Motorola was among the first to take advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that can add hours of runtime to a phone battery in as little as 15 minutes. And now Engadget reports that HTC is following suit with an accessory that can recharge your HTC One M8 battery 40 percent faster than the stock charger.
Dubbed the HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, the 15 Watt USB power pack doesn’t yet have a release date nor a price yet, although I’d anticipate it to be available soon for between $30 and $40. I’m basing the price estimate on the Motorola Turbo Charger, which retails for $35 and is included with the [company]Google[/company] Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo handsets, plus works with the new Moto X.
Unlike Motorola’s accessory, it appears the HTC version won’t add hours of battery life in a short time. Instead, it simply recharges your phone at a 40 percent overall faster rate. It’s possible then that HTC using using [company]Qualcomm[/company]’s technology in a different manner. The general result is the same for a full charge though: Less time plugged in to get your battery to 100 percent capacity.
HTC says its newer phones will work with the Rapid Charger 2.0, which makes sense since those are the ones with Qualcomm chipsets featuring Quick Charge 2.0. That means the HTC One M8, HTC One E8, HTC One Remix and HTC Desire Eye can all get a faster recharge. What doesn’t make as much sense is why did HTC wait this long to debut the charger? It could have boosted HTC One M8 sales six months ago had the Rapid Charger been available.