Qualcomm announces Quick Charge 3.0 promising even faster charging

Need a reason not to buy Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 chargers or any of the new flagships out like the Moto X Pure Edition? Well Qualcomm has just given you one. A really good one too.

Qualcomm just announced QC 3.0, the new standard for quick charging. Qualcomm claims that it is twice as fast as QC 1.0 and 38 percent more efficient than QC 2.0.

While Quick Charge 3.0 will be backwards compatible with 1.0 and 2.0, you will need a new charger to utilize 3.0 speeds.

Unfortunately for those who completely bought into Quick Charge 2.0, their chargers will be unable to deliver the 3.0 speeds, but the still will be able to charge the phone at 2.0 speeds which is significantly faster than standard charging. It isn’t a total loss.

These super fast charging speeds are achieved by some “sciencey” stuff that I will quote down below. The gist of it is that your devices with Quick Charge 3.0 will be able to use a wider variety of voltagesĀ in order to get more power faster in a safe fashion.

[blockquote author=”Qualcomm“]How does it work? Quick Charge 3.0 employs Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), an algorithm which allows your portable device to determine what power level to request at any point in time, enabling optimum power transfer while maximizing efficiency. It also supports wider voltage options, allowing a mobile device to dynamically adjust to the ideal voltage level supported by that specific device. Specifically, Quick Charge 3.0 offers a more granular range of voltages: 200mV increments, from 3.6V to 20V. That way your phone can target one of dozens of power levels.[/blockquote]

Qualcomm created this nifty video down below to help quickly bring you up to speed on this new standard.

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 will work now on any phone that uses the following processors

  • 820
  • 620
  • 618
  • 617
  • 430

The best part is that this will work with any port connector. USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, or proprietary connectors can all bask in the glory that is Quick Charge 3.0.

If you were on the fence about getting a new phone, this should sway you to the hold off and wait side. I know that this is enough to get me to stick with my Idol 3 5.5″ a little longer and not buy the Moto X Pure Edition like I have been craving to.

I will gladly hold out until I see some smartphone with QC 3.0 in tow before buying a new phone. What about you? Is QC 3.0 enough to make you wait until buying a new phone? Or is there a current flagship out now that is just too good to pass up?

  • Our design house have worked with Power Integrations for months for the Quick Charge 3.0 solutions. Power Integrations will release the new Power Controllers ( in QC2.0, they use the CHY100) for Quick Charge 3.0. and we have used our popular WC1Q wall charger to test the QC3.0 demo:http://www.tronsmart.com/news/quick-charge-3.0