Getting a new gadget for a loved one (or yourself) is always exciting. But we’re here to tell you that buying a new charger for an old device can dramatically change the way you use the products you already have. Let’s face it, phones and tablets are only useful to us when the batteries are charged. The charger you get with the device does a good job of charging your phone overnight, but it’s unbearably slow. Fortunately, there are a lot of charging solutions that can charge your phone much faster and others that will allow you to ditch that unsightly USB cord.
Quick Charge basics
If you simply need the best of the best, we recommend you always use Quick Charge-certified chargers. With Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, your charger will charge your phone 2 to 3 times faster than standard USB chargers, and they don’t really cost that much more. The new Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard was only announced a few months ago and can give compatible devices roughly a 50% charge in about 20 minutes. Quick Charge 3.0 is backwards compatible, so it will also work with Quick Charge 2.0 phones. Most smartphones announced in 2016 with Qualcomm chips will have Quick Charge 3.0 capabilities. That being said, there are only a handful of Quick Charge 3.0 chargers on the market right now, so you have a lot more options at better prices if you opt for a Quick Charge 2.0 charger.
Qi wireless charging basics
If you own a phone with built-in wireless charging, we highly recommend picking up a Qi wireless charger for your desk or car. Wireless charging standards are still slower than Qualcomm’s Quick Charge standards, but we find it extremely convenience to just drop your phone on a charging pad rather than having to find that charging cable, which inevitably always seems to fall behind the desk or night stand. Don’t forget, you can add Qi wireless charging to almost any phone for about $10. It’s not the fastest charging solution (especially when compared to Quick Charge 2.0), but it is extremely convenient if all you want to do is throw your phone down on your desk to charge it without the hassle of finding your charging cable every time.
Anker PowerPort+ 1 Quick Charge 3.0
$39.99 Sale Price $25.99
Tronsmart Quick Charge Wall Charger Travel Adapter
$34.99 Sale Price $25.99
TYLT VU Qi wireless charger
$59.99 Sale Price $39.99
CHOETECH 60W Multi-port Quick Charge Turbo Charger
$35.99 Sale Price $29.99
Wasserstein solid wod Qi Wireless Charging Pad
$34.99 Sale Price $19.99
The most overlooked charging scenario is when we are in a car. Fortunately, there are Quick Charge and Qi wireless charging solutions that will work for almost any car. If you already have a car charger but rarely use it, swapping it out with a Qi wireless charger might be exactly what you need. That being said, plugging your phone into a Quick Charge 2.0 car charger for 10-15 minutes can give you enough power to get you through half a day. The choice is yours.
Anker PowerDrive+ 1 Quick Charge 2.0 24 USB Car Charger
$29.99 Sale Price $8.99
Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 36W 2 Ports USB Car charger Adapter
$54.99 Sale Price: $19.99
Forrader C3 Qi Car Charger Cup Holder Wireless Charger
$99.99 Sale Price: $69.99
Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 10,000 mAh battery
$49.99 Sale Price: $24.99
TYLT VU Qi wireless charging car mount
$79.99 Sale Price: $49.99