Anker 18W Quick Charge 3.0 is a USB Wall Charger with quick charging capabilities. As the name reflects, it supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 (or up to 18W quick charging). In layman’s terms, that means when used with a compatible phone, it should charge it up to 80% within 30 minutes.
Anker says that it is an intelligent fast charger and so adjusts to whatever the charging ability of the device plugged into is. So, it will deliver 10W fast charging to a 10W charging phone, 15W to a 15W quick charging phone, and 18W to an 18W charging phone. Nice.
Anker 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger: In The Box
- Anker 18W 3.0 PowerPort+ 1 Quick Charger
- USB cable
- Welcome guide.
The documentation adds that the Anker PowerPort+ 1 is compatible with phones powered by a Snapdragon processor. That does not mean it won’t fast charge other type of devices; you just might not get the maximum Quick Charge 3.0 speed.
It uses a 3-pin system. There is an LED light that lights up when it is connected and charging is in progress,. You can get the full specs here: Anker 18W PowerPort+ 1 Quick Charge 3.0 USB wall fast charger.
And now on to our review. To put the Anker 3.0 PowerPort+ 1 to the test, I ran charging exercises of two well known smartphones, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9+.
Charging Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Anker 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger
Samsung Galaxy S9+ is equipped with 15W quick charging. Samsung has been quite stingy with quick charging standards, but 15W is better than old creepy-crawly standard charging. Using the Anker 18W Quick Charge wall charger with it, the 15W fast charging kicks in.
Like all intelligent fast chargers, the Anker detects the charging capability of the phone and adjusts to deliver just that. The Galaxy S9+ gets up to 60% battery power from zero in 30 minutes.
Charging Redmi Note 7 with Anker 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger
Xiaomi says the Redmi Note 7 supports 18W quick charging, so I set out to test it with the Anker. After 30 minutes, the phone had just 36% battery. That is definitely not 18W quick charge fast.
But I doubt that it is the Anker charger’s fault. Before now, I had used an Infinix 18W fast charger with the Redmi Note 7 and got similar results – 10W charging territory. I have begun to ask myself whether indeed the Redmi Note 7 supports 18W fast charging.
To be fair, the Redmi is not a Snapdragon phone, so perhaps that earlier caveat applies here, though I cannot see why the other fast charger I used with it should not deliver the 18W charging that Xiaomi says the Note 7 supports.
Does Anker 18W Quick Charge 3.0 have any Quirks?
The Anker 18W Quick Charge 3.0’s supplied charging cable is a standard USB one. I’d have loved to see a USB Type-C cable included in the box, or at least a Type-C adapter. Thankfully, I have an adapter and that didn’t pose a problem. If you are buying this for a smartphone with a USB Type-C connector, you will need to buy yourself an adapter if you do not already have one.
How much does it cost? N6,500. You will find more affordable 18W fast chargers in the market, but if you can afford this one, especially if you own a higher mid-range or premium smartphone, it is well worth its price.
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Learn More About Quick Chargers
If interested in learning more about quick charging standards and chargers, have a look at this article: Quick Chargers: How do they work and how are they different from normal chargers?.