker PowerCore 10000 in general just has a single charging port which means that you’ll only be able to charge a single device at a time; which is another reason why it’s one of the best power banks for the Galaxy S7 because it’s so small.

So small that is can fit into a pocket, or you can hold it in your hand while you’re charging your smartphones.

How’s the Conversion of Power of the Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerCore Speed

Although there is a small but significant difference between the Quick Charge 3.0 version and PowerCore Speed and that would be the Output power capacity that you can actually use. When you’re using Quick Charge charging with the Anker PowerCore 10000 Quick Charge 3.0, then the conversion is quite bad at 50% and that means you’ll be receiving 5,000mAh of power capacity.

On the other hand, the Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 QC is able to have a conversion rate of 70% because of its cooling technology and that means you’ll receive about 6,000mAh-7,000mAh of Output power capacity.

Read Review for Anker PowerCore 10000

Specs of the Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh             Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:   Max Output: 5V/2.4A
  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 Ounces

#2: BlitzWolf 10,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

This BlitzWolf power bank has two charging ports. One of the charging ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and another one has Quick Charge 3.0. It’s power bank that’s very useful for not only charging your Galaxy S7 but also for charging another device at the same time. This is because you can connect your Galaxy S7 to the Quick Charge port to charge at its max speed and connect the second smartphone with the other port; the other port actually has a fast charging speed too that can charge tablets like an iPad at its max charging speed.

You have More Control over Conversion of Power

With that said, if you want to conserve as much power for charging your Galaxy S7 a few times, then it’s best to just charge a single device at a time. Since charging two devices at the same time will burn through more power capacity and give you less conversion. However, if you’re only using the Quick Charge port, then you’ll be able to get about 60% of conversion. This way, you’ll get about 2 full charges for your Galaxy S7.

The Sizing

Not too much larger than the above Anker PowerCore 10000, this BlitzWolf power bank can still be portable in your hands, but the thickness of it can make it uncomfortable to place into a pocket.

Read Review for BlitzWolf 10,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Specs of the BlitzWolf Quick Charge 3.0 10,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Real Capacity: 7,500mAh
  • Output:   Output 1: 5V/2.4A   Output 2: 5V/2.4A (Universal) 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, 9-12V/1.5A (QC3.0)
  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.5 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

#3: PowerAdd 10,050mAh Quick Charge 3.0 Portable Charger

This PowerAdd does things a little differently, of course, it has a Quick Charge 3.0 charging port that’s going to charge your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at their max charging speeds. However, the other charging port only offers a charging speed of 5V/1.0A, which is slow.

Quick Charge speeds are Also Used in Recharging

With that said, one of the best aspects of this power bank is its recharging because it has a recharge speed of 5-9V/2.0A  | 12V/1.5A and that means when you use a Quick Charge USB wall charger to recharge the power bank, it’ll be fully recharged within 4 hours. For a 10,000mAh power bank, that’s very fast charging, and we think utilizing Quick Charge not only with an Output port but also with an Input port is a clever thing to do to add more quality.

Also, even though you can charge two devices at once, it’s best to charge your Galaxy S7 alone with the power bank so you don’t use power unnecessarily because the other charging port has slow charging. The two best parts of this PowerAdd power bank is its Quick Charge Output and Input capabilities.

Read Review for PowerAdd 10,050mAh Power Bank

Specs of the Poweradd 10,050mAh Quick Charge 3.0 Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,050mAh            Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:   Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 5-6V/3.0A     6-9V/2.0A      9-12V/1.5A         Normal USB Port:   5V/1.0A
  • Input:      5-9V/2.0A   12V/1.5A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4 x 2.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 10.6 Ounces

#4: Imazing Power Bank 10,000mAh

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The Imazing power bank does truly have amazing charging prowess. Since all of its charging options are built on speed. It has one Quick Charge 3.0 charging ports and another 5V/2.4A charging port. The recharging for the power bank done through a USB-C Input port.

Using USB-C as an Output Port

So you can recharge a Galaxy S7 at its max charging with the Quick Charge 3.0 and use the other USB port to charge a standard charging device most likely at its max charging too. In addition to the Output charging, the USB-C port can be used as an Output when you use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable and charge devices that are compatible to use USB-C charging like a Google Pixel or a One Plus 3 smartphone.

Recharging Using USB-C

The Recharging is done very well too, but you’ll need two things to make the most out of recharging the Imazing power bank; a Quick Charge USB Wall charger and a USB-A to USB-C charging cable. Then you’ll be able to recharge the power bank at a 5V/3.0A rate and have a full recharge within 4 hours.

It’s a long power bank, but it makes up with its thinness. If you really wanted to, you could fit this into a back pocket or simply hold the portable charger while charging your S7.

Read Review for Imazing 10,000mAh power Bank

Specs of the Imazing 10,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Capacity:          Advertised Capacity: 10,000mAh           Real Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • Output:             Quick Charge: 5V/3.0A           Normal Out for USB: 5V/2.4A        USB Type-C: 5V/3.0A
  • Input:      5V/3.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: Four-LED status system
  • Size: 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 8.3 ounces

#5: Eighty Plus 10,000mAh Power Bank with USB-C

We think this Eighty Plus power bank is one of the best power banks for the Galaxy S7 because of the minimal but VERY useful charging features it has.

It has the must have Quick Charge 3.0 charging port that you can use to charge your S7 at its max charging speed. Then there’s the USB-C charging port and Micro-USB port.

The Micro-USB port is just an Input port to be used for recharging if you only have a Micro-USB charging cable. With that said, if you have a USB-C charging cable the possibilities open up with the USB-C charging port because by using a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, you can use the USB-C charging port as an Output port; this will result in being able to recharge compatible USB-C smartphones and even Laptops at the same time you’re charging your Galaxy S7.

Options for Recharging Eighty Plus Power Bank

Also, if you use a USB-C to USB-A charging cable and have a Quick Charge wall charger, then you can fully recharge the Eighty Plus power bank within 3.5-4 hours. Of course, if you don’t have a USB-C cable or Quick Charge wall charger, that’s alright because you can just use the Micro-USB Input port that is conveniently available.

Read Review for Eighty Plus Power Bank

Eighty Plus 10,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0/USB-C Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:                 Advertised Capacity: 10,000mAh        Real Capacity: 6,000mAh – 7,000mAh
  • Output:

Quick Charge 3.0 Port Charging Speeds: 5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A

USB-C Charging Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input:

USB-C Input: 5V/2.4A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A

Micro-USB Input: 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A

  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Indicators
  • Size: 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Comes with 30cm USB-C to USB-A cable

#6: Tronsmart 10,400mAh Power Bank

You’ve noticed the trend by now, lots of these power banks that use Quick Charge 3.0 also have USB-C charging ports. This is because USB-C is a type of charging that is perfect to use in tandem with Quick Charge

A Power Bank Built on Prowess

This Tronsmart Presto power bank is very minimal and that’s a good thing. It has Quick Charge 3.0 charging port and a USB-C charging port. Of course, you’d use your Galaxy S7 or any other smartphone with the Quick Charge 3.0 port and you can also use the USB-C port to charge smartphones and other USB-C compatible devices like a MacBook.

To use the USB-C port as an Output you need a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, and the USB-C port has an Output charging port of 5V/3.0A. The recharging is done through the USB-C port as well, and to recharge the Tronsmart Smart Presto power bank at its max recharge speed you should use a Quick Charge wall charger for the speed of 5V/3.0 and that will result in the power bank being fully recharged within 4-5 hours.

Read Review for Tronsmart Presto Power Bank

Specs of the Tronsmart Presto 10,400mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:                 Advertised Capacity: 10,400mAh        Real Capacity: 8,400mAh
  • Output:

Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 5-6.5V/3.0A | 6.5V-9V/2A | 9V-12V/1.5A

USB-C Charging Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input: 5V/3.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Indicators
  • Size: 6.5 x 3.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Comes with 30cm USB-C to USB-A cable

The Best Larger Capacity Power Bank for Galaxy S7

#7:  MGCool 16,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0

Not we’re entering a high capacity range to charge your Galaxy S7 with and these power banks are going to prove to be more useful in terms of longevity because they can give more full charges.

A Higher Power Capacity for More Charges for your Galaxy S7

In this case, this MGCool power bank has an initial power capacity of 16,000mh and with its use of two fast charging technologies like using a Quick Charge 3.0 charging port and a USB-C charging port too; then the conversion can suffer quite a bit. This will result in a usable Output power capacity about 10,000mAh. This is really good, though, considering that you can charge a Galaxy S7 to its full power about 3 times when this MGCool power bank is at its max power.

There’s Quick Charge 3.0 charging charge Quick Charge compatible smartphones and a USB-C Output port that can charge USB-C compatible devices.

Quite the Strong Build

Even though the normal thing is that USB-C ports can be used to recharge power banks, that’s not the case here and instead, you must you use the Micro-USB input port to recharge the MGCool power bank. Other than that, its powerful charging options the MGCool power bank has great build quality with about 3/4 of the power bank being covered in rubber to withstand drops and just a little water on the rubber side.

Read Review for MGCool 16,000mAh Power Bank

Specs of the MGcool 16000mAh Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 16,000mAh            Real Capacity: 13,000mAh
  • Output:   USB Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 5V-6V/3A,6V-9V/2A,9V-12V/1.5A    USB-C Port: 5V-6V/3A,6V-9V/2A,9V-12V/1.5A
  • Input:     Micro-USB: 5V/2.4A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 11 Ounces

#8: Aukey 16,000mAh Power Bank with Two Charging Ports

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This Aukey power bank doesn’t have Quick Charge 3.0 but it does have Quick Charge 2.0, but the Galaxy S7 can still charge at Quick Charge 2.0 charging speeds. There’s one charging port that uses Quick Charge 2.0 and another port that uses AiPower charging.

The power capacity of starts at 16,000mAh and depending on whether you’re charging 2 or 1 devices at once, the Output power capacity is most likely going to go down to 10,000mAh that you can actually use.

A High power Capacity but Pretty Good Portability

So if you have noticed, the powering capabilities of this power bank ar quite good but that’s not the best part of the power bank. No, what is the best part is just how portable all of this power is because it’s only 0.7 inches in thickness and the length of the charger is 6.5 inches and a width of 2.9 inches. You can easily take this power bank anywhere you take your Galaxy S7.

Read Review for Aukey 16,000mAh Power Bank

Specs of the Aukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 16,000mAh             Real Capacity: 14,000mAh
  • Output:

AiPower Port: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge 2.0 Port: 5V 2.4A | 9V 1.67A | 12V 1.25A

  • Input: 5V/2.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 3 Colors to indicate Power Capacity
  • White = 70% – 100%
  • Green = 30% – 70%
  • Red = 0 – 30%
  • Size: 6.5 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 12 Ounces

The Best High Capacity Power Banks for the Galaxy S7

#9: RAVPower 20,100mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0

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Now if you want to have lots of full charges for your Galaxy S7 and we meant a lot, then high capacity power banks are the way to go. Such as this RAVPower power bank that has a power capacity of 20,000mAh.

Options for Charging

It has a 3 ways to charge devices from. There’s a Quick Charge 3.0 and AiPower charging port; as well as a USB-C port. With that said, the Quick Charge 3.0 charging port doesn’t exactly have Quick Charge 3.0 charging speeds because the highest that it can charge is 5V/2.4A and the lower the speed goes, then Voltage increases just as Quick Charge should, but the main flaw is that the fastest charging speed of QC 3.0 should be 3.6-6.5V/3.0A.

With that said, the ability to charge 3 devices is quite awesome because you can charge your Galaxy S7 at/near its max charging speed, have another device charging with the AiPower USB port that has a charging of 5V/2.4A and charge a USB-C compatible device by using the USB-C port.

Options for Recharging

There are two ways to recharge the RAVPower power bank, either through its Micro-USB Input port or the USB-C one. The Micro-USB input only recharges the power bank at 5V/2.0A and the USB-C used as an Input is much faster at a recharge speed of 5V/3.0A. As long as you’re using a Quick Charge wall charger when you’re using the USB-C port to recharge the power bank, the recharge time will be short at 5-6 hours. Not bad for a 20,000mAh power bank.

Read Review for RAVPower 20,100mAh Power Bank

Specs of the RAVPower 20,100mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,100mAh            Real Capacity: 17,100mAh
  • Output:  iSmart Port: 5V/2.4AQuick Charge port: 5V/2.4A, 6.5V-9V/1.5A, and 9V-12V/1.2A

USB-C: 5V/3.0A

  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input      5V/3.0A Via USB-C Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 13 Ounces

#10: Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0

For Charging your Galaxy S7 Lots and Lots of Times

The last power bank in this list of best power banks for your Galaxy S7, there’s this Aukey 30,000mAh power bank. The reason to get this power bank for your Galaxy S7 is because of its power capacity since you’ll be able to charge your S7 about 8-9 full times and a Galaxy S7 Edge will be able to do about 6-7 full charges.

The Charging Options

Another primary reason to get this power bank is because of all of its powerful charging capabilities.  There’s the Quick Charge 3.0 port that you can use with either Quick Charge 3.0 or 2.0 compatible devices and the AiPower and USB-C charging port. The AiPower port has a max charging speed of 5V/2.4A and the USB-C port has a charging speed of 5V/3.0A. So you can charge 3 devices at once and all of them are going to receive some very fast charging.

Recharging Done Right

Along with the awesome Output charging that your devices receive, the recharging of this high capacity power bank is equally as good. This is because you can use both the Micro-USB and USB-C ports at the same time to recharge the power bank and that will result in a total of 4 Amps of recharging speed, which will result in a 7 hours recharge speed of this 30,000mAh power bank. That’s a fast recharge!

However, it’s important to realize that even though it’s powerful with its power capacity and charging abilities, it may be quite small but is heavy and that can make portability difficult.

Read Review for Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank

Aukey 30,000mAh Portable Charger with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 30,000mAh             Real Capacity: 27,000mAh
  • Output:

Quick Charge 3.0 Port Charging Speeds: 3.6V-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A

AiPower Port Charging Speed: 5V/2.4A

USB Type-C Output Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input:

USB Type-C Input Port: 5V/2.0A     Individual Usage: 5V/3.0A

Micro-USB Input Port: 5V/2.0A       Individual Usage: 5V/2.4A

  • LED Power Indicators: Power Button Indicates 3 Colors
  • Size: 5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

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Review: Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger

USB wall chargers can have many different technologies implemented into them which is why they’re one of the most reliable ways to charge our electronics. One of the most prevalent technologies that this wall charger uses is “Smart Charging” and Quick Charge. Most charging electronic companies have their own Smart charging and what that really means is that the charging ports are able to Output a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Then there’s the Quick Charge technology that’s able to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speeds.

This is the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 that brings the two main technologies together into the same charging port. In this case, there’s the Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ charging that go together.

Power

Output Charging:

The PowerPort Speed 5 is separated into 2 parts. There’s the 2 Blue charging port that features Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ charging. Then there’s the normal PowerIQ charging ports.

2 Blue Charging Ports:

The two Blue charging ports feature Quick Charge 3.0 charging that will be able to charge your Quick Charge 3.0 and 2.0 devices at their max charging speeds. The Quick Charge speeds are 3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A.

Also, the Quick Charge port still uses PowerIQ charging and that means you can still use Non-Compatible Quick Charge devices and the charging ports will still output 5V/2.4A charging speeds to those devices.

3 PowerIQ charging ports

The 3 normal charging ports are the ones that don’t feature Quick Charge tech but do use PowerIQ charging and each of these charging ports have a charging Output of 5V/2.4A.

Ultimately, you can use your standard charging devices with any of the charging ports and they’ll be able to charge at their max charging speeds, it’s just that if you have a Quick Charge compatible smartphone, then that should be used with the Quick Charge ports.

The Max Output of the PowerPort Speed 5 is 8 Amps all at once.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a small USB wall charger and you can take the PowerPort Speed 5 with you on your travels if you wanted to.

It has a length of 3.9 inches, a width of 2.8 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of the charger is 7.5 ounces.

Functional Components:

The spacing between the charging ports is similar to lots of other wall chargers, take for example the AllMaybe 6 Port wall charger; so if you’re charging 5 devices at once with the PowerPort Speed 5, things can look disorganized.

There’s a 5-foot power cord that comes with the wall charger and that makes it useful to place the wall charger wherever you’d like. Once the wall charger is plugged in, then there’s a Blue Light above the charging ports that turns on to indicate that it’s ready for charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

The PowerPort Speed 5 is made of plastic, but it’s very durable and doesn’t have any weak parts to it. The charging port receptacles hold a charging cable very well and won’t fall out even if you give it a slight tug, which makes using your device while they’re charging a great experience.

Tech:

On the tech side, the PowerPort Speed 5 uses Anker’s Multi Safe Protection to make sure that charging is safe for you and your devices.

Reliability

We think that even though the PowerPort Speed has 2 charging ports that have Quick Charge, that it’s still reliable for everyone to use; Since even the Quick Charge ports have PowerIQ charging and you can use standard charging devices with it. In the past, Anker did have this kind of technology, because the Quick Charge ports would have ONLY Quick Charge and not PowerIQ charging. That changes here.

As a result, this wall charger is reliable for everyone that uses it.

Summary:

Power:

There are 2 charging ports that make use of Quick Charge and PowerIQ charging; the other 3 ports use PowerIQ charging. Overall, the charging power doesn’t hinder no matter what device you’re charging with it.

Design:

It’s a small and lightweight charger that can be portable. The charging ports are quite close to each and that can be a hassle if you’re charging many devices at once.

Build:

It has a strong build and makes use of Anker’s Multi Safe Protection system to make sure that things don’t get heated up and dangerous even when you’re using all the charging ports.

Reliability:

Even though the normal the consensus for a wall charger like this would be that it’s mostly reliable for those that only Quick Charge compatible devices. That’s not so much the case here because even the Non-Quick Charge compatible devices are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds because the Blue Charging ports have PowerIQ tech.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger:

  • Output:

Blue Charging Ports with Quick Charge:  3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A       AND      5V/2.4A

Power IQ Charging ports: 5V/2.4A

  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: Yes
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 3.9 x 2.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces

Conclusion:

We appreciate what Anker has done not only with the PowerPort Speed 5 but what other of their wall chargers are doing. Which is combining their Smart Charging technology along with Quick Charge tech to ensure that everyone gets their fast charging no matter what port they use.

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Review: Aukey 10 Port USB Wall Charger

USB wall chargers come in all different shapes and sizes because much like power banks, it depends on what they feature. When a power bank has a higher power capacity it tends to be bigger. The same thing is similar to USB wall chargers but in their case, when there are more charging ports, then the USB charger is larger. USB wall chargers provide a great stable, and fast charging experience because portability isn’t that important because all your devices are simply kept in a single place. With that said, it’s the small aspects of USB chargers that are the most important.

In this case, this Aukey USB charger has 10 charging ports and the power behind them is just as good as the amount of charging ports there are.

Power

Output Charging:

There are 10 USB charging ports on the USB charger and that means that you can charge 10 devices at once. But more importantly, it’s better to know what those 10 charging ports are capable of.

With that said, 8 of the charging ports use Aukey’s AiPower charging and the other 2 charging ports use Quick Charge 3.0 that are able to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speeds.

Ai Power Charging Ports:

The Green charging ports on the USB charger are able to Output 5V/2.4A charging speeds each. That means nearly all standard charging devices (Devices that don’t use Quick Charge) are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds. This means that you can charge iPads at their max charging speeds with each of the AiPower charging ports.

Just how far can you take the max charging for iPads?

Well, the Max Output of the Aukey 10 Port USB charger is 14 Amps all at once. That means you can charge 5 iPads at once and all 5 of that iPad will be able to charge at their max charging speeds; because when you’re charging 5 iPads at once, then the Output of the USB charger is going to be 12 Amps, but adding another iPad will go beyond the Max Output capabilities of the USB charger because then it’d be 14.4A and that ‘s not possible.

So if you’re mainly using this USB charger to charge smartphones because you may be just placing this in the living or dorm room and have people charge their smartphones with the many charging ports that it has. Then each of the smartphones that are charging are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds.

Quick Charge 3.0 Charging Ports:

Also, the charging speeds aren’t just limited to standard charging devices, it makes use of 2 charging ports that are dedicated to Quick Charge 3.0 charging. This is where the Aukey 10 port USB charger is actually better than the Anker PowerPort 10 because it actually makes use of the fast charging tech.

The charging speed of the Quick Charge ports doesn’t the disappointment because it outputs 3.6-6.5V/3A 6.5V-9V/2A 9V-12V/1.5A and those speeds are able to charge either your Quick Charge 2.0 or 3.0 compatible devices three times faster than regular charging.

Design

Size and Weight:

Along with the many charging ports, comes a larger size to match.

The USB charger block is 6.6 inches in length, it has a width of 3.5 inches and a thickness of 1 inche. Quite a manageable size that can be simply placed on a table and used as a charging hub. We’re quite surprised by the weight of the charger because it weighs 10.4 ounces when normally chargers like these weigh 1 pound at least.

Functional Components:

Instead of how normally USB chargers are designed with their charging ports on the side, this Aukey USB charger has all of its charging ports on top of it. This way there’s a LOT of space between the charging ports and there’s no issue with spacing, which makes organizing your charging cables very easy. The AiPower charging ports are colored Green and the Quick Charge charging ports are colored Orange.

On the side of the USB charger is where the there’s the PowerCord insert and the power switch. It’s very convenient to have the ability to simply switch the power off rather than having to unplug the USB charger. It uses a 3 Foot power cord that is perfect for placing the charging block on a desk for easy access.

When you plug the USB charger into an AC Outlet, there’s small green light that turns on and that makes it useful to see the charger in the dark. Also, there 4 rubber placing under the USB charger that raises the charger from the surface that it’s on as a way to prevent scratching and sliding of the charger.

Build

Structure and Material:

The USB charger is made of plastic and it’s VERY well constructed with the use of just 2 main pieces; the top and bottom piece.

Tech:

When you have the ability to charge 10 devices at once, then there should definitely be the safety tech to back it up. In this case, the USB charger uses safeguards like Current-Control, Over-Charging and Over-Heating Control to ensure that charging is as safe as possible no matter how fast or how many devices you’re charging.

Reliability

If you think that you’re going to need a USB charger that is able to charge 10 devices at once or at least close to that number, then this USB charger is very useful. However, there’s also the Anker PowerPort 10 that has very similar features but actually, in some ways, the Aukey 10 Port USB charger is better.

This is because there’s the Quick Charge 3.0 charging ports that those with Quick Charge 3.0 compatible devices can use, and the charging port design is far better as there’s more space between the charging ports for better organization.

Summary:

Power:

Power is not an issue because you can potentially charge 10 devices at once and each of the charging ports is able to Output either a Max Standard charging speed of 2.4A or Quick Charge speeds. That Max Output of 14 Amps ensures that you receive a lot of power even when you’re charging multiple devices at once.

Design:

It has a very good design because all the charging ports are on top of the charger and that provides lots of spacing with them. There’s a switch to turn it On and Off

Build:

An absolutely solid build that that only uses 2 main pieces and safety tech that ensures that charging is always safe.

Reliability:

This USB charger is very reliable for either charging 1 or 10 devices at once. Not only that, it’s the power that is reliable too.

Specs of the Aukey 10 Port USB Wall Charger:

  • Output:

AiPower (Green Charging Ports): 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 3.6-6.5V/3A 6.5V-9V/2A 9V-12V/1.5A

  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: Yes
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 6.6 x 3.5 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 ounces

Conclusion:

USB chargers are very useful when you want to charge many devices at once. This Aukey charger does a great job at providing an optimal charging experience with its 10 charging ports and the Max Output limit of 14A isn’t really a limit because it would take 5 iPads to reach that kind of limit. Even charging 5 iPads at their max charging speeds at once is already impressive in itself.

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Review: MGcool 16000mAh Portable Charger Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

USB-C Power banks are becoming more common and this is mainly because there are more devices that are starting to use the USB-C way of charging and syncing. If you don’t know yet, USB-C is a new charging technology that allows for faster charging and syncing with other devices, ultimately the USB-C tech will overcome the Micro-USB era and then USB-C will become the standard. However, this change is somewhat slow but it’s coming and this is why many charging electronic companies have already made power banks with USB-C to make sure they’re ready for a faster-charging era.

This is the MGcool power bank not only uses USB-C to provide fast charging, it also uses Quick Charge 3.0 from its USB port. Let’s see if this powerful power bank is indeed powerful.

Power

Power Capacity:

The MGcool power bank starts out with an initial power capacity of 16,000mAh and even during charging with its Output power capacity, it does lose much. That’s because the power bank uses LG batteries and they’re basically on the same level as Panasonic batteries. If you’ve read our many other power banks reviews and more specifically Anker power bank reviews, then you probably know that Panasonic batteries are able to result in a better Output power capacity simply because they offer better conversion during charging. Not only that but these kinds of batteries are able to hold much more of the batterie’s capacity even after many charging cycles. That’s basically why this power bank is able to pull off a 13,000mAh Output power capacity.

With a 13,000mAh Output power capacity, quite a lot can be done. You can charge most smartphones about 4 times or more, so it’s a great power bank to use with smartphones. Even you’re going into the tablet territory this portable charger can still hold up pretty well. That’s mainly true for when you’re charging Mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2 and 4 because they can charge at least once with this charger. If you’re charging full-sized tablets then it’s going to take the entire power capacity of the MGcool charger.

Overall, there’s enough power capacity charge a range of different sized devices, and if you’re going with the most usual route of charging smartphones only, this charger can last for days without needing a recharge.

DevicesMGcool 16000mAh Portable Charger Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (Output Capacity = 13,000mAh )Phone CapacityMGcool 16000mAh Portable Charger Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
iPhone SE13,000mAh 1,624mAh11,376mAh
8.0X
iPhone 613,000mAh 1,810mAh11,190mAh
7.1X
iPhone 6 Plus13,000mAh 2,915mAh10,085mAh
4.4X
iPhone 6s13,000mAh 1,715mAh11,285mAh
7.5X
iPhone 6s Plus13,000mAh 2,750mAh10,250mAh
4.7X
Samsung Galaxy S613,000mAh 2,550mAh10,450mAh
5.0X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge13,000mAh 2,600mAh10,400mAh
5X
Samsung Galaxy S713,000mAh 3,000mAh10,000mAh
4.3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge13,000mAh 3,600mAh9,400mAh
3.6X

Output Charging:   USB Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 5V-6V/3A,6V-9V/2A,9V-12V/1.5A    USB-C Port: 5V-6V/3A,6V-9V/2A,9V-12V/1.5A

USB Quick Charge 3.0 Port:

The USB charging port is going to be the more used charging port on this power bank. This is because it can be used with any device that charges using USB and not only is it compatible for fast charging for Quick Charge compatible devices, but you can also use the Quick Charge port to charge standard charging devices at their max charging speeds. This includes all the way to charge tablets at their max charging speeds of 5V/2.4A and any other smartphones that have a max charging speed under that as well.

As for Quick Charge compatible devices, this power bank is still compatible to charge Quick Charge 3.0 and 2.0 devices at their max charging speeds. With the higher level of charging being at 3 Amps with higher Voltage. Even when Amperage goes down, the Voltage during charging goes up considerably which makes the charging speed constant; and that’s what Quick Charge is known for. Fast and CONSTANT charging speeds.

USB-C Port:

Then there’s the USB-C port that will most likely be used by only a handful of people. This is mainly because not many people yet own smartphones or other devices that recharge with USB-C. With that said, to use the USB-C port you’re going to need a USB-C to USB-C charging cable. The charging speed that the USB-C port delivers is on the same level as the USB Quick Charge port and as a result, you can expect your USB-C compatible smartphones to charge at their max charging speeds.

Another thing that is quite useful is that you can even charge MacBooks that use the USB-C way fo charging and Chromebook Pixels as well. Although, the charging speed of the MGcool doesn’t exactly meet max charging speeds for large devices like those and so the charging will be rather slow.

Overall, the charging speeds that this MGcool power bank is able to deliver is objective and highly efficient charging. If you own either a Quick Charge or USB-C compatible devices, or even better if you own both; then this power bank is going to be highly useful. Not only with its power capacity but the charging experience that it can deliver.

Input Charging:

The power bank is NOT recharged through the USB-C port, instead, there’s a Micro-USB Input port that’s used to recharge it. If you’re using a 2.4 Amp wall charger or higher, then you can recharge the power bank at its max charging speed. This way, the power bank will be fully recharged within 7-8 hours.

To know the best wall chargers are to use with this MGcool power bank, take a look at our Wall charger reviews.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s that large of power bank where you’d be forced into setting it down and yet it’s large enough that most of the time setting it down will seem like the most convenient option. It’s even thin enough that you could potentially fit it into your back pocket if you really wanted to.

It has a length of 6 inches, a width of 2.6 inches, and a thickness of 0.9 inches. So it may not be that large and as a result, you can very well hold this power bank in your hand. With that said, the weight of it is 11 ounces and that’s nearly a pound. So, for the most part, it’s going to be up to you. holding it won’t really make sense unless you’re simply holding it to use it when you reach your location.

Although there’s the rubber wrapping that envelopes about 80% of the power that features many grooves on it and this makes the power bank very easy and comfortable to hold.

Functional Components:

On the functional side, MGcool has a created a unique style to allow the user to realize where the functional parts. They did this by covering most of the power bank is rubber and having a small portion of the charger being a color a really bright red. This is where you’re going to find the charging Output and Input ports, as well as the power button. Charging automatically begins when you connect devices to the power bank and that mainly leaves the power button as a way to check the power capacity that’s left on it.

There are 4 LED power capacity indicators on top of the charger and a single green LED light that indicates when charging is going on. More charging electronic companies should consider a light that indicates active charging because many people want to be ensured that their devices are indeed charging and don’t want to check their smartphone; rather, than ca just check the light on the power bank itself. It’s quite a useful features that not many other power banks make use of.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s not a rugged power bank, but it is a tough one. That’s because as we mentioned before, this power bank has rubber that covers the entirety of the charger. So if you were to drop it, then the shock would go into the rubber the part. Underneath the rubber is the Aluminum casing of the MGcool power bank and it’s quite tough as well.

A great charger for everyday use and it’s even better to have such a  large power capacity being so safe.

Tech:

This charger features a lot of safety charging tech. With some of the main ones being Surge, Short-Circuit, and a Reset Control protection. There’s even more of an array of power bank safety tech features that are able to keep charging safe even when you’re using this power bank to its limits, and you can check them out below.

There’s also the usage of LG battery cells that’s able to give better conversion during charging and allow the batteries to keep more of their capacity even in the long-term.

Reliability

It’s a reliable enough power bank for those that only own standard charging devices. We say this because if you’re not taking advantage of the fast Quick Charge or USB-C charging speeds, then you’re just paying a price of the power bank for nothing. Sure you’ll be able to get fast charging with the USB Port but you can get just as fast charging with a standard power bank that offers Max standard charging speeds.

On the other hand, if you own either a Quick Charge or USB-C compatible devices, this power bank is highly useful as you’ll be able to charge your devices at a very fast charging speed. So the reliability for this MGcool power bank isn’t bad, but it will vary depending on what devices you’re using with it.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is able to keep itself rather high with its usage of LG batteries that are efficient in providing great conversion rates. Charging options are all fast as a both the Quick Charge and USB-C charging speeds are both basically Quick Charge.

Even the Input is able to charge at a Max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A.

Design:

It’s not too large and yet it’s quite heavy. For the most part, you’re going to want to set it down and use it, although the rubber wrapping with its texture makes it really comfortable to hold.

Another thing about the rubber wrapping is how it’s able to distinguish the location of the functional parts of the charger so well. The power bank makes use of a LED light that indicates when charging is happening.

Build:

It’s a tough enough power bank that it can withstand falls for those unfortunate times and that’s mainly because of the rubber around it being able to take the shock damage.

Reliability:

The reliability for this power bank shines the most when you’re using it with either Quick Charge or USB-C compatible devices. This is mainly because if you’re not using the special fast-charging technology then you’re not exactly getting your money’s worth.

Specs of the MGcool 16000mAh Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 16,000mAh            Real Capacity: 13,000mAh
  • Output:   USB Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 5V-6V/3A,6V-9V/2A,9V-12V/1.5A    USB-C Port: 5V-6V/3A,6V-9V/2A,9V-12V/1.5A
  • Input:     Micro-USB: 5V/2.4A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 11 Ounces

Conclusion:

USB-C and Quick Charge are still growing charging technologies and more charging tech companies realize that creating these power banks that are able to work with that fast charging tech is able to give them an edge. This newer era of power bank is rising and in the future, they’ll be the norm as many devices will transition to a more efficient way of charging.

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Review: Aukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0

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Power banks with special fast charging tech are always awesome to have if you’ve got compatible devices because you’re able to bring a fast charging experience that you’d get with a wall charger with you on the go. There’s also the benefit of having a high power capacity when you’ve got fast charging too. With those two combined, a power bank may very well be worth it to get.

This is the Aukey PB-T3 16000mAh Power Bank that utilizes Quick Charge 2.0 and has quite a unique design that many other portable chargers within its class don’t really have. Let’s take a look if this power bank is just boasting or if it actually delivers on what it promises in this Charger Harbor Review.

Power

Power Capacity:

The initial power capacity of this power bank is 16,000mAh, so it’s pretty high but you’re losing to lose quite a bit of power capacity if you’re utilizing some of the fast charging that this charger has to offer. Both of the charging ports are able to deliver 2.4 Amps and one of the ports is Quick Charge 2.0 enabled. As a result, you can expect to lose about 2,000mAh-4,000mAh of power capacity depending on your usage of the charger. In this case, we’ll assume that it’s used moderately and you’ll get a power capacity of about 14,000mAh.

With an Output capacity of 14,000mAh, you’re still going to be able to charge many kinds of devices numerous amount of times. This hefty Output capacity will be able to charge a smartphone about 4 times or more. If your goal is to charge a tablet with this power bank, then you can expect about 1.5 charges if you’re charging two devices at once; but if you’re charging tablets with lower than usual power capacities like the iPad Mini 2 and 4 versions, then you can expect 2 full charges.

DevicesAukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0 (Output Capacity = 14,000mAh)Phone CapacityFosPower PowerActive 10,200 mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE14,000mAh1,624mAh12,376mAh
8.6X
iPhone 614,000mAh1,810mAh12,190mAh
7.7X
iPhone 6 Plus14,000mAh2,915mAh11,085mAh
4.8X
iPhone 6s14,000mAh1,715mAh12,285mAh
8.1X
iPhone 6s Plus14,000mAh2,750mAh11,250mAh
5.0X
Samsung Galaxy S614,000mAh2,550mAh11,450mAh
5.4X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge14,000mAh2,600mAh11,400mAh
5.3X
Samsung Galaxy S714,000mAh3,000mAh11,000mAh
4.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge14,000mAh3,600mAh10,400mAh
3.8X

Output Charging: Port 1 (AiPower): 5V/2.4A      Port 2 (Quick Charge 2.0): 5V 2.4A | 9V 1.67A | 12V 1.25A

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There are two charging ports with this high capacity power bank and both of them are able to deliver fast charging. The Green colored port is AiPower, which is able to deliver 5V/2.4A charging rate. 2.4 Amps is the max standard charging that will be able to charge most smartphones at their max charging speed and will charge tablets at their max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Then there’s the Quick Charge 2.0 port that is able to deliver the same thing that the AiPower port is able to give but it’s also able to Output Quick Charge speeds. The fastest charging rate that the Quick Charge port is able to give is 2.4 Amps at 5 Volts. Then it may go lower than that but the voltage during charging increases if the Amperage decreases for Quick Charge compatible devices. Overall the charging speed is at an optimal level whether you’re charging normal devices and Quick Charge compatible devices.

Input: 5V/2.0A

If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge this power bank, then it’s going to take approximately 6-7 hours to fully charge it. Using anything lower than a 2 Amp wall charger then it can double the recharge time and take 14 hours to fully recharge the power bank.

Design

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The physical structure of the power bank is one of the most noticeable things about it and it’s quite surprising because it’s slim. The length is 6.5 inches, 2.9 inches in width and it’s 0.7 inches in thickness. So it’s a long power bank but the slimness makes it possible to place the charger in a large back pocket. It’s actually more possible to place this portable charger in a back pocket than the Lumina 15,000mAh charger. With that said, though, the charger is somewhat heavy at 12 ounces and that’s over half a pound. You’re going to be able to feel some weight but it’s not so heavy that it’ll be cumbersome to hold in your hand. It’s best to just place it down and use if you’re not willing to hold it or if you’re charging 2 devices at once.

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The functional parts of the power bank are basically in the same general location with the charging Output and Input ports being on the side, and the flashlight being in the same location. The power button is on top of the power bank. The flashlight can be turned on by pressing the power button twice quickly. Another function of the power button is that you can press it to check the capacity that’s left in the power bank.

That’s about it for the power button because charging automatically begins once you connect a device to the power bank and it turns off automatically if there aren’t any devices connected to the charger.

Power capacity indicators aren’t very efficient with this power bank because it’s only indicated with 3 colors. The colors appear on the power button.

  • White = 70% – 100%
  • Green = 30% – 70%
  • Red = 0 – 30%

Sure, on paper the concept of the power capacity indicators seems alright but it can be confusing to tell just how much there really is and whether or not you should recharge the power bank. There are also cases that a power capacity color may stay the same until the charger loses all of its capacity. Aukey should consider implementing either a Dot capacity indicator system or a Digital Display System like the iMuto and Lumina chargers have for a more accurate read on capacity.

Build

The physical structure of the power bank is nearly a uni-body structure with it just having a top and bottom piece. The material it’s made of is plastic. Even though the outer structure of the power bank is strong and sturdy, the inside is more of a threat because the power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries, which is why it’s so slim. If the charging gets too heated a repeated amount of times, then it can cause the battery to swell and then that will result in the structure of the charger to swell. Although this can be a common issue, if this problem does occur then you can always take advantage of Aukey’s 24 Month warranty.

On the inside pertaining to safety tech, there are features to make sure the charging is safe with Over-Current Protection so the power bank shuts off after all devices are fully charged, Short-Circuit Protection, and Surge Protection.

Reliability

Reliability with most high capacity portable chargers is almost always high because their power capacities are able to last long and charging speed is faster than the usual. In this case, the power capacity can wane at times if you’re making full use of the charging speed, but then you have to take into account the fast charging that you’re getting from this power bank with AiPower’s 2.4 Amps and Quick Charge 2.0 with its increased Voltage. Speaking of Quick Charge 2.0, this power bank is great for those that have Quick Charge compatible devices because they can take advantage of the Quick Charge charging port.

Summary:

Power:

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The power capacity can fall short at times when you’re pushing the charging speed but you’ll still be able to get enough charges in for smartphones and possibly 2 full charges for some tablets if you know what you’re doing. Charging speed is great with the AiPower port being able to deliver 2.4 Amps and the Quick Charge 2.0 port being able to deliver an equivalent amount of power and even more for Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices.

Design:

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It’s a slim power bank that’s somewhat heavy and if you’ve got big enough back pockets then you can fit it there. The power capacity indicator system could use some work because it’s difficult to tell what capacity the power bank is close to.

Build:

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At a physical structure level, the power bank does well but if the Lithium Polymer batteries heat up, then they can start to swell and morph the power bank’s structure.

Reliability:

reliability

High capacity portable chargers are reliable for the most part and the same goes for this one. It’s going to be reliable to its peak if you’re actually using a Quick Charge 2.0 compatible device with it.

Specs of the Aukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 16,000mAh             Real Capacity: 14,000mAh
  • Output:

AiPower Port: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge 2.0 Port: 5V 2.4A | 9V 1.67A | 12V 1.25A

  • Input: 5V/2.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 3 Colors to indicate Power Capacity
  • White = 70% – 100%
  • Green = 30% – 70%
  • Red = 0 – 30%
  • Size: 6.5 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 12 Ounces

Conclusion:

Aukey has created a great power bank that can deliver a very well-rounded charging experience. With its power capacity and charging speed, that’s enhanced with Quick Charge 2.0. The build can fall apart if the battery swells, but Aukey’s 24-month warranty is there to save you. Other than that it gives the basis of what portable power should be; portable, powerful, and long-lasting. A flashlight is just a plus.

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Review: AUKEY USB Wall Charger with USB C & USB Port

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USB Type-C is a new type of charging technology that is becoming more prevalent with the devices that we use commonly. Smartphones are now starting to use them and even laptops like the new Macbook models. This is because Type-C is able to charge faster and is able to sync faster. This type of new tech is an overall improvement to the charging experience and the implementation within power banks, wall chargers, and car chargers is an assurance that a new standard of faster charging is growing.

This Aukey wall charger takes advantage of the Type-C tech in a very objective way and those that use the Type-C cable to charge their devices should definitely look into purchasing this wall charger.

Power

USB Charging Port: 5V/2.4A

Type-C Port: 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, 9-12V/1.5A

There are 2 options to charge from this Aukey wall charger. The USB charging port and the Type-C port. The USB charging port is just like any normal USB port and it’s able to Output 5V/2.4A. The Type-C port is for devices that are compatible with Type-C port and you’d have to use a Type-C to Type-C port to take advantage of this port.

Overall, the charging speeds are great, because the USB charging port is able to Output 2.4 Amps, which is the max standard charging port and any devices like a smartphone or tablet are going to charge at their max speeds

If you’re using the Type-C port with a smartphone that’s compatible with Type-C then you can expect Quick Charge 3.0 levels of charging speed. This is because the charging rates are: 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, 9-12V/1.5A. There’s an increase in Amperage and Voltage, and charging at 3 Amps will result in your compatible smartphone to charge very quickly. Also, the Type-C port can be used to charge MacBooks that are charging compatible with Type-C.

Design

The size of the wall charger can very well be compared to the size of Aukey’s 3 Port USB wall charger. This one is 2.8 inches in length, 1.9 inches in width and 1 inch in thickness. It’s quite a large wall charger for a 2-port wall charger. We say this because the size of the charger can actually cause problems with blocking another outlet on a wall outlet and this results in an outlet becoming useless because it’s covered. This kind of design is thought to be obsolete, or at least that’s what we thought but alas here we are with the wall charger actually blocking the outlets.

A wall charger that’s been designed well, isn’t supposed to obstruct anything. Also, if you’ve got old outlets that haven’t been replaced for a long time, then this wall charger may fall out because of its back weight. Although this shouldn’t be a problem for more modern outlets. The weight of the charger isn’t really a problem with it being 3.8 ounces and best of all, the plug pins are retractable to make traveling with it very easy.

Build

The physical build of the wall charger is really good and it doesn’t suffer from the frequent tragedy of the plug pins falling out like their 3-port wall charger was known to do. It’s made of plastic and there’s so sign of it wearing down even after constant use.

It comes with a Type-C to Type-C cable, but the cable isn’t really that high on quality since it’s been known to charge Type-C compatible devices at slower charging speeds than the stated charging speeds. This is why we recommend getting quality charging cables for Type-C and we think it’s best to get cables in bundles because you never know how many devices you’re going to need a cable for.

Reliability

It’s a really reliable wall charger if you’re going to take advantage of the Type-C cable, and we’re gonna assume that you’re already going to use the USB charging port for some devices that you already have; but if you don’t have a device that’s not compatible with Type-C, there’s not much reason to get this wall charger because it would just be like paying extra for a 1-Port wall charger.

Instead, we implore you to look at wall chargers with only USB charging ports if you don’t plan on using the Type-C port.

Summary:

Power:

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It’s a wall charger with power charging options, with UBS charging port being able to deliver 2.4 Amps and the Type-C port being able to deliver Quick Charge 3.0 charging speeds to Type-C compatible devices.

Design:

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It’s a rather large 2-port wall charger and as a result, it can cover up Outlets when it’s connected to a wall outlet. Also, if you’ve got old outlets, then the charger may fall out. Other than that, though, the charger is really portable with it having retractable plug pins.

Build:

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The build is strong structurally and there aren’t signs of it wearing down even after constant use. However, the Type-C to Type-C cable that comes with the wall charger is somewhat low quality because it doesn’t provide the Quick Charge speeds that are stated.

Reliability:

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It’s a reliable wall charger for those looking to use the Type-C port, and this is because if you’re not using the Type-C port, then you’re simply purchasing a 1 port wall charger. Taking advantage of the Type-C port is very important to get the most out of this wall charger.

Specs of the Aukey USB Wall Charger with USB C & USB Port:

  • Ports: 2
  • Quick Charge: Yes. USB Type-C pOrt
  • Output:

USB Port – 5V/2.4A

Type-C Port – 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, 9-12V/1.5A

  • Protective Technology: Yes
  • Size: 2.8 x 1 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight: 3.8 ounces
  • Price: $21.99

Conclusion:

It’s a strong wall charger that is very objective with its purpose of using only a single USB charging port and a Type-C port. With that said, it’s important to take advantage of both of the ports to get the most out of this fast charging wall charger.

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Review: Anker PowerDrive+2 Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0

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Car chargers kind of have it hard nowadays with their minimal usage and their expectations of being powerful, compact and built to last. Although the expectations of a car charger that you get should be high, what are your needs for a car charger you’re looking? The Anker PowerDrive+2 that features Quick Charge 3.0, is a 2-port car charger that takes two-port car charging to a whole other level with the tech side and the price side of $28.99.

Find out if it’s really worth the price or should you settle for a car charger that still holds strong quality, minus the tech benefits and high price tag.

Power

 

This is where the PowerDrive car charger excels the most. The car charger has 2 charging ports that feature Quick Charge technology. One port features Quick Charge 3.0 and you’ll know that it has QC 3.0 because of the QC 3.0 logo that’s next to the charging ports. The other charging port features Quick Charge 2.0 and Anker’s PoweriQ charging that is able to send a maximum charging speed to non-Quick Charge devices.

It’s an absolutely powerful car charger that delivers on both charging ports but there’s a limit for the Quick Charge 3.0 port. The QC 3.0 charging port does not have PoweriQ and that means it won’t be able to charge non-Quick Charge devices at maximum speed if they require higher Amperage amount into the 2.4 Amps category

Quick Charge 3.0 Charging SpeedsQuick Charge 2.0 Charging Speed and PoweriQ
Quick Charge 3.0: 3.6-9V / 3A
Quick Charge 2.0: 3.6-6.5V / 3A
Quick Charge 2.0: 3.6-6.5V / 3ANon-Quick Charge (PoweriQ):
5V / 2A
Non-Quick Charge:
9-12V / 2A

Take a look at the above table. If you’re using the Quick Charge 3.0 port with a Quick Charge 3.0 device then you’re going to receive fast QC 3.0 charging speeds; Similar to connecting a QC 2.0 device and receiving fast Quick Charge 2.0 charging speed because QC 3.0 is backwards compatible with QC 2.0 devices. However, if you’re connecting a non-Quick Charge compatible device to the 3.0 charging port, you’re going to potentially get a charging speed of 5V/2.0A of charging speed. So it’s important to know that the Quick Charge 3.0 charging port does NOT feature PoweriQ and will not charge at 5V/2.4A.

The Quick Charge 2.0 port will deliver to QC 2.0 charging speeds to Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 devices. PoweriQ will deliver a maximum charging speed of 2.4 amps to non-Quick Charge devices.

Power for this car is at a all time high if you’re going to be strictly using Quick Charge compatible devices that will charge at 3.0 Amps. However, if you’re searching for a car charger that’s going to charge non-Quick Charge devices fast as possible we recommend getting a standard car charger without the QC tech, like this RAVPower car charger.

This is a car charger more meant for the Quick Charge users.

Design

 

It’s simple to look at, understand and use. The PowerDrive+2 presents itself with a highly objective design that tries to make the tech inside as compact as possible. We say that because the car charger is integrated with 3 main technologies like Quick Charge 2.0, Quick Charge 3.0 and PoweriQ. The fact that they only put PoweriQ into a single port only signifies that the more charging tech they put into the charger, the bigger it would be. It’s alright, though since Anker has done a great job by constructing the design around the tech quite seamlessly, even though it’s not the smallest or low profile 2-port car charger.

 

The PowerDrive is about 3 inches long with about 1 inch of it sticking out. The 1 inch that sticks out is the charging end with the charging ports. The car charger was designed to make sure that the stem of the charger wouldn’t be sticking out too much or not all and they’ve done a great. The charging head of the car charger is 1.5 inches long, which is quite big for a car charger and the distance between the two charging ports is about an inch. It’s a very simple looking design that has the Quick Charge and PoweriQ capabilities for each port labeled.

Ultimately, does the charger look big and bulky? No, not really. It’s definitely a bulkier look than most 2-port car chargers but considering the tech that’s inside, the general size of the car charger makes sense. The car charger has a red ring that wraps around the charging head and it turns on a LED light when the car charger is on. It’s a nice feature that lets you see the car charger during night rides without being obstructive.

Build

The build of the car charger is substantially better than most high-quality car chargers. The body of the car charger may not be uni-body but the main two pieces of the car charger which is the charging head and stem are both put together very well. The charging receptacles on the stems are strongly installed and placed inward to the car charger rather than outward.

 

The safety tech of the car charger and for any car charger is the most important thing. Chargers can become hot and as result, they need to have the correct tech to adapt to their surroundings; For car chargers, safety tech should be mandatory, because during those hot summer days a car charger can overheat. In this case with the PowerDrive+2 car charger; With Temperature control, current control and Surge protections, it’s able to fluctuate the speed of charging to match the safety of the device. This means if the car charger becomes very hot, then the charging current of the car charger will decrease in order to cool down the car charger.

It’s the build features on the inside that count more than the ones on the outside. After all car chargers are mostly sedentary chargers.

Reliability

The PowerDrive+2 Car charger is HIGHLY reliable for those that have the tech to match it. If you have, lets says 2 Quick Charge compatible devices; Then it would be a good idea to get this car charger that features both Quick Charge 3.0 and Quick Charge 2.0, because both of your devices will be charging at Quick Charge blazing speeds.

If you have a single device that is Quick Charge compatible, you’re going to use the other charging port with just normal charging then we recommend a car charger with either a single Quick Charge port or a 2-port car charger that has a Quick Charge and Normal charging port with standard fast charging.

If don’t own a Quick Charge compatible device then we recommend not getting this car charger simply because the price tag is too high and you won’t be relying on the main features of the car charger; Which is the Quick Charge technology.

This is a car charger that was made for Quick Charge users to take advantage of and although it’s got the tech for normal devices, it’s not worth the price.

 Two Quick Charge DeviecsOne Quick Charge DeviecsNo Quick Charge Deviecs
ReliabilityHighMediumLow
UsageYou'll be able to charge BOTH devices at Quick Charge speedsYou'll be able to charge ONE device at Quick Charge speeds and the other at or near maximum standard charging speedYour Non-Quick Charge devices will charging either at 5V/2A charging speed and 5V/2.4 maximum charging speed. There is not Quick Charge happening

power

Both of the ports on this car charger have Quick Charge. One port has Quick Charge 3.0 only and the other port has Quick Charge 2.0 along with PoweriQ. It’s definitely got a lot of power for those with Quick Charge devices and with non-Quick Charge devices. However, we found it a little odd that both of the ports didn’t feature PoweriQ.

design

The design of the car charger is perfectly in line with the tech that it has. It’s a rather bigger than your traditional 2-port car charger but that’s because of the Quick Charge and PoweriQ capabilities. It takes a proud advantage of its size with an objective design and cool LED light to let you see the car charger easily in a dark setting.

build

It’s a well-built car charger if we’re talking about structure. However, the car charger’s build scheme really shines when you take into account the safety tech that is very useful with the special charging tech that’s installed within the car charger. It’s able to regulate charging current through the temperature control mechanism.

reliability

Reliability is a concern for this car charger because it may just be too reliable for what you’re searching for. If you plan on taking advantage of the Quick Charge tech fully, then it’s fully reliable. If you’re only using a single port for Quick Charge, then search for a car charger with just a single Quick Charge charging port. If you don’t have any devices that are Quick Charge compatible, then don’t bother with this car charger because you won’t be relying on it fully and the price won’t be worth it.

Specs of the Anker PowerDrive+2 Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • # Of Ports: 2
  • Output:           Quick Charge 2.0: 3.6-6.5V / 3A       |       Non-Quick Charge (PoweriQ): 5V / 2A

  • LED Power Indicators: Yes
  • Size: 1.9 x 1.4 x 2.8
  • Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • 18-month warranty

Conclusion:

The PowerDrive+2 Car charger with Quick Charge 3.0 is a great car charger. There’s no doubt that it’s a powerful car charger; With its Quick Charge capabilities and PoweriQ. It has a design that is rather bigger than most 2-port car chargers but it takes advantage of its shape and does well to make itself low profile and stylish. Smart safety technology makes the car charger safe to use as it adapts to the environment. With all that said, the car charger is really meant for those with Quick Charge devices. That’s because users will get the most out of the car charger by charging it at Quick Charge speeds; If not, then the $28.99 price tag is not worth it.

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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

 

quick-charge-3.0-prozessoren

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

Type C Image

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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What is Qualcomm Quick Charge?

Qualc QC

 

Whether you’ve been in the charging space for a long time, have never heard of Quick Charge and would like to know what it is or may you just stumbled here by accident; It’s important to know about Quick Charge technology. Quick Charge technology is a somewhat of a new technology but it’s being used by plenty of people these days.

Quick Charge tech is used within charging devices which can be:

  • Car Chargers
  • USB Wall Chargers
  • Power Banks

Made from a tech company called Qualcomm, Quick Charge is seen to be the messiah of the charging world because Quick Charge technology is able to charge compatible devices at fast speeds. Notice the “compatible” part? Yeah, Quick Charge tech is compatible with only select devices that feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Processors and this is good news because many devices use the Snapdragon processor.

So why should you care about Quick Charge?

Well, it all started with Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 and as you can expect, the devices that are compatible with Quick Charge 1.0 would now be considered old. Here’s the list of devices that are compatible with Quick Charge 1.0: Compatible Devices with Quick 1.0. Quick Charge 1.0 is able to draw 2.0A current of power from nearly any source that it’s connected to and this allows for faster charging with more power being supplied to a device. Version 1.0 was only capable of using 5 volt supply of power, though.

Quick Charge 1.0 today is basically what can be seen as “Normal Charging” today, back then pushing the 2.0A envelope was fast enough but times have changed.

 Quick Charge 1.0
Voltage5v
Max Current2.0A
Compatible Snapdragon ProcessorSnapdragon 600

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

 

Then came Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and this is where things got interesting. Many devices featured the Snapdragon processor that was compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 and this time the charging truly exceeded the expectations of the users. Voltage wise the Quick Charge 2.0 tech has options of 5v/ 9v/ 12v which meant more power and the max current of 3A which was a one up from the traditional Quick Charge.

 Quick Charge 2.0
Voltages5v/9v/12v
Max Current3A
Snapdragon Compatible ProcessorsSnapdragon 200, 400, 410, 615, 800, 801, 805

Quick Charge 2.0 is where real comparison of charging speed came from. Take a look at this comparison:

 

QC 1.0 and 2.0 comparison

 

Within about an hour Quick Charge 2.0 was nearly able to charge a device to 100% and this comparison greatly intrigued people. Here’s the list of devices that are compatible with Quick Charge 2.0: Quick Charge 2.0 Compatible

 

Qualcomm-Quick-Charge-3.0

 

The current Quick Charge is now on 3.0. Quick Charge 3.0 is the latest in the Quick Charge tech and it’s quite limited on how many devices that it can work on. In fact, the compatible devices with Quick Charge 3.0 are so few that the list is right here:

  • Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • HTC 10
  • HP Elite x3
  • LG G5
  • HTC One A9

So what does Quick Charge 3.0 have? Does it have amazing faster charging than 2.0? Well actually, not really. Quick Charge 3.0 was mainly focused on creating a more stable platform for charging. This means that voltage with Quick Charge 3.0 was capable of higher voltage but not current. With higher voltage capabilities of 3.2V-20V, the current of charging can stay the same throughout charging the device.

Charging with Quick Charge 2.0 was good but Quick Charge 3.0 is a way to make charging even greater by stabilizing the charging that QC 2.0 featured. With 3.0A current charging, Quick Charge 3.0 can make the current a constant 3.0A supply of current. This is important and makes Quick Charge 3.0 better because giving a constant speed of 3.0A current to a device will no doubt charge it faster with a more stable voltage amount.

 Quick Charge 3.0
Voltages3.2v - 20v dynamic
Max Power3A / 18W
Snapdragon Compatible ProcessorsSnapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617, and 430

It’s important to know that Quick Charge 2.0 is not necessarily worse or any lower than Quick Charge 3.0. The both types of technology still feature a current of 3.0A. With QC 3.0 however, there is more assurance that the current being sent to the compatible device is 3.0A.

I have a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible device but don’t want to buy a Quick Charge 3.0 product. Will Quick Charge 2.0 chargers work?

Devices that are Quick Charge 2.0 compatible can still work with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger but they will charge like they would with a Quick Charge 2.0 charger. A Quick Charge 3.0 compatible device will charge with Quick Charge 1.0 and 2.0, so if you think that you must have a Quick Charge 3.0 charger for a Quick Charge 3.0 device well there’s no need to! Quick Charge 3.0 compatible devices are backward compatible.

Where can I find Quick Charge products?

So where you can find products that feature the awesome Qualcomm Quick Charge technology? Quick Charge tech is actually on many devices and you’ll be able to see it on plenty of devices nowadays. Usually, a company that does sell Quick Charge devices will specify if their product does have QC technology and even the product itself will be indicated to have QC tech. Take a look at this:

 

 

Take a look at Anker’s PowerPort 2 with Quick Charge 3.0. You can notice that the top one is Quick Charge enabled because of the lightning symbol above with the 3 next to it and the green within the USB port. This is usually how you will physically relate a product to Quick Charge technology.

To figure out what are the best products that feature Qualcomm Quick Charge technology take a look at our upcoming reviews and news at Charger Harbor.

Until next time.

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