EXPLAINING FAST CHARGE TECHNOLOGIES

Quick Charge – Fast Charge – Power Delivery – Rapid charge – Adaptive fast charging – Warp Charge – Super VOOC

All phone manufacturers are trying to outdo each other with the latest fast charging technology.  Batteries have not evolved fast enough to store enough power required by the latest technology built into phones.  The manufacturers are compensating by building in technology that allows you to phone your phone as fast as possible.

You’ve probably heard of Quick Charge 2.0/3.0/4.0, adaptive fast charging, USB power delivery charging and  rapid charging before.  Most people have heard of at least one or two of these technologies.  Interestingly, what you may not know is that all but one of them are actually basically the same thing, they are all based on the same licensed technology from Qualcomm known as Quick Charge.

Quick charge – QC1.0 – QC3.0

Quick Charge is a name given to the capabilities of the power management circuitry in your smartphone and wall charger. Both your phone and your charger need to support Qualcomm’s quick charging in order for it to work. Generally, that means your phone probably needs to have a Qualcomm chipset.

Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4.0 – QC4.0

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ and USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) are inter-compatible. A USB-PD charger should support fast charging a Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ phone, and a Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ charger should support fast charging a USB-PD phone.  All Apple phones and tablets form 2018 and 109 support PD charging.  Here is an additional list of devices compatible with USB PD and QC 4.0.

Qualcomm list

Qualcomm list of QC4+ phones

Adaptive fast charging

Essentially all fast charfing is adaptive fast charging technology.  Quick Charge 2.0/3.0, quick charging, fast charging, adaptive fast charging, and turbo charging can be referred to as the same thing.

OnePlus Warp Charge, Oppo SuperVOOC, Huawei Super Charge

Some Asain manufacturers have begun to really push the boundary of fast charging in smartphones. Brands like OnePlus, Oppo, Huawei, and Vivo all have proprietary charging standards that require often not only specifically branded power bricks, but special USB cables to properly function as well.