Hisgadget iClever Quick Charge USB Wall Charger provides a fast charge for compatible devices.
I cannot be alone in the need to regularly charge my smart devices. It never fails, I tend to have more day than battery remaining on my iPhone 6s Plus. Although you can use your device while charging, you are often tethered to a wall outlet. Charging is boring, it is time consuming and there should be a better/faster way to complete this menial task. Qualcomm Technologies has invented and improved a technology, that is designed to give you more time with your tech and less time charging. Sorry Apple lovers, Qualcomm is not compatible with our devices.
Qualcomm 1.0 was available 2013 and allowed phones to charge roughly 40% faster than standard chargers. Qualcomm 2.0 was available 2014 and allowed for up to 75% faster charging. Qualcomm 3.0 is now designed to charge 4x faster than other regular chargers and 38% more efficient than Qualcomm 2.0. The magic of the tech is the algorithm that allows the device to specify how much power it needs at any time. This has been named Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV). The other piece of the technology is the ability to adjust voltage levels in 200mV increments from 3.6 to 20V (qualcomm.com). So what devices are capable of utilizing QC 3.0? Any device with a Snapdragon Processor: 820, 620, 618, 617 and 430. Do not fret. If you have a QC 2.0 compatible device, you can use a QC 3.0 charger, but only get 2.0 speeds. Luckily, I was able to borrow an HTC One A9, compatible with QC 3.0. I want to see what this can do.
I have become a huge fan of the company Hisgadget and the iclever line of products. Despite my love for the products, the one aspect I really wish that they would work on is the packaging. The iClever QC 3.0 wall charger comes in a plain cardboard box with brown lettering and a few white stickers. Opening the lid to the box you see a clear molded plastic, encasing the QC 3.0 black charger. You also have a warranty card detailing the contact information. The device is a single wall port charger that is capable of QC 3.0 charging. The charger will power any device but works in unison with snapdragon processors to provide power at optimal speeds. I powered up an HTC ONE A9 and plugged in a USB A to USB micro cable and let it charge. The HTC A9 states that it will charge fully in 1 hour 39 minutes (along the bottom). I plugged it into a standard wall port 2.1A, 5V output and it only showed the percent charged without estimated charging time. The QC 3.0 charger took the phone from 1% to 15% in 12 minutes. I allowed it to charge from a Ventev Wall outlet and generated about 1% per 2-3 minute. The phone did not register a time across the bottom. QC 3.0 allowed the phone to charge to full in 1 hour and 36 minutes. It charges much quicker from 0-50% than 50-100%. This is inherently built into the system to prevent damage to the device, overheating etc.
The QC 3.0 iclever device weighs in at 2.9 ounces. It is a single output wall port measuring at 2 1/8″ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/8″. It has a retractable type A wall outlet prong. The HTC One A9 comes with a 2150 mAh. The iclever QC charger was able to charge 24% in 20 minutes. It took just at 40 minutes to charge to 50%. The clock times do not match up exactly, as I did unplug the phone a few times during the charging. At that point I turned it into airplane mode and monitored for another 10 minutes. Personally, charging was about the same on airplane mode. The HTC One A9 only had another 44 minutes to charge the remainder of the battery. It does not appear to be charging at 4x that of conventional charging. It seems to charge at similar speeds to the iPad charger. In summary, it seems that the phone charges to full in just under 2 hours, whereas my iPhone 6S plus using an iPad charger will charge its full battery in about 2 hours, 3 hours with 1A output charger. I am pleased with the iclever quick charge device. I wish it had more than 1 outlet, this is a big deal in the wall port real estate. I personally would chose slower charge time and more ports, for QC 3.0 rates. I rate this device as a 4/5. Note that this is still a relatively new technology and advancements will continue.
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