If you’ve got a recent HTC phone, you might want to put the Choetech 6-Port USB charger on your radar as it includes two Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 ports for high speed charging as well as four standard USB ports capable of 2400mA per port. It’s also significantly less expensive than any Quick Charge 2.0 product we’ve seen at Pocketables so far.
There’s an update from 3 days after this was written at the bottom.
If you’re not aware of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, it’s a method of quickly loading power into certain batteries at rates generally 75% faster than the cheapo charger that shipped with your phone. You’ll notice when you plug a recent HTC phone into a 2 amp charger you’re still charging nowhere near that, and that’s because although you’re capable it has to be done with some other charging spec.
Think of a two amp charger as petroleum, and the Qualcomm Quick Charger spec as biodiesel. Both do the same thing, but one isn’t going to work with the other.
In quick and dirty tests I ran I was able to charge a HTC One M9 at 2451mA peaking at ~2600 according to what was reported by Battery Monitor Widget. This is about a full amp higher charge rate than the wall charger that came with the phones, and if it were to maintain that rate would completely recharge either the M8 or M9 in one hour.
You won’t charge at that rate constantly however as when the batteries heat up to a certain point the phone’s kernel says “whoa!” and charge rates drop for a while.
For purposes of load testing I drained two HTC phones (the M8 and M9) down to 30% battery, drained three portable chargers to about half life, and tried to drain my iPad 2 by having the screen on for nearly two hours playing a video. This left six power-hungry devices waiting for a charge.
I plugged everything in, and I think I hit a limit at that point as one of the HTC phones started claiming it would charge better on a HTC charger. I unplugged a couple of things and then everything seemed happier although the Quickcharge rates were lower than what I’d expect.
The total power across this is 10amps, and if I figured out the draw I was doing it was six amps for the chargers, 2.1 amps for the iPad 2, which only left 1.9 amps for the two quickcharge ports. I was seeing about 2.7amps shared across both of them, so I’m guessing one of my chargers wasn’t charging at speed.
The moral of this story is it will probably suit nearly any need you have, however when you put it under full load your Quick Charge 2.0 ports will not get the ~5amps they could easily go through.
I don’t think you’re going to run into this problem unless you’re really attempting to find out what the charger can and cannot do.
During the tests, the charger got warm. Not scary warm, but it felt a bit like it should be given ventilation room if you have that ability.
The two Qualcomm Quick Charge ports are marked with a blue USB tongue, and if you’ve got items plugged in you can’t tell which is which. I really wish they’d have put a dot or a sticker on those as sure, you can pull a plug out and figure out which side is which, but if you’ve got a lot of stuff plugged in and the unit is situated it’s a pain.
However, coming in at $19.99 at the moment on Amazon I don’t expect perfection, and coming in at a little more than half the cost of the last Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 we reviewed and with double the Quick Charge capabilities and four additional USB ports, it’s probably worth it.
It also comes with a one-year warranty from the manufacturer.
The only other thing I’d really love to have seen with this was a higher total capacity. If you can do 2.4amps per port, the amps to power all of that would be about 15 amps This does fall short if you need to use full speed charging on every port. It appears you can get a full 10 amps though, which is full speed charging for a couple of quick charge units and two 2.4amp ports.
The Choetech 6-port USB charger with Quick Charge 2.0 is available from Amazon for $19.99 scratch this, link we had was incorrect, awaiting correct link.
Update: awaiting a replacement unit as there were issues with this one