Motorola’s latest phone, the Droid Turbo, comes featured with a new type of charger that can give you 8 hours more of battery life with just 15 minutes of charge. HTC has just announced that the HTC Rapid Charger will charge certain HTC phones 40% faster than standard chargers.
HTC’s Rapid Charger isn’t available yet but it’s on the way. Motorola’s Turbo Charger is currently listed as out of stock even though it carries a high price tag of $34.99 over at the Motorola website.
Despite the obvious advantages of using a charger equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, there’s a lot of talk going around about how potentially damaging charging a battery that fast could be. This raise of concern have created two sets of concerns:
1. Are Quick Charge 2.0 chargers worth the battery deterioration?
When the first smartphones appeared, they were equipped with batteries that required a special type of tender love and care. People were often taught that once you buy a new smartphone, the first thing you have to do is drain it completely once you pull it out of the box. Next up, your phone was rendered useless as you leave it off to ensure it’s charged for 8 hours even though it only needed 4 or less. Some even believed that by charging the phone before it was empty, you might limit the total capacity that the battery could hold.
While I’m not quite sure if those methods actually worked, I am sure of one thing; modern-day smartphones aren’t required to be treated the way we use to treat them. It’s true that all batteries are different and require different types of care to accommodate a great battery lifespan. However, lithium-ion batteries, the ones mostly used in modern-day smartphones, are designed for you to use them on the go and at your convenience.
Lithium-ion batteries are great because it accommodates the real world better. There will be times where you won’t be able to plug your phone in long enough to get a decent charge, unless you have one of those quick chargers we’re currently focusing on. Lithium-ion batteries allow you to plug-in your phone for however long without having to worry about battery deterioration.
So when it comes to the Motorola Turbo Charger, the HTC Rapid Charger and any other Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 chargers that will come along the way, in terms of battery deterioration, there’s nothing to worry about.
So is Quick Charge 2.0 chargers worth the battery deterioration? The simple answer is that it won’t cause any harm that’s not expected for the duration of the average battery life.
2. Are Quick Charge 2.0 chargers worth the higher than normal price tag?
The answer to this question depends a lot on individual responses. While Quick Charge 2.0 is backwards compatible, you won’t see similar performance unless your smartphone has the Qualcomm chip required to make it go boom. I advise you to head on over to the list of smartphones that support Quick Charge after you finish reading this (we’ll re-post the link).
If your phone is supported but never came with the Turbo Charger or the Rapid Charger, we think paying between $30-$40 isn’t unreasonable. To be sure, you should make notes of how often your battery is low, how long you get to charge it before you’re on the move again and how long it takes to charge completely. If you spend a lot of time in airports or just on the go a lot, we strongly recommend a Quick Charge 2.0 charger.
Chances are that phones supporting this technology will start to develop their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers and bundle them with their phones. If I’m not mistaken, the Motorola Droid Turbo comes with the Turbo Charger. Even if it didn’t, I’d still recommend paying the extra mula for it.
As we mentioned earlier, Quick Charge 2.0 is compatible with phones that didn’t make the supported list. They will charge faster, but not in a significant way that justifies paying $30-$40 for a charger. You’re better off investing in a second battery or battery pack.
So is it worth the higher than normal price tag?
1. If your phone supports Quick Charge 2.0, yes.
2. If your phone supports Quick Charge 1.0, no.
3. If your phone doesn’t support Quick Charge, no.
As promised: List of phones that support quick charge technology