Chipset-maker Qualcomm in 2012 announced Quick Charge 2.0, the second iteration of its technology that lets you get more juice into your smartphone in a shorter amount of time. The short version is that there's a controller in the power supply — whether it's plugged into a wall or a car outlet — that talks to the phone and regulates the increased flow of life-giving electricity, without letting things go overboard.
Once you use it, you'll never want to go back.
There is a side-effect to this increased charging speed. And that, of course, is heat. You'll feel your phone or tablet get a little warmer than you're probably used to. Qualcomm says that's OK, it's expected, and that any adverse effects the battery suffers because of it are negated by the fact that you'll most likely get a new phone before noticing any reduced performance.
We've already got a number of devices released in 2014 that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge standard, and more are being released in 2015.
Faster than Lightning
17 February 2015
Being able to charge your phone or tablet faster at home — and more importantly when you're on the go — may be one of the biggest improvement we've seen in mobile tech in some time...
18 February 2015
We're still in the early days of Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which gives an extra boost of charging on the front end and then slows things down to finish the job.
But already we've got a number of Android smartphones and even a couple tablets that support the new technology...
faster charging in the car
18 February 2015
Maybe having a quick-charging car charger won't change your life. But it makes plugging in during a 20-minute commute so much more useful.
I'm used to maybe getting 10 or 15 percentage points on my way to or from the office while using my old, standard charger...
14 February 2015
One of our favorite features of late 2014 has got to be Rapid Charging. Or Turbo Charging. Or Fast Charging...