If you own an iPhone you will probably also own one of Apple’s slow 5W 1A chargers which have been a staple of iPhone boxes dating back to the first iPhone. This also means you will find the charging speed to be incredibly slow especially with the Plus models.
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Therefore a 2.4A charger is necessary since it provides about dual the charging speed. This is where the Spigen Essential Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger comes into play. The box is typical Spigen with an orange and black colour scheme alongside the dimensions and features.
The charger itself is incredibly compact and easily fits in the palm of my hand. It has a non-detachable UK plug which is a boon in the fact that you are less likely to damage the contact points if you change the adapter frequently but it also means you can’t change it if you go abroad a lot.
The charger itself is covered with a glossy plastic covering all but the section with the 3 pin UK plug. A Spigen logo is planted on one side with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 logo on the other. On the base, you have all the technical specs with the relevant technologies listed.
Looking at the 2 USB ports on the back, they are both branded Intelligent Power, noted by an iP logo and this is because the product can smartly detect the correctly voltage and amperage for your device to avoid sending too much or too little power to the port. This is great to have since if you are somebody who leaves their phone charging all night, then it will detect when to trickle charge which usually happens at the 80% mark. The top has a 5V 2.4A connection and looks like a standard white USB port whereas the green port below has QC 3.0 indicating the Quick Charge functionality. This means the charger can output the following: 3.6-6V at 3A, 6.2-9V at 2A and 9.2-12V at 1.5A.
The bottom port is designed especially with devices such as the HTC U11, LG V30, LG V6 and BlackBerry KeyOne alongside many more in mind. There is a much wider list of products that support the standard on Qualcomm’s website. The advantage of supporting this over QC 2.0 is that this can fine-tune the amount of voltage required whereas QC 2.0 had very specific boundaries and increments.
QC 3.0 claims to power a typical device up to 71% in 30 minutes compared to 63% on QC2.0 and 18% on a standard 5V 1A charger as is included in the box of the iPhone. I was not specifically able to test out this fast charging technology because I currently don’t have any devices which support QC 3.0 so I am just going to have to take the results with a pinch of salt.
I did, however, see the boost from a standard iPhone charger which was good. I mainly tested this as a standalone plug for my 8 Plus alongside using it as the power source for the Essential Fast Charger which I have also reviewed since this is the recommended power source for that. I saw the charge go up to about 90% from about 13% in an hour and a half but then the phone started to trickle charge which I have seen with many other adapters.
Having tried to get the product to squeak or creek, I could not fault the build quality which feels like it could easily get away with being dropped a bit without any subsequent effects not that I would specifically recommend damaging it just for the sake of it. The black plastic although seems prone to fingerprints and scratching so I would probably not say this is the ideal travel USB power plug.
The charging speed itself of your device is affected by a huge number of factors such as the software, cable length, connector quality, battery capacity, battery health, battery temperature alongside many else so it’s hard to give an exact number for percentage boost compared to the stock charger. Its unlikely that 2 people will get the exact same charging speed because of the above factors. It will definitely be a step down if you use a proprietary charger such as Dash Charge from OnePlus but a step above more generic power adapters found in the mid-level and budget phones.
The iP technology did mean I found my iPhone’s battery becoming less warm compared to other 2.4A ports since the amperage was reduced to ensure that the battery doesn’t overheat to protect it from damage.
The iPhone now supports fast charging but requires a USB C to Lightning cable and a power adapter that supports USB PD which unfortunately this doesn’t support either and maybe Spigen could look into integrating that in the next iteration since more and more devices are transitioning over to USB C for power due to its higher power capabilities.