You get a buzz on your phone and you go to check it thinking it’s a text from a friend, or maybe someone liked the picture of the sandwich you had for lunch on instagram. Wrong. It’s your phone telling you it’s battery is almost dead. Now traditionally you had two choices A. Pull an Austin Powers and live dangerously baby or B. Put everything you’re doing on halt for the moment and find a place to charge your phone…for a while. But Quick Charge 3.0 tried to make this pill a little bit easier to swallow.
Let’s give you a quick overview on batteries in general for a second. When your battery charges, it charges in two phases. Phase 1 being from 0-80% and the second phase picks up there and takes you to 100% charged. During phase 1 electricity can be pumped in pretty quickly, but during phase two the power to the battery has to be a “trickle charge” which, as it may sound, is at a much slower pace. So when talking quick charging make sure you know it really only work on that phase 1 charge.
On to quick charging 3.0
Quick charging 3.0 turns your charger into a smart charger. Essentially it allows your phone and charger to communicate to determine the optimum voltage and amperage for the phone’s charging cycle. Since the perfect amount of power is given to the phone not only does it allow your phone to charge up to 80% quickly, it avoids overheating the phone, which can in the long run damage your phone’s battery.
With Quick charge 3.0 you can get your battery for completely dead to that 80% mark in as little as 35 minutes. A couple of pro tips if you do find yourself in a bind for time with a dead battery.
Your phone charges fastest when it’s off (nothing simultaneously draining the battery), so if you really need the juice shut the phone off
Putting your phone in airplane mode or shutting of your mobile data while charging will also make it charge faster, but again not as fast.
One last thing about quick charging. Like SwapCell has said before don’t skimp when you’re buying chargers. This is especially critical because some lower end chargers won’t be able to support it let alone the damage they can do to your phone in general.