What is Programmable Power Supply (PPS) Charging?

(Last Updated On: September 17, 2021)

Many of the portable devices that we use today are very powerful, which tends to drain battery power rather quickly. That’s why the use of fast charging has risen over the past few years, as phones have gone through an exponential upgrade, and that’s why we have fast charging technologies such as Qualcomm Quick Charge and USB-C Power Delivery. However, the most current and best fast charging comes from Programmable Power Supply (PPS) charging introduced back in 2017 by the USB Implementors Forum, also known as USB IF. This organization is finding ways to advance the USB standard to be safer and deliver a better charging experience. They ended up making PPS part of the standard that is USB PD 3.0.

At the same time, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 met the standards of PPS, and this made a single standard charging scheme that would be usable across various devices. Overall, PPS charging is one of the best fast charging methods you could use because it has adjusted Current and Voltage going to the phone depending on the changing circumstances. Doing so lets you charge your phone at a faster rate than other fast charging technologies.

How does PPS Charging Work?

Programmable Power Supply (PPS) fast charging lets your devices charge more incrementally when it comes to Voltage and Current during charging. The charging conversion is better during charging, and therefore the result is your device getting charged up at a faster rate. At the same time, PPS charging is better at managing heat; less heat occurring with your battery also makes your battery last longer. 

The times when PPS charging is fastest is when your battery is low on power, and during that time, you may notice a bit of heating up near the connector, and your phone may be a little warm; during this time, the Voltage is higher to ensure that the Current remains the same to get your battery charged up faster. Charging does cool more quickly with PPS charging. After all, it can get your battery to full power faster, which ends up being better for your battery because it’s not heating up during the entire charging process.

What Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops Support PPS Charging?

Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S20, and the Galaxy S21 are the phones that are compatible with PPS charging. This is why when it comes to charging these specific phones, many people are looking for 25W PPS chargers that can charge the Samsung Galaxy phones at their max charging speeds.

On the other hand, currently, tablets or laptops don’t use PPS fast charging. Instead, they may use standard USB Power Delivery 3.0, nearly as good as PPS charging.

What Chargers use PPS Fast Charging?

There are quite a few chargers on the market that use PPS charging; however, you must make sure that it’s noted that the charger uses it. If you’re not sure that a charger uses PPS, we recommend the SAIL01 25W PPS charger.

The SAIL01 65W Power Delivery wall charger uses two USB-C ports. USB-C 1 has an 18W output, and USB-C 2 has 65W power output if you’re only charging a single device. This charger does have dynamic charging because if you’re charging two devices, then USB-C 2 will output 45W, and USB-C 1 will output 18W.  USB-C 2 is also the port that features PPS, and it’s able to deliver a 25W PPS fast charging speed to a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S20, or Galaxy S21.

The SAIL01 charger is a USB-C to USB-C cable that lets you fast charge via PPS right out of the box. You also get an incredibly small-sized charger because the SAIL01 uses GaN, which makes the charger only have a length/width of 2 inches and a thickness of 1 inch; combine that with a foldable plug, and you have a charger that you can take with you anywhere.

SAIL01 65W Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs
USB-C 15V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)
USB-C 2 (One Device Charging)5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/3.25A (65W)
USB-C 2 (Two Devices Charging)5V/2.4A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/2.25A (45W)
PPS via USB-C 25V-11V/3.0A (25W)
InputAC 100-240V 50/60Hz 1.5A
Size2 x 1 x 2 inches
Weight6 Ounces
Readers like you help support Charger Harbor. When you make a purchase using links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Read More.