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Amid all of the updates Motorola brought to its second generation Moto X, there’s one that’s lacking when compared to some other flagship Google Android phones: The ability to charge the handset without wires.
For some, that may be disappointing. Don’t overlook, however, the charging method found in the Moto X because it can recharge the phone far faster than a wireless charging pad and even quicker than a standard USB plug with an optional Turbo Charger.
The new Moto X can gain up to 8 hours of run-time in just 15 minutes with its included charger. How is that possible? The phone supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 functionality; [company]Qualcomm[/company] makes the processor chip inside the Moto X, just as it did for last year’s model.
Here’s how Qualcomm compares charging with the feature as compared to the prior iteration of it as well as standard mobile device charging:
Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to speed up those stays at the wall outlet (or other charging sources) by reducing the amount of time it takes to recharge when a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled device is paired with a Quick Charge 2.0 certified power adapter. In laboratory tests using a 3300mAh battery, a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled device went from 0% to 60% charge in 30 minutes, while a device without Quick Charge 2.0 using a conventional (5 volt, 1 amp) charger achieved just a 12% gain in the same 30 minutes.
[company]Motorola[/company] says the Turbo Charger is coming soon and will cost $34.99 when it goes on sale.
When using it with devices that don’t support Qualcomm’s technology, it will provide a full 15 Watt charge. The obvious downside here is that you’ll need to tote the Turbo Charger to get the battery benefit, but I think that — and $35 — is a small price to pay for an extra 8 hours of run-time in just a 15-minute span of time.