In the past, fast-charging was something you could only find on flagship smartphones. Unless you’re on iPhone, but even Apple’s caught up there too. The beauty of technology is that as time goes on, these “flagship features” start trickling down to the smartphone range.
As more people gain access to handsets that have fast-charging, the demand for fast-charging grows and that’s where third-party accessory makers like Aukey and Anker thrive — what with all the recommendations from popular YouTubers.
Then there’s Tronsmart, which is a brand that doesn’t really get as much coverage as the others do. But, in my experience they make some solid products.
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Finally, Apple has made some significant progress when it comes to charging their newest iPhone. To embrace wireless technology fully, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X now support wireless charging. That made a huge impact on the aesthetics as both iPhone models use glass for the back instead of metal.
Another key feature which didn’t get enough mention is Fast Charging. Yes, you can finally charge faster on a cable.
Before you get all excited, there’s one thing that would put you off, especially if you’re going to spend more than RM5,000 on a new phone.
Fast-charging is awesome. Be it in a smartphone, tablet, double A battery, or even on a Tesla, having the option to charge up important devices in a jiffy is always fantastic to have. However, when it comes to Android smartphones, complications can sometimes occur — especially when proprietary fast-charging technology is concerned.
Google is looking to change that.
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is launching in 2 weeks time and now we get a glimpse of its purported new charger. When Samsung introduced its first fast charging tech with the Galaxy Note 4, their adaptive fast charger was rated to do 0-50% charge in 30 minutes on a 3,220mAh battery. As battery capacity grew for newer smartphones, Samsung would need something faster to cut down on charging times.
The latest teaser from Meizu about their Meizu Pro 6 drops a new detail about the upcoming phone, and it will be sporting fast charging.
A trade off using our handheld devices are the limitations in battery life and slow charging times that leave us awkward when left without. Leaps and bounds have been made in almost all other parts of tech but when it comes to batteries and charging, it moves on at a slower pace.
They don’t happen often but when they do, they make a big difference.
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If you’ve ever ran out of juice on your smartphone, you’d appreciate some form of quick-charging. Whether you’re on the go with your device needing a quick fix or simply forgetting to charge it the day before. Hence the existence of quick-charge, the wonderful piece of innovation that gets your smartphones recharged at a fast-pace; though it isn’t without some detrimental effects to the lifespan of your battery.
Huawei hopes to take it a step further by lacing these lithium ion batteries with graphite, around the anodes – shown in a video below, it’ll blow any derivative of fast-charging by a mile at no expense of your battery’s lifespan.