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Question about Motorola TurboCharger

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Karl_in_Chicago, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. Karl_in_Chicago

    Karl_in_Chicago Well-Known Member
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    So when the features tout the Motorola TurboCharger feature being able to provide 6 hours of battery life with only 15 minutes of charging - is that specific to a unique "wall wart" style charger that comes with the device or is that from any (supported) USB power supply? It sounds great but if it only works when I'm back home near my wall wart vs (the much more likely scenario) when I'm at my desk tethered via a basic USB cable to my desktop PC it isn't as useful. This isn't a slam, I'm just honestly not familiar with this feature. I'll be going over to the Moto X forum to try to learn more but figured this question might be of interest to other potential N6 buyers as well.

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  2. jj14x

    jj14x Android Expert

    It would be specific to a turbo charging compatible wall wart style charger that comes with the device (or purchased separately). The regular USB power supply that is available with other devices won't lead to turbo charging.

    (a USB cable connected to Desktop PC is going to be even slower than a regular wall-wart style charger)
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  3. Karl_in_Chicago

    Karl_in_Chicago Well-Known Member
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    Thanks, jj14x, that's what I figured. Wonder how much they'll be pricing additional TC wall-warts.
  4. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

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  5. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Possibly a more useful scenario - have the turbo charger at work and a normal "slow" charger at home.

    Most people charge their devices overnight, so the turbo charger may not be of use to you there. Having it at your work allows you to top off anypoint throughout the day.

    (Note- charging via USB from PC is always going to be slower. Use a wall socket whenever possible if speed is desired)
  6. Karl_in_Chicago

    Karl_in_Chicago Well-Known Member
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    No, I get it, really - it's just my "office" is sometimes downtown, sometimes out in the burbs, sometimes at a seminar - and sometimes in my car. :) That's why the near universality of the USB charging method is a boon. I understand why the available power in the method limits the charge rate and am not complaining. I'd still probably keep the primary TC wall wart at home and maybe throw an extra into the "man-bag" I carry around. I can see the value from coming home and being able to fast-charge/top-up while changing clothes and schmoozing the spouse before heading back out for libations.
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  7. jj14x

    jj14x Android Expert

    I must point out that the N6 is supposed to have a relatively large battery - so, (depending on your usage of course) you may not really need a charger at work.

    Also, note that the turbo charger will charge at the super-fast rate only if your battery is drained significantly. In other words, if you are trying to just top up (from say 75%), it won't charge as quickly as it would from a drained state (say from 20%).
    Batteries can be safely charged at a fast rate when the charge level is very low, but the charging rate must be lowered when the battery charge level is higher (to prevent damage to battery)
  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Its also powering a 5.9" screen though, so the jury is still out on battery life, even with android L's improvements.

  9. Geaux24

    Geaux24 Newbie

    Or just have a Qi wireless charger at both places and plop the device down and let it charge while not using it....
  10. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    Prior to using one for my original Nexus 5, I had no idea just how nice wireless charging would be. A small additional benefit I like is the wear and tear savings the USB port benefits from.
  11. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guest

    Perhaps the quick-charge wall-warts that are supplied w/the NOTE4 & OPPO FIND 7 would work on this phone & vice-versa.......... :idea:
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  12. rivera02

    rivera02 Android Enthusiast

    I would imagine they would...isn't the quick charge capability a snapdragon thing?
  13. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    OK OK... True confessions

    I'm so flippin excited to take delivery of my Nexus 6, upon unboxing it, the ultra high energy flowing through my body, out my hands and into the phone will charge it in mere milliseconds... Ha...Ha...:D
  14. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I would say no. The Oppo turbo charger, "VOOC" as Oppo calls it, is proprietary. Basically there's a PIC microcontroller in the Oppo F7 phone and Oppo charger, and they signal to each other. The plug is micro-USB, like most phones, but if you do plug another phone into the Oppo charger it will charge it at the normal slow rate. It's quite likely to be a similar method with the Motorola turbo charger and Motorola Nexus 6, that they have some way of signalling to each other, to do turbo charging.
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  15. Jerry-rigged

    Jerry-rigged Android Enthusiast

    The Note3/4 quick charger is a USB3 - different plug. You can plug a USB2 plug into a USB3 port, but can't plug a USB3 plug into a USB2 port.

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