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# 208347 7-Feb-2017 20:59
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Hi there! 

 

Before I started to research mobile charging options, USB cables and the like I never new the standards were so all over the place! Learnt a bit.

 

 

 

So many choices and many dubious. 

 

 

 

Keen to know if any other Google Pixel XL owners have been able to source Google Pixel XL chargers (Australian/NZ plugs but doesn't matter if not) which are the authentic Google 18w USB-C chargers?

 

 

 

Searched on the net and can't find anything apart from the Google store options which are unavailable due to location searching from, 

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

Ash.

 

 

 

 


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  # 1716803 7-Feb-2017 21:07
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Can you charge it with a regular USB charger and a USB A to USB C cable?

 

Getting good cables is tough. I got some ugreen from ebay, they work fine but they don't connect quite right to one of my chargers. I'm not super confident in them. Benson Leung, who works for Google, is the authority on USB C charging, he tests cables and chargers. There are products he approves here and there.

 

If anyone in Wellington makes an Amazon order for a good quality cable let me know, I might get one, but it's not worth ordering just the one. Not many ship direct.




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  # 1716853 7-Feb-2017 21:38
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I thought it might be the case, nothing jumped out at me when I researched. Waiting game I suspect.

 

 

 

Charging with the original charger is definitely quicker than with other USB 2.4a chargers. Originally there was doubt about the Pixel charging at 18w, but it was confirmed the Pixel (non XL) charged at 15w and the Pixel XL charges at 18w. It's made such a difference, if I'm less than diligent a quick charge when I wake up and before I leave for work is more than enough charge for a full day. 

 

 

 

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/184675/20161103/google-pixel-charging-speeds-confirmed-only-pixel-xl-charges-with-18w-pixel-restricted-at-15w.htm

 

 

 

When I bought the Pixel from PB Tech I knew there may be some issues as it is parallel imported, but did so anyway - took the dive! They did include a spare NZ 2.4a charger + usb-c cable with the Pixel which I thought was a nice add - and a jackson travel plug so the original charger worked - nice touch I thought, they didn't need to do that, but I suppose the margins were good enough :0) Good on them anyway.

 

 

 

I'll wait a bit I think. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1716870 7-Feb-2017 21:55
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My HTC 10 has rapid charger but I must admit that most of the time I charge it using a 1A Adapter and a USB A to C cable slowly overnight as the bigger battery lasts longer than my m7 so I dont need to to rapidly charge over night.

 

I use the rapid charger only if need a quick rapid top up.

 

I bought a Belkin USB A to C charging cable to use as needed at work on the assumption that cost and brand name might help in the short term. Cable nice and thick and physically similar to the one which came with the phone.

 

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  # 1716957 8-Feb-2017 06:58
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I have a Huawei P9, which supports rapid charging but doesn't come with a rapid charger. I use the cable that came with it and one of my 2A chargers. Because it's so efficient I only use about 40% of the battery in a day, max, and that charges up to 95% in less than an hour, maybe half an hour. Once it gets up to about 90% it slows the charging a lot, probably to protect the battery.


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  # 1716984 8-Feb-2017 08:48
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My Motorola G4 Plus comes with a rapid charger pack.. 





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  # 1716990 8-Feb-2017 09:01
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ashennz:

 

Charging with the original charger is definitely quicker than with other USB 2.4a chargers. Originally there was doubt about the Pixel charging at 18w, but it was confirmed the Pixel (non XL) charged at 15w and the Pixel XL charges at 18w. It's made such a difference, if I'm less than diligent a quick charge when I wake up and before I leave for work is more than enough charge for a full day. 

 

 

 

Most people really don't understand the complexities that are chargers - it's a very confusing space.

 

The reality is if you want high speed charging you need a good charger. I keep hearing people complain about the lack of USB ports in public places and excitement when they see USB ports on a plane, but the vast majority of these ports are totally useless for charging modern devices. Plug a modern QC2.0 or QC3.0 phone into the IFE on Air NZ and it'll struggle to charge at 400mA - plug it into a QC 2.0 or QC 3.0 charger and you'll find your device charges 5-6x quicker.

 

There are also lots of "brand name" chargers out there that are terrible. That's why you can never go wrong buying a proper charging brand such as Anker or Ravpower.

 

UCB-C also introduces complexities in that QC3.0 and USB-C are not one and the same.

 

It's a shame buying quality products in NZ or AU is so difficult. I met the Anker guys in May last year and they seemed to suggest Anker products would be in stores in this part of the world within a few months. It's a shame that hasn't yet happened.

 

 


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  # 1717006 8-Feb-2017 09:23
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I have a 5X and have been importing Anker from the USA to meet my charging requirements (running Pokemon Go all day drains my battery and so I have needed multiple options at home, work and car)

 

Only when using USB-C to USB-C cables can I get "Charging Rapidly", otherwise most charging is reported as "Charging" (when using my Anker battery pack or PowerPort and USB-A to USB-C cables)

 

Thankfully I haven't come across any issues with using "bad" cables that may fry my charging port ...


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  # 1717010 8-Feb-2017 09:30
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nzkiwiman:

 

Only when using USB-C to USB-C cables can I get "Charging Rapidly", otherwise most charging is reported as "Charging" (when using my Anker battery pack or PowerPort and USB-A to USB-C cables)

 

 

 

 

Interesting, I too have a 5X and Anker charger and it reports that it's "Charging rapidly" when I use a spigen (I think) USB3(A) to USB-C cable, and seems to charge just as fast as the charger that came with the phone. 


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  # 1717092 8-Feb-2017 10:26
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If I plug my HTC 10 into the rapid charger using the supplied USB A to c cable I get the, "Rapid Charging" notification appear.

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  # 1717204 8-Feb-2017 13:59
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nzkiwiman:

 

Only when using USB-C to USB-C cables can I get "Charging Rapidly", otherwise most charging is reported as "Charging" (when using my Anker battery pack or PowerPort and USB-A to USB-C cables)

 

 

 

 

Interesting, I too have a 5X and Anker charger and it reports that it's "Charging rapidly" when I use a spigen (I think) USB3(A) to USB-C cable, and seems to charge just as fast as the charger that came with the phone. 

 

 

I am using "official" USB-A to USB-C cables from Trademe - it is starting to get a very worrisome bend in it
Hopefully my eBay purchased Anker USB-A to USB-C cables (direct from Anker, via YouShop) will be here soon. Just wish I could get a Anker USB-C to USB-C cable .. Amazon is my only option and I don't want to pay postage


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  # 1724650 22-Feb-2017 18:30
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I bought my Pixel XL from PB Tech and they included a (rather large) Jackson adapter so I'm getting fast charging with the Google charger and adapter.

 

I'd also love to get my hands on the Google charger for AUS/NZ. If only I could order this: https://store.google.com/product/usb_type_c_18w_power_adapter !

 

 


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