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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tweak4, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. tweak4

    tweak4 Well-Known Member
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    Warning- this may be a stupid question.

    When using the charger that comes with the T2, the toast message that pops up when you unplug it says something like "Turbo Charged to 90%".
    So the question is "What exactly is Turbo Charging?" Specifically, is it something unique, or is it just the jargony name Moto is using for Qualcom Quick Charge 2.0? (i.e. will a non-Moto Quick Charge charger charge at "Turbo" rates and trigger the same message, or is there something special about Motorola's chargers that makes them work better on Moto phones than regular Quick Charge chargers?

    I've decided that I want to pick up a spare high-speed charger for the office. The Motorola ones are like $35, but I can get an Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 charger for under $15, so I'm trying to figure out whether there is any advantage to going with the Motorola one, or if they're just screwing people on accessories the way companies have been for most of recorded history.
     



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  2. I do not have an answer for your question.

    For your consideration ... I use a Tylt Vu (wireless, non turbo) in the office. I find it very convenient because it holds the phone at at my workstation at a 45 degree angle and is not plugged in.

    ... Thom
     
  3. breynolds007

    breynolds007 Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure it's just Motorola marketing lingo. I believe mine says this in any "fast" charger I use
     
  4. doogald

    doogald Extreme Android User

    It's Verizon's name for Qualcomm quick charging. Any quick charge charger should work.
     
  5. beowulf7

    beowulf7 Android Enthusiast

    I'm impressed with how quickly the turbo charger recharges my phone vs. a traditional micro USB charger.
     
  6. tweak4

    tweak4 Well-Known Member
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    Just as an update, it appears that doogald is correct. I picked up this iClever charger for less than half of what the Motorola one sells for. My phone says "TurboPower Connected" when I plug it in, and it charges at the QuickCharge 2.0 rate. Plus it's actually a QC 3.0 charger, so it should work even better for my next phone, as long as QC charging is still around then (though there is a 2.0 version of the same charger, if you want to save a couple bucks)
     
  7. beowulf7

    beowulf7 Android Enthusiast

    That's good to know that quick charging works with that adapter, which is cheaper than the OEM one you'd buy at the Verizon store. However, I wouldn't say it's future proofed for upcoming phones since the next gen phones will most likely have a micro USB Type-C port, which is not keyed like the Droid Turbo 2 is.
     
  8. tweak4

    tweak4 Well-Known Member
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    Why not? The charger doesn't have a built-in cable like the OEM one does, it just has a female USB type A connector. So as long as you get a cable with a male USB A connector on one end and a male USB C connector on the other (like those most people with a Nexus 5X or 6P probably use), or a micro-to-C adapter, I don't see why this wouldn't charge. Granted, the phone would still have to have a SnapDragon processor and support the Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 or lower to get any fast-charging benefit, but I don't see why this wouldn't be usable for any device to some degree.
     
  9. doogald

    doogald Extreme Android User

    Right, I much prefer the idea of a charger with a USB port rather than a hard wired charger with a fixed end. While I understand the hard-wired design, and why it's better that way (if you read about Google's Benson Leung and his reviews of many USB type C cables, most of which are crap and one of which destroyed his Chromebook Pixel), it's nice to know that a purchased charger will be usable for at least a few more years.

    Just be careful about the type C cables you buy when your phone does get one...
     

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