If you’ve own an Android phone for the past 3 years or so, most likely it supports Quick Charge. What is Quick Charge and why do I need it you ask? To put it simply, Quick Charge is Qualcomm’s charging technology that they include in their Snapdragon processors. The beauty of Quick Charge is the charging duration can be cut to almost half, even more, depending on which version you’re using.
Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+
Announced in December 2017 was the Snapdragon 845 and included with it was Quick Charge 4.0+. With this latest iteration, it is able to charge 50% in 15 minutes. That’s insane! It’s double the improvement from Quick Charge 3.0 which managed to do 50% in 30 minutes. Phones currently supported are Xiaomi mi 8, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, Asus Zenfone 5Z, LG G7 ThinQ, HTC U12+ and OnePlus 6. Below I will share my experience of how important it is to have Quick Charge.
Charge me up. Now.
I carry a Xiaomi Mi5s Plus and having lived with Quick Charge 3.0 for the past year, I can never go back to normal charging unless there’s no choice. Normal charging is just too slow. Everywhere I go, there’s a Quick Charge charger ready; At the office with the original charger that came with my phone, at home with the Aukey wall charger, and on the go with the Xiaomi power bank. The scenarios below may seem trivial but trust me, you will be addicted once you try it.
Depending on the nature of your job, you may whiz in and out of the office. Those couple of hours are vital for your phone to recharge. And with Quick Charge (QC), your phone could very well be full by the time you leave office. For others like me who spend time in front of the monitor all day, having QC is also useful. It adds to the peace of mind of not worrying about my battery levels.
On the Go
You cannot not have at least one power bank in this day and age. Coming in various sizes and configurations, the one to look out for is one with QC. Although trivial, lugging a powerbank connected to your phone isn’t the most efficient way of going about your day. Without QC, the longer powerbank has to be tethered. With QC, the faster your phone is charged and the sooner you can put away with an extra accessory.
Your phone really is a gateway to information, entertainment and social networking. And because of this, you tend to bring it everywhere with you in the house; From the kitchen, to living room to the toilet. This constant usage does drain the battery and let’s face it, you can sometimes be lazy to charge your phone. I know I am. The thought of taking that extra few steps just makes me concede to only charge after it dies. QC alleviates this problem by having your phone an additional 50% in 15 minutes (version 4.0+). Perfect for times when you really need your phone beside you.
Where can I get Quick Charge?
To check whether your phone supports Quick Charge head over here. Next, to fully utilize it requires a Quick Charge charger in the form of a power bank or wall charger. Some examples of powerbanks are the Xiaomi 10000 mAh Mi Powerbank PRO and the Aukey 16000mAh Power Bank (PB-T9). For wall chargers check out models from Anker and Aukey.
Not to worry
What does this all mean? The way I see it, Quick Charge or similar fast charging has to be the norm in the future. It’s almost like saying once you go 4K you can’t go HD. With advancement of technology not only processors and memory are getting more efficient but batteries and charging too, which is great. If your phone doesn’t have Quick Charge, not to worry, all is not lost. Just make sure that it’s in there the next time you upgrade.
In the mean time, do check out jumpadevice’s reviews on products that utilize Quick Charge.