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  Reply # 1610776 12-Aug-2016 15:35
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sbiddle:

The problem is that as I posted above unless these units have been fundamentally redesigned in the last 6 months since I last played with one, they're a total waste of money because they won't charge most devices at any more than 500mA. It doesn't matter that they claim 2.1A output - they don't have the smarts in them that a modern charger like an OEM or Anker has to actually charge a new Android or Apple device at full speed.

 

 

+1. The problem with built-into-the-wall chargers is that you're buying instant obsolescence, not just in terms of anything new that comes out but, because the circuitry is often several years behind the times, something from several years ago. The thing about Ankers and similar high-end chargers is that they're constantly updating them to deal with the latest charging nonstandard.

 

 

Look at Qualcomm QC 2.0 and 3.0, where you're negotiating fry-your-device currents and voltages (up to 12V and 3A, over a "USB" port), anything that has that charging tech built in, which means things with recent Snapdragon and similar chipsets, will need a QC charger to go with it. So you can either plug in a newer charging brick, or wait X years and then redo your wall sockets. When (if) the tech ever settles you can decide to build them into your house, but until that happens I'd go with a brick unless you want lowest-common-denominator 500mA charging.

 

 

Even then, plug in a dodgy USB C cable (and many/most are) and you'll fry the charger if it's a cheapie with little to no protection. I'd stick to a reputable-brand power brick.

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  Reply # 1610781 12-Aug-2016 15:39
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I put the deta one in up where the games consoles are in a cabinet hoping to charge the controllers off them. The PS3 ones refuse to charge, the xbox 360 ones seem to charge but not light up the light on the cable, and the PS4 ones dont seem too happy with it. I might get some of those docks and see if they have the smarts to make the controllers charge properly in them.

 

My cheap chinese pones and an old samsung tablet are fine on the deta one. It doesnt sag like the jaycar one did. The note 4 is slow to charge, as expected since its not doing QC fast charge or whatever samsung re-branded that as.





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