One of these days I had to rush to the airport and forgot my phone charger in the hotel. It was the original quick charger which came with the phone. As I arrived at the new hotel for the night, I couldn’t find my charger. I immediately knew what happened and called the hotel I stayed the night before. Supposedly nobody found the charger but I am sure I left it at the hotel and in my room. Either way, starting a fight doesn’t help me at all, especially via phone over a long distance.
Lucky as I was, I still had an old cube-charger in my bag which I could use in the meantime. However charging my phone took forever. It takes about 4.5 – 5 hours to fully charge my phone if it’s empty.
I got so used to quick charge and with Quick Charge 3.0 charging got even better. But be warned quick charge is not always quick charge. Quick Charge 3.0 is a Qualcomm product. You may know them as a manufacturer of most of the cell phone processors out there.
But if you go in any given store you probably see wall chargers and car chargers with the label fast charging, quick charging or similar wording. What most manufacturers call “quick charge” is just that the charging port offers more than the usual 500mA charging current. This chargers may come with a charging current of 1A, 2A or even higher. Qualcomm’s quick charge technology is different. It does not only adjust the current, it also adjusts the voltage. To make sure you have a genuine Quick Charger check for this symbol.
It could be either the complete logo or sometimes it’s just the circle with the flash on the product. and or USB port. Keep your eyes open and check. Also, make sure if your phone supports Quick Charge 3.0. For that, it’s best to contact you phone manufacturer direct or read up in the manual. The easiest way is probably contacting your phone manufacturer via Twitter. Don’t worry if your phone is only Quick Charge 2.0. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology is backward compatible. I would still recommend you to go with the newest version. You might upgrade your phone soon and this one will then support 3.0.
I was basically only looking for a wall charger with Quick Charge 3.0 technology with one or two USB ports. During my exploration, I found the Anker PowerPort+1 and the PowerCore+ 26800. It comes in a bundle and it’s a wall charger and a battery pack with 26800 mAh.
And you all know that a battery pack is sometimes useful. I use my phone a lot and so far only had an old crappy battery pack which I wanted to replace anyway. Especially GPS drains your battery quicker and I use it a lot either for navigation, geocaching or tracking my hike. GPS is constantly on and apps are running in the background processing my coordinates.
This made this bundle perfect for me. However, both products are available separately.