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There are dozens of chargers on the market, heck, you probably already own a handful from past devices. One thing they likely aren’t though is Quick Charge 2.0 compatible. The past few years, Qualcomm has been coming out with this QuickCharge technology, where if compatible, you can charge your device up to 75% faster. I am not going to go into detail about what exactly Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 is because their site does an excellent job of just that.

What I am here to tell you about is which chargers on the market are the best for your PRIV (and any other QC 2.0 capable devices you may have).

Anker is a brand you have probably heard of before. If not, well, they are the gold standard when it comes to batteries and chargers. Before I get into the actual products, let’s show you the kind of performance you are going to get from a QC2.0 capable charger.

Before I show you the screenshots of the charger output, I want to simply talk about real-world results. I had one PRIV sitting plugged into the charger it came with at about 30% charge and the charging indicator came on saying the device would be fully charged in about 2 hours. I had a second PRIV sitting plugged into the new charger also sitting at about 30% charge and the indicator said that the phone would be fully charged in about 45 minutes. That’s less than half the time the stock charger takes. When picking up my phone and using it occasionally while charging, I have been able to see about 1% charge per minute on average. So their 0-60% in 40 minutes or so claims on their website aren’t far off. Again, these numbers vary. So that being said, let’s jump into the results.

Here is the mA transfer rate that I manage to get when using the stock PRIV charger (and this is on the high-end, usually it sits a bit closer to high 300’s):

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And here is the mA transfer rate I manage to get when using a Quick Charge 2.0 compatible charger (notice where it was peaking at in the 2110 mA range):

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Both photos above are the average transfer rate I get when the device is sitting for a while. If you are using your device when charging and playing games, of course this number will drop slightly (the hotter the device gets, the more this will be throttled).

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Unfortunately, none of their chargers come with a USB to MicroUSB adapter. And while you can use your existing 3-4ft cable that came with your old charger, I highly recommend getting one of Anker’s PowerLine Micro USB (6ft) cables to go with your new Quick Charger. They are exceptionally well-built (great material and thick cable). It actually clicks into your device and feels like it’s going to stay there unlike the cheap cables that come with your device, and most importantly it’s longer than that ridiculously short cable that the PRIV came with.

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Now what about a car charger? If you don’t have a car charger, I’m sorry to say, but you’re missing out. There’s nothing like using your GPS while charging your device up at the same time on long car rides. Here is the mA transfer speed with my BlackBerry certified car charger:

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And the new QuickCharge 2.0 car charger:

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Now these transfer rates will vary, but those are some pretty significant differences in transfer rates. I have found that while using Google Maps to navigate home and listening to music with Google Play Music at the same time in my car, my battery charged 10-15% in my short 15 minute drive home the other day. This was surprising to me because I’m lucky to get 1-2% charge when doing this on my stock BlackBerry car charger. The car charger I actually used in this review was the Aukey 2 Port adapter, but if you have no use for two ports, I have also linked the single-port one that we recommend. Oddly enough, Anker does not make a QC2.0 capable car charger that has two Quick Charge 2.0 ports, so in that case, we recommend Aukey as linked below:

Now where are you going to put your phone when you are charging it and using it as a GPS in your car? I have searched far and wide for a car mount but unfortunately none have been up to my standards. I don’t like the suction cup car mounts because A: they leave rings on your windshield, but more importantly B: they occasionally come undone and your phone can easily slide across your dashboard right out the window. Sure, the chances of that happening are slim, but it’s a scary thought for a $800 device. There is one car mount that I purchased and immediately fell inlove with though. And that is the Kenu Airframe + Portable Car Mount for Smartphones and Phablets – Yes, it’s up there at $29, but I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough. It clips onto your vent in your car so not only is it now at the perfect viewing angle, but you no longer have to worry about points A or B that I mentioned above.

 

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What You Need to Look Out For:

There are many options available online, even some that have 2-3-4 USB ports available. But you need to make sure you read the details. Most, if not all of these options available only supply Quick Charge 2.0 in only ONE of the ports, and upon plugging in additional cables, it immediately drops down the mA output for all of the ports (even the QC2.0 port). So yes, you can get a charger that has a couple extra charging ports for a few extra dollars, but it’s honestly not even worth it as you won’t be able to even utilize the speeds of QC2.0.

TL;DR:

What are some of your Quick Charge experiences, do you have any accessories you’ve tried that you’d recommend to others? Drop a comment down below.

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Alex Bass

Author Alex Bass

Alex is a Front-End Developer & UI/UX Designer. He is the President & Co-Founder of CyberBytes Inc. and made the BB10 App Web Design Cheat Sheet - Follow him at @alexhbass

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  • Suzane

    Thank you! I just bought a PRIV and discovered my car charger is not compatible. I am going to buy the devices you recommend.

  • Jon raymonds

    That’s cool