Why is a phone car charger needed when operating your head unit? We’ll try to answer this question and add ways to manage better your connected devices (and prevent hassles during your drives)
Why is using wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto an issue?
Why do you need to use a car charger?
With the astonishingly rapid advancement of technology in our society, it is no surprise that our lives have become much easier and more convenient thanks to our founders of science and technology.
The same can be said of those who invented Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – programs that made listening to music, navigating through traffic, in-car communication, and more a part of our daily lives. These conveniences, though, come with some drawbacks. One of the main concerns is rapid battery drain, which may hinder people from using the system altogether.
Most users don’t know how to address these problems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto because most people go through it without realising there are simple solutions. These systems use so much battery because they use two connections: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The head unit and mobile device you have uses Bluetooth to communicate. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi establishes an internet connection for our apps to function correctly.
Another significant issue is where navigation apps are the main culprits. These apps consume more processing power than other apps, such as Spotify or Apple Music. This is unsurprising given that navigation apps are demanding – relying on algorithms and real-time connections to guide users to their destinations.
Meanwhile, analysts say that the iOS Software Updates can put a significant strain on battery life.
The easy solution is to have a quality, fast charger that can sustain heavy usages such as the CP and AA and still charge your phone simultaneously. For these charger cables to work, they have to have PD and QC (Power Delivery and Quick Charge) of more than 18W. They also need a phone that supports Quick Charge 3.0, which most phones commonly have now.
What is QC 3.0?
With the advancement of technology in our phones, it’s no surprise that quick charging would be a big hit feature in newer phones. Samsung calls this “Adaptive Fast Charging”, where it’s just a rebranding QC (Quick Charging/Qualcomm Quick Charge). This technology gives its users the speedy promise of charging their batteries. The feature is almost identical to iPhone users.
Qualcomm Quick Charge has been widely used since Qualcomm created it. It is commonly found in Android phones nowadays. And iPhones began supporting it through their newly released iPhone 12/Pro/Pro Max/Mini the older phones.
This feature provides super-quick charging, capable of delivering 3x the power of the original 5W charging brick included when you buy your phone. Qualcomm incorporated an impressive feature with its 3.0 QC called the INOV (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage).
In summary, it prioritises the charging efficiency that allows for monitored power output. In doing so, it matches up against different voltages with different phones, making it less likely to heat your phone while charging it and efficiently save energy.
What is PD?
With power delivery (PD), it has its similarities with QC. Still, it mainly works differently while achieving the same result of its promises.
PD (Power Delivery) can deliver powerful wattages of up to 100ws required for some demanding devices like MacBook, portable consoles like the Nintendo Switch, or higher-end gaming phones such as the ROG or Xiaomi Gaming Phones. Also, past iPhone models like the XS, XS Max, X, 8, and the 8 Plus also support this feature. Overall, it was designed to allow any devices to fast charge over a USB connection cable or universal power bricks.
What charge rates do new phones need? How fast do they charge?
Newly released phones can support charging from 18w to 120W, like the Vivo iQOO 7. It can even charge its 4000maH battery from 0% to 100% in less than 30 minutes – making it mind-blowing compared to average phones that usually have fast charging capable of delivering a full charge within 1-2 hours.
To have an idea of what quick charges are capable of, here are some jaw-dropping results from newly released phones:
- iPhone 13 using MagSafe 4,352mAh (100% in 2.5-3 hours)
- Samsung S20 Ultra 5,000mAh (100% in 1h)
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra 4,500mAh 120W (100% in just 20 Minutes)
- Even capable of delivering a full charge within 6 minutes with the help of a faster-charging brick
- It’s also the fast wireless charging the phone with its 67W Wireless Charing Rate
- OnePlus 9 Pro 4,500mAh 65W (100% in just 30 Minutes)
The increasing advancement of phones every year also improves the wireless charging capabilities of phones. Xiaomi targets more than 65W of wireless charging with their upcoming higher-end phones.
On the other hand, brands like iPhone don’t catch up with the quick charging features as much as they are more focused on perfecting the technology before rolling it out with their upcoming phones.
What different types of charging cables are there?
In terms of phones, we have these charging cables like the:
Which is known as a one-way port and commonly used to work with computers or power outlets, usually requires power bricks to deliver enough wattage to work with a phone or a laptop.
The universal cable and the most common USB cable are all charging cables. Easily found in older phone models. Most importantly, it is still supported by newly budget phones this year. This type of port easily allows flash drives, external accessories, and memory sticks to connect with phones without needing external software or adapters in most cases.
The newest implementation in our phones. It allows for powerful wattage that can deliver faster charging and fully charge your phone in just a few moments. This charging cable can also allow for video output, which is a commonly known feature for iPhones and iPads, allowing for a workspace power capability in the power of your hands.
With newly released phones from the past two years up to the present, we can see USB-C as the new Micro-USB in our phones, which is a lot better for consumers as it gives tons of new features never seen before.
Is wireless charging better? Which ordinary phones have wireless charging?
Samsung has been the top brand that has delivered wireless charging power since their Galaxy S6 back in 2015. It has left consumers astounded at what it does. Since then, Apple has also rolled out this feature with their iPhone 8 and future models. Now, every flagship phones have this feature.
Samsung has also invented a new feature called reverse wireless charging, where you can charge other smartphones with your phone.
Wireless Charging targets the ease of convenience to solve the problem of tangled wires, which is much better. However, this also means you can’t use your phone while charging it wirelessly, as the back of the phone needs always to have physical contact with the charger.
Most consumers only use wireless charging inside their cars as most wireless chargers can mount them in front of you. That allows you to see your phone while mounted, giving convenience to consumers that use navigation apps like Google Maps or Apple Maps.
In summary, wireless charging is convenient for car use. Still, most users won’t use it as their primary charger at home or their phone car charger.
All newly released phones have now had this feature:
- Apple iPhone 13/ Mini/ Pro/ Pro Max.
- Google Pixel 6/ Pixel 6 Pro.
- Apple iPhone 12/ iPhone 12 Pro (Max)/ iPhone 12 mini.
- Google Pixel 5/ Pixel 5 XL.
- Huawei P40 Pro (+)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20/ 5G/ Ultra 5G.
- Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (Tablet)
Our Final Word
Avoid the hassle of losing power on your mobile device in the middle of your drive. Vhedia’s new CC41 phone car charger solves your fast-draining devices with its 48W total charge power with the capacity to charge multiple modern devices at a time. What’s more, maximise your Apple Carplay and Android Auto abilities when you can remain connected and your apps available all the time.
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