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Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable Review

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Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable

QUNTIS PD FAST CHARGER AND CABLE

Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable - Made for fast charging iPhone and iPad

Summary

The Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable is aimed at newer iPhones. Including a USB-C to Lightning cable and MFi certified by Apple. But it also supports fast charging other USB PD phones and small devices.

Overall
  • Performance 4.6
     
  • Design 4.5
  • Safety 5
        
  • Portability 4.5
USER REVIEW

Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Supports PPS to better fast charge compatible phones
  • Supports Samsung AFP and Huawei FCP for their phones
  • Apple MFi certified charger and cable
  • Includes a USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons

  • Won’t fast charge Quick Charge 3.0 enabled phones; but does normal charging
  • Additional fast charging standards over USB-C is against USB-C specs
  • Doesn’t include a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Non-folding prongs

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Quntis provided the product in this review.

Model: TC-061PD
Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable specs

QUNTIS PD FAST CHARGER AND CABLE SPECS

Tech Specs:
  • Ports: USB-C
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • PPS: 3.3-5.9V/3A, 3.3-11V/1.6A
    • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 100V–240V, 0.8A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches | 51 x 43 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 1.7 oz | 48 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable box and contents

QUNTIS PD FAST CHARGER AND CABLE BOX AND CONTENTS

Included In Box:
  • Quntis 18W USB-C PD Charger
  • USB-C to Lightning cable, 6 feet
Good For:
  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • iPad Pro (pre-2018)

First Impression

The Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable looks like another white iPhone charger at first glance. And it is that, though it also comes in black. But turns out it has more going for it than a random charger on Amazon. First, it is Apple MFi certified. That’s common for USB-C to Lightning cables. But much less so for 18W USB-C PD chargers. Next it offers more than the basic 18W USB-C PD an iPhone fast charger needs. It supports PPS and other fast charging standards. Allowing it to support various Android phones, and USB PD 3.0’s latest technology.

The charger itself is a simple design. Like Apple’s own, though thicker with a smaller footprint. It has fixed prongs, which aren’t a big deal for a dedicated home or work charger. And no LEDs, so it won’t disturb you in a dark bedroom.

The cable is white and 6 feet long. With a velcro cable tie to keep it neat on the go. It looks like Apple’s but will feel different. Quntis’ cable uses a PVC based exterior, where Apple does not. Apple avoids using PVC for environmental reason. But lack of PVC is why Apple cables fall apart, seemingly sooner than others. If more Apple cables get tossed it is hard to know which approach is actually better for the planet. And pretty much everyone but Apple uses PVC with their cables.

 

Compared To Similar Chargers

Charger Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable Anker PowerPort PD 1

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Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD

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Output 18W USB-C PD

PPS
18W USB-C PD 18W USB-C PD 18W USB-C PD
Features Apple MFi Certified USB-IF Certified

Folding prongs
Apple MFi Certified Folding prongs
Cable USB-C to Lightning cable USB-C to Lightning cable No cable No cable
Dimensions 2 x 1.9 x 0.9 in
1.7 oz
2 × 1.7 × 1.1 in
2.1 oz
1.4 x 1.4 x 1.3 in
1.5 oz
Price $23.96 $24.99 $20.00 $14.99

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2020-05-20.

 

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

 

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use the included USB-C to Lightning cable. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, not included.

The USB-C port also supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

 

Using a Moto G6 for testing we get normal charging rates. As no Quick Charge or compatible fast charging standard is supported that’s as fast as it goes. The charge rate is below average, only at 7.3W instead of 9-10W.

Nintendo Switch

 

Works well for all model Nintendo Switch in handheld/tabletop mode.

  • Nintendo Switch (original) – Charges while you play, but the original model Switch under draws at 12V. So it won’t charge as fast as a similar charger offering 9V or 15V (12W vs 18W).
  • Nintendo Switch (2019 update) – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.

It will not support the Switch’s dock, as it doesn’t offer the required output.

Learn more about charging the Switch.

PPS – Programmable Power Supply

Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable with PD sniffer

QUNTIS PD FAST CHARGER AND CABLE WITH PD SNIFFER

Programmable power supply (PPS) protocol was added in USB Power Delivery 3.0. But not all PD 3.0 devices and chargers support it. In fact it is uncommon now, but will grow in use. It allows for small, step-wise changes in voltage and current. This reduces conversion loss during charging. The power transfer is more efficient and lithium batteries endure less heat.

Under PPS charging occurs in two phases. In the first phase the current (amps) is constant, with a gradual increase in voltage. In the second phase the voltage (now at a higher state) is constant, with a gradual decrease in current.

Devices that support PPS include:

  • LG G7/G8 ThinQ
  • LG V40/V50 ThinQ
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G/A70
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9

Any device that supports Quick Charge 4+ will also support PPS. If your phone was released in 2018 or later you can check its specs to see if PPS is supported.

If your devices don’t support PPS this tech will have no effect charge performance. And with this model you’ll be future proofed for a future PPS device.

Other Fast Charging Standards Over USB-C

Besides USB Power Delivery this charger’s USB-C also supports Apple 2.4A, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging, and Huawei FCP. That allows it to offer other fast charging options to older Samsung and iPhone models. As well as most Huawei phones. But the presence of these standards over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. Chargers with similar configurations have been around for years without issue. But we don’t know what the future holds.

Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Several of the technologies listed above do just that. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.

There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger there is no data transfer. Some USB-C engineers warn against using any USB-C chargers with third party standards. Their concern is unforeseen consequences.

I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.

Summary

Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable port

QUNTIS PD FAST CHARGER AND CABLE PORT

The Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable focuses on iPhone and iPad users. But if you can provide your own USB-C to USB-C cable it makes for a nice fast charger for some Android phones, too. As well as the Nintendo Switch and other USB PD supporting smaller devices.

As advertised it fast charges newer iPhones, and includes the necessary cable. It also fast charges newer Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones. Especially models which support PPS. The other fast charging standards support older Samsung phones and most Huawei phones. Though it won’t always perform as well as those phones’ original chargers.

The iPad and iPad mini models will charge with this setup. But they don’t support USB PD, so won’t charge any faster than normal. But the iPad Pro lines does support USB PD. The models with Lightning cables will fast charge at their max rate. The latest model with USB-C will also fast charge. Though it could go faster with a 30W USB-C PD charger.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode while you play. Due to the 12V power profile being used it is slower than some other USB-C PD chargers. But still enough to charge the Switch with the most demanding games.

Both Quntis’ charger and cable are Apple MFi certified. Meaning they follow Apple’s specifications to support iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It costs the same as Apple’s 18W USB-C PD charger. But Apple doesn’t include the necessary cable like Quntis does.

The fix prongs will be a turn off for some. But that can only be an issue if you use it as a travel charger. With its price and included cable I would look at it for home or work needs.

About Quntis

Quntis has U.S. based support (web and email) and a 10 year warranty on their charger. And a lifetime warranty on their cables. They have headquarters in both the U.S. and Germany.

Bottom Line

The Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable has all the backing you’d want to show it is a safe charger for Apple products. From its U.S. based support and HQ. To receiving Apple MFi certification for both the cable and charger. And it goes beyond the iPhone’s needs. Meeting fact charging standards for several Android devices.

Buy if you:
  • Need a budget friendly fast charger and cable for your iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11 or iPad Pro
  • Have a phone that supports PPS
  • Prefer to stick with Apple MFi certified products
Don’t buy if you:
  • Have no use for the included USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Hate non-folding prongs

Be sure to check the Deals page to see if this or a similar charger is on sale.

Reposted from: 

https://switchchargers.com/quntis-pd-fast-charger-and-cable-review/