First what is Quick Charging or QC?
QC Or Quick Charging is the fast charging method from Qualcomm®, so for a phone to have QC enabled, it would need to have a Qualcomm® chipset inside.
For example, Huawei phones use in house Kirin chipsets and therefore do not use any Qualcomm technology and Huawei have their own SuperCharge technology for fast charging, whereas Samsung for example do use Qualcomm chips and are QC enabled devices, so many Samsung mobile devices will be Quick Charge ready.
Quick Charge is the most common Quick Charging Technology. Qualcomm® Quick Charge technology powers your devices faster than conventional charging, allowing you to spend less time connected to outlets.
So what are the benefits of Quick Charging?
When charging with QC, your phone will receive more power, so it is therefore able to charge faster.
QC 3.0 is up to 4 times faster charging your phone, then standard 5W charging. Standard charging is the regular charging that comes with many of the cables and chargers that are given in the box with your phone, so it is essential to get the QC charger and cables required to charge your phone quickly if you want to make use of this great technology.
As one of the most widely used of the fast charging technologies, Quick Charge is already in many of your favourite smartphones. If your smartphone is Quick Charge 3.0-compatible, and you have the QC 3.0 charger and cables you can charge up to 80% in just 35 minutes.*
So the main benefit is you can charge your phone a lot quicker then before, giving you more time.
*As tested by Qualcomm in test condition on a 2750mAh battery compared to traditional 5W charging.
The power your phone receives will vary based upon the QC version you have available to you and this will also affect the speed that your phone charges.
It started when Quick Charge was released to improve the charging time of mobile phones, as whilst phone technology improved vastly, charging technology did not and only in 2015 did it start to move forward.
QC 2.0 was released and allowed for almost 75% faster charge times to standard 5W charging.
This was followed by QC 3.0 which uses 3A charging to create a high Watt charge to your phone and allows it to charge 50% faster then QC 2.0.
Qualcomm ® have recently released QC 4.0 and 4+, both of which are PD (Power Delivery) compatible. This is the latest and fastest charging that is seen many laptops and can now be used to quick charge your phone faster than ever before.
Quick Charge 4.0 / PD can charge your smartphone from 0% to 50% battery in an estimated 15 minutes (based on battery size).
Please note however that if you use your phone whilst charging, this will slow down the charge and it will default to a slower charge speed, so when charging, it is better to leave the phone charging as otherwise it defaults to standard charging speeds, to protect the battery and prevent any heat build up and overheating of you battery and phone.
So in summary if you have a QC enabled device and you want to make the most of it and reduce your charging time, then grab yourself a Quick Charge Charging Adapter and Quick Charge Enabled Cables.