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Qualcomm addresses USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0 [updated]

There's been some discussion about the HTC 10 and LG G5 using Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology through the USB Type-C connector. In particular, Google's Benson Leung — a popular USB Type-C evangelist of sorts — has expressed concern over the USB Type-C specification, and many have expressed safety concerns about mixing the two technologies.

We reached out to Qualcomm for an official statement, and they replied.

Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.

While this doesn't directly address any violations of the USB Type-C specifications, it certainly sounds like the devices in question are engineered to be safe and charge rapidly via Quick Charge over the USB Type-C connector. It's also worth noting that both the phones and the chargers themselves have been UL listed and CE Mark certified as safe when used as directed.

As always, we recommend that you use the charging components provided by the manufacturer or certified replacement equipment at all times. Some of our phones can draw enough current to be dangerous if not used correctly. Be safe.

Update 11 a.m. ET April 25: HTC has sent out a couple comments on all this:

"HTC has configured our Quick Charge 3.0 implementation to Qualcomm's spec.""We always recommend that users charge with HTC's first-party chargers (including the USB-C cable). If a user opts for a third-party charger or cable, we strongly advise they purchase only from reputable brands."

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

146 Comments
  • And that is why USB c is not ready for prime time Posted via the Android Central App
  • 1. It's not a USB-C issue, it's a Qualcomm issue. 2. If it's safe like the quote says, how would that not be ready for prime time? Posted via the Android Central App
  • They are lying. . Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • What's your evidence? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The 810 Posted via the Android Central App
  • What does a processor have to do with a plug?
  • You wanted evidence of lies, I presented you with one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You didn't.
    I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying that nobody has seen any evidence that backs up what you're claiming, and the evidence you've supplied is two words which don't make any sense, and just naming a processor is not in any way evidence of anyone lying about anything.
    Please elaborate.
  • They talked about how there was no issues with the 810 and overheating, but then turned around and throttled it, threw out a revision and then claimed it was fixed. I figured that the whole fiasco would be ingrained in peoples memory so it didnt need details.
  • Oh yeah, everyone knows about that, me and my mother talk about it over lunch. Come on man, let's be real here. No need to talk down on someone.
  • It is not a Qualcomm issue. It's up to the manufacturers to use hardware that works with Qualcomms QC. If USB-C fails to meet the specs to utilize it properly then the manufactures have two choices.. A: make it work safely over USB-C or B: use another connector.
  • You have it backwards. USB-C is the universal standard. It's up to Qualcomm to make sure it's proprietary standard meets the USB spec. Posted via the Android Central App
  • IF they want to. The only thing being compliant with the Type-C specs gives them for now is that they can write that they are Type-C compliant on the box. All they HAVE to do is make sure their equipment meets safety standards. When/If a country or union of countries (say, the EU) mandates that connectors and cables must be interoperable and conform, then things might change. Or they might not — Nexus 10 and it's one off POGO charging cord anyone?
  • AFAIK it's never been about safety. I've followed Benson's posts on this particular matter and I don't think he's mentioned safety. The issue with not conforming, and which Qualcomm now twice has completely skirted around addressing (once when Tronsmart replied directly to Benson on his G+ with a similar statement from Qualcomm), is that QC is actually inferior, and further confuses matters more. Type C is complicated enough already. For instance, QC cannot charge and do data at the same time. No power hubs or Android Auto with QC are possible. If there's gonna be AA with fast-charging, it's gonna have to be USB PD, and if phone manufacturers keep breaking USB spec, there's no incentive for stereo manufacturers to come up with such a unit.
  • "Type C is complicated enough already." Greatest line ever! The only "complicated" thing about micro-USB was stupid people who couldn't distinguish the top from the bottom of the connector. In an effort to help said "stupid people" , a new standard was developed which has no standard. Ha ha! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's really an htc and LG issue. It was they who chose to use a non-compliant USB-c setup. They could have stuck with micro-USB, or they could have used USB-c correctly, as Google did. Instead, they chose to use a kludge.
  • Well, since Quickcharge 3.0 is also on USB Micro B, I guess USB Micro B is not ready for primetime either :rolleyes:
  • You don't understand the issue, at all.
  • Yeah, actually I do. Standard Micro B is only USB 2. And USB 2 spec is limited to 5V. By using QuickCharge on USB 2, it's breaking the spec. I guess USB 2 isn't ready for primeime...
  • Exactly.. It is exactly the same with micro usb
    Also most of our phones that have c connectors use just usb2 or 3 over it but not 3.1 gen2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • When half of the Samsung cables in my house refuse to charge my PS4 controllers or battery packs and both Sammy phones and tablets in my house won't work with just any micro-USB cable I plug into it, I feel the same way about that standard as you do about USB-C. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Huh? I have yet to find a micro-USB cable or charger that doesn't work with my S7, and didn't work with my S3. Some charge more slowly than others, but they all charge.
  • The cable that came with my PS4 controlled will not charge my wifes S6E+ but it charges everything else I plug into it. The cables that came with her phone, and her Note 4 before it, will not charge the PS4 controller or my Jaybird X2s or my Logitech mouse and keyboard. Every other cable I have used works in everything else. The cable from the battery pack I got with my Project Fi welcome kit will only charge her phone on one of the two ports in that battery pack, but everything else I plug into that battery charges on either port with any cable. There are lots of weird things that happen with micro-USB.l
  • I've had the same compatibility issues with cables for both my S3 and S5. I've got various items that require the same cables (bluetooth speakers, headphones, tablets, portable hard drives, etc.). The S3 and S5 wouldn't work with some cords of the same type. The Samsung cords, however, would always work.
  • That's what you got out of this?
  • Did you even read the article.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly, I'm absolutely fine with Samsung holding off on this. It doesn't always pay to have the latest and "greatest." Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey, that's Apple's line!
  • I would still go with USB C because
    1. Its reversible
    2. have had multiple issues with micro usb cables that stop charging after a while
  • But nexus fanboys say Type-C is the greatest thing over Samsung and other android phones that don't have it. /s Posted via the Android Central App
  • And Samsung fanboys will say it's the best thing ever when Samsung does it in the future. I just ignore all the idiots on both sides and use what I like to use.
  • I wish there was a way to like this comment Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6P
  • There is...
  • Not in the app at least... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just go to the mobile site and you can do it.
  • I do too. There are no clear cut right or wrong answers here... Yet. Just fanboys trying to justify their phone choices. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Basically that's what I do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here.
  • And here's the sensible reaction that so often goes unheard. Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6P
  • Shut up. Sometimes you just sound dumb as f*ck. Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • Only sometimes? I'll try harder then. I think I can be as consistent as you are if I really put my mind to it.
  • Ohhh burn :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apply cold water to burned area... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Aww, did the Samsung fanboy get his feelings hurt? Posted via S7 edge
  • Where's the Samsung fanboy? Haven't seen one in this thread. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey NoNexus, focus up... Posted with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Nexus fanboys? Are you aware that every flagship smartphone (worth consideration) launched in 2016 (and some of those in 2015) has a type-C port except the S7? Even the Microsoft Lumia 950 has a Type-C port!
  • Yes but only the nexus fanboys threw out their "superiority" of having USB-C. I don't see htc or LG fans doing the same. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't know why you're making such a big deal about a freaking connector. Who cares? Besides you Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you don't care, **** off from this thread, yeah? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Damn take a chill pill. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • USB-C > Your life.
  • "Only Nexus Fanboys" Lol, you clearly have a Nexus grudge
  • Only because they don't have memory card slots and I don't wanna carry around a USB otg cable. I do dislike fanboys and that goes for things outside of phone brands too. I'd like to own a nexus some day but I want to keep my memory card while doing so. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed @Brandon Peters. I never saw this Nexus superiority thing. Type C is really good and I love it on my 5X. It's no superiority thing but the type C connector is a great evolution over micro USB. Even though I understand the VR thing, Samsung was crazy sticking with micro USB. Posted from one of my various Nexus devices.
  • You just contradicted yourself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • When the Note 6 or Samsung Galaxy 8 comes out with USB Type C you'll take back that comment lol. The only reason Samsung did it was so that their Gear VR was compatible #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Well, I don't like VR so I wouldn't care one way or another if USB-C was on my s7 or not or the note 6 for that matter. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You will care once you have it. It's pretty nice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • But hopefully Samsung will do it right, and follow the USB-c spec, instead of giving us a bastardized kludge like htc and LG did.
  • The irony there is that Samsung isn't compliant with USB micro B or Quick Charge specs, just compatible with both.
  • If samsung uses a Qualcomm SoC (wich they will do) they will support QC3.0 and thuss, be as standards compliant as other SD820 or later devices.
  • Still don't see the big deal. I've plugged my s7e in 3 times since getting it on release date. The connection could be a Jean zipper for all I care. luvin my s7 edge
  • I don't have a Nexus, but there's no issue with Google's implementation of USB-c. It conforms to the spec, unlike htc and LG's approach.
  • I prefer USB c and can tell my s7 charges slower than my 6p but I don't the connector bad anything to do with it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The last half of that sentence almost gave me a stroke..
  • Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like? Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6P
  • What the heck does that mean in English?? And you don't have to capitalise every word you know...
  • The cancer LMAO. That's a heart attack now #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • They don't think it be like it is, but it do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Heh, yeah screw me for walking and posting simultaneously right? Best of luck with your serious medical condition though.
  • Must be a slow news day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol. They didn't even provided any explanation about them violating the fast charging compliance with USB Type-C specification. If they continue with this, might as well make their own standard, they should break free from USB and make their own, to prevent potential loss of functionality with our investment
  • I can't say I disagree. Standards are good things for people buying any product.
  • Reminds me of this..., Egon: Don’t cross the streams.
    Peter: Why?
    Egon: It would be bad.
    Peter: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean “bad”?
    Egon: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
    Raymond: Total protonic reversal.
    Peter: That’s bad. Okay. Alright, important safety tip, thanks Egon Sent via Tandy Color Computer
    -----------------------------------------------
    before you see the light, you have to deal with the darkness
  • Correct me if I am wrong. Benson said that output should be 5V 3A and clearly QC are sending out my higher output and he raised questions regarding that. Now I am quite sure USB C can easily deliver more power than 5V. Something does not look right. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right. Devices with a USB-C connector using Qualcomm Quick Charge are not complying with the accepted USB C standard. What Qualcomm is saying is that the components being used are electrically safe with their Quick Charge technology. Apparently Underwriters Laboratory and CE compliance test labs agree. Again — Use the charger and cord that came with your phone, or manufacturer approved replacements. Put the onus on someone else if things go wrong.
  • Jerry, But USB C is capable of doing more power than 5V. Are you sure that the USB C specification says that it cant deliver more than 5V of storage? Even Micro USB deliver more than 5V.
  • 4.8.2 of the Type-C specification says that devices that want to use a proprietary power delivery method are not allowed to alter the voltage bus or swap source and sink. Apparently Quick Charge does this (I haven't looked and take Leung at his word — he knows his shit). The reason this is done is to make sure all Type-C equipment works the same way when you look at each individual pin and only the amount of voltage or current can be different.
  • USB Power Delivery revision 2.0 (version 1.2) says that maximum current over Type C is 20V and 5A. Even Micro USB had the capability of Delivering 5A as per the last revision of the USB Standard. Benson looks wrong because the revision 1.1 said that maximum power can be 5V and 3A which has now been revised. It could be that he was referring to the old standard?
  • But they are still not allowed to change the voltage. So USB-PD is allowed to change the voltage, QC is not.
  • Qualcomm varies the voltage on the power bus. The standard says you can't do that if you want to be in compliance. They have to pick a PD voltage and stick to it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey now. How come you can say **** and I can't. Rhetorical of course... But serious at the same time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • A special feature of the Gold Nexus 6P. Shit's magic :p Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do UL and CE test for safety to the device? I always took it for testing whether it would burn my house down but what I'm sure many people are worried about is "will my phone be OK?" That includes using their charger or cable on a different phone like a 6p. Or buying another cable and plugging into the G5. I would think that's part of the concern. I know everyone says "use the cable that came with your phone" but that's not really convenient and not always feasible.
  • I think so. (In regards to device safety testing) I know for other types of equipment (automation and assembly line) they test for user safety as well as "functionality" — that all the parts will work as intended when used together. They probably do not check that parts not approved for use will work together.
  • UL only cares is if your house will burn down or if it will hurt/ kill the user. The device could be toast but as long as it was toasted safely, they don't care.
  • Benson, no not the butler, needs to chill the hell out with all his doomsaying on this issue. He's blowing it waaaay out of proportion. Who really cares if it violates a proclaimed standard as long as it is safe. Do you really think HTC or LG would release something that is unsafe to use for charging... Heck no they would be sued for everything they've got. The big part of Benson's credibility is that he is a Google engineer... Do you think they would want him talking **** about two flagship Android phones just based on his opinion... I doubt it. He has been slyly doing that on his Google plus posts... Don't bite the hand that feeds you... Just sayin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Easy there. What Mr. Leung is doing is a good thing, and we should all be glad he is doing it. I know I am. There is nothing wrong with wanting companies to follow accepted standards, and bringing attention to the times when they don't do it is important. It's equally important to have the companies in question respond to criticism. It's better for everyone when we're informed.
  • ^^This^^
  • ^^That^^
  • ^^the other^^ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tooshay!
  • Touché* Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know. I used the English version!
  • Yeah I don't know about this stuff, its why I regularly read this site.... "It's better for everyone when we're informed" Which perfectly sums up my experience of AC and what I get from this site... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Jerry I agree 100% that it's a good thing. My main problem is that he made generalized derogatory statements about the htc 10 and G5.....when he says things like "who knows what else they decided to ignore and get wrong too?" That's just not cool and not a fair statement. I do think he does the android community a great service. I just think his comments like this are going a little overboard. Realistically most cell phone users have no idea who this guy is and will never see his comments. Only mobile nuts like us care about all this! :-)
  • I think the saying is, Once a cheater, always a cheater.
  • Given he managed to fry his Pixel in the process of his testing, I'd say his concerns are more than valid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I care about more than whether the included charge is safe. I care that when I buy a phone that says it's USB-c compliant, that I can take any USB-c compliant charger and cable, connect them to my phone, and they'll work correctly. I'm not sure that's true of connecting a Nexus charger to an htc 10, or connecting an LG G5 charger to a 6P
  • " I care that when I buy a phone that says it's USB-c compliant, that I can take any USB-c compliant charger and cable, connect them to my phone, and they'll work correctly." As far as I've been able to determine, this is already the case. QuickCharge violates the USB Type-C specification section 4.8.2:
    "4.8.2 Non-USB Charging Methods
    A charger with a USB Type-C connector may employ additional proprietary charging methods to source power beyond what is allowed by the USB defined methods. When implemented, proprietary methods must meet the following requirements:
    • The method shall only be used to establish identity and/or a current level at default VBUS voltage in a manner not defined by the USB methods
    • The method shall only define the current level and shall not change the voltage delivered on VBUS
    • The method shall not alter the Source’s role to supply VBUS or the Sink’s role to consume VBUS" It does so becasue the specification restricts VBUS voltage to 5V (nominal) unless the system uses the USB Power Delivery standard to negotiate a different voltage. However, QuickCharge changes the VBUS voltage using a method other than that specified by USB PD, so it violates the connector standard. Still, the way in which it violates the standard is, as far as I have been able to tell, a non-conflicting extension of the standard - QuickCharge will only violate the standard by altering VBUS voltage when it detects another QuickCharge device - and the total power draw is below that allowed buy the USB PD standard, so it shouldn't actually pose an electrical danger or prevent seamless inter-operation with any other spec-compliant devices (or devices that violate the spec in non-conflicting ways). Basically, QuickCharge should only ever operate along a QuickCharge-compliant path, so when using anything else, the port should behave as a fully spec-compliant USB Type-C port.
  • Type C sounds like failed tech if it doesn't allow for current charging methods. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's on Qualcomm's part not USB Type C which is the future #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Not Qualcomms problem.
  • First off, it should be noted that Benson's statement was based on marketing materials. He has not reported any physical testing. But, like Jerry said, it's good to bring questions to light so they can be answered. Qualcomm changed some parameters so that QC 3 falls outside those specifications. Is it safe? Yes, it's been certified as safe. However, I would not likely pickup a $5.99 cable from the corner pharmacy and use it between a QC 3 charger and phone. Of course, I would not want to use a cheap micro usb cable on QC 2 either. I have a couple cables that heat up under standard 5v 1amp use, so logic dictates that using a cheap cable when using more advanced technology and higher electrical specs would be more of a risk. I would not be concerned when using the proper cable. As much as Benson knows his stuff, I'm pretty certain QC and HTC know their stuff too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You know what? I don't care what connector they/you use. As long as it charges my phone/device as intended without consequence. I personally use wireless charging because that is my preference. BUT if I have to plug it in, the previous sentence stands.
  • Didn't Qualcomm say that there was nothing wrong with their SD 810 by putting out a statement just like this? Yeah, I think they did. Before rev.2, it overheated shutting down phones causing manufacturers that used it to throttle keeping temps down. Then they put out rev. 2 that throttled for them. I'm taking qualcomms statement with a grain of salt. I mean, they might be right but with the SD 810 fiasco it's hard to believe them.
  • To be fair, the 810 worked just fine in plenty of other applications where manufacturers didn't feel the need to customize power management and core clock/voltage. Problems with the 810 all fall on the companies using them and their programming.
  • If that's the whole case, why did most steer clear of the 810 v1 and move to the 808 instead? Was it that the 808 could handle tweaking better before 810 v2 was released?
  • Well, the M9, the OnePlus2 and the Nexus 6P all have the exact same Snapdragon 810 v.2.1 chip. Pretty sure all US Android phones have the same chip. We verified this with HTC and Qualcomm. Not sure where other folks got the idea that some phones (HTC M9 in particular) were using the very old version, because they weren't. 808 is cheaper and uses less power when fully clocked and all cores running. That's a really good reason to use it.
  • My take away from this is don't buy 3rd party chargers or cables that are USB-C and use Qualcomm Quick charge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok, so there's a problem with using QuickCharge over usb type C, but what if you use a different charger that falls within the usb type C standard (not QC)? Although the phone would supposedly charge slower, it would alleviate any concerns of damage, right? Or am I not understanding this completely?
  • You are correct. It's not about the phone as much as it is about the charger. If you use an old school charger with your cable it's not going to attempt to use the QC3 protocols. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or the Nexus chargers too right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Interesting you guys posted this now. Just this week I talked to a guy who charged his S6 Edge with 220V outlet instead of 110V American outlet, and its messed up his phone software. If he restarts 9 times out of 10 it bootloops. So using quick charge with any other charging brick or outlet than phone was made for, well then of course it will mess it up! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I get ya but charging on 220 isn't gonna mess up software. It's gonna do damage to hardware.
  • He deserves everything that happened then. You really have to work hard to plug a 120V power supply into a 220V outlet, assuming he's in the US. If he's in Saudi Arabia or something like that then it sucks he didn't know. More importantly, these QC abilities should only kick in if the device and the power supply both support it. You should be able to use the new QC3 power supply and plug in an old cable and charge up your GS3 or Nexus 4 without issue. It still uses the USB standards, they just add in extra capabilities if the device and brick match. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Feel sorry for the guy. User error can be rough, like the time my mother borrowed my first car and poured a quart of oil in the carb
    :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Did you tell her to put in some turn signal fluid?
  • Lolz, no. She was scared to do anything after that, especially after she found out how expensive muffler bearings were... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Yeah, fuse panel grease is crazy expensive also!
  • Every charger I've seen for the last several years will work on anything from 100v to 220v, switching automatically. Don't know what kind of charger your friend used, but if it was a quality charger plugging it in to 220v won't hurt anything.
  • Hopefully it won't fry my Tesla. Qualcomm please guarantee so.
  • Another reason I'm glad Samsung left well enough alone and retained micro-USB on the S7. I don't have to worry about using "components supplied or certified by the manufacturer. Any micro USB charger, including QC chargers, and pretty much any micro-USB cable, will work.
  • Can someone tell me why the battery packs that are QC 2.0 compatible won't work with my Moto X Pure Edition? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's pretty awesome that so many people feel passionate about this and have a place to talk and argue about it. LOL Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think I've ever used the USB connector on my S7 edge. Wireless. Charging FTW! Posted via the Android Central App from my S7 edge
  • Benson Leung is the Chicken Little of USB Type-C, but the sky is NOT falling!
  • What about the usb 3.1 speed while transferring files, does that work? None of the reviews mentioned that...
  • USB 3.1 is a completely different specification than Type-C. It's not finished just yet.
  • Does that mean that the HTC 10 won't transfer files to my pc at usb 3.1 speed? What's the point of announcing it's 3.1 usb then?
  • absolutely not. it works great and super fast. this is all hate on new tech when some are not ready to update. micro is out dated and its only time for everyone to own a device that is simple to plug in
  • Do you have the HTC 10? Have you tried transferring from the phone to your pc (with 3.1 usb port, of course) a big file? What speed does it show?
  • Thats not true usb 3.1 type 2 requires a usb-c connector. The lumua 950 and 950xl have both. They use it to provide continuum
  • Let the USB Wars begin Posted via the Android Central App
  • It works fine. I have used it on my nexus 5x and G5. I will be using it soon on the HTC 10 as well. Its real easy, some one is mad about their s7 not having the wonderful USB c, so lets hate. I know it works.. so I don't care what some one says that is just a blogger.
  • I'd rather have the wireless charging the GS7 has than a usb C connector.
  • Bottom line moving forward, buy a good cable supported by the OEM. The days of $3 cables are on hold for now. It's a good thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • wrong, I sell one on ebay for 3.49 and they work better most 19$. brands. SO ITS not the price but the quality. I bought mine straight from the supplier from china. They sell to the upper suppliers as well. I have personally tested mine using the ohm meter and they work great. Look all this is hog wash, some on months ago used the usb c cord google supplied and they were not using the charging block rather the usb c port on their computer. COmputers are not meant to charge usb c just yet.
  • All I care is that it's safe and that it uses a non-proprietary USB C connector. Who cares if it technically meets the spec?
  • well if you ever use the usb c, its really hard to go back. yeah I used micro for years too. but its so simple and very cool to have usb c. its the new standard and everything going forward will use it. so its only time that you will be forced to update as well
  • Well damn.... I just bought all these Anker cables and chargers and sh*t in preparation to making this switch to USB-C and now I'm paranoid about using any of them.
  • Anker is fine
  • can someone dumb this down for me. whats different about usb-c as compared to the previous mirco usb that's causing all this hoopla?
  • The problem is not usb-C per see, but the Usb-A (square one) to Usb-C cables. If the cable/adaptor is made incorrectly, ie lacks a resistor, the phone will try and draw maximum power (amp) from the power source and that is around 3A max or even more. Problem here is that the old USB-A cable, connector and power source is not rated for more then 2.4A and can cause problems. Cheap chinese manufacturers and even some reputable ones (OnePlus) ignored this and made their A-C cables just like normal and this was a problem. a C-C cable does not have this problem due to the fact the cable and connectors are allready rated for 3A and even higher, where as the A port is not.
  • Why was that even a question? The Lumia 950(XL) launched in November 2015, have USB-C and also QuickCharge since the beginning o_O