When it comes to batteries, things haven’t changed for quite a while. Also, as gloom, as it might sound battery tech isn’t really going to change for a while and the reason for that is because there are so many factors that go into new battery development that you have to consider; things such as how long the battery is going to last, whether it’s safe for long-term use and also if it can withstand different temperature ranges. It’s definitely good to look forward to new charging tech, but for now, the best thing to look for is the best charging products and tech that you can use for your current products.
We use charging electronics every day to charge our portable devices such as smartphones, tablets and also laptops too. With that said, charging products have evolved over the years and there are quite a few different ones on the market. Another part of charging that has changed quite drastically is the charging technology that we use.
I just want to first go over the different charging electronics that we tend to rely on the most and also ones that we don’t rely on as much but we should because of how helpful they are.
USB Wall Chargers
Wall chargers are the first charging electronic that we tend to use with our newest device and the reason for that is because most of our portable devices such as smartphones, and tablets actually come with a USB wall charger. Now, most of the time smartphone brands tell you to use the wall charger that specifically came with your device. You really don’t have to because there are tons of wall chargers on the market that are just as good, and don’t worry, they won’t mess up your device.
Wall chargers may have one large flaw and that would be that you have to keep your devices in a single place for charging. For everything else though, wall chargers are what makes charging happen for other charging electronics too. Such as wall chargers being able to recharge portable chargers and also wireless chargers being powered by wall chargers too.
Another thing that makes wall chargers better options for charging your devices is that they can charge lots of devices at once with some wall chargers becoming charging stations that use up to 10 USB charging ports. Excessive? Probably. Useful? Definitely. Wall chargers are also the first charging electronic product that uses new charging tech such as Quick Charge and Power Delivery and whatever else may come in the future.
However, wall chargers can’t be portable and charge at the same time because they don’t have an onboard charging capacity. That’s why power banks exist because they’re chargers that can be taken anywhere with you because they have batteries that are built-in to the charger. With the use of batteries, power banks also have a good amount of versatility when it comes to the amount of power capacity that they have.
There is definitely going to be an even exchange when it comes to the power capacity of a charger and also the size of it. As ones that have higher capacities are larger and the ones that have low capacities are smaller. You get more power but with less portability ease and vice versa.
Another major charging electronics on the market are car chargers. Car chargers are important because many of us spend a good amount of time in a car throughout our day. As a result, you can charge your phone while you’re headed to work or if you’re on a road trip. Not many people find the value of car chargers but they’re actually very useful, especially when you consider that you might use an app like Google maps navigation sometimes and that can consume quite a lot of power while you’re driving and using it.
Having a car charger plugged into a smartphone while using GPS navigation can be different between getting to your destination or being lost due to a dead battery.
Powerful Charging Technologies
Then there are the two growing and powerful charging technologies. Which are known as Quick Charge and Power Delivery.
Quick Charge is a very well-known charging technology because it’s used with a lot of Android smartphones because Qualcomm, a tech company that creates Snapdragon processors which go into a lot of Android phones are the creators of Quick Charge. That said, using a Quick Charge charger is very helpful for fast charging but if there’s one flaw with Quick Charge is that it can’t be universal. Or at least it can’t be fully universal. As your going to need Qualcomm’s QC tech within a device and companies would have to pay for that.
Instead, it’s best to use USB-C which is starting to become the new universal standard of charging that smartphones, tablets, and laptops are using. It’s with this technology that Power Delivery is being used with. Power Delivery charging is basically a powerful form of charging with USB-C that can output power up to 100W and can, therefore, charge laptops.
Since there are phones like the Google Pixel that use Power Delivery and also laptops such as the MacBook and Chromebook that use PD, you’re actually able to use the same USB-C Power Delivery wall charger with both your smartphone and laptop. That is truly universal charging and that is the main goal in this case and the future of charging.