Mobile Chargers

This decreases the efficiency of the battery, resulting in less net current available to be drawn from the battery. Since the Universal Serial Bus specification provides for a five-volt power supply , it is possible to use a USB cable to connect a device to a power supply. Products based on this approach include chargers for cellular phones, portable digital audio players, and tablet computers. They may be fully compliant USB peripheral devices adhering to USB power discipline, or uncontrolled in the manner of USB decorations. Inductive battery chargers use electromagnetic induction to charge batteries. A charging station sends electromagnetic energy through inductive coupling to an electrical device, which stores the energy in the batteries. This is achieved without the need for metal contacts between the charger and the battery.

Power Delivery is a revolutionary charging technology that supplies a higher level of power than standard charging offers. It delivers faster charging to the latest PD-enabled devices and is the ideal solution for tablets, laptops and other devices that require more power for optimal charging. Charging time depends on the electronic device battery, the cord used and the electronic device capability. The micro-USB connector is very small and it let manufacturers produce slimmer devices. Micro-USB was widely adopted but is quickly being left behind. That said, some ultra-affordable smartphones even now come with micro-USB ports.

After that, the voltage decreases, which indicates to an intelligent charger that the battery is fully charged. Such chargers are often labeled as a ΔV, “delta-V,” or sometimes “delta peak”, charger, indicating that they monitor the voltage change. The first stage is referred to as “bulk absorption”; the charging current will be held high and constant and is limited by the capacity of the charger. When the voltage on the battery reaches its outgassing voltage (2.22 volts per cell) the charger switches to the second stage and the voltage is held constant (2.40 volts per cell). The delivered current will decline at the maintained voltage, and when the current reaches less than 0.005C the charger enters its third stage and the charger output will be held constant at 2.25 volts per cell. In the third stage, the charging current is very small 0.005C and at this voltage the battery can be maintained at full charge and compensate for self-discharge. Fast chargers make use of control circuitry to rapidly charge the batteries without damaging any of the cells in the battery.

This Charger Station from Jelly Comb is pretty nifty as it is actually a tower that you don’t need to worry about accidentally falling over when more devices are plugged in. While it’s a tower, the charger is still compact enough not to take up a boat-load of space on the desk and measures in at just over 4 inches. These, combined with SIIG’s smart charging, ensure that your devices won’t overcharge once they’ve reached 100%. Unfortunately, this station has the same issue as others since having so many devices in one place can end up wreaking havoc. And you are out of luck if you want to charge your smartphone with just the USB-C cable. This 90W charging station from SIIG is pretty impressive, thanks to the fact that you can charge up to 10 devices at once. Plus, there is an ambient light that is included to make sure you are plugging everything into the right spot.

18W Multi-protocol Wall Charger

As usual, we got you covered with some of the best iPhone 11 USB-C chargers currently available in the market. We’ve reviewed each adapter in detail, and it was after a strict litmus test that these made it our list. With Apple’s 18W charger, the issue again wasn’t lack of power, but the inability of the two devices to negotiate the exact voltage and amperage required. Apple has apparently fixed this by allowing the HomePod to request a suitable combination which the charger can provide. Of course, there are also sub categories even within these broad categories, with USB chargers that are flush, some that have dual ports and some with as many as five. Broadly speaking, in this modern world where we often have several electrical gadgets on the go at once it makes sense to choose a more modem unwired version of car charger. Don’t buy any product with only one port (unless it is a one port/one attached wire, or an emergency use wire only). It’s just a criminal waste of real estate, as the accessory port can kick out some serious amps and voltage. Take advantage of that by selecting at least a dual USB car charger as your everyday device.

USB connector types multiplied as the specification progressed. The original USB specification detailed standard-A and standard-B plugs and receptacles. The connectors were different so that users could not connect one computer receptacle to another. The data pins in the standard plugs are recessed compared to the power pins so that the device can power up before establishing a data connection. Some devices operate in different modes depending on whether the data connection is made. Charging docks supply power and do not include a host device or data pins, allowing any capable USB device to charge or operate from a standard USB cable. In a charge-only cable, the data wires are shorted at the device end, otherwise, the device may reject the charger as unsuitable. The device combines multiple power output ports and may become a true life savior for all of your gadgets. Finally, many multiple USB chargers operate similarly to the average surge protector. They protect your devices from unexpected power surges and prevent them from being damaged using overcharge protection.

The super svelte and lightweight Aukey Omnia PA-B4 tops our list. If you own a lightweight laptop, you’ve probably noticed that the charger it comes with isn’t quite as svelte as the device itself. This 18W Quick Charge adaptor hails from one of the best known names in charging tech, and offers very good value. The Quick Charge 3.0 outputs are also backwards-compatible and can deliver a 12W charge to non-Quick Charge devices. There’s an 18W USB-C PD port and a 12W USB-A, making it easy to charge two devices at once. The first of its type that we have encountered, the additional power bank functionality makes the Anker rather large for a phone charger , but significantly more useful if you are frequently on the road. Capable of delivering up to 20W over its single USB-C Power Delivery output, it’s the perfect companion for your smartphone or powering a wireless charger. Aukey’s CC-Y10 performed well in our charging tests and is usually more affordable than the PowerVolt PD40, but it doesn’t fit as snugly in a car’s power adapter. This means it has the potential to slip out of place and stop charging, a common complaint among Amazon reviewers and something we confirmed in our own testing. The Scosche PowerVolt PD40 is our new upgrade pick for people who want two USB-C ports that can simultaneously charge modern phones at full speed.

Coolgear Labs multi-port USB Type-C / USB Type-A High powered charging circuit board is designed for integration into your own shell designs. The 12-Port USB 2.0 Type C Hi-Power Charging Hub is a solution for quick charging or sync up to 12 USB Type C devices. The 12-Port USB Type C Hi-Power Charging Hub is a solution for quick charging or sync up to 12 USB Type C devices. Horizontal or vertically mountable 6 port USB 58W AC Charger with 58W power, using 2.4A for tablet style and 1A for mobile phone. 10-Port Charging for Smart Phone, iPad, or Tablet, 10 Port 60 Watt USB AC Charger Station with 1A up to 2.4A charging for devices requiring low 1A charging to support both mobile tablet. If you are having problems accessing your device on your computer, or your smartphone is charging only, then your cable most definitely isn’t a data-transfer USB cable. Due to the number of wires in them, USB data cables are usually thicker than USB charging cables.

That said, it’s a little hard to glean much from the information presented, since the display and documentation are both cryptic at best. At the end of the day, it’s a charger with a gimmick, and the price you pay for an on-board voltmeter is cheaper materials. Touting small size and metal construction as exclusive, standout features seemed odd to me at first, but they indeed turned out to be among this charger’s most charming attributes in practice. With a metal body, the RAVPower felt more solidly made than most of its rivals. Its performance was comfortingly predictable, too, fully charging our test phone in just over two hours. Its low profile will work well in almost any automotive interior.

This affordable 100-watt USB wall charger from AUKEY is half the size of Apple’s 96-watt charger, despite offering even more power. It’s so powerful that it can recharge 15-inch laptops at full speed. The biggest difference between this wall charger and the Anker PowerPort Speed 4 we previously mentioned is that this one doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charging. Regardless, it’s still an incredibly versatile and powerful pick — it’s just a tad bit slower and is typically a little cheaper. If you need even more ports, there’s a 10-port model, too. Or if you need a USB-C port, consider this model from Nekteck that can charge power-hungry laptops with its 87-watt USB-C port.