It’s Thanksgiving time here in the United States, so we’re all coming up with a piece of technology that we’re thankful for. Sean chose tablets, which is a good one, so I had to hit the ol’ noggin to come up with something else. It came down to two pieces of tech that we don’t see so much as experience the effects of: 5GHz networks and quick charging technology. I chose the latter.

Several companies offer quick charging capabilities. Qualcomm’s is technically the “Quick Charge” branding and it’s included in a lot of Snapdragon devices from various including HTC, Motorola, Sony, LG and even Samsung. Samsung also has its own “Adaptive Fast Charging” tech, which now actually extends to some of its wireless charging pads. Huawei has its own technology that will soon offer up to a 48-percent charge in just 10 minutes. I really don’t know how I used to live without any of it, and I’m thankful for the engineers who developed it.


Keep in mind that, at least when it comes to Quick Charge 2.0, sometimes the charger that comes with your device doesn’t actually support the speedier juicing. You may need to grab a supported option on Amazon, and it’s well worth the cost (somewhere around $20 or less, typically) for that kind of speed. Here’s the one that I purchased from Aukey, pictured below. Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging components come right in the box and typically cost about $35 if you buy them direct.

I love being able to quickly juice up my phone at the end of the day before heading out to dinner. And it’s no longer a big deal if I wake up in the morning to find that I had forgotten to plug my phone in overnight. With Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 (version 3.0 is starting to ship, too), I can charge up a phone with a 3,300mAh battery to a 60 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging can offer up to a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. It’s even great in the car, giving me plenty of juice in the short time it takes me to drive over to the grocery store. Where I might have once gotten just a bit of additional charge on my battery, I’m now getting more juice than I need for the rest of the day.

I also think the technology has been a really cool solution to the increasingly power-hungry devices. Sure, battery technology is evolving, too, so we’re starting to get more time out of our phones, but I always thought the only solution was going to be larger batteries. The option to toss my phone on a charger, take a quick shower, and come out with enough battery to get me through most of the day or night is pretty stunning, and something I had never really thought about until it was already present in smartphones.

I’m excited to see how this technology evolves in the future, as it becomes more efficient and even quicker. What kind of tech are you thankful for?

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