Qualcomm clarifies USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility on LG G5 and HTC 10

Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology has become quite dominant in the smartphones these days. It has given a way to battery charging in a lesser amount of time. However, many flagships these days feature a mix of Quick Charge technology with USB Type-C connector.

Google’s Benson Leung, who is an acclaimed expert, has expressed safety concerns over the mix of both the technologies. Even though Qualcomm claims its Quick Charge technology to be connector-independent, but these claims have added fuel to the flame.

To simplify, recent flagships such as LG G5 and HTC 10 use Quick Charge 3.1 via USB Type-C connector. The issue is that Quick Charge 3.1 breaches the suggested voltage limit needed for the USB Type-C port. On the aforementioned devices, Quick Charge 3.1 enables fast charging by increasing the voltage to 9 volts or 12 volts.

Here is what Qualcomm says about the issue:

To put these claims behind, Qualcomm has responded through a statement. The company says,”Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development,”

Even though the statement does not directly address the devices in concern, but it clarifies that usage of Quick Charge through USB Type-C connector is safe. It is noteworthy to state that the chargers for both the devices are CE Mark certified, which touts them to be safe. Also, we would like to urge our readers to use original chargers for their smartphones as using a local charger could result in an accident.

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