Future Charging Tech

by Emily on February 1, 2018

in Articles

One the most prevalent parts of smartphones that many people are focusing on these days is the battery capacity that most of them have. Nowadays, a smartphone should have a 3,000mAh battery capacity to be considered enough and the reason for that is because most smartphones use a lot of power. You have the very powerful processors, a great camera that takes sharp images and a bunch of other features that makes these phones absolute beasts.

If there’s one thing that many people want is that they want better batteries. Nearly all portable devices are using Lithium-Ion batteries. They’re a good battery option as they can last for quite a long time for the long-term, and they can also undergo extreme temperatures and still not have any damage. That said, having a new battery implemented with our portable devices is going to be rather a long task as there’s a lot of testing to be done.

As a result, most smartphones these days are just having increased battery capacities and even though this is basically a good thing, you also have to look at the other side of the equation. Having a larger battery also means that it’s going to take longer to recharge your smartphone to full power. The best solution to having high battery capacities is to make use of powerful charging tech and that’s exactly what this market has been moving towards.

Quick Charge

One of the most widely used powerful charging tech when it comes to Android smartphones is Quick Charge. You might wonder why I specifically mentioned Quick Charge and that would be because Quick Charge is only compatible with select few Andriod phones that use Snapdragon processors. So if you have a compatible Quick Charge device, you’re able to use it with Quick Change charging electronics. Just to give you an idea of just how widespread Quick Charge has become, there are many brands that implement Quick Charge with their charging electronics and many brands have made it a mandatory thing to have some of their products using Quick Change. Some of the best power banks use Quick Charge.

Take, for example, Anker. Anker is a very popular charging electronic brand that has two main product lines when it comes to their portable chargers. They have their PowerCore line, and that would be portable chargers that just use regular charging. Then there’ the PowerCore+ line that actually does use Quick Charge and are going to be useful for those that own Quick Charge compatible devices. The awesome part is that you’re able to charge your devices on-the-go at a very fast charging rate.

The use of having regular charging products and Quick Charge products continues with wall chargers as well. As Anker has regular Powerport 4 with four regular charging ports and it also has a PowerPort+ 4 wall charger that has a single Quick Charge port. So you can basically charge four devices at once, while still having one compatible device charge at its max charging speed.

Overall, Quick Charge is a very useful charging technology that is able to increase Voltage so that the charging speed of a device is kept constant. With all that said, Quick Charge can’t really be universal and the reason for that is because it’s Qualcomm’s tech and therefore, not every brand can have its own device using Qualcomm’s tech.

So that’s where USB-C Power Delivery comes in,

USB-C Power Delivery

If you haven’t yet heard, there’s a new charging standard that is basically spreading like wildfire and that would be USB-C. USB-C is being used with lots of new Android smartphones, tablets and also laptops too. The reason for that is because it’s a reversible input and it also offers more powerful charging. In this case, we’re talking about Power Delivery. Power Delivery charging tech is able to provide up 100W of charging power at that means it can charge a wider range of devices than just smartphones.

That’s why popular laptops such as the MacBook and Chromebook are now using USB-C. Apple made quite a large statement when they released their new MacBook model that only used a single USB-C port as it was to show that USB-C is indeed the future of charging tech. Another way that Power Delivery is found its way into other devices is because there are Android smartphones that use Power Delivery such as the Google Pixel 2, and the Essential Phone. There’s also the iPhone X and iPhone 8 that also use Power Delivery.

You might be wondering how on earth are you supposed to use Power Delivery with phones that use Lightning input and that would be by using a USB-C to Lighting charging cable. You just need a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger, and then you’re able to charge your Power Delivery compatible devices at their max charging speed. However, even though Power Delivery is relatively new, charging electronics such as portable chargers are using PD, so you’re able to change your laptop without having to sit near an AC outlet.

Even car chargers are starting to use Power Delivery too, and overall, the implementation of PD and USB-C is a great move towards being able to have more standard fast charging for all of our portable devices.

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