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April 18, 2016

Tronsmart’s 5-port QC 3.0 power station can charge your Android smartphone from 0-80% in 30 minutes

by John_A

I recently picked up an LG G5 to review, and one of the unique features it has is USB Type-C with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Most of these charging technologies can be confusing, because they’re always advancing so quickly. I also picked up the Tronsmart 54W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station from Amazon since it is one of the few accessory charging brands I trust. I wanted to see for myself just how good Quick Charge 3.0 really is made out to be.

What is Quick Charge 3.0?

According to Qualcomm –

Quick Charge 3.0 is engineered to refuel devices up to four times faster than conventional charging. It is designed to charge twice as fast as Quick Charge 1.0 and to be 38 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. Now consumers can spend even less time charging, and can grab and go more quickly.

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.

In a nutshell…

It can charge your compatible devices really quickly. It’s faster and more power efficient than anything you’ve used before to charge your smartphone.

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Tronsmart 54W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station – link

Specs

  • Five port charger with VoltiQ
  • Ports 1-4 – 5V / 2.4A (Max)
  • Port 5 – (QC3.0 Port): 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, and 9-12V/1.5A(Max)
  • Charge compatible devices to 80% in just 35 minutes
  • 27% faster charging speed compared with Quick Charge 2.0 Charger

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Usage

Being 100% honest, I am getting quite tired of all of the confusing charging features in Android devices these days. USB Type-C was left out of the latest Samsung Galaxy phones, which adds to the fragmentation issue with Android hardware. Also Qualcomm’s Quick Charge isn’t available on devices like the Nexus 6P, where it uses Fast Charging instead.

It’s downright confusing and nearly impossible to keep up with.

That’s where I turn to Tronsmart. I have been using its chargers for over a year now, and love the build quality, as well the engineering that go into each of its accessories. VoltiQ is the smart technology that it uses to manage the power output to all of my devices. I don’t have to worry about power output and frying batteries with VoltiQ. Tronsmart takes the time to get its chargers and cables certified through Qualcomm so its customers have another layer of protection for its customers.

The 5-port Quick Charge 3.0 power station from Tronsmart is a charger that has the technology built into it that will be compatible with all of my devices. Wireless headphones, speakers, and smartphones like my iPhone 6S+, LG V10, and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge can all be charged at fast speeds using the four VoltiQ charging ports. The fifth charging port which has Quick Charge 3.0 is designed for devices like my LG G5.

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I’ve been using this charger for about a month, and can tell you that it works as advertised. It charges my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at 2.4A, while it charges my LG G5 at a faster 3A. That power difference results in my LG G5 going from 3% to 80% in about a half an hour. I don’t like to drain my batteries to 0%, but for the sake of this test I did drop it to 3%. I normally am used to getting about 50% in the same time on Quick Charge 2.0 devices, so getting that extra 30% in the same amount of time is quite nice.

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The build quality of Tronsmart chargers is near the top of third party manufacturers, and this charger lives up to that standard. It’s small – the five-port power station easily fits in the palm of my hand. It’s small enough to where it is my charger of choice for travelling as it helps keep things simple and organized.

Summary

Priced at $29.99, the Tronsmart 5-port Quick Charge 3.0 power station is fairly priced for the quality and technology built into this accessory. It’s small and compact, and most importantly is compatible with the latest charging standards as well as the older ones. You can’t go wrong with Tronsmart accessories. If you’re looking for a multi-port charger, I highly recommend the 5-port Quick Charge 3.0 power station from Tronsmart.

  • Get the 5-port power station from Amazon.com.
  • If you need cables, you can pick up six in varying lengths from Tronsmart for just $10.99.
  • USB C Car Charger,Tronsmart 30W Dual USB Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0 Technology – $19.99
  • [Quick Charge 3.0] Tronsmart 42W 3-Port USB Wall Charger – $21.99
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